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
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Transport affordability by location

Per household (Q4 2020)
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Comparing total transport costs over time

Per household (Q4 2020)
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Comparing transport category costs over time

(Q4 2020)
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Transport category costs

Printed report archive

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.

9/3

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.

22/11

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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