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Household finances: Financial assistance for housing

Financial assistance for housing

Housing is essential for a person’s health and well-being and plays a major role in the living standards of Australians. Housing financial assistance can help people to obtain or sustain a rental tenancy, or to enter or maintain home ownership.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) National Housing Assistance Data Repository (NHADR) includes data on Australian housing financial assistance recipients. Care should be taken when interpreting the total number of households assisted, as households may be counted in multiple categories within each type of assistance, that is, the sum of households receiving assistance does not equal the total number of unique households receiving assistance.

The AIHW NHADR includes national collections for various housing assistance programs. Financial data includes commonwealth rent assistance (extracted from the Australian Government Housing Data Set), private rent assistance and home purchase assistance. See the source data Quality Statement for important explanatory detail, in particular, changes over time.

NHADR data are also used in the following dashboard menu options: Dwellings, households and household occupants, Dwellings by Remoteness Areas, Wait lists, Suitability of social housing size and Dwellings and income units by Local Government Area.

See the AIHW National Housing Assistance Data Repository ( and Housing Assistance in Australia ( for further information, including in-depth commentary and analysis.

Source reference Data tables: Financial assistance 2023, tables PRA.2, HPA.2 and CRA.8.