This page provides statistical information on housing in the City of Whitehorse.
Median House Prices
In 2018 the median house price in Whitehorse was $1,150,000. This is considerably higher than the equivalent for the Melbourne Metropolitan area ($740,000). Whitehorse has the 10th highest median house price of the 79 local governments in Victoria.
The median house price in the municipality has decreased over the past 12 months (see Table 1), in contrast to metropolitan Melbourne.
Source: Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning (2019), ‘Annual Property Sales’, viewed October 2019
NB: All values have been adjusted to 2018 dollars as at September 2018.
A total of 35.7 per cent of households in Whitehorse own their own home. This is considerably higher than Greater Melbourne at 29 per cent. Such elevated level of home ownership means there are fewer households renting or purchasing homes.
However, numbers of households owning their own homes have fallen since the 2006 Census, continuing a trend both in Whitehorse and Greater Melbourne. The number of people purchasing homes has fallen slightly, but there has been a continuing rise in the number of people entering the rental market. This is significant as it means an increase in the number of households susceptible to housing stress.
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (2017), Census of Population and Housing
There is a continuing upward trend in rents across Metropolitan Melbourne. Table 2 outlines the median rents for municipalities across the Eastern Metropolitan Region (EMR). In the 12 months to June 2019, the biggest increase in rent in Whitehorse occurred in 1 bedroom flats (3.8 per cent), while 3 bedroom houses experienced the lowest increase (1.1 per cent). The cost of renting a two bedroom house increased by 2.5 per cent across the same period, and it was less expensive to rent a 2 bedroom house than a 2 bedroom flat. 2 bedroom flats comprise the largest number of rental properties in Whitehorse (45.0 per cent of total rentals).
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Source: DHS (2019), Rental Report June Quarter 2019, viewed October 2019.
NOTE: EMR data is based on the median rent and the number of properties available.
Approximately 1,463 households nominated as living in social housing in the 2016 Census. This is 2.4 per cent of all households in the municipality.
Table 3 summarises the number of social housing properties in the EMR and in other regions in 2016. While the rate of social housing in Whitehorse is the second highest in the east, as a region the EMR has significantly less public housing than the other metropolitan regions – approximately 6.1 properties per 1,000 estimated residential population, compared with 11.2 and 8.4 for the north and west metropolitan, and southern metropolitan regions respectively. This should not be considered a reflection of lack of demand; rather that supply levels are low.
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Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (2017), Census of Population and Housing. Rates based on ERP as at June 2016.
Households are generally accepted to be in ‘housing stress’ when they spend more than 30 per cent of their income on housing, particularly if they are in the lowest 40 per cent of income earners. Housing such an outlay may affect their ability to meet other basic needs, particularly where they are in the lowest 40 per cent of income earners.
In Whitehorse the proportion of renters in housing stress has increased from 9 per cent in 2011, to 10.9 per cent in 2016, slightly higher than the Victorian average of 10.4 per cent.
Alternatively, Whitehorse has a lower percentage of mortgage holders in housing stress (7.2 per cent) when compared to Victoria (7.5 per cent).
Overall 11.8 per cent of households in Whitehorse are considered to be in housing stress.
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (2017), Census of Population and Housing 2016.
These overall figures can mask the variation that exists within the municipality. For example, rental housing stress is highest in Box Hill, accounting for 30.5 per cent of all renters. This is followed by Burwood, with 18.6 per cent of renters. Mortgage stress is greatest in Vermont and Blackburn North, accounting for 9.5 and 8.7 of mortgagees respectively.
Figure 3 is a thematic map depicting where households are experiencing housing stress. It is based on the 2016 Census. The map shows high levels of housing stress around Box Hill (19 to 36 per cent in some areas) and high levels of stress around Burwood, East Burwood, parts of Nunawading, Mitcham and Forest Hill.
Source: ABS (2017), 2016 Census of Population and Housing, ‘City of Whitehorse, Housing Stress, accessed via Profile.ID, http://atlas.id.com.au/whitehorse.
In 2015 it was estimated that there were 4.6 homeless people in Whitehorse per 1,000 persons, compared to the Victorian average of 4.0 persons (Department of Health and Human Services, 2015 Local Government Area Profiles).
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