HIGH housing costs are pushing essential workers out of Sydney and Melbourne, despite their crucial role in keeping cities running.

A new study from AHURI revealed that only two local government areas in Sydney and its adjacent localities offer affordable median house prices to key workers and both are more than 150km from the Sydney CBD.

The study conducted by researchers at the University of Sydney looked at the housing and commuting patterns of key workers, who are identified as including teachers, nurses, emergency service workers, community welfare workers, public transport operators, delivery personnel, clears and laundry workers.

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