Property Rise Spreads Beyond Sydney & Melbourne

February 18th, 2020
The recent surge in Australian house prices has spread beyond the confines of Sydney and Melbourne. While prices are still markedly higher in the dual booming markets, other state capitals are also posting significant gains. Current conditions point towards a reduction in the speed of growth across most markets, along with the spread of growth into state capitals and regional areas. Nationally, housing values have rebounded 6.7% since the low of June last year, but are still 2.2% below the most recent peak in October 2017. According to the latest figures from CoreLogic, capital city prices were up 0.9% on average for January 2020, while regional markets recorded a 0.7% increase for the month. While Melbourne and Sydney still recorded the most growth at 1.2% and 1.1% respectively, other markets seem to be catching up. Hobart saw 0.9% growth for the month, with Brisbane up 0.5%, Canberra up 0.3%, Adelaide up 0.2%, and Darwin and Perth up 0.1%. ; The top 10 capital-city price increases were in areas of Sydney and Melbourne, while six of the 10 biggest falls were in Perth and its surrounds. While there are obviously still huge discrepancies between markets, the struggling markets of Perth and…

Aussie Dollar Flirting with Decade Lows

February 17th, 2020

The Australian dollar recently tumbled into new decade-low territory, with the currency since rising but continuing to flirt with long-term lows. The dollar dropped to just 66.60 US cents, before rising to settle into a range of 67.10 to 67.50 US cents. With the Aussie dollar already on a fairly sharp downwards trajectory since the end of December, the latest […]

Coping & Thiriving in a New School

February 14th, 2020

While it may be the only constant in life, change can be difficult and stressful for people of all ages. Whether it’s entering high school or relocating to a new city, moving to a new school is a big deal. However, despite the inherent challenges that always accompany change, being surrounded by new places and faces also presents an opportunity […]

Diagnosing Rare Diseases with "The Crowd"

February 13th, 2020

As crowdsourcing gets more popular as a sourcing model for goods and services, the world has started to embrace “the crowd” as a way to divide work and achieve better results. The power of the collective mind has been tested in a recent experiment, and documented in a TV series based on a New York Times Magazine column. When local […]

The Importance of Mental Endurance

February 10th, 2020

While it’s not “all in your head”, physical fitness and athletic performance are widely dependent on mental endurance. Feeling stressed and mentally drained can have a huge effect on how you perform physically, with mental fatigue likely to decrease your motivation, increase the time you take to recover, and impact your lifestyle choices. According to a new University of Queensland […]

Real Cost of the Bushfire Crisis

January 23rd, 2020

The current bushfire crisis in Australia has had a profound effect on people across the country. Human lives have been lost, animal populations have been decimated, and properties have been destroyed along with livelihoods. Twenty-seven people died in the fires, and authorities believe more than 2000 homes have been lost. The overall economic cost of the crisis is only just […]

Biggest Growth Suburbs over the Last Decade

January 20th, 2020

With 2019 now firmly behind us, it’s time to take a closer look at the decade that was. In order to put the current property market into some perspective, and see why some areas are moving much faster than others, it’s important to analyse the biggest movers and shakers over the past 10 years. Using data from, let’s take […]

Are We Ready for a Shorter Working Day

January 16th, 2020

The modern working day almost seems set in stone, with eight solid hours each day and 40 long hours stretched out over the week. Some forward-thinking organisations are trying to change the status quo, however, with time-limited working weeks and shorter days both trialled over recent years. As workloads shift and lifestyles become increasingly stretched, it turns out that working […]

Stairs & Hills for Health

January 13th, 2020

When it comes to exercise, the steepness of the slope has a huge effect on the final outcome. Rather than working out for hours in a flat and stable environment, fitness lovers are doing more with less by learning to enjoy the climb. Whether it’s taking the stairs to work or choosing the hilly section for your evening run, the […]

Chinese Advances on AI

January 6th, 2020

Artificial intelligence (AI) continues to shape our future, with everything from workplace productivity to military might influenced by the intersection of technology and cognition. While the long-term outcomes of AI remain completely unknown, key advances in smart computing are already having a profound effect on how we work and play. China is gaining an edge in this brave new world, […]

The Science of Gift Giving

December 19th, 2019

Christmas is on the doorstep, which means tough decisions, budget allocations, and last-minute shopping. If you’re like most people, then you probably approach gift giving with a combination of random luck and hours walking the streets. As it turns out, however, there is a clear and robust science behind gift giving, with people who receive gifts much more appreciative when […]