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Dec 6, 2011
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Housing stress in regional Victoria revealed

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
LGA Name % Number % Number % Number
Mildura (RC) 18 3794 22 1529 38 1817
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
Hepburn (S) 17 1005 28 526 48 346
Bass Coast (S) 17 2182 25 873 42 1026
Ballarat (C) 16 6255 18 2186 38 3303
Mitchell (S) 16 2023 20 1124 33 694
Mansfield (S) 16 515 26 283 37 170
Wodonga (RC) 16 2216 17 817 30 1059
Latrobe (C) 16 4857 19 1807 37 2276
Murrindindi (S) 16 945 24 517 39 328
Warrnambool (C) 15 2044 17 695 35 1072
East Gippsland (S) 15 2773 25 1116 39 1260
Greater Geelong (C) 15 13059 18 5071 37 6438
Wellington (S) 15 2662 23 1256 36 1071
Benalla (RC) 15 893 22 371 38 399
Swan Hill (RC) 15 1296 21 483 33 613
Campaspe (S) 15 2291 21 993 35 962
Moira (S) 15 1702 23 825 35 655
Moorabool (S) 14 1514 19 849 37 512
Baw Baw (S) 14 2256 21 1123 36 883
Colac-Otway (S) 14 1277 23 558 35 540
Horsham (RC) 14 1164 18 434 35 549
South Gippsland (S) 14 1549 26 859 36 505
Alpine (S) 14 734 25 317 38 319
Wangaratta (RC) 14 1607 20 702 35 666
Pyrenees (S) 14 391 31 231 38 102
Strathbogie (S) 13 588 23 255 37 239
Macedon Ranges (S) 13 2042 18 1187 37 676
Towong (S) 13 346 21 155 38 140
Indigo (S) 13 811 19 423 34 289
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
Loddon (S) 12 415 29 233 26 99
Ararat (RC) 12 626 22 284 34 235
Glenelg (S) 12 1064 17 477 35 434
Moyne (S) 12 748 22 402 29 247
Gannawarra (S) 12 552 22 244 28 211
Corangamite (S) 11 772 22 395 27 256
Hindmarsh (S) 11 300 24 123 35 117
Southern Grampians (S) 11 802 19 355 27 302
Queenscliffe (B) 10 158 19 39 34 98
Yarriambiack (S) 10 327 22 142 30 102
Buloke (S) 10 292 25 139 24 76
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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