Deputy Director, Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre, Curtin University

Rachel Ong ViforJ is Deputy Director of the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre and Economics Professor at Curtin Business School, Curtin University.

Rachel’s research addresses a range of critical housing policy issues, including housing affordability dynamics, housing pathways in the new millennium, intergenerational housing concerns, and the links between housing and the economy. She has long-standing expertise in the evaluation of housing tax-transfer reforms.

Rachel also has an established research record in the area of population ageing and has conducted extensive research into the role of home ownership within the retirement incomes system, employment decisions of older workers, and workforce vulnerabilities in mid-to-late life.

Rachel has been appointed to several research expert panels including the Commonwealth Treasury’s Housing Research Panel. She is a member of the Steering Committee for the Asia-Pacific Network for Housing Research.


  • 2014–present
    Principal Research Fellow, Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre, Curtin University