Locked-out: generational inequalities of housing tenure and housing type

This research paper that looks at generational differences in property tenure in Australia.

University of South Australia housing experts identified an inequitable distribution of housing among older and younger people.


This paper employs a comparative research approach using secondary data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) to consider housing tenure and type distributions across generations as well as through cross-city analysis.


The results show that home ownership is still the dominant tenure in Australia, but private rental is of increasing significance, becoming the tenure of choice for millennials. Owner occupation is shown to remain and high and stable levels for older generations and while lower in percentage terms for Generation X; this generation exhibits the highest growth rate for ownership.

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