Aussies 'not willing to relocate to the west'

Aussies who live in the eastern states are reluctant to up sticks and relocate to Western Australia.

The mining boom has led to western workers receiving huge wage rises and job opportunities have increased rapidly.

Despite this, people from the east are still wary about moving and a new study conducted by Edith Cowan University has highlighted a number of reasons for this.

First and foremost, the cost of living has risen dramatically in Western Australia.

Overseas workers have flocked to the country in search of employment in the lucrative mining sector and this has forced up general living costs and property values.

High house prices are making it more difficult for people to secure a home loan, especially if they are not working in the thriving natural resources industry.

Figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics indicated that established house prices in Perth grew by 1.8 per cent in the September quarter of 2012.

This was streets ahead of other capital cities around the country, with Sydney witnessing a rise of just 0.3 per cent, while prices in Melbourne went up by 0.2 per cent.

Only Canberra – with a 1.1 per cent improvement – could get anywhere near Perth.

It is not just the stubbornly high property prices that are putting Aussies off moving to the west, though.

The study also discovered a genuine fear of social isolation among people who have been offered a job in Western Australia.

Respondents to the survey stated the remote job locations were far from appealing, which is understandable for somebody who is used to living in a vibrant city like Sydney or Brisbane. The massive lifestyle change is too much for some Aussies to bear.

"Moving away from family and friends, the fly-in-fly-out working arrangements, a lack of social infrastructure and accommodation with reasonable rents, and the perceived high cost of living were the main reasons," commented School of Management researcher and project lead Susanne Bahn.

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