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released: 22 Feb 2008 author: AIHW media release

Housing assistance helps people meet their basic human need for shelter and security and can also improve living standards, health and well being and participation in society. Housing assistance is available to many Australians who need help in finding suitable housing and who may struggle to meet housing costs. This could be caused by a range of factors including affordability, family conflict, domestic violence, discrimination, disability or health status. 'Housing assistance in Australia' provides an overview of the types, extent and benefits of government assistance available to homeowners and renters as well as to people experiencing homelessness, and to specific population groups.

ISBN 978 1 74024 759 7; Cat. no. HOU 173; 73pp.; Internet only

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material (716KB PDF)
    • Half title and verso pages
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Preface
    • Authorship and acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols
    • Summary
  • Sections
    • General context (978KB PDF)
      1. Introduction
      2. Demographic profile
      3. Changing context
      4. Funding and programs
      5. Geographic distribution
    • Social housing (905KB PDF)
      1. Public housing and state owned and managed Indigenous housing
      2. Benefits of public housing and state owned and managed Indigenous housing assistance
      3. Commonwealth State Housing Agreement mainstream community housing
      4. Benefits of mainstream community housing assistance
      5. Indigenous community housing
    • Assistance in the private sector (760KB PDF)
      1. Rent assistance in the private market
      2. Home ownership assistance
    • Assistance to people experiencing homelessness (765KB PDF)
      1. Assistance to people experiencing homelessness
      2. Supported Accommodation Assistance Program
    • Housing assistance to specific populations (839KB PDF)
      1. Housing assistance to Indigenous Australians
      2. Housing assistance to older Australians
      3. Housing assistance to people with disability
  • End matter (607KB PDF)
    • Appendix A: Additional tables
    • Glossary
    • Websites for further information
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures

Recommended citation

AIHW 2008. Housing assistance in Australia 2008. Cat. no. HOU 173. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 21 September 2014 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442468070>.