This new research shows Sydney’s now chronic housing crisis is costing the economy more than $10 billion per year.
Benchmarked internationally, Sydney meets the key metrics for chronic unaffordability:
- Median property price over eight times the median household income for more than five consecutive years: Sydney’s median property price is over 13.3 times the price of median income, up from 8.3 a decade ago
- More than 33% of renter households in housing stress (paying over 30% of monthly income on housing costs): 35.3% of Sydney renter households experience rental stress
- In the world’s 20 most unaffordable cities for housing across available measures: Sydney is ranked second least affordable major housing market after Hong Kong.
Housing unaffordability is a threat to the future potential of Sydney and it’s deeply impacting every single one of us, but we’ve got to be clear that what we’re experiencing isn’t just a short-term housing crisis, it’s now chronic and it’s costing Sydney’s talent, innovation and productivity more than $10bn per year.
We can’t solve it overnight, but we can commit to the bold, brave and long-term program required to send Sydney’s chronic housing crisis into remission and stop future relapses:
- Bring Sydney in line with other global cities by introducing an inclusionary zoning target (to provide affordable housing in new developments) on all rezonings, with appropriate transitional provisions
- Invest in much more social and affordable housing
- Significantly increase housing supply and do it well – with good transport connectivity, affordable housing, open space, schools, child care, shops and services.