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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 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.

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 and households, Wait lists 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. Source reference HAA 2019 table MATCHING.1 and corresponding tables in earlier reports.