The housing crisis is forcing more young Queenslanders to stay in their family home for longer.

And experts say the trend is having an impact on both parents and their adult children.

Naomi Lynch reports.


As housing affordability worsens, the number of people and rooms per dwelling has increased.

Adrian Pisarski from Queensland Shelter says house prices in Queensland are a problem, especially for first home buyers.

Adrian Pisarski, EO of Queensland Shelter: “They find it increasingly difficult to find any form of affordable housing so they’re forced into share housing, boarding housing, caravan parks, more margin housing options than they would prefer.”

Due to high housing costs, strain is being placed on the rental market. The soaring prices are also keeping students in their family homes for longer.

Dr Brett Emmerson says not leaving the nest could affect both the child and their parents.

Brett Emmerson, Psychiatrist: “The impact is going to be varied. If there is not a good relationship then it will have much more of an effect, probably on the child than on the parent.”

Kathleen Gorman, a local hairdressing apprentice, lives in a rented house in Newmarket with four others.

The reduced cost of sharing rent is all many young people can afford.

Kathleen Gorman, House Renter: “It’s cheap, yeah, we pay about ninety-seven each, one hundred dollars, so there’s no way any of us could afford to pay anything more.”

Mr Pisarski believes the government needs to take a look at youth income support as the first step towards assisting young people.

Naomi Lynch, QUT News