Report on government services 2019: Housing and homelessness - Chapter 18 Housing

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Key facts:

Nationally at 30 June 2018:

  • Public housing — there were 304,532 households and 316,231 dwellings
  • SOMIH — 13,817 households and 14,686 dwellings
  • Community housing — 80,233 households and 87,819 community housing tenancy rental units

There were 13,505  households and 16,030 permanent dwellings managed by Indigenous community housing organisations at 30 June 2017.

The social housing services system aims to provide low income people who do not have alternative suitable housing options with access to social housing assistance that supports their wellbeing and contributes to their social and economic participation. Some forms of social housing aim specifically to contribute to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community wellbeing through improved housing outcomes, particularly in remote areas and discrete communities. The social housing services system seeks to achieve these aims through the provision of services that are:

  • timely and affordable
  • safe
  • appropriate, meeting the needs of individual households
  • high quality
  • sustainable.

Governments aim for social housing services to meet these objectives in an equitable and efficient manner.

Important note:

While State and Territory governments have similar broad objectives for providing social housing, the emphasis each places on an individual objective differs depending on historical precedents and processes for interaction with community sector providers. Private housing markets also vary across jurisdictions. Accordingly, policy responses and associated forms of assistance vary across jurisdictions. It is important to consider the differing levels and types of assistance provided in each State and Territory, their differing urban, regional and remote area concentrations, differences in eligibility criteria for the different assistance types and factors affecting waiting lists, when analysing performance information.

As highlighted in the RoGS performance indicator framework all the current indicators reported in this chapter have comparability and/or completeness issues. Consequently, caution is required when comparing across jurisdictions or within a jurisdiction over time. The commentary in this chapter and footnotes accompanying the relevant attachment tables outline the comparability and completeness issues.

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Report on Government Services 2019
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Part G (Housing and homelessness)