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Social housing: Wait lists

Wait lists

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) provides important information on the demand for social housing, including wait lists.  Comparisons between states and territories should be made with caution, as some jurisdictions have integrated waitlists, where applicants are counted once irrespective of the number of programs for which they are applying. Fluctuations in numbers over time may be influenced by changes to allocation policies, priorities and eligibility criteria put in place by state/territory housing authorities. 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 and households, Suitability of social housing size and Financial assistance for housing.

See the AIHW National Housing Assistance Data Repository (https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports-data/health-welfare-services/housing-assistance/overview) and the Report on Government Services 2019 (https://www.pc.gov.au/research/ongoing/report-on-government-services/2019/housing-and-homelessness) for further information, including in-depth commentary and analysis and important data quality information. Source reference ROGS 2019 table 18A.5 and corresponding tables in earlier reports.