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Household wealth of Australians

Updated: Aug 17, 2022

Over the last year or so you may have seen that the median wealth of Australian households has been on the rise. In fact, one in ten Australians are millionaires!

If you're wondering how and where this wealth is distributed amongst Australians, don't go anywhere! We'll be sharing all the secrets in this article. Additionally, we'll be sharing some wealth creation strategies that can help you achieve similar financial related success.

There are various components that constitute wealth. In 2018, the ABS released the following data. It demonstrates the distribution of wealth in Australia.

Asset Class

Percentage (%)

Owned home




Shares and other financial assets


Investments in other real estate


Other non-financial assets


Since early in 2020, the Australian housing market has seen significant price increases and there has been greater demand for housing. Furthermore, in our professional opinion, we anticipate that the percentage of 'investments in other real estate' and 'owned homes' could now be significantly higher.

Michael Read explains in the Australian Financial Review that in comparison to other countries, Australia displays a larger "preference for housing assets".

Much of the wealth produced within real estate has been particularly fuelled by the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Low interest rates, government support and readily available finance were desirable factors that enticed many Australian households to purchase housing assets throughout much of 2020 and 2021.

Household wealth distribution by age

People aged 55 and older hold the greatest value in household wealth, in the country. Please refer to the table below which demonstrates the average breakdown of wealth value by age-group in Australia.

Age Group

Wealth Value ($)

Percentage (%)
















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