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released: 8 Nov 2013 author: AIHW media release

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).

ISBN 978-1-74249-512-5; Cat. no. HOU 271; 136pp.; $25

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols
    • Summary
      • Housing in Australia
      • Financial assistance with housing costs
      • Social housing
  • Body section
    • 1 Housing in Australia
      • Introduction
      • Importance of housing
      • Australia's housing: an overview
      • Access to housing
      • Housing assistance policy
      • Housing assistance programs
      • Location and characteristics of social housing dwelling stock
    • 2 Housing assistance priority groups
      • Indigenous Australians
      • Young Australians
      • Older Australians
      • People with disability
      • Homeless persons
      • Low-income households
      • First home buyers
    • 3 Social housing provision
      • Social housing allocation in Australia
      • Social housing occupancy
      • Financial management of social housing
      • Appropriateness of housing
    • 4 Financial assistance
      • Affordability and housing stress
      • Government programs
    • 5 Assistance through services
      • Service use reported by social housing tenants
      • Housing-focused services
      • Role of homelessness services in maintaining housing
  • End matter
    • Appendixes
      • Appendix A: Additional tables
        • A.1 Housing in Australia
        • A.2 Housing assistance recipients
        • A.3 Social housing provision
        • A.4 Financial assistance
      • Appendix B: Data issues
      • Appendix C: Data quality statements
    • Glossary
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures
    • Related publications

Notes and corrections

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  1. (13 Jan 2014) Table 3.8 (page 62), the proportion of Indigenous households in Indigenous Community Housing (ICH) that are overcrowded corrected to 26.1% from 18.8%, also reflected in corresponding text on the previous page (page 61). Table A3.5 (page 99) title of the table updated to 'Appropriateness of dwelling size in social housing, by social housing program, 30 June 2012 (per cent)'.
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Recommended citation

AIHW 2013. Housing assistance in Australia 2013. Cat. no. HOU 271. Canberra: AIHW.

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