Average Mortgage Australia: Home Loan Statistics 2024

  • The average home loan in Australia is $598,624, with an average interest rate of 6.28% p.a., meaning monthly repayments of $3,698 over 30 years.
Average mortgage Australia
Average mortgage Australia

Home loan statistics in Australia at a glance

  • Average home loan amount (owner occupier): $598,624
  • Average home loan interest rate: 6.28% p.a. (owner occupier)
  • Average initial monthly repayment: $3,698 (over 30 years)
  • 98.6% of new home loans are variable, only 1.4% are fixed
  • 82% of home loans are principal and interest, 18% are interest only
  • The total value of new home loans issued per month is $26.40b (in February 2024)
  • More than 16,700 Australian homeowners switched their home to another lender in February 2024
  • 59% of Australians apply for a home loan by themselves versus 41% with someone else

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Average home loan in Australia (by loan amount)

The average home loan in Australia is $598,624 for owner occupier homes, including loans for purchases of established properties, construction loans and refinancing of existing home loans. That's according to the latest data from February 2024 from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

The average home loan size is largest in New South Wales and lowest in the Northern Territory, mirroring the median values of properties across the country.

Looking at the breakdown of loan sizes in more detail we can see that first home buyers are currently taking out smaller loans than refinancers, both across owner occupier and investor loans.

Across the board, the average loan size in Australia has grown significantly over time.

This steady increase in loan size comes despite surging interest rates in the last couple of years. CoreLogic Australia’s Head of Research, Eliza Owen, explained to Money.com.au that this is down to stubbornly-high property prices.

“One of the extraordinary phenomena of the current rate-hiking cycle is that despite higher interest rates, we've also seen property values not only recover from a short, sharp decline where the market bottomed out in the beginning of 2023, but values have actually managed to climb back to new record highs.”

Eliza Owen

“Part of the reason that home values have continued to increase in a high interest rate environment is because of a surge and an acute level of net overseas migration, changes in households formation where there are fewer people living per dwelling, and also the constraints that exist in the construction sector. At the moment the market is for higher income households.”

Eliza Owen, Head of Research at CoreLogic Australia

Average home loan interest rate Australia

The average home loan interest rate is 6.28% p.a. for homeowners across all loan types. The average variable interest rate is 6.27% p.a., while short-term fixed rates are currently considerably lower than longer-term fixed rates.

Investors pay higher rates than owner occupiers – 6.53% p.a. on average.

Loan typeOwner occupier Investor

All loan types

6.28% p.a.

6.53% p.a.

Variable rate

6.27% p.a.

6.53% p.a.

Fixed rate 1-3 years

6.07% p.a.

6.53% p.a.

Fixed rate 4-5 years

7.07% p.a.

7.91% p.a.

Principal and interest

6.21% p.a.

6.45% p.a.

Interest only

6.90% p.a.

6.64% p.a.

Source: Reserve Bank of Australia, Statistical Table F6 – Housing Lending Rates February 2024.

Current home loan rates are as high as they have been in years, with longer-term fixed rates more than three times higher than they were in late 2020 and early 2021.

The gap between rates for new and existing borrowers (aka the 'loyalty tax') is currently the narrowest it's been in some time. But new borrowers still enjoy a slight discount.

Mansour Soltani

“I think a big part of the market is waiting for rates to drop. The trouble is, as soon as rates drop, prices take off and people risk being priced out. Saying that, a lot of first home buyers are still aggressively trying to get into the market, using the grants and other government schemes on offer.”

Mansour Soltani, Money.com.au's expert mortgage broker

Average home loan repayment

The average monthly home loan repayment in Australia is $3,796. But mirroring average loan sizes, the repayment amount varies significantly across states and territories. Unsurprisingly, borrowers in New South Wales pay most on average – $4,757. The average repayments in the Northern Territory is around 45% lower at $2,605.

As the graph below shows, borrowers are spending considerably more on mortgage repayments now than they were only a few years ago.

