Transport Affordability

For the purposes of this report, the hypothetical household is a couple with children, the most common type of household in Australia according to the 2016 census. The couple consists of a 38-year-old woman and a 36-year-old man, which are the average ages for men and women in Australia. They live in a detached house and have two cars. Both are employed. More information

Last Updated March 2021

Transport affordability by location

Per household (Q4 2020)

Comparing total transport costs over time

Per household (Q4 2020)

Comparing transport category costs over time

(Q4 2020)

Transport category costs

Printed report archive


Transport Affordability Index – Quarter 1, 2021

Australian household are now spending 14.6 per cent of their budget on transport costs. This is the highest percentage since the Index commenced five years ago.


Transport Affordability Index – Quarter 4, 2020

Household transport costs fell in the year of Covid as Australian families spent 4.6% less on transport in 2020 than the previous year. A typical household spent $310 per week on transport, or 12.5% of its income.


Transport Affordability Index – Quarter 3, 2020

This edition shows that transport costs, like the economy, are showing early, tentative signs of recovery back into growth as Australia emerges from the pandemic-fuelled downturn, increasing by 1.2 per cent in the third quarter.

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