Urbis Think Tank
Changing family structures will require more, smaller dwellings
Over the past 100 years the average household size in Australia has decreased by 42%. The decrease in persons per household coincides with a major change in family structures and this broader trend is forecast to continue.
The ABS projections of families structures estimates that by 2013 the number of couple families without children will outnumber the number of couple families with children.
The strong growth in couples living without children and the number of lone households will result in an increased demand for smaller sized dwellings. The recent increasing share of new dwelling activity occurring in higher density forms (units/townhouses/apartments) reinforce this emerging trend. Urbis is currently working on a number of apartment projects in Australian cities to ensure that developers meet future market needs.
Director: Claire Grealy