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For more information see Housing assistance in Australia 2013 and other Housing assistance publications.
The AIHW is a statistical agency that manages a number of housing assistance data collections, and annually reports on the performance of housing assistance programs. For more information on eligibility for housing assistance and housing assistance policies or on how to apply for housing assistance, please contact your state or territory housing department.
In 2009–10, there was an estimated shortage of 539,000 rental properties that were both affordable and available for renters with income in the bottom 2 income quintiles.
In 2012–13, social housing provided more than 421,000 dwellings, usually at below-market rent, to Australians in need.
In 2012–13, more than 3 in 4 (76.8%) new social housing allocations were to households in greatest need.
In 2013, 2 in 3 (67%) CRA recipients would have been in rental stress if they did not receive Commonwealth Rent Assistance (CRA).
Despite this, 2 in 5 (40%) recipients remained in rental stress after CRA.
The large majority of tenants (over 65%) are satisfied with the services provided by their housing organisation.
Overcrowding is far more common among Indigenous households, at a rate of 12% in 2011 compared with 3% for the overall population.
For more information see Homelessness publications.
were homeless on Census night 2011—this is about 1 in 204 people. Over half of these people were male (56%).
On Census night 2011, 6% of homeless people were sleeping rough: staying in improvised dwellings, tents, or sleeping out.
Specialist homelessness services helped more than 244,000 people who were homeless or at risk of homelessness in 2012–13. Most clients were female (59%), and over one-quarter (27%) were children.
23% of clients who received specialist homelessness services in 2012–13 reported domestic and family violence as the main reason for seeking assistance.