Median weekly rental payments
- In 2011, the median weekly household rent in Queensland was $300, the second highest in the country and equal to median rents paid in New South Wales and Western Australia. This compared with $285 for Australia.
- The LGAs of Brisbane, Gold Coast and Redland recorded the highest median rents in Queensland, all with rental costs of $350 per week.
- As the following map shows, the highest median rental payments were clustered in and around the Greater Brisbane region and along the coast. The LGAs of Sunshine Coast and MacKay also reported median weekly rents above $300 in 2011, $320 and $315 respectively.
MEDIAN WEEKLY RENTAL PAYMENT(a), by Local Government Area, Queensland, 2011
(a) Applicable to occupied private dwellings which were being rented (or occupied rent-free) by a member of the household. Excludes 'Visitor only' and 'Other non-classifiable' households.
Changes in median weekly rental payments
- In Australia and Queensland, the LGA with the fastest growth in median weekly rental payments between 2006 and 2011 was the community of Weipa, located in the far north of the state, with an increase of 570%.
- In Queensland the fastest growth in household rent were recorded in LGAs outside the Greater Brisbane area, and some of these regions have also experienced growth in mining activity (e.g. Weipa, Gladstone and Mount Isa).
- The LGA with the fastest growth in rent costs in Greater Brisbane was Somerset, which rose from $150 per week in 2006 to $240 in 2011, a rise of 60.0%. This LGA is located about 100 kilometres northwest of inner Brisbane.
FASTEST GROWTH IN MEDIAN WEEKLY RENTAL PAYMENTS(a), by Local Government Area(b), Queensland, 2006 and 2011
|Local Government Area|
Median Rental Payment
|Rest of Queensland|
|(a) Applicable to occupied private dwellings which were being rented (or occupied rent-free) by a member of the household. Excludes 'Visitor only' and 'Other non-classifiable' households.|
|(b) LGAs with a total occupied private dwelling count under 500 dwellings in 2011 are excluded from this table.|
|Source: ABS Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011|