Nationally at 30 June 2017:
- Public housing – there were 310,483 households and 319,913 dwellings
- State owned and managed Indigenous housing – 9,574 households and 14,921 dwellings (including 5,032 dwellings in the NT for which household data are not available)
- Community housing – 75,634 households and 82,902 community housing tenancy rental units
There were 13,177 households and 15,461 permanent dwellings managed by Indigenous community housing organisations at 30 June 2016.
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
- appropriate, meeting the needs of individual households
- high quality
Governments aim for social housing services to meet these objectives in an equitable and efficient manner.