The first Western Australian Food Access and Costing Survey (FACS) was conducted in August 2010. The survey examined the cost, availability and quality of food in Western Australia (WA). The full report and findings of the Food Access and Cost Survey is at the following link:-
Western Australian Food Access and Costing Survey (FACS) (PDF 2MB)
The findings of the survey report reinforce concerns relating to people’s ability to access nutritious food, particularly for those on a low income or living outside the Perth metropolitan area.
They key findings that were of significance were:
• More grocery stores are located in areas of highest population density. Families in rural and remote areas often have fewer options about where to shop.
• The least healthy foods (i.e. foods high in fat, salt and sugar) are the cheapest in supermarkets.
• Food costs substantially more in remote areas of WA (up to 24% more) largely due to freight expenses.
• The quality and availability of food is poorer in remote areas of WA.
• Welfare recipient families need to spend around 50% of their income to purchase healthy foods compared to 16% for the average income family, and
• Access to fresh, good quality food is limited by where people live.
The communiqué for the Food Access and Cost Survey can be found at the link below:-
FACS Communique (PDF 530KB)