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New data reveals record yields in Australian rental markets in 2022

The best performing cities for investors may not be where you think

By Robyn Willis
Wed, Jan 11, 2023 10:05amGrey Clock 2 min

The Australian rental market achieved record growth over 2022 as yields go from strength to strength, CoreLogic reports.

While CoreLogic’s Quarterly Rental Review for Q4 2022 showed a slowdown in the pace of growth for the second consecutive month in December last year, rentals experienced a record 10.2 percent increase over the year. 

The December results are just the latest markers of a rental yield upswing, which has seen values rise 22.2 percent since September 2020, the largest upswing on record. It has taken the national median weekly rent valuation from $430 to $519.

Author of the report and CoreLogic head of research, Eliza Owen, said December figures revealed a 2 percent increase, down from a 2.3 percent increase in the September quarter, coinciding with a lift in the rental vacancy rate to 1.17 percent.
“The decline in quarterly rental growth rates observed in the December quarter was led by the capital cities where rents continued to increase but at a slightly slower rate than they have done in September and June quarters,” she said. 

In the capital cities, Canberra still holds the top position as Australia’s most expensive city to rent, with a median weekly rental value of $681, edging out Sydney at $679 per week, followed by Darwin at $579 per week.

At the other end of the scale, Melbourne maintains the title of Australia’s most affordable rental capital at $507 per week, followed by Adelaide on $518, Hobart on $552, Perth at $553 and Brisbane at $588.

Ms Owen points to shifts in migration patterns in recent years to explain the disparity between the country’s largest capitals and Canberra, which reveal a weakening trend for new arrivals in Canberra compared with Sydney and Melbourne.

​“Unlike Canberra, high levels of net overseas migration to NSW and Victoria has vastly offset negative net internal migration flows in the year to June 2022,” Ms Owen said. “Prior to the pandemic, Sydney and Melbourne alone accounted for around two thirds of net overseas arrivals, with high density city centres being among the most popular destinations. This has likely contributed to unprecedented annual growth in unit rents over 2022, which was 15.5 percent  across Sydney and 14.2 percent in Melbourne.” 



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Along with high inflation and weak consumer spending, there’s another key factor pushing a record number of businesses to the edge

By Bronwyn Allen
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More than 10,000 companies are expected to have entered external administration by the end of the 2024 financial year, a level not seen for more than a decade. Data just released by the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) shows 1,245 companies became insolvent in May, the highest monthly number this financial year. At present, a total of 9,988 businesses have gone bust in FY24 with data from June yet to be finalised.

Deloitte Access Economics Partner David Rumbens said the surge in business insolvencies this year was a “clear sign of economic distress”.

He commented: “[ASIC] predicts that by the end of the financial year, the number of companies entering external administration will likely exceed 10,000 – a level not seen since 2012-13, in the aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC).”

Mr Rumbens said the elements contributing to this year’s surge in insolvencies include high inflation and interest rates, weak consumer spending, and the commencement of more proactive tax debt collection activities by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

“One of the key factors contributing to this surge in insolvencies is the [ATO] pursuing debts that were previously put on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.

Mr Rumbens cited ATO figures showing collectable debt rose 89 percent in the four years to June 2023. This has particularly impacted small businesses, which account for approximately 65 percent of the total debt owed at about $33 billion. “But more strictly enforced debt collection is coming at a time of tough economic conditions. High interest rates and cost-of-living pressures have weakened consumer spending, particularly in more discretionary components of spending.”

The construction sector has seen the highest number of insolvencies by far in FY24, mirroring the trend of FY23. Of the 9,988 insolvencies to date, 2,711 of them are in the building sector, which faces several challenges. These include a substantial lift in the cost of construction materials that is well above inflation and has made many fixed-price contracts signed within the past few years unprofitable. There is also a significant labour shortage that is delaying new home completions and new project starts, and also adding higher costs to projects.

“The construction sector has been hit particularly hard, with construction firms leading industry insolvencies in every quarter since mid-2021,” Mr Rumbens said. “They have accounted for approximately 25 percent of all insolvencies during this period. The residential construction sector is already facing a backlog of projects to complete as a result of skills and material shortages in recent years, and increased insolvencies in the sector may only exacerbate the problem of housing shortages.”

The ASIC data shows the next biggest industry affected is ‘other services’, which includes a broad range of personal care services such as hair, beauty, dietary, and death care services. The sector has seen 939 insolvencies in FY24. Retail trade is next with 687 insolvencies, followed by professional, scientific and technical services with 585 insolvencies.

“The food & accommodation sector has also experienced a wave of insolvencies. High input costs, worker shortages, and weak consumer sentiment have put pressure on businesses. Specifically, in March, cafés, restaurants, and takeaway businesses accounted for 5.5 percent of total business insolvencies, the highest proportion in the last three years.”

Mr Rumbens pointed out that while the number of insolvencies was high, it represents a lower share of the business sector at 0.33 percent than it did in FY13 when it was 0.53 percent. “This reflects the increase of registered companies in Australia, which has risen from just over two million to 3.3 million since 2012-13. Even so, the continued lift in insolvencies since 2021 highlights the difficult conditions many businesses face at present.”

 

 

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