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Housing assistance information is available in a variety of reports, bulletins and working papers published by the AIHW and these are listed below. In addition, the Housing Assistance Act Annual Reports and the annual
Productivity Commission Report on the provision of Government Services include both national and bilateral housing performance information.

Housing assistance in Australia 2014

This report presents information on trends and issues in housing policy, housing affordability and housing assistance provided to populations with special needs. As housing and rental affordability declines, the need for housing assistance continues to increase, with 1.3 million recipients of Commonwealth Rental Assistance and over 400,000 households living in social housing. Of those households who were recently provided assistance through social housing, the majority were identified as either homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Housing assistance for Indigenous Australians

This paper provides information on support provided to Indigenous households through a range of housing assistance programs. The data suggest that Indigenous households were 6 times as likely as other Australian households to live in social housing, with an estimated 31% of Indigenous households living in such housing in 2013. Overall, Indigenous households were more than twice as likely as other households to receive assistance from at least one of the major housing assistance programs.

Housing circumstances of Indigenous households: tenure and overcrowding

The housing circumstances of Indigenous Australians are described in this paper using Census data. The topics of housing tenure and overcrowding are covered, with trends considered, as well as differences according to factors such as remoteness, jurisdiction and socioeconomic status. In 2011, Indigenous households were about half as likely as other Australian households to own their home and more than 3 times as likely to be overcrowded.

Specialist homelessness services 2012-13

In 2012-13 specialist homelessness services assisted over 244,000 clients. Of these clients, 54% were at risk of homelessness, and 46% were already homeless when they first began receiving support (22% of those who were homeless had no shelter or were living in an improvised dwelling). This report presents the findings of the Specialist Homelessness Services Collection for 2012-13, and describes the clients who received specialist homelessness support, the assistance they sought and were provided, and the outcomes achieved for those clients.

National Social Housing Survey: detailed results 2012

An overview of the national findings of the 2012 National Social Housing Survey was published by AIHW in May 2013. This report provides further detail on national level findings, state and territory comparisons and comparisons across public housing, state owned and managed Indigenous housing, and community housing programs. It shows that:- The majority of tenants are satisfied with the services provided by their housing organisation, with community housing tenants the most satisfied. - Tenants report a range of benefits from living in social housing. Around 7 in 10 tenants feel more settled and are able to manage rent or money better.- The majority of tenants live in a dwelling of an acceptable standard, and less than 1 in 10 social housing dwellings can be reported as overcrowded.- An estimated 1 in 10 public housing and SOMIH tenants and around 1 in 5 community housing tenants indicated they have been homeless in the past five years.

Housing assistance in Australia 2013

This report looks at trends in housing and housing assistance provided by governments in Australia in terms social housing and financial assistance in 2012-13. The report explores the various types of housing assistance provided to low-income households and special needs groups including first home buyers, Indigenous Australians, young and older Australians, people with disability, and those who are homeless. A high proportion of low income households spend more than 30% of their income on rent (42%). This creates a large demand for financial assistance (1.2 million receiving Commonwealth Rent Assistance) and social housing dwellings (over 200,000 on waiting lists). 

National social housing survey 2012: a summary of national results

Social housing is a significant component of housing assistance and includes all rental housing owned and managed by government or a not-for-profit community organisation which can be let to eligible households. The National Social Housing Survey (NSHS) is designed to gather information on social housing tenants and their housing experiences. This report presents a national summary of the results from the 2012 NSHS and reports findings from public housing, community housing and state owned and managed Indigenous housing tenants.

Housing assistance in Australia 2012

This report looks at housing assistance in the government, not-for-profit and private sector segments in Australia in 2011-12. It examines allocation and waiting lists for social housing, overcrowding and housing affordability, and demonstrates that while the number of social housing dwellings has increased in recent years, this increase has been exceeded by the number of households spending more than 30% of their income on housing. Between 59% and 75% of all housing allocations are provided to people who are homeless, whose life or safety is at risk in their accommodation, whose condition is aggravated by their housing, or who has very high rental costs.

Specialist Homelessness Services Collection: March quarter 2012

This report presents results of the Specialist Homelessness Services Collection for the March quarter 2012. Nationally, 102,356 clients who were homeless or at risk of homelessness accessed specialist homelessness services in this quarter. On average, 18,600 clients were accommodated by these services on any given night during the quarter.

National social housing survey: state and territory results 2010

This report presents state and territory findings from the 2010 National Social Housing Survey of public housing and mainstream community housing tenants. It shows that:- the majority of tenants are satisfied with the services of their housing provider- about 1 in 5 public housing tenants and 1 in 3 community housing tenants indicated they had been homeless at some time- about 1 in 5 households had at least one person who needed help with self-care, communication or body movement activities.

Specialist Homelessness Services Collection: December quarter 2011

This report presents results of the Specialist Homelessness Services Collection for the December quarter 2011. Homelessness (and the risk of homelessness) affects a large number of Australians each year. Nationally, it is estimated that 44 people per 10,000 accessed specialist homelessness services in this quarter and, on average, over 18,500 clients were accommodated by these service on any given night in the quarter.

