Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2021. Housing assistance in Australia. Cat. no. HOU 325. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 20 October 2021, https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/housing-assistance/housing-assistance-in-australia
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Housing plays a critical role in the health and wellbeing of Australians. Affordable and safe housing can help people avoid housing stress, which improves household wellbeing. Housing assistance can provide support by providing access to social housing (such as rental housing below market rates) and targeted financial assistance (such as rent or home purchase assistance).
Data in this report are primarily sourced from the AIHW National Housing Assistance Data Repository. Compiled and managed by the AIHW, this repository contains data from the public housing (PH), state owned and managed Indigenous housing (SOMIH), community housing (CH) and Indigenous community housing (ICH) collections. Administrative data from financial assistance programs—private rental and home purchase assistance— is also included.
Key results from Housing assistance in Australia 2021 include:
At 30 June 2020 there were 436,300
social housing dwellings, the
majority in Major cities.
Social housing dwellings
More than half (53%) of newly
allocated households were in public
housing (17,900 households). The
majority were single adults and sole
parents with dependent children.
Entries, exits & transfers
1.70 million income units received
Commonwealth Rent Assistance at 26
June 2020, up from 1.29 million in
Across all social housing programs,
the majority of occupants were
female (62%) and older aged 40
years and over (49%)
Occupants and households
The majority of new housing
allocations were provided to those
in greatest need:
Priority groups and waiting lists
of social housing households were in
adequate dwellings that met the
standard for their household
Of the remaining households, 5% were
overcrowded and 15% were
Suitability of dwelling size
This report also contains a state and territory data visualisation with key information about housing assistance at the national and state and territory levels.
For further information about the social housing and financial assistance collections, see the Data quality statements.
All data are available in the data tables, organised by topics.
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