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 Survey can be found at the link below:
Western Australian Food Access and Cost 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)
The second Western Australian Food Access and Cost Survey (FACS) was conducted in 2013. The full report and findings of the Survey can be found at the link below:
Western Australian Food Access and Cost Survey 2013 Report (PDF 4MB)
The key findings that were of significance were:
- Food costs substantially more in very remote areas and the gap is increasing.
- Food stress for welfare recipient and low income earning families.
- The quality fresh fruit and vegetables was generally good.
- WA grocery stores, particularly independently owned increased.