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Housing in Regional Australia: Meeting a Growing Demand

Regional Australia is experiencing a renaissance driven by urban ‘push’ factors which include housing affordability. RAI research highlights 1 in 5 people living in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth are looking to make the move.

However, many regional communities in Australia have long faced challenges in providing the right mix of housing they need to bolster their populations and fuel economic growth. 

We invite you to watch this May 2021 webinar where our panel of experts shine a light on this topic. 

Our webinar, led by RAI Chief Economist Dr Kim Houghton, explores:

– the current state of regional housing markets;

– the challenges associated with providing fit-for-purpose housing in non-metropolitan areas;

– the measures that are being, or could be, taken to meet housing needs in Regional Australia;

– the roles of governments, industry and financial lenders in meeting regional housing demand.


Topic: Housing

Date: Thursday, 20 May 2021

Time: 11.00am – 12.00pm AEST
(9.00am AWST; 10.30am ACST)


For all enquiries, contact

 [email protected] 

Kim Houghton (photo)

Dr Kim Houghton
Chief Economist,
Regional Australia Institute

Kim manages the RAI’s policy and research portfolio to ensure the Institute’s work has practical application and supports a better policy environment and more vibrant regional economies. Having worked on regional economic development in Australia for almost 20 years, Kim has a passion for engaging, motivating, informing and connecting entrepreneurial business owners.

Eliza Owen
Head of Research Australia

Eliza has a wealth of experience in property data analysis and reporting. She worked as an economist at Residex, a research analyst at Domain Group and previously as the commercial real estate and construction analyst at CoreLogic.

She specialises in descriptive and inferential data analysis, data visualisation and framing data trends with broader economic concepts.

Craig Sinclair
Economic Development Manager
Temora Shire Council

Craig is responsible for facilitating the growth of the Shire’s economy through the attraction of businesses, residents and tourists.

For the past 10 years Temora has experienced stready growth of between 0.5-1.5% taking the population to just over 6,300. With 450+ new jobs expected over the next 5 years and housing demand already outstripping supply, Council are working on strategies to address the housing shortage.

Strategies include investing in keyworker housing, working with affordable housing providers, introducing incentives for development, undertaking specialist subdivisions, reviewing the LEP, and facilitating private sector development.

Tim Renwick
Independent Builders Network Founder “Push for the Bush”

Tim is the co-owner of the Independent Builders Network which has c.60 Builder Members throughout regional VIC, NSW, QLD, TAS and SA.

He is also the current Branch Chair of the Melbourne East HIA Branch and Member of the HIA Victorian Regional Executive Council.

Not only that, Tim is the founder of Push for the Bush, a private funded promotion and information centre to promote regional migration in Victoria.


Telehealth: Improving Access to Healthcare in Rural and Remote Areas

More details coming soon!


Topic: Health

Date: 11 August 2021

Time: 11.00am – 12.00pm (AEST)        (9.00am AWST; 10.30am ACST)

Registration will open soon.

If you are interested in this topic, join this free event. There will be a Q&A session during the webinar, with attendees encouraged to submit questions in advance.

For all enquiries and to submit questions, contact us: [email protected] 

About the Regional Australia Institute

The RAI is the nation’s first and only independent regional economic think tank specialised in developing and communicating the knowledge, policy and practical solutions required to lift the prosperity of people in regions and Australia overall.


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