In one of the largest national surveys since the Australian Census, Australians were asked about how they perceive the future surrounding the property market, a changing workforce and younger generations.
The Commonwealth Bank conducted the survey, which produced over one million responses.
According to the results, as the quarter acre block is becoming a threatened species and backyards are replaced by patios, just under half of Australians (48 per cent) believed that the property dream is still alive and well, and for others (52 per cent), the Australian dream is being redefined.
Partnering with demographer and futurist Claire Madden, the CommBank Connected Future Report examined national, economic and social trends that emerged from the data.
“The remarkable insights emerging from the CommBank ATM data overall is the resilience and tenacity Aussies have in the face of economic uncertainty," Ms Madden said.
"As a lead example, while the Australian property dream looks markedly different in 2017, the majority of Australians either fully own or are paying off their home.
"This has remained constant over the past five decades, so despite uncertainty, the Australian dream has clearly lived through time," she said.
The research showed while Millennials (Gen Y) are delaying traditional life markers like getting married or having a child, the average age of a first homebuyer has remained relatively constant over the last two decades, sitting at around 32 years of age.
Despite rapid digital disruption, increased global connectivity and the emergence of artificial intelligence, resilience seems to be a common trend amongst Australians. Almost half (49 per cent) believed businesses were ready to face the future and 49 per cent believed the younger generations have the skills needed for tomorrow.
Even though the dream has taken a different form, the data reveals property ownership remains high on the aspirational list (average home buying age remains consistent at 32).
Gen Z and Gen Alpha
According to the research, rapid digital disruption, increased global connectivity and the emergence of artificial intelligence are converging to reshape the business landscape and the way future generations define work. With high job mobility and the increased casualisation of the workforce, Gen Z (8-22 years old) will have 17 jobs across five careers in their lifetime.
As Gen Z and Gen Alpha (born 2010-2024) complete their schooling and enter the workforce, they will need to be adaptive and agile in order to integrate job roles with rapidly advancing automated systems and handle changing employment markets and organisational structures.
In the midst of this diversity, CommBank data revealED that almost half of Aussies (49 per cent) believe that our society truly embraces everyone.