Number 1: Trends in home ownership
The Research FaCS Sheet series was produced by the former Department of Family and Community Services (the former FaCS). The aim of the series was to provide a brief overview of varied social policy research undertaken by FaCS staff or research undertaken in conjunction with external research bodies. The last Research FaCS Sheet was released in 2002.
Home ownership has played an important role in defining Australian society in the postwar period. High levels of home ownership have taken on a symbolic role, reflecting opportunities for Australians as well as providing important benefits for their families.
Concern has been expressed in recent decades about whether home ownership rates have been falling and whether it is harder for Australians to achieve the 'great Australian dream'.
Recent analysis conducted by the Department of Family and Community Services (FaCS) considers these issues.