Government-funded specialist homelessness services: SAAP National Data Collection annual report 2010-11: Western Australia

This report is one of the eight state and territory supplementary reports that accompany the national report on the use of government-funded specialist homelessness services in 2010-11. These supplements include data specific to each state and territory and a summary of key results.

Government-funded specialist homelessness services: SAAP National Data Collection annual report 2010-11: Australia appendix

This report is the data table appendix to whole-of-Australia report of the 2010–11 data on the use of government-funded specialist homelessness services. It is the final annual report to be sourced from the Supported Accommodation Assistance Program (SAAP) National Data Collection (NDC). From 1 July 2011, data on the people using specialist homelessness services will be reported from the new Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS) collection.

Government-funded specialist homelessness services: SAAP National Data Collection annual report 2010-11: Tasmania

This report is one of the eight state and territory supplementary reports that accompany the national report on the use of government-funded specialist homelessness services in 2010-11. These supplements include data specific to each state and territory and a summary of key results.

Government-funded specialist homelessness services: SAAP National Data Collection annual report 2010-11: Australian Capital Territory

This report is one of the eight state and territory supplementary reports that accompany the national report on the use of government-funded specialist homelessness services in 2010-11. These supplements include data specific to each state and territory and a summary of key results.

Government-funded specialist homelessness services: SAAP National Data Collection annual report 2010-11: Northern Territory

This report is one of the eight state and territory supplementary reports that accompany the national report on the use of government-funded specialist homelessness services in 2010-11. These supplements include data specific to each state and territory and a summary of key results.

Government-funded specialist homelessness services: SAAP National Data Collection annual report 2010-11: Australia

This report presents the 2010-11 data on the use of government-funded specialist homelessness services. It is the final annual report to be sourced from the Supported Accommodation Assistance Program (SAAP) National Data Collection (NDC). From 1 July 2011, data on the people using specialist homelessness services will be reported from the new Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS) collection. In 2010-11, an estimated 230,500 people (equivalent to 1 in 97 Australians) used specialist homelessness services. Young people, families and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continued to be significant users of services. The most common reasons why people sought support were interpersonal relationship issues (such as domestic or family violence); accommodation-related issues (such as being evicted); and financial issues (such as having insufficient money to pay for accommodation, food, bills or other essentials.

Government-funded specialist homelessness services: SAAP National Data Collection annual report 2010-11: Victoria

This report is one of the eight state and territory supplementary reports that accompany the national report on the use of government-funded specialist homelessness services in 2010-11. These supplements include data specific to each state and territory and a summary of key results.

Government-funded specialist homelessness services: SAAP National Data Collection annual report 2010-11: Queensland

This report is one of the eight state and territory supplementary reports that accompany the national report on the use of government-funded specialist homelessness services in 2010-11. These supplements include data specific to each state and territory and a summary of key results.

Government-funded specialist homelessness services: SAAP National Data Collection annual report 2010-11: South Australia

This report is one of the eight state and territory supplementary reports that accompany the national report on the use of government-funded specialist homelessness services in 2010-11. These supplements include data specific to each state and territory and a summary of key results.

National Social Housing Survey: a summary of national results

 The majority of National Social Housing Survey respondents were either `satisfied' or `very satisfied' with living in either public housing or community housing. In addition, most respondents indicated that the amenity and location of their housing met the needs of their household. These respondents also recorded experiencing `benefits' from living in social housing–around 90% felt more settled and over two-thirds felt they enjoyed better health. These findings are particularly noteworthy given that social housing is typically targeted at groups such as low income earners, those who were previously homeless and people who are otherwise disadvantaged in the housing market.

Housing assistance in Australia 2011

Housing assistance in Australia 2011 is a compendium style publication which provides readers with information about housing assistance in each segment of the housing sector: government, not-for-profit and the private sector. Key issues including allocation and waiting lists for social housing, overcrowding, and affordability are examined as well as changes over recent years. Housing assistance provided to special needs groups such as Indigenous Australians, the young and old, and to those with a disability are also examined.

Housing and homelessness services: access for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

The rate of homelessness for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is four times that of non-Indigenous Australians. Homeless Indigenous Australians were almost twice as likely to sleep rough, or in improvised dwellings and shelters, than non-Indigenous Australians.  The rate of home ownership for Indigenous households was about a third compared to two-thirds for non-Indigenous households. Indigenous households were ten times more likely to be living in overcrowded conditions compared to non-Indigenous households.   

Community housing 2009-10

More complete analysis of results published in this report will be available in the forthcoming publication Housing assistance in Australia 2011.

Public rental housing 2009-10

This publication presents results from the 2009-10 public rental housing data collection and the 2010 National Social Housing Survey. More complete analysis of these results will be available in the forthcoming publication Housing assistance in Australia 2011. 

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