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Social housing: Suitability of social housing size

Suitability of social housing size

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.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) National Housing Assistance Data Repository (NHADR) includes data on the appropriateness of dwelling size, that is, whether a dwelling is of adequate size and configuration to meet the basic needs of a household. Data for individual jurisdictions may not be comparable across reporting periods or with other social housing sectors. Further, changes to scope and covered between reporting periods may have changed. See the source data Quality Statement for important explanatory detail.

NHADR data are also used in the following dashboard menu options: Dwellings, households and household occupants, Dwellings by Remoteness Areas, Wait listsFinancial 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.

Source reference Data tables: Housing suitability 2023, table Suitability.1.