Australia - House Price Value

Australia: House Price Value

Mnemonic HPL.IAUS
Adjustments Not Seasonally Adjusted
Quarterly 4.89 %
Data 2021 Q2 619,804
2021 Q1 590,891

Series Information

Source Commonwealth Bank Housing Industry Association Australia
Release Housing Affordability Index
Frequency Quarterly
Start Date 3/31/1996
End Date 6/30/2021

Australia: Real Estate

Reference Last Previous Units Frequency
Residential Building Permits Aug 2021 18,716 17,532 #, SA Monthly
Building Completions 2021 Q2 30,563,457 30,543,083 Ths. Ch. AUD, SA Quarterly
House Price Index 2021 Q2 177.34 163.17 2011-12=100 Index, SA Quarterly
House Price Value 2021 Q2 619,804 590,891 AUD, NSA Quarterly
Housing Starts 2021 Q2 40,820 35,912 #, SA Quarterly
Non-residential Building Completions 2021 Q2 11,516,074 11,476,749 Ths. Ch. AUD, SA Quarterly
Residential Building Completions 2021 Q2 16,180,599 16,185,766 Ths. Ch. AUD, SA Quarterly
Residential Housing Starts 2021 Q2 22,974 15,734 #, SA Quarterly

Release Information

For Australia, the HIA (Housing Industry Association) Housing Affordability Index measures accessibility to home ownership for an average first home buyer. A result of 100 means that 30% of earnings are absorbed by mortgage repayments. A value above (below) 100 means the mortgage burden is more (less) manageable.

It is measured by the ratio of average income per household to the income necessary to be able to meet repayments (repayment burden) on an average established dwelling purchased by first home buyers (qualifying income). Thus an increase in the ratio represents an improvement in affordability while a decline represents a deterioration in affordability.

Active subset:

  • Measurements:
    • Unitary count (#)
    • Percent (%)
    • Interest rate - percent per annum (% p.a.)
    • Index n.o.s. (Index)
    • Australian dollars (AUD)
  • Adjustment: Not seasonally adjusted (NSA)
  • Geo coverage:
    • IAUS = Country
    • IAUS_MACT = Canberra/national capital (metropolitan area)
    • IAUS_CAP = Aggregate of 8 capital cities
    • IAUS_MG^^ = Greater capital area
    • IAUS_GR^^ = Rest of state area
    • IAUS_^^ = State/territory
  • Native frequency: Quarterly
  • Start dates: 1994q3, 1996q1, 1997q3, 1999q2, 2015q3

Seasonality: The components used in construction of the index are seasonally adjusted, but the index itself is not seasonally adjusted after construction. The index is compiled in a way that means it does not have seasonal characteristics.


  • 1984 to 2007
  • 1984 to 009
  • 2005 to 2010
  • 1984 to 2017

In calculating the index is estimating the value of a mortgage repayment representative of someone who purchased a home during the reference period. This requires a number of assumptions. A mortgage repayment is dependent on the size of the loan, the prevailing mortgage interest rate, and the mortgage term.

Qualifying income is a notional amount at which mortgage repayments are equivalent to exactly 30 per cent of income (the lowest income level at which the mortgage repayment would be affordable):

  • Qualifying Income = Mortgage Repayments * 30%

The affordability index is calculated by dividing the actual level of earnings by the qualifying income:

  • Affordability Index = Average Weekly Earnings * 100 / Qualifying Income

The affordability multiple describes the multiple of average full-time earnings required to affordably service mortgage repayments under prevailing conditions. The affordability multiple is calculated as follows:

  • Affordability Multiple = 100 * Affordability Index

The affordability index levels for all previous quarters have been revised to reflect the CoreLogic RP Data price series.

The HIA-Commonwealth Bank (HIA-CBA) Housing Affordability Index was a joint project. Between 2014 and 2017, it ceased to be co-branded.

The Housing Industry Association Limited (HIA) is a national industry association of residential builders and suppliers. It was formed in 1965, as an extension of a regional assocation (the Builders and Allied Trades Assocation, BATA) formed in 1946.

Commonwealth Bank (CBA) is Australia's leading provider of integrated financial services.