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Most affordable suburbs in NSW
Rank Suburb Median rent
1 Lavington $267/week
2 Kooringal $270/week
3 Albury $270/week
4 Inverell $280/week
5 Moree $280/week
6 Taree $290/week
7 Wagga Wagga $310/week
8 Merimbula $315/week
9 Armidale $320/week
10 Nowra $320/week
Most expensive suburbs in NSW
Rank Suburb Median rent
1 North Bondi $877/week
2 Sydney $825/week
3 Darling Point $800/week
4 Clovelly $795/week
5 St Ives $795/week
6 Manly $765/week
7 Willoughby $750/week
8 Zetland $750/week
9 Pyrmont $750/week
10 Lilyfield $745/week


Most affordable suburbs in VIC
Rank Suburb Median rent
1 Morwell $220/week
2 Horsham $260/week
3 Wendouree $270/week
4 Sale $280/week
5 Shepparton $280/week
6 Mildura $287/week
7 Corio $290/week
8 Wangaratta $290/week
9 Traralgon $290/week
10 Warrnambool $290/week
Most expensive suburbs in VIC
Rank Suburb Median rent
1 Brighton East $682/week
2 Brighton $680/week
3 Albert Park $672/week
4 Fitzroy $640/week
5 Hampton $610/week
6 Port Melbourne $600/week
7 Docklands $595/week
8 Camberwell $580/week
9 Kew $560/week
10 Toorak $550/week


Most affordable suburbs in QLD
Rank Suburb Median rent
1 North Ward $250/week
2 Dalby $250/week
3 Maryborough $260/week
4 Berserker $260/week
5 Kelso $265/week
6 Warwick $275/week
7 Blackwater $277/week
8 Gracemere $280/week
9 Frenchville $280/week
10 Manoora $280/week
Most expensive suburbs in QLD
Rank Suburb Median rent
1 Broadbeach Waters $757/week
2 Benowa $650/week
3 Helensvale $585/week
4 Currumbin Waters $570/week
5 Mermaid Waters $567/week
6 Elanora $562/week
7 Robina $590/week
8 Hawthorne $555/week
9 Hope Island $550/week
10 Carindale $530/week


Most affordable suburbs in WA
Rank Suburb Median rent
1 Orelia $230/week
2 Collie $250/week
3 Armadale $250/week
4 Shoalwater $260/week
5 Mandurah $260/week
6 Greenfields $260/week
7 Girrawheen $270/week
8 Midland $272/week
9 Gosnells $277/week
10 Glendalough $280/week
Most expensive suburbs in WA
Rank Suburb Median rent
1 Baynton $650/week
2 Cottesloe $590/week
3 Hillarys $550/week
4 North Fremantle $550/week
5 Mindarie $495/week
6 Claremont $492/week
7 East Fremantle $475/week
8 West Leederville $455/week
9 Karrinyup $450/week
10 Cable Beach $450/week


Most affordable suburbs in SA
Rank Suburb Median rent
1 Port Pirie $207/week
2 Renmark $210/week
3 Mount Gambier $235/week
4 Loxton $250/week
5 Murray Bridge $250/week
6 Port Augusta $250/week
7 Elizabeth Downs $255/week
8 Davoren Park $255/week
9 Elizabeth North $255/week
10 Berri $257/week
Most expensive suburbs in SA
Rank Suburb Median rent
1 Kent Town $462/week
2 Norwood $450/week
3 West Lakes Shore $450/week
4 Fulham Gardens $432/week
5 Warradale $430/week
6 Parkside $425/week
7 Adelaide $420/week
8 Park Holme $420/week
9 Plympton Park $420/week
10 Unley $420/week



Most affordable suburbs in TAS
Rank Suburb Median rent
1 Queenstown $130/week
2 Rosebery $150/week
3 George Town $217/week
4 Burnie $222/week
5 Smithton $240/week
Most expensive suburbs in TAS
Rank Suburb Median rent
1 Bellerive $490/week
2 North Hobart $490/week
3 West Hobart $487/week
4 New Town $477/week
5 Kingston $465/week


Most affordable suburbs in NT
Rank Suburb Median rent
1 Alawa $300
2 The Gap $320
3 Nightcliff $325
4 Millner $330
5 Gray $335
Most expensive suburbs in NT
Rank Suburb Median rent
1 Muirhead $630
2 Lyons $610
3 Araluen $532
4 Zuccoli $520
5 Braitling $510



Most affordable suburbs in ACT
Rank Suburb Median rent
1 Lyons $377/week
2 Macquarie $380/week
3 Lyneham $410/week
4 Holt $410/week
5 Dickson $415/week
Most expensive suburbs in ACT
Rank Suburb Median rent
1 Red Hill $740/week
2 Ainslie $735/week
3 Pearce $700/week
4 Deakin $670/week
5 Hackett $635/week
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  1. Why is it that people like me can’t get the home package cause we’re on a pension. Bring back the old days for us and let us rent to buy our own homes. Or let us people get the first home buyers grant. It’s not fair. No wonder there are so many people not coping in life.

