Census Mortgage and Rent Affordability Indicators for LGAs and SA2s

These tables provide counts of households according to indicators of mortgage and rent affordability, crossed with equivalised household income. The data is sourced from Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Census of Population and Housing data for 2011, 2016, and 2021.

The data is aggregated to 2021 Local Government Area (LGA), Statistical Area Level 2 (SA2), and state and territory geographies. Data is available as separate tables for each Census year and in time series formats. Download options include a single Excel file containing all tables and individual CSV files for each table.

The tables present counts of households according to ABS mortgage affordability indicator (MAID) and rent affordability indicator (RAID) categories. MAID and RAID categories indicate whether a household’s mortgage repayments and rent payments are:

  • More than 30% of household income;
  • Less than or equal to 30% of household income; or,
  • Unable to be determined.

In separate tables for each Census year (2011, 2016, and 2021), MAID and RAID are each crossed with ABS equivalised total household income (weekly) (HIED) categories.

For further information see MAID, RAID and HIED in the ABS Census Dictionary.


The counts of households comprise occupied private dwellings, excluding visitor-only and other non-classifiable households.

The tables are based on data supplied by the ABS. 2011 and 2016 data was sourced via an ABS customised report. 2021 data was extracted by the Regional Data Hub from Census TableBuilder. Transformations and additional calculations, such as proportions, have been applied by the Regional Data Hub.

The ABS makes small random adjustments to all cell values in Census data to protect confidentiality. For more information, see the ABS Guide to Census data, Census methodology, 2021, 'How the data is processed'.

Data and Resources


Additional Info

Field Value
Source https://catalogue.data.infrastructure.gov.au/dataset/rdh-census-housing-affordability-data-for-lgas-and-sa2s-mortgage-and-rent-affordability-indicators
Author Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and Regional Data Hub
Last Updated October 13, 2023, 04:33 (UTC)
Created September 20, 2023, 05:44 (UTC)
Asset Type Dataset
AGIFT Theme Statistical Services
Source (Internal / External) External - Other
Access Rights Open
Temporal Coverage From 2011
Temporal Coverage To 2021
Geographic Scope National
Data Status Current
Update Frequency > Annually