09 Dec 2022
Analysis on Australia’s rental markets

Around 31 per cent or nearly 3 million households in Australia are renters, with 26 per cent of households renting from private landlords and 3 per cent of households renting from state or territory housing authorities. Changes in the rental market are important because they typically accommodate lower income earners who are more vulnerable to experiencing housing stress. The COVID-19 pandemic period has had a substantial impact on Australia’s rental markets, with vacancy rates now at low levels in most cities and regions. There has also been an unusually high degree of variance in rental markets due to specific local demand and supply drivers.

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First home buyers
03 Nov 2022
FHLDS Trends and Insights Report 2021-22

This is NHFIC's third annual First Home Loan Deposit Scheme (FHLDS) Trends & Insights Report, covering data on the FHLDS, New Home Guarantee (NHG) and Family Home Guarantee (FHG) for 2021–22.  

The FHLDS, NHG and FHG are Australian Government initiatives to support eligible home buyers purchase a home sooner. Collectively these initiatives are referred to as the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme (Scheme). On 1 July 2022 these initiatives were brought under the new Home Guarantee Scheme (HGS). 

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Housing in the economy
04 Oct 2022
How supply and demand are affecting building cost inflation

The research analyses the demand and supply-driven components of building material cost inflation and is based on data to 30 June 2022.

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27 Sep 2022
HGS buyers map 2021-22

First home buyers are individuals and households that are entering the home ownership market by purchasing a property for the first time. The number and share of first home buyers in the market is often used as an indication of the strength and affordability of the overall home buying market, making it an important area of research.

The Home Guarantee Scheme is an Australian Government initiatives to support eligible home buyers purchase a home sooner. Data generated from the Scheme allows NHFIC to generate unique insights into the first home buyer market.

Insights from NHFIC’s proprietary HGS data is covered in this section.


Latest statistics

Use the interactive map below to see statistics on all guarantees that were offered and issued to home buyers under the Home Guarantee Scheme between 1 July 2021 and 30 June 2022. Data shown is as at 30 June 2022.

Search by postcode or local government area (LGA) and click on the map to view key information.

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First home buyers
12 Aug 2022
First Home Buyer behaviour analysis

This analysis is a collaboration between NHFIC and its major bank panel lenders CBA and NAB and provides data insights on the operation of the Government’s Home Guarantee Scheme (HGS) since its inception in January 2020 to 31 May 2022, benchmarked against broader first home buyer data for the equivalent period.

State of the Nation's Housing 21-22
State of the Nation’s Housing
25 Feb 2022
State of the Nation's Housing 2021-22

Published February 2022

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Housing affordability
11 Dec 2021
Major city and regional area housing affordability


First home buyers
08 Oct 2021
FHLDS Trends & Insights Report 2020-21

Record low interest rates and government assistance have helped support buyer confidence and the housing market more generally throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Housing supply
31 Aug 2021
Developer contributions - How should we pay for new local infrastructure?

Good quality local infrastructure contributes to people’s wellbeing, increases the liveability of our local neighbourhoods and cities, and helps facilitate the necessary flow of new housing supply for a growing population. Poorly planned cities and inadequate local infrastructure can impede new housing supply and exacerbate affordability problems. Sub-standard local infrastructure can also sow the seeds of community discontent over more development, because people fear new housing will mean increased traffic congestion and eroding amenity in their local neighbourhoods.

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Housing supply
20 Jul 2021
Stamp Duty Reform: Benefits and Challenges

Property tax reform is gathering momentum. The NSW government recently published a progress paper providing more detail about its reform intentions including the results of its public consultation process. The next step for NSW is to assess feedback on the progress paper and provide an update later in the year. It now joins the ACT as the only two jurisdictions in Australia intent on replacing transfer (stamp) duty with land tax.