Research and Publications

New Conversation article on informal housing among older Australians, by Sara Alidoust

The severe lack of affordable housing is hurting Australians right across the community – from young renters, to families seeking to buy and older people needing a stable home. The number of Australians over 55 who are homeless jumped by 28% between the 2011 and 2016 censuses. An increasing lack of affordable housing is forcing some older people to take unconventional approaches to finding a home. One of these is house-sitting. My new research looks at how this works – and how it doesn’t – for this often-vulnerable group. Read the full article on The Conversation: ‘Where would we live otherwise?’: the rise of house-sitting among older Australians (