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Livings costs are relative and can greatly depend on one’s lifestyle and preferences. However, the Regional Price Index 2019  can assist with gauging the cost of living in that it identifies the price levels in the WA regions. The index is produced by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development every two years and compares the prices of a ‘basket’ of 600 goods and services  between regional areas and Perth. ‘Basket’ items are also weighted to reflect the relative importance of the different goods and services.

Findings of the most recent RPI report show that, in 2019, the Kimberley was on average 15.6% more expensive to live in than Perth, with Halls Creek being the most expensive place to live in the Kimberley and on average 26.9% more expensive than Perth. The good news is that regional centres such as Broome, Derby and Kununurra are relatively more affordable than they used to be in 2015. Derby has shown a decline of approximately 5.5% in the level of prices in relation to 2015, being now the most affordable place to live in the Kimberley after Kununurra. Based on previous and current versions of the report (2015, 2017, 2019), the table and map below show further details on the Index for the Kimberley region (click on ‘+’ to zoom in or ‘-‘ to zoom out on the map).

Change % in Regional WA Price Index 2015-2019

wdt_ID Location 2015 2017 2019 Change % 2015-2019
1 Kimberley 115.4 112.9 115.6 0.2
2 Broome 114 109.1 113.6 -0.4
3 Derby 117.7 118.4 111.2 -5.5
4 Fitzroy Crossing (a) - - 121.8 -
5 Halls Creek 121.3 116.8 126.9 4.6
6 Kununurra (b) 113.4 113.7 110.6 -2.5
7 Wyndham (b) 113.4 113.7 118.5 4.5
8 Perth 100 100 100 0
Location 2015 2017 2019 Change % 2015-2019
Notes: (a) Computation for Fitzroy Crossing commenced in 2019
(b) In 2015 and 2017, Wyndham and Kununurra were deemed as same region ‘Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley’

RPI 2019

Page last updated: Thu Dec 19 2019 2:42:22 PM

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Kununurra Western Australia 6743

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Broome, Western Australia 6725

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Derby Western Australia 6728

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