Notes on the data: Housing/ Transport
Privately rented dwellings: Aboriginal persons living in privately rented dwellings and privately rented dwellings with Aboriginal households, 2016
Policy context: Housing is a fundamental requirement for one’s health and well-being .
In the last 4 Censuses (2001 to 2016), Indigenous home ownership as a proportion of Indigenous households steadily increased from 32% in 2001 to 38% in 2016 and while Indigenous households remain twice as likely to rent compared to non-Indigenous households, the data show an increase in the proportion of Indigenous households renting privately and a decrease in social housing rentals .
Although the proportion of Indigenous households renting privately increased from 27% in 2001 to 32% in 2016, issues relating to poverty, discrimination, unemployment and a lack of suitable housing stock continue to limit access to the private rental market .
- Bailie R. and Wayte, K. Housing and health in Indigenous communities: Key issues for housing and health improvement in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Australian Journal of Rural Health 2006; 14:178-183.
- Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: a focus report on housing and homelessness 2019. Cat. no. HOU 301. Canberra: AIHW; 2019. Available from: https://www.aihw.gov.au/getmedia/1654e011-dccb-49d4-bf5b-09c4607eecc8/aihw-hou-301.pdf.aspx?inline=true; last accessed 16 December 2019.
Notes: Privately rented is made up of private dwellings rented from a real estate agent, person not in the same household, other landlord type and landlord type not stated. The data include households in private dwellings only.
Private dwelling: A private dwelling can be a house, flat or even a room. It can also be a caravan, houseboat, tent, or a house attached to an office, or rooms above a shop.
Geography: Data available by Indigenous Area, Primary Health Networks, Indigenous Quintiles and Indigenous Remoteness Areas
Numerator: Aboriginal persons living in privately rented dwellings (counting persons) and privately rented dwellings with Aboriginal households (counting dwellings)
Denominator: Total Aboriginal persons living in private dwellings and total occupied private dwellings with Aboriginal households
Detail of analysis: Per cent
Source: Compiled by PHIDU based on the ABS Census of Population and Housing, August 2016.