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Household finances: Financial assistance for housing

Financial assistance for housing

Housing is essential for a person’s health and wellbeing 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 and households, Wait lists and Suitability of social housing size.

See the AIHW National Housing Assistance Data Repository (https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports-data/health-welfare-services/housing-assistance/overview) and the Department of Social Services, Australian Government Housing Data Set  (https://www.pc.gov.au/research/ongoing/report-on-government-services/2019/housing-and-homelessness) for further information, including in-depth commentary and analysis. Source reference HAA 2019 tables FINANCIAL.8 and FINANCIAL.12 and corresponding tables in earlier reports, ROGS 2019 table GA.7 and corresponding tables in earlier reports.