The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data points to a 1.7% increase over the September quarter to a record high collective household wealth of $11.4 billion.

Residential assets increased 1.2%, deposits 5.4%, and superannuation balances were up 1.1%.

Average household wealth increased 1.6% to $441,649 per person, and a large amount of it is tied up in housing, with asset values collectively rising $86.8 billion.

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Base criteria of: a $400,000 loan amount, variable, fixed, principal and interest (P&I) home loans with an LVR (loan-to-value) ratio of at least 80%. However, the ‘Compare Home Loans’ table allows for calculations to be made on variables as selected and input by the user. Some products will be marked as promoted, featured or sponsored and may appear prominently in the tables regardless of their attributes. All products will list the LVR with the product and rate which are clearly published on the product provider’s website. Monthly repayments, once the base criteria are altered by the user, will be based on the selected products’ advertised rates and determined by the loan amount, repayment type, loan term and LVR as input by the user/you. *The Comparison rate is based on a $150,000 loan over 25 years. Warning: this comparison rate is true only for this example and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different comparison rate. Rates correct as of December 11, 2023. View disclaimer.

However, the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) has flagged growing inequality, with the wealthiest 20% having 90-times the wealth of the poorest 20%. 

The latest research from ACOSS in conjunction with the University of NSW shows the highest 10% of households by wealth also owns nearly half of all household wealth, and ACOSS CEO Cassandra Goldie said the inequality was "stark".

"While the Government did increase income support at the beginning of the crisis, which greatly reduced poverty for a time, it is now threatening to cut income support back to the brutal old Newstart rate," she said.

"The prospect that high levels of wealth inequality may become entrenched after the pandemic is also concerning, as high income-earners save more of their income and investment returns and house prices pick up again, ahead of growth in wages."

However, average wealth is at a record high, according to ABS head of finance and wealth Amanda Seneviratne.

"The September quarter 2020 financial accounts reflected improvements in the Australian and global financial markets, as well as a partial recovery of the domestic economy in response to government and RBA policies, and easing social restrictions across most of Australia,” she said.

Asset values recouped the losses seen in the June quarter, and demand for credit hit a record $154.9 billion - up $3.8 billion on the last quarter.

The ABS also cites JobKeeper, extra welfare payments, and early access to super, as well as tax refunds, as continuing reasons for elevated wealth levels.

The household savings ratio remained elevated throughout most of 2020.

Finding 'good' jobs

UNSW professor Carla Treloar pointed to the problem of finding and restoring full-time jobs.

“While the number of part-time jobs has recovered to its pre-COVID level, so far only one third of full-time positions have been restored. This will exacerbate income inequality as government income supports are wound back,” she said.

This coincides with the latest jobs data indicating the unemployment level fell 20 basis points to 6.8% in November.

Youth unemployment was also 15.6%, and underemployment fell one percentage point to 9.4%.

Approximately 183,000 full-time jobs were added in the past two months, which accounted for two thirds of the employment increase over the period.

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