The rise AND RISE of Australian household debt


The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has released its debt ratios for the March quarter, which revealed that Australian households’ debt loads have hit another all-time high.

The ratio of household debt to disposable income hit a record high 189.7% in March, with mortgage debt to income a record high 140.1%:

However, mortgage debt retraced slightly to 95.9% of GDP in the March quarter:


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About the author
Leith van Onselen is Chief Economist at the MB Fund and MB Super. He is also a co-founder of MacroBusiness. Leith has previously worked at the Australian Treasury, Victorian Treasury and Goldman Sachs.