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Housing rental payments

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In Western Australia, 20.0% 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 Western 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
Western Australia - Households (Enumerated)2016
Weekly rental amountNumber%Australia %
$99 or less20,5998.26.1
$100 - $14917,0136.86.2
$150 - $19914,4315.76.4
$200 - $24914,6855.87.9
$250 - $29921,2108.410.8
$300 - $34933,62213.413.6
$350 - $39939,51015.713.1
$400 - $44930,86012.39.8
$450 - $54929,81711.911.2
$550 - $64910,0094.05.3
$650 - $7494,3501.72.7
$750 - $8492,3800.91.4
$850+3,7681.52.2
Not stated9,2373.73.4

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.

Weekly housing rental payments, 2016
Weekly housing rental payments, 2016 $850+, Australia: 2.2% $750 - $849, Australia: 1.4% $650 - $749, Australia: 2.7% $550 - $649, Australia: 5.3% $450 - $549, Australia: 11.2% $400 - $449, Australia: 9.8% $350 - $399, Australia: 13.1% $300 - $349, Australia: 13.6% $250 - $299, Australia: 10.8% $200 - $249, Australia: 7.9% $150 - $199, Australia: 6.4% $100 - $149, Australia: 6.2% $99 or less, Australia: 6.1% $850+, Western Australia: 1.5% $750 - $849, Western Australia: 0.9% $650 - $749, Western Australia: 1.7% $550 - $649, Western Australia: 4.0% $450 - $549, Western Australia: 11.9% $400 - $449, Western Australia: 12.3% $350 - $399, Western Australia: 15.7% $300 - $349, Western Australia: 13.4% $250 - $299, Western Australia: 8.4% $200 - $249, Western Australia: 5.8% $150 - $199, Western Australia: 5.7% $100 - $149, Western Australia: 6.8% $99 or less, Western Australia: 8.2%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (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 Western Australia compared to Australia shows that there was a smaller proportion of households paying high rental payments ($450 per week or more), and a similar proportion of households with low rental payments (less than $250 per week).

Overall, 20.0% of households were paying high rental payments, and 26.5% were paying low payments, compared with 22.8% and 26.6% respectively in Australia.

The major differences between the housing rental payments of Western Australia and Australia were:

  • A larger percentage of $350 - $399 (15.7% compared to 13.1%)
  • A larger percentage of $400 - $449 (12.3% compared to 9.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of $250 - $299 (8.4% compared to 10.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of $200 - $249 (5.8% compared to 7.9%)
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