Mainstream community housing is managed by not-for-profit organisations and is covered in the NSHS where those organisations receive capital or recurrent funding from government.

Community housing offers short-, medium- or long-term tenure for low-income individuals and families, or those with particular needs not well catered for by the private market.

Currently the community housing program is operating in all jurisdictions, apart from the Northern Territory.

Collection details

Temporal coverage

from 1 July 2005

Geographical coverage

National | National and state and territory 

Data availability

  • publications
  • summary tables published in electronic form
  • client specified tables on request which may be subject to data provider approval (charges apply)

Data scope

Community housing is rental housing provided for low to moderate income or special needs households, managed by community-based organisations that have received capital or recurrent subsidy from government. Models vary across jurisdictions, and housing stock may be owned by a variety of groups including government.

Dwellings are generally excluded where the tenancy is managed under:

  • public rental housing
  • State and territory owned and managed Indigenous housing
  • Crisis Accommodation Program. 


Admin data, survey

Metadata information and data quality statement (DQS)

Mainstream Community Housing data collection DSS

External links and information 

Community Housing data collection DQS

Housing assistance in Australia

Report on Government Services

Australia's welfare


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