Housing assistance in Australia 2017 provides up-to-date information relating to government funded provision of social housing, rent assistance, purchase assistance and support services to help households maintain their tenancies.

  • Cat. no: WEB 189
Findings from this report:
  • 845,000 tenants in 394,300 households were living in the main social housing programs across Australia in 2015–16

  • Mainstream community housing continues to grow, increasing 81% since 2009–10 to 80,200 dwellings in 2015–16

  • Waitlists for social housing remain long, with 194,600 households awaiting social housing allocation as at 30 June 2016

  • Nationally between 4% and 9% of dwellings were considered overcrowded, with between 12% and 25% underutilised