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In this publication, housing costs are defined as the sum of rent payments; rate payments (water and general); and mortgage or unsecured loan payments (if the initial purpose of the loan was primarily to buy, add, or alter the dwelling). The complexities in measuring different types of housing costs mean that care should be taken when comparing housing costs and affordability ratios across tenure types.
In 2017–18, the average weekly housing costs for all Australian households were $311 but vary significantly for different tenure types. They were:
In the past two decades, from 1997–98 to 2017–18, housing costs (adjusted for inflation) for major tenure and landlord types have increased by:
Annotation(s): Note: Survey not run in 1998–99, 2001–02, 2004–05, 2006–07, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2012–13, 2014–15 or 2016–17. Values have been interpolated for these years.
Footnote(s): (a) Adjusted for changes in the Consumer Price Index to 2017–18 dollars
Source(s): Survey of Income and Housing
Housing costs are not uniform across Australia. In 2017–18, average weekly housing costs for households in each state and territory were:
More detail about housing costs can be found in the data cubes available to download from the 'Downloads’ tab of this product.
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