Australia’s ageing population less inclined to downsize

Australia’s ageing population is less inclined to move into smaller dwellings, which may prove to be a key barrier to urban planning, if it remains unaddressed.

The study used the principles of measurement theory with regards to sample size calculation and survey design for 3297 responses to determine that fewer than one in ten older people are currently downsizing.

Dwelling and locational availability, financial disincentives, and psychological as well as practical challenges of moving are major barriers to downsizing.

Improvements to support services that help in the moving process would help in innovating the housing industry and getting past these foreseeable barriers.

Read more at Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute