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Housing rental payments

In Australia, 21.0% of renting households were paying more than $400 per week in rent in 2011.

Rental payments can be a better measure of the cost of housing in Australia than mortgage repayments because they are not contingent on length of occupancy or equity in the dwelling.

High rental payments may indicate desirable areas with mobile populations who prefer to rent, or a housing shortage, or gentrification. Low rental payments may indicate public housing (check Tenure Type), or areas where low income households move by necessity for a lower cost of living.

Rental payments are not directly comparable over time because of inflation. For comparison of rental payments over time, go to Housing Rental 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 renting their dwelling

Weekly housing rental payments
Australia - Households (Enumerated)2011
Weekly rental amountNumber%Greater Capital Cities %
Nil88,0463.72.6
$1 - $7474,8213.22.2
$75 - $99105,1824.54.2
$100 - $12482,2863.52.4
$125 - $14983,9943.62.6
$150 - $174111,3354.73.0
$175 - $19992,7453.92.7
$200 - $224142,9476.14.7
$225 - $249101,6774.33.8
$250 - $274171,0167.36.9
$275 - $299130,6975.65.9
$300 - $324206,8388.89.9
$325 - $349113,8054.85.8
$350 - $374165,5737.08.3
$375 - $39995,1684.14.8
$400 - $424115,6754.95.9
$425 - $44946,3852.02.4
$450 - $549168,4407.29.1
$550 - $64972,4823.14.2
$650 - $74934,9721.52.0
$750 - $84918,9280.81.1
$850 - $94910,0730.40.6
$950+26,6931.11.4
Rent not stated89,1163.83.5
Total households renting2,348,894100.0100.0

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.

Weekly housing rental payments, 2011
Weekly housing rental payments, 2011 $950+, Greater Capital Cities: 1.4% $850 - $949, Greater Capital Cities: 0.6% $750 - $849, Greater Capital Cities: 1.1% $650 - $749, Greater Capital Cities: 2.0% $550 - $649, Greater Capital Cities: 4.2% $450 - $549, Greater Capital Cities: 9.1% $425 - $449, Greater Capital Cities: 2.4% $400 - $424, Greater Capital Cities: 5.9% $375 - $399, Greater Capital Cities: 4.8% $350 - $374, Greater Capital Cities: 8.3% $325 - $349, Greater Capital Cities: 5.8% $300 - $324, Greater Capital Cities: 9.9% $275 - $299, Greater Capital Cities: 5.9% $250 - $274, Greater Capital Cities: 6.9% $225 - $249, Greater Capital Cities: 3.8% $200 - $224, Greater Capital Cities: 4.7% $175 - $199, Greater Capital Cities: 2.7% $150 - $174, Greater Capital Cities: 3.0% $125 - $149, Greater Capital Cities: 2.6% $100 - $124, Greater Capital Cities: 2.4% $75 - $99, Greater Capital Cities: 4.2% $1 - $74, Greater Capital Cities: 2.2% Nil, Greater Capital Cities: 2.6% $950+, Australia: 1.1% $850 - $949, Australia: 0.4% $750 - $849, Australia: 0.8% $650 - $749, Australia: 1.5% $550 - $649, Australia: 3.1% $450 - $549, Australia: 7.2% $425 - $449, Australia: 2.0% $400 - $424, Australia: 4.9% $375 - $399, Australia: 4.1% $350 - $374, Australia: 7.0% $325 - $349, Australia: 4.8% $300 - $324, Australia: 8.8% $275 - $299, Australia: 5.6% $250 - $274, Australia: 7.3% $225 - $249, Australia: 4.3% $200 - $224, Australia: 6.1% $175 - $199, Australia: 3.9% $150 - $174, Australia: 4.7% $125 - $149, Australia: 3.6% $100 - $124, Australia: 3.5% $75 - $99, Australia: 4.5% $1 - $74, Australia: 3.2% Nil, Australia: 3.7%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the weekly housing rental payments of households in Australia compared to Greater Capital Cities shows that there was a smaller proportion of households paying high rental payments ($400 per week or more), and a larger proportion of households with low rental payments (less than $150 per week).

Overall, 21.0% of households were paying high rental payments, and 18.5% were paying low payments, compared with 26.7% and 13.9% respectively in Greater Capital Cities.

The major differences between the housing rental payments of Australia and Greater Capital Cities were:

  • A larger percentage of $150 - $174 (4.7% compared to 3.0%)
  • A larger percentage of $200 - $224 (6.1% compared to 4.7%)
  • A larger percentage of $175 - $199 (3.9% compared to 2.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of $450 - $549 (7.2% compared to 9.1%)
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