Housing rental payments
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In Australia, 22.8% of renting households were paying $450 or more per week in rent in 2016.
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)||2016|
|Weekly rental amount||Number||%||Greater Capital Cities %|
|$99 or less||159,388||6.1||4.3||26000|
|$100 - $149||161,293||6.2||5.0||26001|
|$150 - $199||167,140||6.4||4.1||26002|
|$200 - $249||206,621||7.9||5.3||26003|
|$250 - $299||280,250||10.8||8.8||26004|
|$300 - $349||353,681||13.6||13.7||26005|
|$350 - $399||341,399||13.1||14.5||26006|
|$400 - $449||255,310||9.8||11.4||26007|
|$450 - $549||292,142||11.2||14.0||26008|
|$550 - $649||138,964||5.3||7.1||26009|
|$650 - $749||69,996||2.7||3.7||26010|
|$750 - $849||36,024||1.4||1.9||26011|
|Total households renting||2,606,660||100.0||100.0|
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 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 ($450 per week or more), and a larger proportion of households with low rental payments (less than $250 per week).
Overall, 22.8% of households were paying high rental payments, and 26.6% were paying low payments, compared with 29.8% and 18.7% respectively in Greater Capital Cities.
The major differences between the housing rental payments of Australia and Greater Capital Cities were:
- A larger percentage of $200 - $249 (7.9% compared to 5.3%)
- A larger percentage of $150 - $199 (6.4% compared to 4.1%)
- A larger percentage of $250 - $299 (10.8% compared to 8.8%)
- A smaller percentage of $450 - $549 (11.2% compared to 14.0%)