Migration and Housing Needs

Siew-Ean Khoo, Peter McDonald, Jeromey Temple and Barbara Edgar, Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute, Australian National University


This report was prepared by the Australian National University for the National Housing Supply Council. It is not a Treasury publication.

The Scoping Study of Migration and Housing Needs examines the housing characteristics of recently arrived permanent and temporary migrants by their visa category. It uses data from a number of sources including the 2006 population Census and the 2006 and 2010 General Social Surveys (GSS). Migrant groups examined include overseas students, skilled temporary migrants on the 457 sub-class visa, New Zealand citizens (who migrate without a visa under the Trans-Tasman Agreement), and permanent migrants in the skilled, family and humanitarian migration visa categories.

Migrants' household and housing characteristics are examined including: household type, household size, location, housing tenure and housing costs. Some comparisons are made with the Australian-born population where relevant. The study also examines changes in some of these household and housing characteristics with longer residence in Australia.

Results from the 2011 Census were not available at the time of completion, but the study outlines an approach to analyse Census and other potential data sources in future.