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

Rental Report statistics - June quarter 2021

The June quarter 2021 Rental Report indicates that over the previous quarter the median rent in metropolitan Melbourne reduced by $5 per week to $395 per week but in regional Victoria it increased by $10 per week to $360 per week.

The Melbourne Rent Index (MRI) decreased by 0.4 per cent in the June quarter, the fifth decrease in consecutive quarters. In the twelve months to June 2021, the MRI decreased by 3.0 per cent. This annual rate of change is above that in the twelve months to June 2020 (-4.0%) and well below the long term average annual increase over the past ten years (1.5%). 

The Regional Rent Index (RRI) increased by 2.4 per cent in the June quarter. In the twelve months to June 2021, the RRI increased by 9.3 per cent. This annual rate of increase is above that in the twelve months to June 2020 (2.8%) and above the long-term average annual increase (3.3%).

Rental trends - June quarter 2021

Median weekly rent Median weekly rent Rent index Quarter % change Annual % change
Melbourne $395 220.7 -0.4% -3.0%
Regional Victoria $360 264.9 2.4% 9.3%
Victoria $390 224.2 0.0% -1.3%

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. December 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 June quarter 2000 to June quarter 2021.

More information

Email Modelling and forecasting unit: rental.report@dhhs.vic.gov.au

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