Welcome to the Australian Centre for Housing Research at the University of Adelaide.

The Australian housing system is an $8 trillion asset of more than 10 million owned, rented, and government assisted dwellings. It is used by governments as an economic engine, a welfare tool, and a conduit to deliver health and social interventions. For ordinary Australians, it represents our major lifetime investment, most significant day-to-day expenditure, the place we spend 70 per cent of our time. Our housing system is also set to grow substantially over the next 30 years as Australia’s economy and population expands.

The Australian Centre for Housing Research (ACHR) is a collaboration of researchers, policy stakeholders, industry, and advocacy. Based at the University of Adelaide, the Centre aims to:

  • Provide a focus for national and international collaboration around housing issues
  • Deliver high-quality, innovative and relevant research on housing
  • Inform social policy, practice, public debate, and decision making across the housing sector

Latest news



New Member Welcome: Dr. Amy Clair

The Centre is pleased to welcome Dr. Amy Clair, who joins us as a Postdoctoral Fellow from the University of Essex. Amy will be working on the NHMRC Healthy Housing Capturing Complexity scheme during her time with us. Amy has a PhD in Social Policy, and works on housing, health, and child well-being. Amy is an amazing addition to our team here at the ACHR, and we're excited to have her with us (albeit virtually for now).



ACHR in the Media: The Housing Affordability Jigsaw

Centre Director Emma Baker was featured on the 7.30 Report on Monday night as part of Alan Kohler's special investigation into housing affordability in Australia. Both the broadcast and accompanying article are available to watch and read via the ABC.



ACHR in the Media: Why renting is a health risk

Professor Rebecca Bentley spoke on ABC Radio program "The Signal" on 12 October about why renting is a health risk. Professor Bentley was joined by Dr. Kim Loo, General Practitioner, and Alice, a tenant from Sydney.


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