Revealed: 8 of the 20 worst electorates for rental stress are in Queensland

News | May 1, 2019

Electorates in South Eastern Queensland are among the worst for rental stress in the country, with 40% of renters struggling with housing they can’t afford, data released today shows

The University of NSW analysis for national housing campaign, Everybody’ Home shows that Hinkler tops the list of electorates for rental stress in Queensland, with 41% of households who rent in Hinkler experiencing chronic rental stress.

Hinkler is followed by Moncreiff 40%, Longman 40%, Wide Bay 39% and McPherson 39%.

Q Shelter spokesperson, Fiona Caniglia, said Queensland has 8 of the 20 electorates in the country with the highest proportion of renters in rental stress. Seven of these are located outside of Brisbane.

“Throughout this Federal Election campaign, candidates have talked a lot about tackling cost of living pressures.” Ms Caniglia said.

“If candidates are serious about addressing cost of living, then they have to answer what they are going to do to address chronic rental stress including regional Queensland.” Ms Caniglia said.

“We’re calling on all candidates to commit to real measures that will boost the supply of social and affordable housing and reduce the unacceptably high level of rental stress across the state.” Ms Caniglia added.

National Everybody’s Home campaign spokesperson, Kate Colvin said the data busted the myth that housing affordability an inner Melbourne or Sydney issue.

“The narrow focus on real estate prices for young home-buyers means that almost 190,000 Queensland households in rental stress are being forgotten by governments at all levels,” Ms Colvin said.

“Underinvestment in social housing, increasing rents and low wage growth mean that low income earners, and middle income earners are struggling right across the country.”

The seat-by-seat comparison compares rents and incomes across electorates to identify the number of households in rental stress.

Ms Colvin said Queensland voters in the Federal election expect all parties to announce policies that will address the cost of housing – the biggest single cost of living for households.

Everybody’s Home campaign is calling on governments to:

  1. Develop a national strategy to provide the national shortfall of 500,000 social and affordable homes;
  2. Prioritise homebuyers over investors by resetting the tax system;
  3. Ensure a better deal for renters;
  4. Increase Commonwealth Rent Assistance to provide immediate relief for renters in chronic rental stress;
  5. Support a national plan to end homelessness by 2030.

Rental stress

  • Rental stress refers to households with an income in the lowest two income quintiles (the bottom 40 per cent) of Australia’s income distribution who are paying more than 30 per cent of their income in housing costs.
  • Estimated number of households in rental stress is an estimate of the number of lower income households in rental stress.

Doing it tough: housing stress in Queensland

QLD Rank Electorate Party National rank % of renters in rental stress No. of households in rental stress
1 Hinkler NATS 7 41 7,166
2 Moncrieff LP 9 40 10,638
3 Longman ALP 11 40 7,352
4 Wide Bay NATS 12 39 5,979
5 McPherson LP 14 39 7,181
6 Fisher LP 17 39 6,381
7 Fadden LP 18 39 8,846
8 Fairfax LP 19 38 6,763
9 Forde LP 29 36 6,784
10 Wright LP 36 35 3,719
11 Rankin ALP 40 35 7,114
12 Bowman LP 41 35 4,773
13 Petrie LP 45 35 7,714
14 Blair ALP 56 34 6,653
15 Dickson LP 68 32 3,822
16 Groom LP 71 32 5,714
17 Moreton ALP 81 31 5,646
18 Bonner LP 86 30 4,584
19 Oxley ALP 88 30 5,564
20 Herbert ALP 93 30 7,090
21 Lilley ALP 95 30 6,400
22 Leichhardt LP 98 29 7,923
23 Ryan LP 104 29 4,880
24 Dawson NATS 107 28 5,429
25 Brisbane LP 115 28 9,217
26 Griffith ALP 123 26 7,415
27 Kennedy KAP 125 25 4,621
28 Capricornia NATS 129 25 4,439
29 Maranoa NATS 131 25 4,340
30 Flynn NATS 145 20 3,774

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