Notes on the data: Housing/ Transport
Households in dwellings receiving rent assistance from Centrelink, June 2014
Policy context: Affordable, secure and safe housing is fundamental to one's health and wellbeing, employment, education and other life opportunities. Centrelink rent assistance assists low-income people in housing need. It is a subsidy paid largely to people who get social security or other income-support benefits from the Commonwealth government, and who rent in the private rental market, in community housing, and in other renting situations. Most recipients of rent assistance would be paying more than 30% of their gross income on rent if rent assistance was not available - a situation referred to as ‘housing stress’ .
In June 2011, nearly 40% of all Commonwealth Rental Assistance recipients were single or couple families with children. Sole parent families represented 21% of the total rent assistance population, while couple families represented 16% .
- Randolph B, Holloway D. Commonwealth rent assistance and the spatial concentration of low income households in metropolitan Australia. (AHURI Final Report Series, vol. 101). Melbourne: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) UNSW-UWS Research Centre; 2007 [cited: 2013 Oct 18]. Available from: http://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/101
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Year Book Australia 2012: Housing assistance. Canberra: ABS; 2012.
Notes: The rent assistance data are provided for individual recipients, and there may be multiple individual recipients in a household: to the extent that this occurs, the proportion will be understated. However, dwellings are the most appropriate denominator available for this dataset. In addition, some recipients live in non-private dwellings, which are not included in the Denominator: to the extent that this occurs, the proportion will be overstated. Note: The denominator - private dwellings - is based on the 2011 Census as private dwellings data are not available for a later time period.
Numerator: Renters receiving assistance from the Department of Human Services
Denominator: All occupied private dwellings (2011 Census)
Detail of analysis: Per cent
Source: Compiled by PHIDU based on data from the Department of Human Services, June 2014; and ABS Census: Dwellings, 2011.