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Money Housing stress hitting one in 10 Brisbane residents, HILDA report shows

05:51  01 august  2018
05:51  01 august  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Residents in Brisbane and other urban areas of Queensland are second only to Sydney when it comes to experiencing housing stress, new research shows.

One in 10 Brisbane residents were experiencing housing stress in 2016, spending more than 30 per cent of household income on rent or mortgage repayments.

In urban areas outside Brisbane, the figure is even higher, coming in at 11.3 per cent.

The latest instalment from the Melbourne Institute's study of Household Income and Labour Dynamics (HILDA) shows Sydney remains the country's most expensive market, where 13 per cent of residents are experiencing housing stress.

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Housing stress hitting one in 10 Brisbane residents , HILDA report shows . One in 10 Brisbane residents were experiencing housing stress in 2016, spending more than 30 per cent of household income on rent or mortgage repayments.In urban areas outside Brisbane , the figure is even higher

Dynamics in Australia ( HILDA ) survey shows the rate of housing stress in Sydney was 10 .1 per cent between 2001 and The second highest rate of housing stress was in urban Queensland outside of Brisbane Nationally, one in five of those in persistent housing stress shift to new accommodation.

In Brisbane's south, the Pirake family are among those struggling to make ends meet.

Father Roman Pirake is the sole income earner for the family of seven, who rent their home at Redbank Plains.

Mum Queenie Pirake says the family is always on a strict budget.

"It can be pretty tight in terms of food, the rent, petrol, school uniforms," she said.

The family relies on buying groceries in bulk, or even food bank donations to ensure there is enough to go around.

"Our kids are very understanding if we can't buy certain things," Ms Pirake said.

HILDA report co-author Roger Wilkins said he was surprised by the high level of housing stress in urban areas outside Brisbane.

"I can only imagine it's driven by the south-east coast places like the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast where I do know that housing costs are quite high," Professor Wilkins said.

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HILDA professor Roger Wilkins explained that although the survey takes into account property owners and people paying mortgages, its renters are those who are particularly " stressed ." "In the inner urban areas of major cities, we are seeing quite high rents which are driving a lot of the results," he said.

Residents of Sydney (13.0 per cent), Other Urban Queensland (11.3 per cent) and Brisbane ( 10 .5 per cent) experienced the highest rates of housing stress between 2013 and HILDA data for 2012 and 2016 shows there is a strong relationship between higher education qualifications and higher earnings.

However the figures did not come as a shock to the Queensland Council of Social Services (QCOSS).

"We know from a lot of the work we've been doing that people living outside Brisbane, the south-east corner, are doing it much tougher in relation to cost of living generally and housing costs are among those figures," CEO Mark Hanley said.

a man standing next to a car© Provided by ABC Business The HILDA figures also show other costs of living were increasing.

The average amount of money families spent on childcare every week more than doubled from $71 in 2002/3 to $154 in 2015/16.

Average household energy costs rose from $1,727 a year in 2006/08 to $2,118 in 2015/16.

At the same time, income levels have largely stalled since 2009, with the median household disposable income rising from $79,160 to $79,244 in 2016.

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