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Average Australian first home buyer deposit statistics

The average first home buyer needs to save $126,872 for a 20% deposit.

A typical first home buyer's deposit is between 5% and 20% of the property's purchase price. If you bought an $800,000 house with a 20% deposit you would need to save $160,000 for the deposit and borrow the rest.

Saving this deposit is often the biggest challenge for first home buyers today.

The statistics on this page break down how much homebuyers need to save for deposits using ABS lending figures to work out average deposits. We have broken this down by state and territory.

Key statistics

  • The average Australian first home buyer needs to save $126,872 if they want a 20% deposit.
  • The average first home buyer's monthly loan repayments have jumped 61% since rates began rising in May 2022.
  • The average buyer in NSW faces the biggest hurdle, requiring a deposit of $151,052.

What is the average house deposit by state?

  • The average Australian first home buyer looking to buy with a 20% deposit today needs to save $126,872.
  • A buyer in NSW needs to save $151,052. A buyer in Tasmania needs to save $101,852.

We analysed how much homebuyers need to save for a deposit in each state and territory by looking at the latest average loan sizes for Australian owner-occupiers (ABS figures).

Using these loan averages we were able to assume property prices and deposit sizes. This is based on the assumption of a 20% deposit.

Borrowers can get home loans with deposits as low as 5%. But this comes with additional costs such as lenders mortgage insurance (LMI).

What are the average repayments on a 30-year loan?

With the loan amounts and deposit figures above, we calculated the average borrower's monthly home loan repayments. To do this we used:

  • A 6.00% interest rate (the RBA's latest average owner-occupier variable rate)
  • A 30-year loan term (this is the standard Australian loan term)

The data clearly shows that homebuyers in NSW have the most expensive mortgage burdens. This is the inevitable result of higher property prices in that state (especially in Sydney), which in turn forces buyers to save bigger deposits and borrow more.

Interest rates started rising in May 2022. This has massively increased loan repayments:

  • In April 2022 the average NSW homebuyer was making monthly repayments of $2,316. In October 2023 this had increased 56% to $3,622.
  • Nationwide, loan repayments for first home buyers have jumped 61% over the same time.

How much does the average first home buyer borrow?

Another way to understand rising property prices and deposit sizes is to look at how much first home buyers borrow today.

Loans for first home buyers have increased dramatically across every state and territory in the last 2 decades.

What's the average property price based on the deposit amount?

Using loan averages and 20% deposits we can also determine average property prices. All figures in the chart below assume a 20% deposit.

Expert commentary

Rebecca Pike

Rebecca Pike – senior home loans writer

"Homebuyers have been chasing a goal which is becoming more and more difficult to attain. As property prices have risen the deposits needed for a first home loan have grown with them. Not only that, rising interest rates have meant that buyer borrowing power has dropped. The good news is that there are still solutions, like first home buyer support and low deposit loans, but it might require a little research and comparison to find the right one for you."

Richard Whitten

Richard Whitten – money editor

"First home buyers today have to work really hard to get into the property market. The deposit savings goal gets bigger every year, and higher interest rates mean your monthly repayments are more expensive too. There are many options available, from low deposit loans with LMI premiums, to guarantor support and government schemes. Buyers need to do a lot of research to find out which, if any, of these options can help."

Compare first home buyer home loan options

If you're looking to enter the property market, you'll need to save a deposit and get a home loan. And luckily, you don't need to save a 20% deposit.

You can enter the market with a low deposit home loan if you're willing to borrow more and pay LMI.

And if you have parents who own a property and are willing to act as your guarantor, you can get a loan with a low deposit and skip the LMI premium.

There are also government schemes that let first home buyers purchase homes with deposits below 20% and no LMI.

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