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1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2006  
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Contents >> Chapter 8 - Housing >> Housing costs - capital cities

HOUSING COSTS - CAPITAL CITIES

In 2002-03 the average weekly housing costs for households in all capital cities were $158 (table 8.14). However, there was considerable variation between capital cities. Hobart had the lowest average housing costs at $98 per week.

Sydney had the highest average weekly housing costs for most tenure and landlord types. Canberra recorded the second highest average weekly housing costs for total households ($167 compared with Sydney's $190), partially reflecting the larger proportion of households in Canberra with mortgages on their homes.

8.14 CAPITAL CITY OWNER AND RENTER HOUSEHOLDS, Housing costs - 2002-03

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

AVERAGE WEEKLY HOUSING COSTS ($)

Owner without a mortgage
29
25
28
23
22
23
29
26
Owner with a mortgage
330
266
235
193
237
170
254
267
Renter - state/territory housing authority
82
87
77
81
68
91
112
83
Renter - private landlord
260
196
177
158
160
134
209
209
Total renters(b)
230
180
162
129
143
120
179
185
Total owner and renter households
190
152
147
115
139
98
167
158

AVERAGE GROSS WEEKLY INCOME ($)

Owner without a mortgage
1,047
958
934
817
928
790
1,395
975
Owner with a mortgage
1,735
1,563
1,438
1,321
1,409
1,146
1,675
1,547
Renter - state/territory housing authority
437
421
481
399
348
441
672
439
Renter - private landlord
1,211
1,021
873
866
849
752
1,169
1,041
Total renters(b)
1,080
928
818
690
756
650
1,014
926
Total owner and renter households
1,280
1,170
1,074
966
1,078
876
1,397
1,164

AVERAGE HOUSING COSTS AS A PROPORTION OF INCOME (%)

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

HOUSEHOLDS (’000)

Owner without a mortgage
538.9
512.1
199.4
157.1
189.6
31.7
34.6
1,672.1
Owner with a mortgage
486.9
483.7
228.8
164.3
223.1
27.2
50.2
1,685.2
Renter - state/territory housing authority
75.8
37.6
25.6
37.1
24.6
6.5
11.3
223.6
Renter - private landlord
399.0
284.2
177.2
77.3
115.0
13.5
25.1
1,106.2
Total renters(b)
481.0
336.7
214.9
125.4
141.0
20.2
36.4
1,378.6
Total owner and renter households
1,506.7
1,332.5
643.1
446.8
553.8
79.0
121.2
4,735.8

(a) Includes households in the NT, for which disaggregated data are not sufficiently accurate for most purposes.
(b) Includes other landlord type.

Source: ABS data available on request, Survey of Income and Housing, 2002-03.


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