The rental report provides key statistics on the private rental market in Victoria.

The September quarter 2018 Rental Report indicates that over the previous quarter the median rent increased by $10 to $420 in metropolitan Melbourne but remained steady on $300 in regional Victoria.

The Melbourne Rent Index (MRI) increased by 0.2 per cent in the September quarter. In the twelve months to September 2018, the MRI increased by 3.2 per cent. This annual rate of increase is below that in the twelve months to September 2017 (3.5%) but the same as the long term average annual increase (over the past ten years).

The Regional Rent Index (RRI) increased by 0.9 per cent in the September quarter. In the twelve months to September 2018, the RRI increased by 3.7 per cent. This annual rate of increase is above that in the twelve months to September 2017 (3.0%) but below the long-term average annual increase (3.7%).

Rental trends - September quarter 2018

Median weekly rent Median weekly rent Rent index Quarter % change Annual % change
Melbourne $420 233.4 0.2% 3.2%
Regional Victoria $300 225.9 0.9% 3.7%
Victoria $400 230.2 0.3% 3.3%

Notes

  • Median weekly rent is based on all new rental lettings for the quarter
  • The rent index is based on median rents stratified by location and dwelling type to control for compositional shifts in new lettings. September quarter 1999 = 100
  • Quarterly and annual percentage change is calculated from the relevant rent indices, not median weekly rents.

Rental Report time series data

The following spreadsheets provide selected charts and tables from the report and detailed time series statistics for some key Rental Report time series data from March quarter 2000 to September quarter 2017.

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See the Past rental reports page for Rental Reports from 2007.