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 November 2021

Transport affordability by location

Per household (Q3 2021)

Comparing total transport costs over time

Per household (Q3 2021)

Comparing transport category costs over time

(Q3 2021)

Transport category costs

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21 November 2021

Transport Affordability Index – Quarter 3, 2021

For the first time, the average weekly transport costs in our capital cities have risen above $400. This equates to spending $20,897 on annual transport costs; or 15.5 % of household income. While regional households are spending an average of $328.51 a week representing 14% of household income.


Transport Affordability Index – Quarter 2, 2021

Transport costs still trending up after last quarter’s record high.


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.

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