Housing assistance in Australia 2018 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: HOU 296
Findings from this report:
  • 812,900 tenants in 396,100 households were living in the main social housing programs across Australia in 2016–17

  • Community housing continues to grow, more than doubling between 2008–09 and 2016–17 (from 39,800 to 82,900 dwellings)

  • Waitlists for social housing remain long, with 189,400 households awaiting social housing allocation at 30 June 2017

  • Nationally, between 4% and 24% of dwellings were considered overcrowded, and between 7% and 26% underutilised in 2016–17