Housing loan repayments
This topic has been updated with 2016 Census data for all areas. What's this?
In Australia, 22.5% of households with a mortgage were making high loan repayments of $2,600 or more per month in 2016.
Mortgage repayments are directly related to house prices in Australia, length of occupancy and the level of equity of home owners. When viewed with Household Income data it may also indicate the level of housing stress households in the community are under. In mortgage belt areas it is expected that households will be paying a higher proportion of their income on their housing compared to well-established areas. First home buyer areas are also likely to have larger mortgages than upgrader areas where households move in with equity from elsewhere.
Mortgage payment levels are not directly comparable over time because of inflation. For comparison of mortgage payments over time, go to Housing Loan Quartiles.
Derived from the Census questions:
'How much does your household pay for this dwelling?' and 'Is this dwelling (owned outright, owned with a mortgage etc.)'
Households with a mortgage
|Monthly housing loan repayments|
|Australia - Households (Enumerated)||2016|
|Monthly repayment amount||Number||%||Greater Capital Cities %|
|$299 or less||145,512||5.1||5.0||23020|
|$300 - $599||122,208||4.3||3.6||23021|
|$600 - $999||248,882||8.7||6.9||23022|
|$1,000 - $1,199||184,691||6.4||5.5||23023|
|$1,200 - $1,399||225,450||7.9||6.9||23024|
|$1,400 - $1,599||218,531||7.6||7.1||23025|
|$1,600 - $1,799||247,208||8.6||8.2||23026|
|$1,800 - $1,999||179,670||6.3||6.3||23027|
|$2,000 - $2,199||304,806||10.6||11.2||23028|
|$2,200 - $2,399||125,536||4.4||4.7||23029|
|$2,400 - $2,599||100,083||3.5||4.0||23030|
|$2,600 - $2,999||199,630||7.0||7.6||23031|
|$3,000 - $3,999||261,394||9.1||10.7||23032|
|$4,000 - $4,999||100,308||3.5||4.3||23033|
|$5,000 and over||85,630||3.0||3.8||23034|
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing (opens a new window) 2016. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id (opens a new window), the population experts.
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Analysis of the monthly housing loan repayments of households in Australia compared to Greater Capital Cities shows that there was a smaller proportion of households paying high mortgage repayments ($2,600 per month or more), and a larger proportion of households with low mortgage repayments (less than $1,200 per month).
Overall, 22.5% of households were paying high mortgage repayments, and 24.4% were paying low repayments, compared with 26.3% and 21.0% respectively in Greater Capital Cities.
The major differences between the household loan repayments of Australia and Greater Capital Cities were:
- A larger percentage of $600 - $999 (8.7% compared to 6.9%)
- A smaller percentage of $3,000 - $3,999 (9.1% compared to 10.7%)