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Greater Western Sydney Region

Housing rental payments

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In the Greater Western Sydney Region, 31.5% 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 the Greater Western Sydney Region 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
Greater Western Sydney Region - Households (Enumerated)2016
Weekly rental amountNumber%Greater Sydney %
$99 or less8,7714.23.8
$100 - $14913,4976.45.1
$150 - $19910,4945.03.5
$200 - $2499,8374.73.5
$250 - $29911,4915.54.0
$300 - $34919,4929.36.9
$350 - $39929,47614.010.1
$400 - $44933,68816.011.8
$450 - $54941,04419.619.0
$550 - $64916,3407.812.2
$650 - $7495,5092.67.1
$750 - $8491,7250.83.8
$850+1,4210.75.9
Not stated7,1153.43.2

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+, Greater Sydney: 5.9% $750 - $849, Greater Sydney: 3.8% $650 - $749, Greater Sydney: 7.1% $550 - $649, Greater Sydney: 12.2% $450 - $549, Greater Sydney: 19.0% $400 - $449, Greater Sydney: 11.8% $350 - $399, Greater Sydney: 10.1% $300 - $349, Greater Sydney: 6.9% $250 - $299, Greater Sydney: 4.0% $200 - $249, Greater Sydney: 3.5% $150 - $199, Greater Sydney: 3.5% $100 - $149, Greater Sydney: 5.1% $99 or less, Greater Sydney: 3.8% $850+, Greater Western Sydney Region: 0.7% $750 - $849, Greater Western Sydney Region: 0.8% $650 - $749, Greater Western Sydney Region: 2.6% $550 - $649, Greater Western Sydney Region: 7.8% $450 - $549, Greater Western Sydney Region: 19.6% $400 - $449, Greater Western Sydney Region: 16.0% $350 - $399, Greater Western Sydney Region: 14.0% $300 - $349, Greater Western Sydney Region: 9.3% $250 - $299, Greater Western Sydney Region: 5.5% $200 - $249, Greater Western Sydney Region: 4.7% $150 - $199, Greater Western Sydney Region: 5.0% $100 - $149, Greater Western Sydney Region: 6.4% $99 or less, Greater Western Sydney Region: 4.2%
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 the Greater Western Sydney Region compared to Greater Sydney 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, 31.5% of households were paying high rental payments, and 20.3% were paying low payments, compared with 48.1% and 16.0% respectively in Greater Sydney.

The major differences between the housing rental payments of the Greater Western Sydney Region and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage of $400 - $449 (16.0% compared to 11.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of $850+ (0.7% compared to 5.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of $650 - $749 (2.6% compared to 7.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of $550 - $649 (7.8% compared to 12.2%)
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