Across Australia, more than 956,000 households are estimated to be now in mortgage stress (last month 924,500). This equates to 30.0% of households. In addition, more than 21,000 of these are in severe stress, no change from last month. We estimate that more than 55,000 households risk 30-day default in the next 12 months. We expect bank portfolio losses to be around 2.8 basis points, though with losses in WA are higher at 4.9 basis points. Flat wages growth, rising living costs and higher real mortgage rates are all adding to the burden.
Stress by The Numbers.
Regional analysis shows that NSW has 261,159 households in stress (260,830 last month), VIC 258,303 (249,192 last month), QLD 176,154 (165,344 last month) and WA has 126,606 (130,068 last month). The probability of default over the next 12 months rose, with around 10,474 in WA, around 10,299 in QLD, 13,827 in VIC and 14,807 in NSW.
The largest financial losses relating to bank write-offs reside in NSW ($1.3 billion) from Owner Occupied borrowers) and VIC ($960 million) from Owner Occupied Borrowers, which equates to 2.09 and 2.76 basis points respectively. Losses are likely to be highest in WA at 4.9 basis points, which equates to $726 million from Owner Occupied borrowers.