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1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2002  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 25/01/2002   
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Contents >> Housing >> Housing costs - Capital cities

In 1999-2000, the mean weekly housing costs for households in all capital cities was $133 (table 8.16). However, there was considerable variation between capital cities. Hobart had the lowest mean housing costs at $87 per week.

While Sydney had the highest housing costs for most tenure and landlord types, Canberra recorded the highest mean housing costs for total households ($161 compared to Sydney's $155) because of the larger proportion of households in Canberra purchasing their homes.

8.16 CAPITAL CITY OWNER AND RENTER HOUSEHOLDS, Housing Costs by Tenure and Landlord Type - 1999-2000

Tenure and landlord type
Sydney
Melbourne
Brisbane
Adelaide
Perth
Hobart
Canberra
All capital cities(a)

MEAN WEEKLY HOUSING COSTS ($)

Owner without a mortgage
26
24
24
21
18
20
30
24
Owner with a mortgage
277
225
198
163
211
144
259
228
Renter - State/Territory housing authority
78
76
70
70
65
*78
*73
74
Renter - private landlord
227
168
156
143
142
*122
169
182
Total renters(b)
195
152
139
114
126
109
134
157
Total owner and renter households
155
123
126
98
129
87
161
133

MEAN WEEKLY INCOME ($)

Owner without a mortgage
995
1,003
835
797
870
703
1,037
945
Owner with a mortgage
1,485
1,300
1,372
1,066
1,237
1,095
1,479
1,337
Renter - State/Territory housing authority
480
401
380
382
334
*470
*380
421
Renter - private landlord
1,066
927
794
817
790
*608
1,040
928
Total renters(b)
947
836
761
646
715
569
819
826
Total owner and renter households
1,132
1,068
1,004
843
985
797
1,160
1,047

MEAN HOUSING COSTS AS A PROPORTION OF INCOME (%)

Owner without a mortgage
3
2
3
3
2
3
3
3
Owner with a mortgage
19
17
14
15
17
13
18
17
Renter - State/Territory housing authority
16
19
19
18
20
17
19
18
Renter - private landlord
21
18
20
18
18
20
16
20
Total renters(b)
21
18
18
18
18
19
16
19
Total owner and renter households
14
12
13
12
13
11
14
13

HOUSEHOLDS (’000)

Owner without a mortgage
577.3
523.5
178.3
156.7
159.6
28.9
31.0
1,664.9
Owner with a mortgage
459.4
430.4
216.9
152.3
222.3
25.1
51.1
1,578.2
Renter - State/Territory housing authority
85.2
42.3
30.9
44.5
25.7
*5.9
*12.2
251.8
Renter - private landlord
352.8
236.2
161.7
82.0
109.7
*15.1
23.4
993.0
Total renters(b)
447.2
285.4
204.4
134.9
139.4
21.0
36.5
1,290.0
Total owner and renter households
1,483.8
1,239.3
599.7
443.9
521.3
75.1
118.6
4,533.1

(a) Includes households in the Northern Territory, for which disaggregated data are not acceptable for most purposes.
(b) Includes other landlord type.

Source: ABS data available on request, Survey of Income and Housing Costs, 1999-2000.


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