Bankwest key worker housing affordability 2008

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02 June 2008

The inaugural BankWest Key Worker Housing Affordability survey identifies key worker groups in Australia (nurses, teachers, police officers, fire-fighters and ambulance officers) and the affordability of buying a house in the communities they serve.

The survey shows housing affordability has rapidly deteriorated over the past five years for Australia's 480,000 nurses, teachers, police officers, fire-fighters and ambulance officers with more than 80% of capital city council areas too expensive for key workers to buy a house in 2007, compared with about 50% in 2002.

The report has analysed house prices in all available local government areas (540 LGAs) across Australia and cross referenced them against key worker earning by state.

Download a copy of the full report and a breakdown on each state below:


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