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Feb 14, 2012
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Queensland’s Housing Stress: Top 5 housing stressed regions revealed

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

New modelling commissioned by AAH also shows that more than 55,000 households in Brisbane Council are in housing stress. Those in the rental market are doing it hardest with 28 per cent of households in rental stress.

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

“Households in Gympie, Fraser Coast, Gold Coast and Logan are suffering the most with 19 per cent experiencing housing stress, while Fraser Coast has the highest proportion of people under rental stress (46%).

“Areas such as Fraser Coast, Gympie, Somerset and Bundaberg all have rates of rental stress over 43 per cent, as well as high rates of mortgage stress with over 23 per cent of home buyers in those areas under financial pressure. The highest level of mortgage stress was recorded in Etheridge (31%).

“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.”

Adrian Pisarski, Executive Officer of Queensland Shelter said these figures were a wake up call to governments. “People are obsessed with the housing stress on home owners, but these figures show that housing stress is most severe for renters. We seriously need to think about rental stress in solutions to affordable housing,” said Mr Pisarski.

“Last week, AAH called on the Federal Government to commit to a long term strategy to improve housing affordability, at the launch of our budget statement in Canberra. We need the State and Federal Governments to work together to fund that strategy and deliver the housing system that Queensland needs,” said Ms Toohey.

“Given that housing is the biggest cost of living issue for Queenslanders, we’d hope that all candidates in the upcoming election commit to policies that will improve housing affordability.

“Policies that increase the supply of affordable housing, like building more public and community housing work. Others, like increasing first home buyer grants, just push up house prices and make problems for first home buyers worse.

“Australians for Affordable Housing is urging Queensland 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 www.housingstressed.org.au.

“We need 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.

Spokesperson: Sarah Toohey, 0427 563 989 or
Media inquiries: Stephanie De Campo, 0432 828 004

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

 
Housing Stress 
 
Mortgage Stress 
 
Private Rent Stress 
LGA Name % Number % Number % Number
Gympie (R) 19 3707 27 1557 45 1790
Fraser Coast (R) 19 8045 24 2702 46 4542
Gold Coast (C) 19 41077 18 12491 38 25994
Logan (C) 19 18441 18 7312 38 9591
Sunshine Coast (R) 18 24442 21 8443 42 14058
Lockyer Valley (R) 18 2422 23 1104 42 1131
Bundaberg (R) 18 7092 23 2426 44 3961
Somerset (R) 18 1438 23 678 45 633
Ipswich (C) 17 10819 16 3678 35 6177
Cairns (R) 17 11366 16 3634 32 6784
Southern Downs (R) 17 2431 24 921 40 1275
Scenic Rim (R) 17 2593 21 1105 41 1277
Cook (S) 17 252 28 96 30 114
South Burnett (R) 17 2165 25 960 37 937
Moreton Bay (R) 16 23234 16 8432 39 12762
Tablelands (R) 16 3056 24 1124 39 1549
Whitsunday (R) 16 2213 17 711 29 1287
Toowoomba (R) 15 9684 17 3291 35 5508
Rockhampton (R) 15 7093 15 2235 36 4036
Cassowary Coast (R) 15 1829 22 671 33 978
Townsville (C) 14 10043 13 3379 28 5561
Redland (C) 14 7469 14 2804 36 3916
Western Downs (R) 14 1626 21 674 29 739
Charters Towers (R) 14 653 18 247 32 315
Brisbane 13 55495 10 14318 28 34818
Burdekin (S) 13 960 17 303 34 545
Gladstone (R) 13 2998 13 1125 27 1498
North Burnett (R) 13 576 26 232 25 244
Mackay (R) 13 5801 13 2108 28 2966
Goondiwindi (R) 13 544 19 220 26 248
Hinchinbrook (S) 11 528 18 177 34 268
Flinders (S) 11 83 20 28 24 37
Longreach (R) 11 180 16 59 19 96
Murweh (S) 11 204 20 101 18 60
Maranoa (R) 11 579 15 225 20 242
Blackall Tambo (R) 10 88 16 28 27 41
Etheridge (S) 10 38 31 19 13 6
Paroo (S) 10 79 15 21 22 31
Balonne (S) 9 171 14 56 17 72
Banana (S) 9 531 12 191 16 220
Mount Isa (C) 9 693 8 204 14 346
Carpentaria (S) 9 73 11 18 11 22
Barcaldine (R) 8 115 13 41 16 37
Burke (S) 8 19 5 1 9 7
Cloncurry (S) 8 96 10 26 13 52
Winton (S) 8 47 12 11 15 14
Torres (S) 7 75 27 11 6 28
Central Highlands (R) 7 796 9 289 9 339
Barcoo (S) 7 13 0 0 18 7
Croydon (S) 7 8 0 0
Weipa (T) 6 73 12 16 6 55
Quilpie (S) 6 25 3 2 15 12
Boulia (S) 6 10 1 0 28 9
McKinlay (S) 6 26 18 11 11 10
Richmond (S) 6 21 8 7 11 7
Isaac (R) 6 479 12 176 6 206
Bulloo (S) 5 9 17 5 4 1

*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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