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

For the September quarter 2020

The September quarter 2020 Rental Report indicates that over the previous quarter the median rent remained stable in metropolitan Melbourne at $400 per week and increased in regional Victoria by $10 to $340 per week.

The Melbourne Rent Index (MRI) decreased by 1.4 per cent in the September quarter, the second decrease in consecutive quarters. In the twelve months to September 2020, the MRI decreased by 4.7 per cent. This annual rate of change is the below that in the twelve months to September 2019 (0.9%) and below the long term average annual increase over the past ten years (2.3%).

The Regional Rent Index (RRI) increased by 1.5 per cent in the September quarter. In the twelve months to September 2020, the RRI increased by 3.6 per cent. This annual rate of increase is below that in the twelve months to September 2019 (5.2%) but above the long-term average annual increase (3.2%).

Rental trends – September quarter 2020

Median weekly rent Median weekly rent Rent index Quarter % change Annual % change
Melbourne $400 224.4 -1.4% -4.7%
Regional Victoria $340 246.2 1.5% 3.6%
Victoria $400 225.0 -1.0% -3.6%

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 2020.

More information

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

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