Research and Reports | 5 June 2015

New national housing snapshot

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released a new snapshot of the community and social housing sector. It shows that 46% of public rental housing allocations that were classified as in greatest need spent more than 2 years on a waiting list.

Around three-quarters (74%) of the newly-allocated social housing in 2013-14 went to households in greatest need.

“Households in greatest need are highly vulnerable groups such as people experiencing or at imminent risk of homelessness, households where there is a member with a disability, or the main tenant is aged either under 25, or is 75 or older, or where the household has one or more Indigenous members,”AIHW spokesperson Geoff Neideck said.

Between 2007-08 and 2013-14, the number of public housing households fell from 331,000 to 317,000, while mainstream community housing households rose from 36,000 to 67,000.

The full report Housing Assistance 2015 is here: