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Secure and affordable housing is fundamental to wellbeing. It provides a platform for many of life's benefits, including stable employment, connection to the community and a sense of home. Unfortunately, many Australians are not able to access affordable, suitable housing with their own economic and social resources. Assistance provided by governments and community organisations is available to eligible Australians who may have difficulties securing stable and affordable housing-collectively referred to as housing assistance.

Housing assistance in Australia covers government funded provision of social housing, rent assistance, home purchase assistance and support services to help households maintain their tenancies.


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393,844

households were in social housing in 2013–14


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Waiting lists

for social housing remain long


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4% to 10%

of households across social housing programs were overcrowded in 2013–14


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Mainstream community housing

continues to grow as a proportion of all social housing


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Commonwealth Rent Assistance

remains the form of assistance accessed by the largest number of Australian households


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