LocationAverage home loan amountAverage monthly repayment

Australia overall



























Source: ABS - Average loan sizes for owner-occupier dwelling (original), by state. Monthly repayment assumes a 30-year loan term and the average interest rate of 6.28% p.a. for owner occupiers as at February 2024 according to the RBA.

The average mortgage borrower in Australia

We analysed a sample of more than 1,800 borrowers who recently requested a home loan through Money.com.au. Based on this research, here’s a breakdown of who is applying for a home loan in Australia.

  • 59% of mortgage borrowers apply for a home loan by themselves, while 41% borrow with someone else.
  • The average annual income of an individual home loan borrower is $137,000. That's almost 40% higher than the average annual ordinary time earnings of a full-time worker in Australia).
  • Joint borrowers have a combined annual income of $244,000 on average.
  • Almost 77% of borrowers report they have an ‘excellent’ credit score.
  • Investors, on average, report better credit scores than owner occupiers (80% of investors report an excellent score).
  • The vast majority of home loan borrowers are employed full-time (87.6%).
  • Self-employed borrowers request larger loan amounts on average: $616,000 versus $540,000 for full-time employees.
  • Borrowers who have been in their job for more than two years request to borrow 22% more on average than those who have been in their job for less than six months.
  • Refinancers on average request to borrower 52% of their home's value (loan to value ratio), while those buying a new home request 75% and investors look to borrow 79% of the property's value, on average.

Average home loan deposit in Australia

The average first home buyer home loan deposit is $159,000. This has increased by more than 50% since 2020, according to the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation.

Naturally, the time it takes to save up a deposit has risen too. It now takes first home buyers in Australia around 10 years on average to save up a 20% home deposit, based on analysis by ANZ and CoreLogic. Again, the distribution across the country is very uneven – if the average person wanted to buy a house in Sydney, it would take them 15.7 years to save the deposit.

Where do Australians get their home loans?

Home lending in Australia is heavily concentrated around the 'big four' banks. In fact, the combined value of home loans with the major banks is around three times that of all other banks in Australia combined.

For borrowers who refinance their home loan, nearly two-thirds do so with a different lender. And more than 70% of all home loans are taken out with the help of a mortgage broker, according to the Mortgage & Finance Association of Australia.

Mortgage borrowing in Australia by loan type and location

Monthly home lending has fallen significantly from the highs of late 2021 and early 2022. But compared to a year ago, current overall lending is up by around 13% overall, driven largely by investment lending.

“Looking at the value of new lending for investment loans, it’s up almost 19% in the past year. When you compare that to growth in new housing finance for owner occupiers, it's much stronger,” says Eliza Owen.

“Investors in this country have a capital growth strategy and I think they're anticipating growth off the back of a potential cash rate reduction.”

According to Dr Nalini Prasad, a Senior Lecturer at UNSW's Business School, 2024 is likely to be a year marked by a falling rate of new housing loan commitments.

“Households have spent the large savings buffers that they accumulated during the COVID-19 pandemic. These buffers initially insulated household spending from the increase in interest rates but with these savings buffers gone, interest rate increases are going to have more bite.”

She said lending is likely to recover in the longer term, as high overseas migration into Australia continues to support the housing market.

Even for the remainder of 2024, some sectors will continue to perform strongly.

Dr Nalini Prasad

Sectors of the market which have a large fraction of cash buyers are likely to outperform the overall market in 2024. Cash buyers are typically wealthier, older individuals who are unaffected by changes in interest rates. These buyers are more likely to purchase properties in regional areas where they intend to retire.

Dr Nalini Prasad, Senior Lecturer, UNSW Business School

The recent volatility in property lending levels has been felt most sharply in the larger states. Western Australia has been something of an outlier as the only state to see consistent growth in the last year.

Fixed rate lending has fallen off a cliff and now makes up a tiny portion of the home loan market. Again, an expectation that interest rates are due to fall is the likely driver for more borrowers choosing a variable rate.

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