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Housing rental quartiles

In Australia, the 'lowest group' was the largest quartile, comprising 25% of renting households in 2011.

Rental payments in Australia are indicative of its residential role and function and are directly related to the value of residential property. When viewed with Household Income data they may also indicate the level of 'housing stress' in the community.

The quartile method is the most objective method of comparing change in the rental costs of a community over time.

A detailed explanation of how Housing Rental Payment quartiles are calculated and interpreted is available in specific data notes.

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

Housing rental quartiles
Australia - Households (Enumerated)20112006Change
Quartile groupNumber%Greater Capital Cities %Number%Greater Capital Cities %2006 to 2011
Lowest group564,94425.018.2497,53325.019.1+67,411
Medium lowest564,94425.021.7497,53225.023.1+67,412
Medium highest564,94425.028.7497,53325.027.8+67,411
Highest group564,94425.031.4497,53325.030.0+67,411

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Housing rental - Quartile group dollar ranges
Calculated from rental payment data for New South Wales Weekly housing rental payments by Census year
Rental payment ranges
2011
2006
2001
Lowest group $0 to $179 $0 to $127 $0 to $104
Medium lowest $180 to $288 $128 to $195 $105 to $154
Medium highest $289 to $381 $196 to $265 $155 to $210
Highest group $382 and over $266 and over $211 and over

Housing rental quartiles for 2011
Housing rental quartiles for 2011 Highest group, Greater Capital Cities: 31.4% Medium highest, Greater Capital Cities: 28.7% Medium lowest, Greater Capital Cities: 21.7% Lowest group, Greater Capital Cities: 18.2% Highest group, Australia: 25.0% Medium highest, Australia: 25.0% Medium lowest, Australia: 25.0% Lowest group, Australia: 25.0%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in housing rental quartiles, 2006 to 2011
Change in housing rental quartiles, 2006 to 2011 Highest group, Australia: +67,411 Medium highest, Australia: +67,411 Medium lowest, Australia: +67,412 Lowest group, Australia: +67,411
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Rental payment quartiles allow us to compare relative rental liabilities across time. Analysis of the distribution of households by rental payment quartiles in Australia compared to Greater Capital Cities shows that there was a smaller proportion of households in the highest payment quartile, and a larger proportion in the lowest payment quartile.

Emerging groups

The total number of households renting their dwelling in Australia increased by 269,645 between 2006 and 2011. The most significant change during this period was in the medium lowest quartile which showed an increase of 67,412 households.

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