Cost of Living

This research project was designed to better inform the conversation around the rising cost of living that was experienced in Perth and other Australian cities. The seven part series was published between June 2013 and June 2014.


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Cost of Living
Can commuting impact on your health?
Commuting times in Perth are getting longer. If you live in Perth’s outer suburbs you can now expect to spend an hour each way , or more, commuting to work in the CBD. That’s 19 full days every year spent getting to work.
Research
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June 2014
Cost of Living
The unhealthy cost of commuting
Commuting times in Perth are getting longer and it’s not just hitting your hip pocket but also your health. A report released by the Committee for Perth found that, internationally, long travel times are linked to long-term serious health and social problems including premature death, obesity, heart disease, increased blood pressure, cancer, Type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, mental health issues, sleep apnoea and higher divorce rates.
Media Release
PDF | 1.03 MB
June 2014
Cost of Living
What is your commute costing you?
Perth is the most expensive city in Australia to own and commute to work by car – and the further your commute, the more you pay.
Research
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April 2014
Cost of Living
The real cost of driving to work
Perth is the most expensive city in Australia to travel to work by car according to new research by the Committee for Perth and the further you travel, the more you pay.
Media Release
PDF | 1.03 MB
April 2014
Cost of Living
Have Transport Costs Fuelled Congestion in Perth?
In July 2013, Australian petrol prices recorded their fastest jump in four years. In Perth, that rise, attributed to a combination of both rising oil prices and a weakened Australian dollar, saw the price at the pump hit 156.3 cents per litre, the highest average price in Perth since June 2008 when the average price topped 157 cents per litre.
Research
PDF | 1.7 MB
November 2013
Cost of Living
Urban sprawl fuels Perth's traffic congestion
Perth’s worsening traffic congestion is being fuelled by people who live in outer suburbs according to new research released by the Committee for Perth. The report found not only do people living in the Perth’s outer suburbs have higher rates of car ownership than those who live closer to the city but they’re forced to drive to work because they don’t have a choice.
Media Release
PDF | 1.02 MB
November 2013
Cost of Living
Action needed to end Perth's rental stress
The Committee for Perth is calling for an urgent increase in the supply of affordable rental housing in inner and middle suburban areas to help the growing number of households who can’t afford to buy a home or qualify for the State Government’s home ownerships schemes.
Media Release
PDF | 747.32 KB
August 2013
Cost of Living
Soaring rents fuel houshold stress
There are few conversation starters like the cost of housing in Perth, but in recent years talk has shifted from the high cost of purchasing a home, to the extreme cost of renting one. And the dialogue is no longer just local - Perth is starting to become known, nationally and abroad, as a very costly place to call home.
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PDF | 1.69 MB
August 2013
Cost of Living
Eating out in Perth - are we paying too much?
We all know that the cost of eating out in Perth has skyrocketed over the past decade. Today we have reached the point that Perth people are paying more in restaurants than in any other capital city in Australia.
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PDF | 440.03 KB
August 2013
Cost of Living
Information Technology - why do Australians pay more?
Australians are paying more for many goods and services than consumers in comparable countries and cities around the world and according to the Economist Intelligence Unit, cost of living in Australian cities is now among the highest on the planet.
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July 2013
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