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Rental Affordability Continues to Decline, AHIG Report Finds

Renters in NSW, Victoria and Queensland continue to suffer from the increasing gap between their household incomes and the median rents, a new report has found.

The 2018 Affordable Housing Income Gap Report revealed that while property prices and median rents across Australia increased by 82 and 76 percent respectively between 2006 and 2016, household incomes grew by just 40 percent.

“Over the past two decades, housing affordability in Australia has deteriorated at an extraordinary rate,” the report said. “Recent research by the Everybody’s Home campaign shows it is now generally accepted as fait accompli that home ownership is beyond the reach of average income earners and a significant proportion of the population has all but given up on the “Australian Dream”.”

Melbourne is the worst capital city for renters, as median rents were up 75 percent while incomes grew by merely 43 percent. Brighton and Brighton East were the least affordable suburbs to rent in the city, requiring 42 percent of an average renter’s weekly income to pay the median rent. Melton was the most affordable with 21 percent.

In Sydney, Woollahra led as the least affordable suburb with 44 percent of income required to pay median rent. Regional NSW did not fare better. Byron’s median rent at $590 was worth 48 percent of income, while Port Macquarie real estate took 34 percent of income for the median rent of $390.

Queensland had the most modest growth in prices. The increase in rents of 61 percent over the decade was also partially offset by the steady income growth of 40.5 percent. Eatons Hill was the least affordable locality in the Greater Brisbane area, while the localities of postcode 4184 were the most affordable.

Find the report here.

Sydney Rental Vacancy Rates Hit Record High

Rental prices in Sydney are expected to continue slipping as vacancy rates reach a 13-year high.

A report by property analysis firm SQM Research found that 2.8 per cent of Sydney’s rental properties were empty in June, increasing by 0.3 per cent from May and almost a full percentage point from a year ago.

SQM’s managing director Louis Christopher said the figures could be attributed to the rising supply of new apartments and the easing population growth due to people’s move to cheaper cities and regions.

“Sydney rents are now down for the year and it is likely rents will continue to slip as there is still a lot of supply coming in the pipeline,” said Christopher in the report.

“I believe Sydney will shortly record a fall in its population growth rate due to a relatively recent steep rise in interstate migration towards Queensland.”

The buyers’ market is also cooling, with home prices falling by 4.9 per cent over the past year. According to CoreLogic, this is caused by stricter loan terms, increase in number of listings, and declining activity from local and offshore investors.

“I think this is the only time in my career that I can say with certainty that Sydney is now a buyer’s and a renter’s market, simultaneously,” said Christopher.

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Queensland Government Considers Using Public Funds for Adani Road Project

The Queensland government is considering covering the $100 million cost of road access for Adani coal mine, despite promising that no taxpayers fund would go to the project.

The ABC said documents obtained under a right to information revealed the Palaszczuk government is still in negotiations with Adani and Isaac Regional Council about upgrading access to the proposed Carmichael mine site in central Queensland.

However, the Department of Transport and Main Roads said no decision has been made yet.

In November, Palaszczuk said she would not rule out helping the local council fund the access road. A spokesman for the government said it would cooperate with local councils in regard to their infrastructure needs. “Significant projects can impact on local road networks and improvements to those networks can benefit the greater community,” he said. “Costs associated with major projects are recovered by the state on a commercial basis.”

The ongoing negotiations have received backlash. “Annastacia Palaszczuk has lied to Queenslanders and has broken yet another election promise,” said Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington.

The Mackay Conservation Group said the government must rule out funding the road project. “The Queensland Coordinator General recommended Adani be responsible for road upgrades and Adani said it would pay for the upgrade,” said the group’s spokeswoman Maggie McKeown. “Why then would the premier spend public funds on this project?”