A Present and Future Look at Australian Housing


From: Tuesday October 4, 2022, 5:30 pm

To: Tuesday October 4, 2022, 7:30 pm

With rising interest rates, falling house prices and skyrocketing rents, the Australian housing market is in a tumultuous state in 2022. Join us as an esteemed panel discuss the latest trends in the housing market and where it may be heading in the future.


Cost: Free for both non-members and members

Location: The Kelvin Club, 14-30 Melbourne Place, Melbourne VIC 3000

Time: Event starts at 6pm. Attendees are welcome to arrive from 5:30pm to enjoy drinks downstairs.


About our Speakers

Tom Devitt joined HIA as an Economist in 2018 and assists in the research and analysis of housing market trends. He manages the assumptions and statistical modelling behind HIA’s residential building forecasts and has authored many of HIA’s wide range of economics publications. This provides him with the insight and expertise to advocate to all levels of government and media on behalf of the housing industry, for the purpose of informing policy debate.

After obtaining his degree in Economics (Honours) and Commerce at the University of Western Australia in 2010, he spent most of the next decade working as an Economist for private sector consultancies. During this time, he worked on projects engaging with and providing advice to all levels of government, as well as private sector clients and the community sector. His project experience spans across a range of economic development areas, including property, tourism, agriculture, environmental sustainability, and social policy.

Tom is an avid follower of economic developments in Australia around the globe. On the domestic front, Tom’s areas of interest include tax policy, urban development and the role of monetary and fiscal policy in the stabilising of economic cycles. On the international front, his areas of interest include financial crises, and trends in globalisation, economic inequality and frictions in global trade.

Tom is also an active member and media liaison for the Economic Society of Australia.

Sarah Sinclair is a Senior Lecturer in RMIT’s School of Economics Finance and Marketing and a member of RMIT’s blockchain innovation Hub (BIH) the Societal Economics Group (Placemaking), and the Centre of Urban research (CUR). Her research is integrated around people, place and technology, and the efficiencies inequities and social change arising from policy changes in an increasingly digital economy.

Sarah’s research has examined the decision making of households given certain social and geographic situations and the public policy frameworks that can influence those decisions. These include where to live, family formation and expansion, divorce and the role of child support on the wellbeing of children in addition to retirement planning and the role of housing in facilitating positive ageing. Her current research is focused on the social, economic and equity implications of digital transformation including blockchain applications, how technology can impact on how we interact with "place" and what cohort specific effects can we observe as the economy becomes more digitized.

Brendan Coates is the Economic Policy Program Director at Grattan Institute, where he leads Grattan’s work on tax and transfer system reform, retirement incomes and superannuation, housing, macroeconomics, and migration.

He is a former macro-financial economist with the World Bank in Indonesia and consulted to the Bank in Latin America. Prior to that, he worked in the Australian Treasury in areas such as tax-transfer system reform and macro-economic forecasting, with a strong focus on the Chinese economy.

Brendan holds a Masters of International Development Economics from the Australian National University and Bachelors of Commerce and Arts from the University of Melbourne. He sits on the Victorian State Council for the Economic Society of Australia.




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The Kelvin Club

14-30 Melbourne Place, Melbourne VIC 3000

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