The housing shortage is a local story and WA is the one telling it

Wednesday, 6th Jun 2012
Categories: Market News, Newsletter


According to figures from the Housing Industry Association (HIA), half of the 30 local government areas with the most chronic housing shortage are in Western Australia. Whether or not there is a shortage in Australia is hotly contested, but the figures make for interesting reading.

The breakdown of the rest is Queensland (7), Northern Territory (3), Victoria (3) and one each in NSW and South Australia.

Of the 15 WA areas mentioned, 9 are in Perth and 6 are regional areas including the South West town of Manjimup, which tops the list on a per head basis.

The area with the biggest shortage in absolute terms is Joondalup, about 16 kilometres north of Perth. Joondalup has a shortage of 3,955 houses or a shortage intensity of 2.38 houses for every 100 people.

The other areas in the Perth metropolitan area with under supply are Subiaco, South Perth, Claremont, Melville, Fremantle, Cambridge and Vincent.

HIA senior economist Andrew Harvey says the mining boom and strong population growth are largely to blame for WA’s strong representation on the list.

“The population growth for mining related and engineering construction related to mining is just massive so it’s no surprise at all,” he said.