Notes on the data: Aboriginal housing

Dwellings rented by Aboriginal households from the government housing authority, 2011


Policy context:  The distribution of public rental housing remains an indicator of socioeconomic disadvantage. Public housing tenants are increasingly welfare-dependent (especially single parents; those who are unemployed, aged or with a disability; and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples) and public housing stocks have declined substantially since 1996.

The demand for social housing is high with almost 250,000 applicants waiting for allocation to, or transfer within, the public rental housing, or mainstream community housing (CH) programs at 30 June 2010. In public rental housing and state owned and managed Indigenous housing, 50% of newly allocated households in 2009-10 were previously homeless and a further 36% were at risk of homelessness [1].


  1. Australian Institute of Health & Welfare (AIHW). Australia's welfare 2011. (AIHW Cat. no. AUS 142). Canberra: AIHW; 2011.

Notes:  The data include Aboriginal households in private dwellings only.

Private dwelling: A private dwelling can be a house, flat or even a room. It can also be a caravan, houseboat, tent, or a house attached to an office, or rooms above a shop.

Aboriginal household: An Aboriginal household is any household where at least one usual resident was an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person.


Numerator:  Occupied private dwellings rented by Aboriginal households from the government housing authority


Denominator:  All occupied private dwellings with Aboriginal households


Detail of analysis:  Per cent


Source:  Compiled by PHIDU based on the ABS Census 2011 data.


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