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Here’s what’s happening in the rental markets around Australia | Quarterly Snapshot

Want to know what's happening in the rental markets around Australia?

Well, like always,  the results vary considerably from state to state according to property leasing data released by for the January to March quarter (Q1 2019).

Read on to see the shift in Australian median rental property prices (both metro and regional), rental affordability (the median room price metric) and the price of walkability in each state and territory capital.


  • Hobart
     was the best performing housing market over the last quarter, with median rents up 4.6% to $450/w
  • Apartment rents remained relatively stable in the latest report, with no change recorded nationally and price rises only recorded in Sydney and Melbourne, up 1.9% and 2.4% respectively.
  • Perth and Adelaide remain the only two capitals with median house rents under $400/week.

How the states and territories compared in Q1 2019

Price trends

Median rents

Apartment and house rents have remained relatively stable quarter-on-quarter, according to a new report from Australia’s no. 1 website dedicated to rental property,

But renting a house in half of the country’s state and territory capitals has become slightly more expensive, up 2.2% in the January to March period (Q1) from Q4 2018.House Rent

“We’ve just come through one of the busiest periods of the year (January/February), so areas around the country that are smaller and/or have limited property supply generally are going to be especially tight right now,” CEO Greg Bader said.

RENT’s latest report showed no real change in apartment pricing quarter-on-quarter, with median rents stable in Q1 2019 nationally.

Houses, however, experienced some upward movement, jumping 2.2% by the end of the quarter across the country.

Median rents climbed in four of the eight capital cities in Q1, including Hobart (up 4.6% to $450/week), Darwin (up 2.1% to $480/week), Canberra (up 1.8% to $550/week) and Perth (jumping 1.3% to $370/week).

Price per room

Considering RENT’s price per room metric, Hobart experienced the most movement in room prices in the first quarter of 2019.

Luxury Bed With Price TagThe TAS capital saw an 8.4% rise in the price per room for apartments, now $225/week.

In fact, all but one state (Brisbane) recorded an increase in apartment price per room, bringing the national median to $275/week, up 5.8% from Q4 2018.

Houses also experienced growth, but to a lesser extent, climbing $147/week (up 2.5%) in Q1.

Nationally, the cost of renting a room was highest – unsurprisingly perhaps – in Sydney at $325/week in an apartment.

In Q1, the cheapest room prices could be found in Perth, a median $116/week.

Apartment, House and National Price per Room

Metro area Apartments % change from QoQ Houses % change QoQ Price per room (national) % change QoQ
National $275 5.80% $147 2.50% $193 3.50%
SYDNEY $325 8.30% $200 1.50% $273 2.50%
MELBOURNE $260 4% $140 1.80% $183 4.70%
BRISBANE $225 0% $137 1.50% $166 4.10%
PERTH $196 3.50% $116 0% $126 1.30%
ADELAIDE $160 1.60% $130 2.60% $138 3.70%
HOBART $225 8.40% $165 5.30% $177 8.60%
DARWIN $170 3% $143 -0.90% $150 0%
CANBERRA $335 4.70% $176 1.90% $215 3.20%

Q1 2019 - Median rent (apartments v houses) and price per room: How the states and territories compared in Q1 2019 SOURCE: RENT.COM.AU © 2019

Regional rents

Australia’s regional median rents were unmoved quarter-on-quarter.

Buy Home In AustraliaThe national median remained at $370/week where it has been since Q4 2018 after only an incremental rise from $360/week.

In total, three states recorded an increase in rents in Q1.

In Victoria, regional median rents climbed 3.3% to $310/week and further ahead in South Australia, up 3.8% to $270/week.

Tasmania also saw a lift, up 1.7% to $300/week. Northern Territory, however, was down 2.2% QoQ to $440/week.

State/Territory Q4 2018 Q1 2019 % change
National median $370 $370 0%
NSW $400 $400 0%
VIC $300 $310 3.30%
QLD $370 $370 0%
WA $340 $340 0%
SA $260 $270 3.80%
TAS $295 $300 1.70%
NT $450 $440 -2.20%
ACT unavail unavail n/a

% change between Q4 2018 and Q1 2019 SOURCE: RENT.COM.AU © 2019

Days on market

The most noticeable shift in days on market quarter-on-quarter was in Hobart apartments, which took 30% longer on average to lease, with this property type on market 16 days from 12.4 days in Q4 2018.

Conversely, apartments in Brisbane were off market 11% faster this quarter – just 21 days on average, down from 23 days in Q4.

Darwin apartments were on market longest of all capital cities (and property types), with owners facing around 39 days to lease in Q4.

% change in no. days on market (Apartments v Houses) SOURCE: RENT.COM.AU © 2019

Walk Score® – The price of walkability

Median Rent

Khestates Blog How To Increase Your Rental compared its Walk Score® data to its median rent price to identify price trends in areas with varying levels of walkability in Q1 2019.

Renters seeking bargain accommodation would have found the most affordable Walker’s Paradise apartments in Tasmania, according to the Q4 data.

Walker’s Paradise apartments cost an average of $380/week to rent in TAS.

Next most walkable (and affordable) was Western Australia at $390/week.

APARTMENTS: Median Rent meets Walkability in Q1 2019

The most affordable median rent for a Walker’s Paradise house in Q4 was $450/week in South Australia.

Western Australia and Tasmania followed close behind ($470/week), followed by Queensland ($475/week).

Houses in New South Wales remained priciest, topping the list at $795/week for a Walker’s Paradise home.

HOUSES: Median Rent meets Walkability in Q1 2019.

About Michael Yardney Michael is a director of Metropole Property Strategists who help their clients grow, protect and pass on their wealth through independent, unbiased property advice and advocacy. He's once again been voted Australia's leading property investment adviser and one of Australia's 50 most influential Thought Leaders. His opinions are regularly featured in the media.
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