Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) report on "Housing in Australia"

The report, Housing Assistance in Australia 2018, shows that while public housing continues to be the most commonly used form of social housing —providing services to almost 80% of households in social housing —the number of households in community housing has more than doubled nationally (rising by 117%) since 2007–08. Australia’s population has grown at a faster rate than social housing, and as a result, the proportion of households in social housing has fallen since 2007-08. Key Points:
  • Nationally, between 4% and 24% of dwellings were considered overcrowded, and between 7% and 26% underutilised in 2016–17
  • Waitlists for social housing remain long, with 189,400 households awaiting social housing allocation at 30 June 2017
  • 812,900 tenants in 396,100 households were living in the main social housing programs across Australia in 2016–17
  • Social housing stock not keeping pace with household growth; 5.1 per 100 households in 2007–08 down to 4.6, 2016–17
  • The most commonly provided form of government support is Commonwealth Rent Assistance, which was provided to 1.34 million individuals or couples at June 2017
  • The report also highlights the decline in home ownership, with the most notable fall among young people. In 1971, 64% of 30–34 year olds and 50% of 25–29 year olds owned their home, with this rate falling to 50% and 37%, respectively, in 2016.

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