The extent of housing stress across regional Victoria has today been revealed by Australians for Affordable Housing (AAH). Renters and home purchasers are struggling with high housing costs according to new modelling commissioned by AAH.
“Housing is the single biggest cost of living pressure in Australia. When low-income households spend more than 30 per cent of their income on housing costs they are officially in housing stress. This means they have very little left over to cover other costs like food, transport, bills or money for emergencies”.
Mildura is the hardest hit, with close to 20 per cent of households experiencing housing stress, Sarah Toohey, AAH Campaign Manager announced today.
“Renters are doing it even tougher than those with a mortgage. More than 45 per cent of renters in Mount Alexandra, Central Goldfields and Hepburn are experiencing housing stress,” Ms Toohey said.
“The problem isn’t unique to these areas, with Greater Bendigo, Greater Shepparton, the Bass Coast and Ballarat also facing significant housing stress.
“Urgent action is needed by both the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments, with a proper housing strategy that includes more than releasing land on the city fringe. Premier Baillieu needs to invest in more affordable housing options close to jobs and services to reduce the squeeze on weekly budgets.
Australians for Affordable Housing is urging Victorian residents in housing stress to join the campaign to convince governments to address the housing crisis. More information can be found on our website www.housingstressed.org.au .
“We need collective action at all levels of government to ensure that we fix our broken housing system, and take the pressure off families struggling with high housing costs and lack of affordable options,” said Ms Toohey.
Housing stress – Australians for Affordable Housing local council league table*
|Housing Stress||Mortgage Stress||Private Rent Stress|
|Mount Alexander (S)||17||1381||25||581||47||609|
|Central Goldfields (S)||17||918||29||397||46||373|
|Greater Bendigo (C)||17||6924||20||2705||39||3440|
|Greater Shepparton (C)||17||3969||21||1632||39||1898|
|Bass Coast (S)||17||2182||25||873||42||1026|
|East Gippsland (S)||15||2773||25||1116||39||1260|
|Greater Geelong (C)||15||13059||18||5071||37||6438|
|Swan Hill (RC)||15||1296||21||483||33||613|
|Baw Baw (S)||14||2256||21||1123||36||883|
|South Gippsland (S)||14||1549||26||859||36||505|
|Macedon Ranges (S)||13||2042||18||1187||37||676|
|Surf Coast (S)||13||1258||17||575||35||579|
|Northern Grampians (S)||13||629||21||285||33||245|
|Golden Plains (S)||12||814||21||659||27||93|
|Southern Grampians (S)||11||802||19||355||27||302|
|West Wimmera (S)||9||165||18||73||23||55|
*This league table provides for comparison of small local areas and is based on modelled census numbers. These figures are not directly comparable with recently published housing stress modelling on ABS Survey of Income and Housing data.
Australians for Affordable Housing is a coalition of national housing, welfare and community sector organisations to highlight the problem of housing affordability in Australia.
Media enquiries: Stephanie De Campo, 0432 828 004
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