The Survey of Income and Housing (SIH) collects data from households across Australia to measure levels of housing occupancy and costs and how these change over time.
- Around two thirds (66%) of Australian households owned their own home with or without a mortgage, a decrease from 68% in 2015–16.
- Almost one third (32%) of Australian households rented their home in 2017–18, an increase from 30% in 2015–16.
- Average weekly housing costs increased to $484 for owners with a mortgage (up $15 per week from $469 in 2015–16) and remained relatively stable for the other major tenure types ($53 for owners without a mortgage, $366 for renters).
- Households continued to spend 14% of their gross weekly income on housing costs (owners with a mortgage spent 16% and renters spent 20%).
- The average number of persons per household remained stable at 2.6, and the average number of bedrooms per dwelling was unchanged at 3.2.
- Applying the Canadian National Occupancy Standard for housing utilisation, almost one in twenty (4%) of Australian households required at least one additional bedroom to meet the requirements of the household, while more than three quarters (79%) of households had at least one bedroom spare.
- One in five households (20%) owned one or more residential properties other than their usual residence. Of those that owned other residential property, almost three quarters (71%) owned a single property, while one in twenty (5%) owned four or more properties.
- More than half (55%) of recent first home buyers were households with a reference person aged under 35 years.
This publication presents the main findings on housing occupancy and costs from the 2017–18 SIH. More detailed data is available in the data cubes, available from the ‘Downloads’ tab of this publication, and details about the survey are available in the Survey of Income and Housing, User Guide, Australia
(cat. no. 6553.0).