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Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Logo Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI)


The Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) is a national research organization, specializing in housing and urban research and policy.

Almost half of Australians' personal assets are held in housing, much of it in the towns and cities that make up one of the world's most highly urbanized nations. Housing assistance programs total more than four billion dollars annually. On a yearly basis, approximately 5% of Gross Domestic Product is spent on housing.


AHURI's mission is to make a real difference to housing and related urban outcomes throughout Australia by the creation and dissemination of knowledge in housing markets, housing policy and programs, and the urban environment in cities, towns and regions. The broad aims of AHURI are to:

  • Link quality research and the development of ideas with policy development, program evaluation and project development in the public and private sectors.

  • Be a leader in its field assisting policy makers at all levels in identifying trends, establishing possible solutions and drawing together the best information and understanding within Australia while drawing upon international experience.


AHURI is organized as a network comprising a small management company, AHURI Ltd., in Melbourne, and eight participating Research Centers throughout Australia.

The role of the AHURI Ltd. is to lead the organization, manage and coordinate the research and dissemination process, and stimulate policy debate. AHURI Ltd. is governed by a Board of Directors, and the research is undertaken by the Research Centers.

AHURI receives funding from three sources:

  • Government Grants from the Commonwealth, State, and Territory

  • Contributions from the participating Research Centers

  • Commercial Research

Contact Information

Level 7, 20 Queen Street
Melbourne, VIC, 3000
Telephone: (+61 3) 9613 5400
Fax: (+61 3) 9629 8536
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