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Social housing: Dwellings and households

Dwellings and households

Housing is essential for a person’s health and wellbeing and plays a major role in the living standards of Australians. Social housing programs provide rental housing at below market rates to those who may otherwise struggle to find affordable housing. Monitoring of dwellings and households over time in the main social housing programs provides information for planning analysis and policy purposes.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) National Housing Assistance Data Repository provides important information on the supply of social housing with data on the change over time in the number of social housing dwellings and households by remoteness area and by state/territory.

The AIHW National Housing Assistance Data Repository includes national data on a range of housing assistance programs. Data for individual jurisdictions may not be comparable across reporting periods or with other social housing sectors. See the source data Quality Statement for important explanatory detail.

NHADR data are also used in the following dashboard menu options: Wait lists, Suitability of social housing size and Financial assistance for housing.

See the AIHW National Housing Assistance Data Repository ( and the Report on Government Services 2019 ( for further information, including in-depth commentary and analysis and important data quality information. Source reference ROGS 2019 table 18A.3, 18A.5 and corresponding tables in earlier reports.