Apparent shortage of Tasmanian affordable housing: Saul Eslake

Tasmania’s home building pipeline looks big enough to meet demand from population growth, although  affordable housing might be another matter.

Economist Saul Eslake is concerned the state appears to have a shortage of affordable housing (where mortgages or rents cost less than 30 per cent of income).

Total approvals of new housing by Tasmanian councils remain at relatively high levels.

There were 2203 dwellings approved in Tasmania in the year to the end of July, trend terms Australian Bureau of Statistics figures showed, and 2145 in the year to the end of December 2016.

State population in the year to December 31 increased by 2972, but nearly two thirds of that growth was babies replacing people who died.

Net gains from overseas and interstate totalled 1093.

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