  2. Thank you because im a pensioner now nobody wants to rent me anything but i can afford 250 but its more than30% of my income so unfare even when i do part time to make it up i want to stay on queensland but maybe i av to live in a tree i can live on the smell of an oily rag just want a place even a caretaker somewhere or a shed im fit and still capable if you have any suggestions id be grateful thanks for opportunity to express

  3. I’m a pensioner whose pays over 50% in rent. I find it hard to get past the 30% requirement by most real estates, it is a way of excluding low income people because they think we may wreck the property, not true. They don’t even know how to calculate it properly, with the housing assistance, designed to help with high cost.
    We can only afford $150 a week, I challenge anyone to show me a rental for $150 a week!!

  4. i am a pensioner and after my divorce i was left with $60.000 and i couldn’t get a home loan and was told they dreamed i needed so much to live on well 10 years on the money is now gone on paying rent on other peoples homes when i could even get a rental and center link has to pay me rent assent I see no sense in it but my ex got a loan on the unemployment where is the fairness

    • Totally my situatuon was much the same.. .
      Ex husband took most everything left ne with about 30000 afte forcing me in to selling my inherited home which was inheruted whilst we were seperated and 6 kids to feed. Was on single parent pension and couldnt even get homeswest rental because i was deemed to get too much income
      Private rental broke my bank then cos the markets were extrene. Tried for keystart and wasnt eligible not enough income to get loan . How contradictory.
      Anyway now broke on disability pension and battling paying private rental kids all left home never visit me. Exhusband living rich life cos he was able to borrow and not had to raise kids or pay for them in Any way yet gets regular visitation from my kids and grandkids. Talk about a disfunctional society…will soon be living on the streets un Perth

      • I am sorry about your situation I hope things will pick up soon for you. Perhaps shifting to another state. I am renting in NSW and only paying $155 a week it’s not bad compared to most states, perhaos moving again may be your best move and it’s up to you to put the past behind to new beginnings and hope for your future. And your children. Just a thought

    • marie – are u still renting ? Im in your position would u consider renting with myself im a female desperately needing to rent with someone nice im also on an aged pension do email me if u wish

    • Just the same. It’s not fair, as I will never be able to get a deposit to buy my own home. When I get it, the bank will say I’m too old, while I’m paying a lot of money in rent paying someone else’s home off. Then I am a bit worried about what is going to happen to me when I do get old. It is really not fair.

  5. Ladies if there’s a will there is a way. I purchase my first home at 18, single parent pension, no other income had $2500.99 to my name, I now have 3 children and two partners later (mind u both men drained my bank) and I almost set to be mortgage free at 37. You have look at what u can loan and what you could rent out not live in, changes your income straight away, because the rental amount is then included in your income. You might have earned $400 per week but add $300 for rent paid to you for the property and your income just went to $700 after tax. See that’s just one way, there are many. Speak to brockers not banks. Like I said if there’s a will there is a way. You just got want it bad enough. It’s not gainer fall out the sky.

    • Your suggestion to buy and rent out makes no sense as the mortgage payment negates any income. And if you are not going to live in it, you still have to pay rent to someone else. I certainly don’t believe you got a loan on a single parent pension. I was living in my own home purchased with a partner. He hung around for 11 months and then left me with the mortgage payment. I worked my butt off paying that loan. After five years, he decided he wanted it sold as he didn’t want his name on the loan. I tried to refinance so I could keep it. And the banks and credit unions told me I couldn’t afford to pay a mortgage. They didn’t consider that I had already been paying a mortgage on my own for 4 years. I had to walk away. It sold at a loss of $25,000 which mortgage insurance covered but then hounded me for it. I am now on a disability pension. I live in private rental which takes two thirds of my pension. I can’t afford the basic necessities such as food.

  6. Very interesting, but why have you left out Tasmania? As far as I am aware Tassie is still part of Australia! Or am I mistaken? Being an ex pat of beautiful Tasmania, it is very disappointing to see once again Tassie not included!

