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Rent (weekly) ranges (RNTRD)

Census of Population and Housing: Census dictionary
Reference period
2021

Definition

This variable records the rent paid for a dwelling on a weekly basis in ranges. It is applicable to the dwelling the household was counted in on Census night. A private dwelling is defined in Dwelling structure (STRD) and can include caravans in caravan parks, occupied tents, and houseboats.

This data is output in standard Census products (QuickStats, Community profiles) in ranges.

Rent is also captured in individual dollar amounts in Rent (weekly) dollar values (RNTD).

Scope

Occupied private dwellings being rented

Categories

CodeCategory

01

$1 - $74

02

$75 - $99

03

$100 - $124

04

$125 - $149

05

$150 - $174

06

$175 - $199

07

$200 - $224

08

$225 - $249

09

$250 - $274

10

$275 - $299

11

$300 - $324

12

$325 - $349

13

$350 - $374

14

$375 - $399

15

$400 - $424

16

$425 - $449

17

$450 - $474

18

$475 – 499

19

$500 - $524

20

$525- $549

21

$550 - $649

22

$650 - $749

23

$750 - $849

24

$850 - $949

25

$950 and over

&&

Not stated

@@

Not applicable

Number of categories:  27

Not applicable (@@) category comprises:

  • Occupied private dwellings with Tenure type (TEND) of Owned outright, Owned with a mortgage, Being purchased under a rent/buy scheme, Being occupied under a life tenure scheme, Occupied rent free, Other and Not stated
  • Unoccupied private dwellings
  • Non-private dwellings
  • Migratory, off-shore and shipping SA1s

Question(s) from the Census form

Is this dwelling: (please open this section to view response categories)

    Is this dwelling:
    Is the dwelling at 1 Smith Street:

    Include owners of caravans, manufactured homes or houseboats in ‘Owned with a mortgage’ or ‘Owned outright’ regardless of whether or not the site is owned.

    A shared equity scheme is a government or not-for-profit scheme - assisting people on lower incomes to buy a home by sharing up to 30% of the ownership.

    Life tenure schemes are a common arrangement in retirement villages. Include leaseholds, and loan and license agreements in ‘Occupied under a life tenure scheme’.
    • Dwelling ownership
    • Owned outright
    • Owned with a mortgage
    • Purchased under a shared equity scheme
    • Rented
    • Occupied rent free
    • Occupied under a life tenure scheme
    • Other

      Example

      Rent (weekly) ranges example - owned outright response selected

      Example

      Is the dwelling at 1 Smith Street:

      Include owners of caravans, manufactured homes or houseboats in ‘Owned with a mortgage’ or ‘Owned outright’ regardless of whether or not the site is owned.

      A shared equity scheme is a government or not-for-profit scheme - assisting people on lower incomes to buy a home by sharing up to 30% of the ownership.

      Life tenure schemes are a common arrangement in retirement villages. Include leaseholds, and loan and license agreements in ‘Occupied under a life tenure scheme’.

      Dwelling ownership

      Owned outright (selected response)

      Owned with a mortgage

      Purchased under a shared equity scheme

      Rented

      Occupied rent free

      Occupied under a life tenure scheme

      Other

      Rent arrangements

      These questions do not apply, based on your answer to the previous question.

        Example

        Rent (weekly) ranges example - rent free response selected

        Example

        Is the dwelling at 1 Smith Street:

        Include owners of caravans, manufactured homes or houseboats in ‘Owned with a mortgage’ or ‘Owned outright’ regardless of whether or not the site is owned.

        A shared equity scheme is a government or not-for-profit scheme - assisting people on lower incomes to buy a home by sharing up to 30% of the ownership.

        Life tenure schemes are a common arrangement in retirement villages. Include leaseholds, and loan and license agreements in ‘Occupied under a life tenure scheme’.

        Dwelling ownership

        Owned outright

        Owned with a mortgage

        Purchased under a shared equity scheme

        Rented

        Occupied rent free (selected response)

        Occupied under a life tenure scheme

        Other

          Example

          Rent (weekly) ranges example - rented response selected

          Example

          Is the dwelling at 1 Smith Street:

          Include owners of caravans, manufactured homes or houseboats in ‘Owned with a mortgage’ or ‘Owned outright’ regardless of whether or not the site is owned.

          A shared equity scheme is a government or not-for-profit scheme - assisting people on lower incomes to buy a home by sharing up to 30% of the ownership.

          Life tenure schemes are a common arrangement in retirement villages. Include leaseholds, and loan and license agreements in ‘Occupied under a life tenure scheme’.

          Dwelling ownership

          Owned outright

          Owned with a mortgage

          Purchased under a shared equity scheme

          Rented (selected response)

          Occupied rent free

          Occupied under a life tenure scheme

          Other

          How much does your household pay for this dwelling?

            How much does your household pay for this dwelling?
            How much does the household pay for 1 Smith Street?

            Include rent and mortgage repayments and site fees if the dwelling is a caravan or manufactured home in a caravan park or manufactured home estate.

            Exclude water rates, council rates, repairs, maintenance, body corporate and other fees.

            If no payments, please select '$0 or Nil payments'.

            More information

            Total dwelling payments
            $
            .00 per week
            OR

            $
            .00 per fortnight
            OR

            $
            .00 per month
            OR

            $0 or Nil payments

              More information

              Additional information relating to the question on: How much does your household pay for this dwelling?

              More information

              How much does the household pay for 1 Smith Street?

              Include rent and mortgage repayments and site fees if the dwelling is a caravan or manufactured home in a caravan park or manufactured home estate.

              Exclude water rates, council rates, repairs, maintenance, body corporate and other fees.

              If no payments, please select '$0 or Nil payments'.

              More information

              If exact amount is not known, please provide your best estimate.

              How this variable is created

              This variable is derived from the Tenure type and Household payments questions on the Census form.

              Household payments data is automatically captured from numeric text responses. If rental payment responses are reported as a fortnightly or monthly figure they are derived to a weekly figure. Responses to the Tenure type question are used to determine whether payments are recorded as rent or mortgage repayments.

              History and changes

              Information on how much rent is paid for a private dwelling has been collected for all censuses since 1911.

              Since the 1996 Census, the actual dollar amount paid for a dwelling has been collected rather than the range.

              In 2021, the output categories for the dollar ranges have been revised. Category 18 splits into four $25 intervals (categories 18-21), increasing the number of categories from 25 in 2016 to 27 in 2021. The applicability has changed so that now dwellings with the Tenure type of 'Occupied rent free' are included in the Not applicable category and the 01 category starts at $1.

              Data use considerations

              The Census is the only source of rent data for small areas and for small groups of the population. Such data are important for housing policy and planning, and for studying the housing conditions of small populations.

              This process is subject to some recognition error, particularly when responses incorrectly include cents and the decimal point is missing or unclear. All responses ending in '00' were checked for recognition error, as were other unlikely dollar values. While the data is subject to normal sample checks to ensure an acceptable level of quality, numeric responses are accepted as reported by respondents on the form.

              Related variables and glossary terms

              • Rent (weekly) dollar values (RNTD)
              • Tenure type (TEND)
              • Mortgage repayments (monthly) dollar values (MRED)

              Other ABS sources