Community Sector Banking
MEDIA, JOBS & RESOURCES for the COMMON GOOD
NEWS  |  General, Research

200,000 on Social Housing Waitlist


Thursday, 2nd June 2016 at 11:48 am
Ellie Cooper
Almost 200,000 Australians are on the waiting list to access social housing and the number of available homes has barely increased from the previous year, according to a new report.

Thursday, 2nd June 2016
at 11:48 am
Ellie Cooper


2 Comments


FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

 Print
200,000 on Social Housing Waitlist
Thursday, 2nd June 2016 at 11:48 am

Almost 200,000 Australians are on the waiting list to access social housing and the number of available homes has barely increased from the previous year, according to a new report.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) released its Housing Assistance in Australia 2016 report on Thursday, showing little change from last year.

As of 30 June 2015 there were 427,800 social houses across Australia, only up 200 on the previous year – less than 1 per cent. The waiting list for this year, 200,000, was a 3 per cent decrease on last year’s list of 206,000.  

The report provided data on social housing programs provided by government and non-government agencies. These include public rental housing, community housing, state owned and managed Indigenous housing (SOMIH), and Indigenous community housing.

The AIHW, national agency set up by the Australian Government, said there was a shift in the priority focus for social housing away from low-income families and towards a diverse range of vulnerable groups.

“Almost 75 per cent of new public rental housing and community housing were provided to people with the greatest need, with 59 per cent of households indicating they were homeless prior to commencing their public rental housing tenancy,” AIHW spokesperson Tim Beard said.

The report found there were around 817,300 tenants in social housing, more than three in five main tenants were women, 44 per cent reported they had a disability and 53 per cent were single adults who lived alone.

Over and under-utilisation of houses was identified as an issue. About 4 per cent of both public rental housing and community housing was considered overcrowded, with the highest rates, 13 per cent, experienced in Queensland SOMIH.  

Conversely, around 16 per cent of public rental housing and 12 per cent of community housing was considered underutilised.


Ellie Cooper  |  Journalist  |  @ProBonoNews

Ellie Cooper is a journalist covering the social sector.


Got a story to share?

Got a news tip or article idea for Pro Bono News? Or perhaps you would like to write an article and join a growing community of sector leaders sharing their thoughts and analysis with Pro Bono News readers?

Get in touch at news@probonoaustralia.com.au

Get more stories like this

FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

2 Comments

Write a Reply or Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

What is the one thing you would tell the would-be prime minister?

Contributor

Tuesday, 23rd April 2019 at 8:36 am

Youth homelessness crisis in the spotlight

Maggie Coggan

Wednesday, 17th April 2019 at 4:37 pm

A letter to our would-be prime ministers

Chris Middendorp

Wednesday, 10th April 2019 at 5:48 pm

Infrastructure wins big, but housing left behind

Maggie Coggan

Wednesday, 3rd April 2019 at 12:19 pm

POPULAR

‘They don't see eye-to-eye’: Leadership turmoil engulfs the ACNC

Luke Michael

Tuesday, 16th April 2019 at 8:24 am

People with severe mental illness left behind in NDIS transition

Luke Michael

Tuesday, 16th April 2019 at 4:25 pm

Government under mounting pressure over disability royal commission appointees

Luke Michael

Thursday, 18th April 2019 at 5:36 pm

ALP pledges to be champions of the charity sector

Luke Michael

Thursday, 18th April 2019 at 8:00 am

Community Sector Banking
pba inverse logo
Subscribe Twitter Facebook

Get the social sector's most essential news coverage. Delivered free to your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

You have Successfully Subscribed!