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Housing stress in regional WA revealed

The extent of housing stress across regional Western Australia has today been revealed by Australians for Affordable Housing (AAH).

Denmark is the hardest hit, with 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 40 per cent of renters in Narrogin, Toodyay and Denmark are experiencing housing stress,” Ms Toohey said.

“The problem isn’t unique to these areas, with Quairading, Nannup, Boyup Brook, Pingelly, Mount Marshall and Mukinbudin also facing significant mortgage stress. This highlights that it’s not just the high housing prices in mining communities that we need to worry about but levels of housing stress across the State.

“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”.

“What our research doesn’t show is just how difficult things are in mining towns. This modelling focuses on households with the lowest 40% of incomes and because average incomes in these mining towns are higher, they don’t show up in the modelling – but we know their housing costs
are astronomical”.

Rates of housing stress in Broome  and Port Headland might seem low at 13% and 5% respectively,  but with a median rents of $620 a week in Broome and $1772 a week in Port Headland, many more people are locked out of the housing market than just those on the lowest incomes.

“The WA Government has produced an excellent housing strategy for the state. Now we need the State and Federal Governments to work
together to fund that strategy and deliver the housing system that WA needs .”

Australians for Affordable Housing is urging WA 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.

Housing stress – Australians for Affordable Housing local council league table*

Peel

Housing Stress Mortgage Stress Private Rent Stress
LGA Name %         Number %           Number %          Number
Murray (S) 14 784 19 372 39 324
Serpentine-Jarrahdale (S) 13 740 16 478 36 217
Waroona (S) 13 196 14 75 37 91
Mundaring (S) 12 1783 15 959 38 645
Boddington (S) 8 55 14 25 16 20

Gascoyne

Housing Stress Mortgage Stress Private Rent Stress
LGA Name %          Number %           Number %          Number
Carnarvon (S) 14              326 19              110 30              155
Exmouth (S) 11              112 10               27 23               58
Shark Bay (S) 10               42 4                 3 26               29

**NOTE: Data unavailable for Upper Gascoyne

Goldfields- Esperance

Housing Stress Mortgage Stress Private Rent Stress
LGA Name %          Number %           Number %          Number
Esperance (S) 15              931 20              346 31              468
Dundas (S) 12               63 18               13 22               31
Ravensthorpe (S) 11               99 19               43 17               39
Kalgoorlie/Boulder (C) 10             1200 9               493 17              529
Coolgardie (S) 8               132 8                58 14               60
Leonora (S) 6                39 8                 7 5                10

**NOTE: Data unavailable for the LGAs of Laverton, Menzies, Ngaanyatjarraku

Kimberly

Housing Stress Mortgage Stress Private Rent Stress
LGA Name %         Number %        Number %          Number
Derby-West Kimberley (S) 14             320 10            33 20             207
Broome (S) 13             723 13           213 21             378
Wyndham-East Kimberley (S) 11             263 12            62 19             169

**NOTE: Data unavailable for Halls Creek

Pilbara

Housing Stress Mortgage Stress Private Rent Stress
LGA Name %          Number %           Number %          Number
Roebourne (S) 6               373 8               142 5               146
Port Hedland (T) 5               258 5                78 7               124
East Pilbara (S) 4               103 3                29 6                58
Ashburton (S) 3                66 2                 5 3                46

Great Southern

Housing Stress Mortgage Stress Private Rent Stress
LGA Name %          Number %           Number %          Number
Denmark (S) 20             474 27              162 47              259
Albany (C) 15            2225 19              768 36             1132
Plantagenet (S) 13             264 25              155 27               74
Katanning (S) 13             224 19              105 24               83
Jerramungup (S) 11              51 20               24 19               15
Cranbrook (S) 9               41 27               27 9                 7
Kojonup (S) 9               81 20               32 17               23
Broomehill-Tambellup (S) 8               39 11               10 30               23
Gnowangerup (S) 8               43 18               25 17               12
Woodanilling (S) 6                9 8                 5
Kent (S) 4                9 8                 3 5                 1

Mid-West

Housing Stress Mortgage Stress Private Rent Stress
LGA Name %           Number %          Number %          Number
Northampton (S) 17              775 19              228 38             435
Irwin (S) 16              247 21               95 37             106
Geraldton-Greenough (C) 14             1658 15              661 34             773
Coorow (S) 12               64 27               27 31              25
Mount Magnet (S) 10               26 25               13 6                4
Chapman Valley (S) 9                37 15               16 28              15
Mingenew (S) 8                18 21                8 13               3
Carnamah (S) 8                27 9                 8 22              10
Perenjori (S) 8                17 4                 2 30               9
Mullewa (S) 7                22 19               10 12               8
Morawa (S) 7                20 10               11 0                0
Meekatharra (S) 6                26 7                 3 13              12
Three Springs (S) 6                17 14                6 2                1

