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
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Transport affordability by location

Per household (Q3 2021)
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Comparing total transport costs over time

Per household (Q3 2021)
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Comparing transport category costs over time

(Q3 2021)
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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.

22/08

Transport Affordability Index – Quarter 2, 2021

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

24/05

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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