The price women pay: less savings, less super and more financial stress than men
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The price women pay: less savings, less super and more financial stress than men

The average aspiring female property purchaser needs to work three more years than a man to accumulate a 20 percent deposit for a house, a new report has shown

By Bronwyn Allen
Fri, Mar 8, 2024 10:52amGrey Clock 3 min

Australian women are facing more financial stress than men, with the cost-of-living crisis and high interest rates pushing more than 7 million women into financial difficulty, a new report by Finder shows. Women also have less savings, superannuation and fewer investments than men, and six in 10 Australian women say they are enjoying life less than they were a year ago due to money worries.

As International Women’s Day gets underway on Friday, Finder’s personal finance expert, Sarah Megginson, said cost of living pressures are having an outsized impact on women. Millions of women have found themselves experiencing higher levels of financial worry, especially as rents and mortgages have soared, putting a lot of pressure on your budget.

The report found 69 percent of women are experiencing financial stress today compared to 49 percent of men. Housing expenses are causing the most strain, with 42 percent of female homeowners finding it hard to make their home loan repayments compared to 32 percent of men. Due to women earning less, the average aspiring female property purchaser needs to work three more years than a man to accumulate a 20 percent deposit for a house. Among renters, 48 percent of women surveyed by Finder are struggling to pay the rent compared to 40 percent of men.

Women also have 53 percent less cash savings than men. The average woman has $22,680 in savings and puts away $551 a month. The average man has $48,087 saved and squirrels away $832 per month. In January 2022, women had 15 weeks worth of savings. Two years later, this has fallen to less than 13 weeks, while men’s savings have marginally increased from 17.9 weeks’ worth to 18.3 weeks now.

Making ends meet for the basics of life means women are investing less than men, Ms Megginson said. The average Australian male investor has $88,775 invested in shares, which is double that of the average woman, who has $45,125 invested.

“The outsized impact of cost of living pressures on women has likely restricted their ability to invest,” Ms Megginson said. Right now, the focus is on immediate needs – housing, everyday bills and groceries – which means longer-term wealth building gets put on the back burner. The research shows us that women are actually really great at keeping their debt levels down and saving – they generally outperform men in this regard. Still, their long-term wealth suffers.

Last month the Federal Government released the first gender pay gap report comparing the wages and salaries of men and women employed at nearly 5,000 private sector companies. The results show that 50 percent of employers have a gender pay gap of more than 9.1 percent, and 62 percent of median employer gender pay gaps are more than five percent and favour men.

Diana Mousina, deputy chief economist at AMP, said that while unconscious gender biases in the workplace exist, other factors also contribute to the gap. This includes a lower female labour participation rate of 62.6percent compared to 71.1 percent for men, and a higher proportion of women working part-time. This is largely due to women taking a greater share of child care responsibilities within families. Women also dominate lowerpaid industries that offer more flexible hours, such as health care and social assistance, while men dominate the lucrative construction, mining and energy industries where there is higher risk and less flexibility.

Ms Megginson said women retire with far less superannuation than men. The latest data published by the Australian Taxation Office shows men had about 20 percent more in superannuation than women on 30 June 2021. Yesterday, Federal Labor announced it would pay superannuation on top of government-funded paid parental leave from 1 July 2025 if it wins the next election.



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Winning neighbourhoods where home values rose most in FY24

We reveal the No. 1 areas for price growth in each capital city

By Bronwyn Allen
Thu, Jul 18, 2024 3 min

Home values across Australia rose by a median 8 percent in FY24, delivering the equivalent of $59,000 in new capital growth to the two-thirds of the population that owns a home, according to CoreLogic data. Investors received total returns of 12.2 percent over the year, including capital gains and gross rental income.

Very tight supply and demand in most capital cities except Melbourne and Hobart was a significant driver of the capital growth, with the smaller and more affordable capital cities of Perth, Brisbane and Adelaide experiencing the most price appreciation over the year. A lack of properties for sale trumped the usual dampening effect of higher interest rates.