**NOTE: Data unavailable for the LGAs of Cue, Murchison, Sandstone, Wiluna, Yalgoo

South West Region

Housing Stress Mortgage Stress Private Rent Stress
LGA Name %          Number %        Number %          Number
Augusta-Margaret River (S) 17              827 22           348 34             423
Bunbury (C) 16             2287 15           671 33            1302
Busselton (S) 15             1900 18           636 33             979
Nannup (S) 15              147 28            71 30              54
Donnybrook-Balingup (S) 14              307 19           144 31             110
Dardanup (S) 13              650 13           297 31             295
Manjimup (S) 13              513 20           218 32             220
Bridgetown-Greenbushes (S) 13              255 20           120 33             103
Harvey (S) 12             1118 14           502 31             505
Collie (S) 12              427 15           199 37             148
Boyup Brook (S) 12               81 28            41 23              23
Capel (S) 11              508 13           306 26             158

Wheatbelt

Housing Stress Mortgage Stress Private Rent Stress
LGA Name %          Number %           Number %          Number
Toodyay (S) 16              316 22              185 42               96
Northam (S) 15              652 21              322 34              214
Gingin (S) 14              285 21              135 37              116
Pingelly (S) 14               78 28               41 37               20
Narrogin (T) 13              244 15               92 29               94
York (S) 13              201 21              106 37               61
Dandaragan (S) 13              188 24               82 27               81
Wongan-Ballidu (S) 12               72 25               40 18               19
Quairading (S) 12               57 33               28 21               11
Wandering (S) 12               20 9                 3 12                2
Chittering (S) 11              188 15              126 34               45
Merredin (S) 11              150 18               77 17               47
Wagin (S) 11               93 24               50 22               26
Beverley (S) 11               85 24               41 25               20
Kellerberrin (S) 11               57 26               30 19               14
Goomalling (S) 11               48 22               19 26               19
Cunderdin (S) 10               48 17               24 24               13
Cuballing (S) 10               36 20               23 19                6
Narrogin (S) 10               29 21               23 40                4
Nungarin (S) 10                9 21                7
Moora (S) 9                89 16               46 14               20
Corrigin (S) 9                47 14               21 26               17
Kondinin (S) 9                41 13                9 18               17
Narembeen (S) 9                33 16                9 22               15
Wickepin (S) 9                33 24               11 16                8
Tammin (S) 9                15 20                6 14                3
Lake Grace (S) 8                64 21               32 11               15
Bruce Rock (S) 8                37 24               19 21                9
Victoria Plains (S) 8                28 21               13 11                5
Mount Marshall (S) 8                21 28                9 0                 0
Trayning (S) 8                15 5                 1 27                9
Dowerin (S) 7                20 21               11 19                4
Dumbleyung (S) 7                19 20               14 0                 0
Wyalkatchem (S) 7                18 16                9 8                 3
Williams (S) 6                26 13               12 13                8
West Arthur (S) 6                19 11                8 18                6
Mukinbudin (S) 6                16 28                7 9                 4
Dalwallinu (S) 5                24 8                 9 9                 6
Kulin (S) 4                12 12                8 0                 0

**NOTE: Data unavailable for the LGAs of Brookton, Koorda, Westonia Yilgarn

*This league table provides for comparison of small local areas and is based on modelled census numbers. These 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. For more information visit www.housingstressed.org.au

Media inquiries: Stephanie De Campo, 0432 828 004

  • Robin Hood

    Living in the Perth Metropolitan area:
    Why are rents so high?

    My landlord is wealthy having many properties which are rented and a couple of properties kept vacant. He is an accountant and I expect is keeping his taxes to a minimum.
    His rural properties are in many country towns and Christmas Island.And I believe many more people who invested in real estate did so many years before the rental cost began to climb (2001). Twenty years ago there were dozens of seminars on how to become a millionaire by investing in property.

    The
    “game” needs to be stopped. Australians were once for “a fair go” for all.

    I believe it is unethical to continue to allow the taxation system to encourage investors in properties to “fleese” the average person/family just because the have the finacial ability to do so. This is oppression.

    The wealthy have power and the government has abdicated it’s responsibility to ensure that those who have little wealth are not being exploited.

    One house to live in and one to rent out could be a better way of ensuring investment in housing. No person ought to be able to exploit another beccause of a basic human need: ” roof over our head”.

    Surely Nick Zenaphon would stand up for us?

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