Housing – The Centre for Independent Studies


Australia has some of the most expensive housing in the world.  Rising rents and prices are putting reasonable housing out of reach of large sections of Australian society.  The CIS is exploring ways to make housing more affordable, in particular by relaxing planning restrictions.

External publications co-authored by CIS staff

The Apartment Shortage: Keaton Jenner and Peter Tulip
A Model of the Australian Housing Market: Trent Saunders and Peter Tulip
The Effect of Zoning on Housing Prices: Ross Kendall and Peter Tulip
Cato Research Brief in Economic Policy No 124: Ross Kendall and Peter Tulip
Is Housing Overvalued?: Ryan Fox and Peter Tulip

Featured Publication


Does high-rise development damage neighbourhood character?
Peter Tulip, Zachary Lanigan
29 April 2021 | PP40

Local residents often oppose new apartment buildings on the grounds that they would harm neighbourhood character. This paper suggests these concerns are overstated. The paper examines several examples of high-rise development in Sydney: Chatswood, Forest Lodge, Green Square, Liverpool and Turrella. If these developments harmed…

Planning restrictions harm housing affordability
Peter Tulip
03 December 2020 | PP33

Planning restrictions reduce the supply of housing and hence raise its price.  This paper summarises recent research on this topic, focussing on Australia’s largest cities. The severity of planning regulations can be gauged by the difference between sale prices and the costs of supply.  This…

RATIONALISING REGULATION: Helping the economy recover from the corona crisis
Gene Tunny, Ben Scott
23 September 2020 | AP14

Australia’s anachronistic, inconsistent, and excessive regulatory landscape is an area of immense potential for growth-enhancing economic reforms. The regulatory constraints outlined in this paper are impeding business growth and their removal or adjustment would yield large economic benefits. The relaxation of a range of restrictions…

Submission to IPART Review of Social and Affordable Housing Rent Models
Michael Potter
15 May 2017 | CIS Submission

In April, IPART released a draft report into models for setting social and affordable housing rent. The CIS submission on the IPART draft argues for reforms including: All new social housing tenants, and all existing tenants who wish to move, should be provided with informed…

Reforming Social Housing: financing and tenant autonomy
Michael Potter
27 April 2017 | RR25

Around 400,000 Australians live in social housing, which includes public and community housing. This sector is ripe for reform, with many public housing dwellings failing adequacy standards, numerous tenants are dissatisfied and live in housing that is too small or too large for their needs.…

Media & Commentary

Bubble talk is babble
Zachary Lanigan
26 March 2021 | Ideas@TheCentre

Despite popular hysteria from talking heads, we’re not in the midst of a housing bubble. Yes, property markets are buzzing — with many bullish reports on sales and volumes. Prices…

A fix for our new house price madness
Peter Tulip
22 March 2021 | Spectator

A common objection to the idea that planning restrictions make housing unaffordable is that some other factor is said to be more important. Leading candidates include low interest rates, high…

Housing cost is supply and demand
Peter Tulip
19 March 2021 | IDEAS@THECENTRE

A common objection to the idea that planning restrictions make housing unaffordable is that some other factor is said to be more important. Leading candidates include low interest rates, high…

HomeBuilder package is aimed at generating political gains, not economic ones
Simon Cowan
06 June 2020 | Canberra Times

While we must wait for formal confirmation, it is now clear that Australia will experience two consecutive negative quarters of economic growth and therefore is in a recession. While in…

Big three states splurge on infrastructure
Robert Carling
21 June 2019 | Ideas@TheCentre

With the NSW Treasurer handing down the state’s 2019-20 budget this week, the big three states — which also include Victoria and Queensland — have now tabled their fiscal plans.…