Female-Headed Households and Achieving Home Ownership in Australia

Valerie Kupke, Peter Rossini, Stanley McGreal, Sharon Yam

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This paper begins by identifying the growth in female-headed households in Australia. Despite this increase, it is argued that females still lag males in terms of home ownership rates (HORs) with women in Australia facing similar ownership challenges as those experienced in the UK and the USA. In seeking to establish any dynamic change, the study analyses female home ownership rates in Australia for two points in time, 1998 and 2008. Logit models are used to predict HORs. The results indicate that factors such as household type, income and source of income have an impact on rates of ownership. The paper concludes that female-headed households in Australia show an increasing propensity to purchase which match, or even exceed, those of male-headed households.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)871-892
Number of pages22
JournalHousing Studies
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 9 May 2014


  • Female home ownership
  • Australia
  • house prices
  • incomes
  • Logit model


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