Record house prices driving Australian household wealth


  • Australian household wealth increased by US$735 billion in June 2021.
  • Property prices in Australia increased by 6.7% -- recording the strongest quarterly growth.
  • With record low interest rates, demand is increasing beyond the general housing stock market levels.

The residential property prices saw a record 7% rise in June quarter across Australia – breaking the previous record set in 2009.

Total household wealth increased by 5.8% within June quarter that hit a record of AU$13,433 billion and the wealth per capita witnessed a record high of AU$552,032.

Residential houses

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Followed by the superannuation balances along with directly held shares, the residential property assets contributed almost 4.5 percentage points to the quarterly growth in household wealth.

The deposit assets of the banks with the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) also increased to an unusual AU$341.8 billion, supported by the liquidity injected by the central bank.

RBA also said that the housing credit was likely to grow at an annualised rate of around 7% with a peak of 11% around next year. The deposit accounts with banks have also increased by 1.7% (AU$45.1 billion) to AU$2.7 trillion.

It is likely to be the first time when the private non-financial corporations drove the increase in deposits since the start of the pandemic. These private non-financial businesses kept a steady level of their deposits during April and May but increased them in June due to the stay-at-home orders in New South Wales (NSW).

The Head of Finance and Wealth at Australian Bureau of Statistics – Katherine Keenan, said that growth in the household wealth has continued by the increasing residential property prices. The property prices in Australia recorded the strongest quarterly growth that hit a record on 6.7%.

Moreover, with strong property price growth, the market has reflected rising consumers on the back of record low interest rates, demand being greater than the general levels of housing stock market.

The owner-occupied loan balances witnessed probably the strongest growth in the past five years. The seasonally adjusted owner-occupied loan commitments also reached new highs during the first six months of FY2021.

Due to increased household spending, the Australian households saw their weakest increase in deposits since June 2019, as June 2021 quarter also witnessed fewer lockdowns.