It’s no mystery that COVID has affected everyone in one way or another, and some effects will no doubt carry on even after the pandemic has passed.

Knowing this, how different will life be when this blows over?

What will the new normal look like?

Today, Simon Kuestenmacher, Director of Research at the Demographics Group shares his insights into how the pandemic and lockdowns have changed Australia on a number of fronts. If you’ve heard the past episodes we’ve had with Simon, you know you’re in for a treat.

We also talk about the changes in population, housing preferences, and consumer behaviour among a whole heap of other valuable topics!

We’ll see you in the episode!


Episode Highlights:

Lockdown surprises and impact from a demographer’s point of view [01:49]

The effect of COVID on boutiques and smaller operators [04:38]

Is the flexible work from home setup here to stay? [09:00]

Contentment (and discontentment) with working from home [17:00]

Have HR regulations kept up with Integrators & Separators who work from home? [19:04]

Chris’s ‘elephant in the room’: migration [22:02]

Will there be higher or lower skill shortages in the coming future? [26:02]

How are Australians coping in & out of the country? [29:31]

The census this year was both a blessing and a curse [32:04]

Why are people moving away to live outside the city? [35:40]

Fertility rate and its effect on the property market [45:17]

Balancing the demographics of a city with available housing stock [49:02]

The increase in ‘early inheritance’ cases [51:21]

Europe’s property market and their rental and home-owning expectations [54:10]

Could the Australian property market move into a similar situation as Europe? [56:42]

Simon’s property dumbo for this episode [59:35]

Growth is the goal [01:01:10]


Links from the show:

Episode 40

Episode 138

About our Guest:

Simon Kuestenmacher is the Director of Research at the Demographics Group. He has amassed 140,000 followers globally in just two years, who enjoy his insights and his quirky observational style. He is a columnist for The Australian on demographic trends and urban development.

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