    • Hi Robyn,

      Thanks for your message – you’ll find the full snapshot including TAS in our Quarterly report (that’s out at the end of September). Our monthly report just covers the larger states at this stage, but we’ll certainly take your feedback on board. If you’re interested in knowing about a particular area of Tasmania and the current median rents there, flick an email to and I’ll be able to help you out. Have a great weekend 🙂

  7. Sorry, reading Robyn’s message I realised that I also forgot about Tasmania, how weird I want to move there to live once grandkids grow up

  8. My son is on a DSP & so many won’t lend to him unless he has a stable extra p/t income, even though he has managed to save without one. Banks will not lend on micro-units either.
    He presently rents a student apartment while he’s studying p/t. There are rental organisations for low income earners, but they are inundated when any property comes onto the market. The only other option is for him, is to flatshare- not really a recipe for attracting a suitable partner but the positive is, that it builds a successful rental history.
    My worry is, that society continually expects the ‘bank of the parents’ to fill the void, regardless.

  9. I wish there was rent to own, as I have paid $147,000 on the property I rent. I’ve been here 7 years. It breaks my heart that I have nothing to show, I have done improvements at my cost because it is what I would do if it was my home.

  10. We live in expensive times,since the digital era is here,prices in general will continue to soar.thats the way it is, we do live on an over populated planet. And it will get worse over time. If you are well off, it does not matter in a manner of speaking it will also catch up with them over time.rather soon than later,for those who have homes is now the best time to sell. Perhaps going over seas might be your option, there are places other than Australia that are cheap to live rather our western world full of pollution and toxic eviroment of pollution in general

  11. This is why the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. No wonder there are so many homeless people in Australia – it’s because of the ridiculous overpriced house rental costs. It’s absurd paying those prices. How do they expect anyone to live these days, especially people on low income? I rent through DOH and in rent, I’ve paid the government $160,000 plus home improvements that I have spent on a house that isn’t even my own 🙁 Geez, I could’ve bought a decent home with a huge yard at Bundy for that price. Australia needs to lower the price of rental properties, it’s outrageous. I live in a bad area and I am trying to get out of where I am. It’s not a nice area to raise a family and just looking at the cost of rental properties is heartbreaking. I can’t manage those rent prices, I’m almost thinking I’m better off selling all our stuff just keep the bare essentials, sell our beloved pets 🙁 and live in a tent out bush for free.

    • Don’t worry many people are doing just that. I live in a shed on some land. On the in qld have to. And just think more migrants come in a they surply them homes. I think there are 1000s over Aussie homeless what are we doing in this country not the lucky country. Lillian

  12. Phillip,
    I too am aa pensioner. I can only afford to share accommodation. At present I am living in a house with 5 other men when I’d prefer to live alone. If Labor implements it’s crazy housing policies I expect rents to dramatically increase as they did when Paul Keating brought in similar policies which he had to revoke very quickly.

  13. It seems that anyone receiving a government payment, whether it be New Start, Aged Pension or Disability Pension is doomed. Even sharing with one other person in a similar situation sees the 30% ‘rule’ preclude you from even being considered for a rental. They don’t tell people about the 30% rule, they just say “a more suitable applicant has been successful” regardless of whether the property has been rented out or not.

    One such real estate made that mistake and got caught out. So they backtracked and got the two applicants to get a financial guarantor. Basically someone with high income to sign the lease but isn’t able to reside at the premises. How this is legal I am not sure. Both applicants are on New Start even though they are disabled, but cannot get a DSP due to how Centrelink is run. Another big issue, but I won’t get into it here.

    This highlights a huge issue. The 30% rule is not being advertised by Real Estates and I cannot find any proposed solutions by our elected representatives in government. Securing a rental for those living in poverty is the toughest. Double income no kids and your sorted.

    Yet, if they see “Centrelink” on the application the likelihood of it being put forward to the Owner for consideration is slim to none in most cases. Even some renters with an immaculate history are still discarded just because of the 30% rule.

    Imagine spending 2 months going to multiple inspections every single day possible. Submit applications with letters of praise from past landlords and all the references one could hope for and you just get the generic response after a certain time period has passed saying that your application was not successful. No mention of the 30% rule.

    The time, energy, fuel and the anxiety of it all is tiring and nobody informs you why you are having success. That is the real problem. The Real Estates needs to let you know the 30% rule was the cause if they had integrity or morality.

    This all being said. What is going to happen as more and more low income earners come up against these issues. For those with chronic ailments it is especially hard and no support is available for those people. And they are especially in need of somewhere to live. Quite often a pair of people in a low income situation would like to share a rental. But at the prices rentals are you still do not make the 30% mark.

    I can only imagine what couples on low income or Centrelink payments do in these situations. What couple would want to share a small cheap unit with another person. Such is life. Just be nice to see this topic get more consideration. Some people have it so hard that it breaks my heart and they have no avenues of assistance.

    Best of luck to you all in your pursuit of suitable and affordable housing.