Assistance provided by governments and community organisations is available to eligible Australians who may have difficulties securing stable and affordable housing – this support is collectively referred to as housing assistance.

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Latest findings

The proportion of households living in social housing in Australia decreased from 4.8% in 2011 to 4.1% in 2022

In 2021–22, there were around 815,500 occupants living in Australia’s main social housing programs

The highest number of overcrowded dwellings were in public housing and in Major Cities (over 9,100 households)

73% of tenants were satisfied with the overall services provided by their social housing organisation in 2021

Three quarters of tenants were satisfied with emergency maintenance services

80% of tenants who had to work/study from home or home school children during COVID-19 said their home met their needs

More reports and statistics on housing assistance can be found under Homelessness services. The AIHW’s Housing data dashboard also contains the latest housing and homelessness data from over 20 national data sets, brought together in one place.