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Housing affordability: Low income households in housing stress

Low income households in housing stress

The proportion of households experiencing housing stress by region, tenure and dwelling type are derived from The Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey. A household is considered in housing stress if housing costs are more than 30% of the household income, and the household is in the bottom 40% of the income distribution.

Started in 2001, the HILDA Survey is a nationally-representative household-based panel study that collects valuable information about economic and personal well-being, labour market dynamics and family life from participants annually. It aims to tell the stories of the same group of Australians over the course of their lives. The HILDA Survey is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Social Services. The Melbourne Institute is responsible for the design and management of the Survey.

HILDA Survey data are also used in the following dashboard menu options: Housing costs as a proportion of income (HILDA) and Persistence of housing stress - low income households.

See the Australian Data Archive (, HILDA Statistical reports ( and the HILDA Survey User Manual ( for further information, including in-depth commentary and analysis, in particular source data quality information.