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Dec 13, 2011

Perth’s Housing Stress: Top 5 housing stressed suburbs revealed

Australians for Affordable Housing (AAH) today revealed the extent of housing stress across Perth, and the top five housing stressed council areas.

New modelling commissioned by AAH shows the Perth local government areas where renters and home buyers are struggling with high housing costs – and the figures are dire.

“The high cost of housing in Perth is not new, but these figures show where the pain is being felt” said AAH Campaign Manager Sarah Toohey.

“Households in Kwinana are suffering the most with 20% experiencing housing stress, while Mandura has the highest proportion of people in the rental market in housing stress (42%)”.

“Areas such as Kwinana, Armadale, Mandurah and Wanneroo all have rates of rental stress over 36%, as well as high rates of mortgage stress with over 17% of home buyers in those areas under financial pressure”.

“Housing is the single biggest cost of living issue 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 theyhave very little left over to cover other costs like food, transport, bills or money for emergencies”

“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 Perth residents in housing stress to join the campaign to convince governments to work together to address the housing crisis. More information can be found on our website .

“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.

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

Media enquiries: Stephanie De Campo, 0432 828 004

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

*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.


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