As usual, some areas outperformed their city’s median growth benchmark. Here are the top SA3 areas for capital growth in each capital city of Australia in FY24. SA3 areas are large suburbs, or districts incorporating clusters of suburbs, with more than 20,000 residents.

 

Sydney

Home values across Sydney rose by a median 6.3 percent in FY24. The No. 1 area for growth was Mount Druitt. Its median value rose by 13.96 percent to $859,939. Mount Druitt is located 33km west of the CBD. It incorporates the suburbs of Mount Druitt, Ropes Crossing, Whalan and Minchinbury. The Mount Druitt community is very multicultural with almost one in two residents born overseas. It is home to many young families, with the median age of residents being 33 compared to the NSW median of 39.

 

Melbourne

Home values across Melbourne rose by a median 1.3 percent in FY24. The top area for capital growth was Moreland-North with 4.71 percent growth. This took the district’s median home value to $746,488. Moreland-North includes the suburbs of Hadfield, Pascoe Vale and Glenroy. It’s a multicultural community with a particularly large contingent of residents with Italian ancestry. One or both parents of 66 percent of residents were born overseas, according to the 2021 Census.

 

Brisbane

Home values across Brisbane rose by a median 15.8 percent in FY24. The No. 1 area for growth was Springwood-Kingston in Logan City. Its median value swelled by 25.55 percent to $710,569. Springwood-Kingston is approximately 22km south of Brisbane CBD. It incorporates the suburbs of Springwood, Kingston, Rochedale South and Slacks Creek. It is a multicultural community with one or both parents of 55 percent of the residents born overseas, according to the 2021 Census. More than 15 percent of residents have Irish or Scottish ancestry.

 

Adelaide

Home values across Adelaide rose by a median 15.4 percent in FY24. The best area for capital growth was Playford in Playford City. Its median value soared by 19.94 percent to $530,991. Playford is approximately 40km north of Adelaide. It incorporates the suburbs of Elizabeth Downs, Elizabeth Grove, Angle Vale and Virginia. It is home to many young people under the age of 40. The median age of residents is 33 compared to the state median of 41.

 

Perth 

Home values across Perth rose by a median 23.6 percent in FY24. The No. 1 area for growth was Kwinana in Kwinana City. Its median value skyrocketed by 33.19 percent to $618,925. Kwinana is approximately 37km south of Perth CBD. It includes the suburbs of Leda, Medina, Casuarina and Mandogalup. Henderson Naval Base is located here and there is a significant community of servicemen and ex-servicemen living in the area. It is home to many young families, with the median age of residents being 33 compared to the state median of 38.

 

Canberra

Home values across the nation’s capital rose by a median 2.2 percent in FY24. The best area for capital growth was Weston Creek. Its median value rose by 5.24 percent to $937,740. Weston Creek is approximately 13km south-west of the CBD. It includes the suburbs of Weston Creek, Holder, Duffy, Fisher and Chapman. Approximately 43 percent of residents have a bachelor’s degree, which is on par with the ACT median but much higher than the national median of 26 percent. Household incomes are about 35 percent higher than the national median. Almost one in five residents work in government administration jobs.

 

Hobart

Home values across Hobart fell 0.1 percent in FY24. The top performing area for capital gains was Sorell-Dodges Ferry with 2.78 percent growth. This took the area’s median home value to $615,973. Sorell-Dodges Ferry is approximately 25km north-west of Hobart. It incorporates the suburbs of Richmond, Sorell, Dodges Ferry, Carlton and Primrose Sands. The area has a large community of baby boomers and retirees, with the median age of residents being 43 compared to the Australian median of 38.

 

Darwin

Home values across Darwin rose by a median 2.4 percent in FY24. The No. 1 area for growth was Litchfield. Its median value moved 3.21 higher to $672,003. Litchfield is about 37km south-east of Darwin and includes the suburbs of Humpty Doo, Acacia Hills and Southport.  It has a high proportion of middle-aged residents, with the median age being 39 compared to the territory median of 33. About 12 percent of residents are Indigenous Australians. The biggest industries are government administration and defence. Median household incomes are about 35 percent higher than the national median.

 

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