This paper aimed to develop a model of Australian Aboriginal house crowding, based on social science theories, and then refined through empirical studies conducted in regional urban and state capital metropolitan areas, generating useful findings for housing policy.
The case studies were conducted in Queensland and Western Australia in order to gather comparative data with which to analyse crowding in Indigenous households.1 The model incorporates the lived experiences of Indigenous people including the factors that cause, perpetuate and prevent crowding, and relates these to crowding theory and policy implications. This Research Project has two stages. The first stage was a literature analysis that was reported in an earlier Positioning Paper (Memmott et al. 2011). The second stage involved empirical research which took place in mid and late 2011, resulting in this Final Report for AHURI. In our Positioning Paper, we examined social science definitions and models of cross-cultural crowding, particularly those grounded in environmental psychology and social anthropology theory.