Powered by MOMENTUM MEDIA

Website Notifications

Get notifications in real-time for staying up to date with content that matters to you.

Surprising new housing trends spike with older Australians

Street with houses

It’s not just first home buyers who are feeling the pinch with housing affordability, older Australians are also changing their living arrangements to deal with the rising cost of owning a home.

Professor Heather Macdonald from the University of Technology Sydney said the instances of older Australians in co-living arrangements is on the rise, in response to the rising cost of housing in Australia’s capital cities.

The concept of co-living amongst older Australians isn’t new globally, with many foreign countries using it as a way to deal with an ageing population.

Countries such as Japan and Finland have used it as a way to cope with lack of government resources to fund caring for the elderly. In Finland, the system operates to benefit both parties: young people are offered cheap rent also.

Advertisement
Advertisement

“I think there is real potential for co-living when there is social basis for relationships. Interesting examples coming out of Scandinavia with elderly people, where co-living has become an alternative to the more commercialised assisted living. So co-living has some good potential there, with of course studies, and young adults have been doing it for ages with various degrees of success,” said Professor Macdonald.

Mark Steinert, managing director and CEO of Stocklands, added: “Co-living is really exciting; it is an area with customer demand. The biggest challenge as usual being planning; it’s very difficult to get approval for mixed use.”

The Australian government has initiated programs that have a share-housing basis. For example, there is the Better Together program, which helps single women over the age of 55 find shared accommodation. In NSW, icare gives foundation funding to help the elderly and disabled people find youth support in return for cheaper rent.

Surprising new housing trends spike with older Australians
Street with houses
nestegg logo

Cameron Micallef

Cameron Micallef is a journalist at Nest Egg, writing primarily about personal wealth and economic markets. 

Prior to this, Cameron worked for Australian Associated Press. He graduated from the University of Wollongong with a double degree in communications and commerce.

You can contact him on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

subscribe to our newsletter sign up
FROM THE WEB
Recommended by Spike Native Network
confused - are these pre or post tax being deducted? It talks about take-home pay so just want to clarify....
Anonymous - The problem is massive over-metroplitanisation. Income tax and GST bias businesses to locate where they can get customers and workers for less effort.......
Skeptic - Having money squirrelled away in superannuation is comforting in some ways, but I am concerned that Australians have nearly three trillion dollars in.......
Dr Livingston - Not so long ago, 5% unemployment was the sought after quantification by the RBA that the economy was doing well. This chase to zero sends unnecessary.......