Public housing encompasses the publicly owned or leased dwellings funded and administered by state and territory governments. It aims to provide appropriate, affordable and accessible housing, mainly for low-income households that have difficulty in obtaining and maintaining housing in the private market.

State owned and managed Indigenous housing is administered by state and territory governments and is specifically targeted to Indigenous households (a household with at least 1 Indigenous member). It aims to provide appropriate, affordable and financially accessible housing for low- to moderate-income Indigenous households. Currently SOMIH operates in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania.

Collection details

Temporal coverage

from 1 July 1995

Geographical coverage

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

Includes information about households residing in PH and SOMIH dwellings where the dwelling is:

  • owned by the housing authority
  • leased from the private sector or other housing program areas and used for provision of PH and SOMIH programs.


  • PH and SOMIH dwellings leased to other program areas, for example  community housing or crisis and emergency accommodation programs
  • dwellings no longer under the administration of the property manager/agency at 30 June (including dwellings demolished, sold or disposed of) and dwellings not yet available to the property manager or agency at 30 June, (for example, those under construction or being purchased).


Admin data

Metadata information and data quality statement (DQS)

Public rental housing DSS


Public Housing  DQS


External links and information 

Housing assistance in Australia

Report on Government Services

Australia's Welfare


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