FACTBase Bulletin 2 - Economic Stress in Perth

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​This paper reports on the development of a new index of economic stress for Perth, Western Australia.

Key Findings
  • Perth’s most economically stressed areas are concentrated in Mirrabooka and Girrawheen. Other location of high stress include Osborne Park, Kwinana, Highgate, and Northbridge.
  • There is a shifting geography of economic stress in Perth suburbs from 2005-2009, where stress was centred around the middle ring suburbs, but has now migrated to the outer northern suburbs.
  • Suburbs such as Cottesloe, Peppermint Grove, and City Beach have the lowest Stress Index scores.
  • Suburbs with the biggest decreases in stress over the four year time period were Victoria Park, Carlisle, Maylands, Bayswater, Inglewood, Mt Lawley, Morley, Belmont, and Riverton.
  • The Underlying socio-economic drivers for stress are the proportions of the population born overseas, who speak English moderately well or poorly, employed in vulnerable sectors, who do not have post-school qualifications, and who have a mortgage.
Acknowledgement of Country

The Committee For Perth acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.