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Social housing: Dwellings, households and household occupants

Dwellings, households and household occupants

Housing is essential for a person’s health and well-being 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 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 about dwellings, households, newly allocated households and the people living in social housing dwellings with data on the change over time in the number of social housing dwellings 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: Dwellings by Remoteness Areas, Wait lists, Suitability of social housing size, Financial assistance for housing 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 and important data quality information.

Source reference Data tables: Social housing households 2023, tables Households.1, Households.10 and Occupants.1; Data tables: Social housing dwellings 2023, table Dwellings.2.