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Household Economic Survey (Income): Year ended June 2011
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  25 November 2011
Key facts

Over the two years from the year ended June 2009 to the year ended June 2011:

  • Total housing costs as a proportion of total regular household income increased from 15.1 percent to 16.0 percent. 
  • The proportion of households spending 30 percent or more of their income on housing costs increased from 19.5 percent to 21.8 percent. 
    • For those not owning their own dwelling this proportion increased from 33.8 percent to 39.1 percent.
  • Components of  housing costs that increased were:
    • average weekly expenditure on rent (up 6.6 percent) 
    • average weekly expenditure on property rates (up 9.3 percent) 
    • overall, average weekly total housing costs increased slightly (to $248).
  • Average annual household regular income was relatively unchanged, at $79,159.

Graph, Percentage of households that spend 30 percent or more of their income on housing costs, by dwelling type, year ended 30 June

Dallas Welch (Mrs)
Acting Government Statistician

25 November 2011
ISSN 1178-0479

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