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The aim of housing assistance is to overcome problems people face in obtaining or retaining suitable accommodation.

The AIHW is a statistical agency that manages a number of housing assistance data collections, and annually reports on the performance of these housing assistance programs.

The AIHW does not manage housing assistance programs. For more information on eligibility for housing assistance or on how to apply for housing assistance, please contact your state or territory housing department.

Housing assistance data collections at the AIHW

The AIHW manages the national data collections for various housing assistance programs, including public rental housing, community housing, state owned and managed Indigenous housing, Indigenous community housing, private rent assistance, and home purchase assistance.

In collaboration with key government and non-government stakeholders, the AIHW collects and analyses national housing assistance data, undertakes data development and improvement activities, collects data for national performance reporting, and produces national reports on housing assistance and related topics of interest to stakeholders.

National Affordable Housing Agreement

In November 2008, the Council of Australian Governments committed to improving housing affordability and reducing homelessness and Indigenous disadvantage through the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA). Housing assistance in Australia has been delivered under the NAHA since 1 January 2009.

Five National Partnership Agreements were established to support the NAHA:

  • National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH)—$1.1 billion over 5 years. After its expiry on 30 June 2013, COAG is currently drafting a one-year transitional NPAH
  • National Partnership Agreement on Social Housing (NPASH)—$400 million for the construction of new social housing over 2 years from 2008–09 to 2009–10
  • National Partnership Agreement on Remote Indigenous Housing (NPARIH)—$5.5 billion over 10 years
  • National Partnership Agreement on Nation Building and Jobs Plan (NBJP)—$6 billion for construction of new social housing from 2008–09 to 2011–12 and $400 million for repairs and maintenance of public housing until 2008–09 under the Social Housing Initiative
  • National Partnership Agreement on Extending the First Home Owners Boost (FHOB)—an additional $7,000 to first home buyers until the end of 2009.

These agreements have provided added support to existing programs (namely, Commonwealth rent assistance, the National Rental Affordability Scheme, the housing affordability fund, and the first home owners grant) and contribute to the objectives of the NAHA.