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4102.0 - Australian Social Trends, 1999  
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National summary tables


HOUSING STOCK

Units
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998

Number of occupied private dwellings
'000
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
6,173
r6,302
r6,446
r6,579
r6,690
r6,762
r6,956
n.y.a.
Size of new public sector houses
m2
114
114
110
121
122
130
141
141
150
154
159
Size of new private sector houses
m2
186
190
189
188
187
189
192
197
205
212
219
Average number of persons per household
no.
2.8
n.a.
2.8
2.8
2.7
n.a.
2.6
2.6
2.6
2.6
n.y.a.
Average number of bedrooms per dwelling
no.
2.9
n.a.
2.9
2.9
n.a.
n.a.
2.9
2.9
2.9
2.9
n.y.a.
Number of public sector dwellings completed
'000
10.7
11.0
12.5
11.5
9.7
11.1
9.9
7.8
6.8
6.0
4.4
Number of private sector dwellings completed
'000
107.7
139.4
147.5
122.9
123.0
145.2
157.3
162.4
129.1
113.0
127.2
Dwelling structure(a)
Separate houses
%
80.8
n.a.
80.7
n.a.
78.2
n.a.
79.4
79.3
78.6
79.5
n.y.a.
Semi-detached/townhouses
%
n.a.
n.a.
7.1
n.a.
7.0
n.a.
7.9
7.9
8.1
7.9
n.y.a.
Flats or apartments
%
9.0
n.a.
11.5
n.a.
12.5
n.a.
12.5
11.9
12.4
11.9
n.y.a.
Tenure type(b)
Owner without a mortgage
%
43.0
n.a.
42.4
n.a.
41.6
n.a.
41.8
41.3
41.7
40.9
n.y.a.
Owner with a mortgage
%
29.4
n.a.
29.2
n.a.
27.6
n.a.
28.3
29.8
28.2
28.0
n.y.a.
Public renter
%
5.5
n.a.
5.8
n.a.
5.6
n.a.
6.2
4.9
5.9
5.4
n.y.a.
Private renter
%
17.3
n.a.
17.1
n.a.
18.9
n.a.
19.0
17.8
20.0
21.0
n.y.a.

(a) Components do not total 100% due to other dwellings (caravans or cabins in a caravan park, houseboats and houses or flats attached to shops) not being included.
(b) Components do not total 100% due to other renters (paying rent to the manager of a caravan park, an employer, a housing cooperative, or a church or community group), as well as other types of tenure (rent free and others), not being included.

Reference periods: Data are for the year ending 30 June except: average number of persons per household and bedrooms per dwelling; dwelling structure; and tenure type, which vary according to the timing of the surveys within each year.

HOUSING COSTS

Units
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998

Housing interest rate
%
14.2
15.3
16.9
15.1
11.9
9.9
8.9
10.0
10.3
8.3
6.7
Affordability index
no.
135.1
110.1
100.9
111.7
133.9
152.1
162.8
140.9
141.7
169.0
174.1
Average weekly earnings index
no.
87.2
93.5
100.0
106.6
111.5
113.5
116.9
121.7
127.2
132.1
137.6
Mean weekly public rent
$
47.0
n.a.
58.0
n.a.
66.0
n.a.
62.0
59.0
62.0
64.0
n.y.a.
Mean weekly private rent
$
106.0
n.a.
133.0
n.a.
127.0
n.a.
141.0
138.0
148.0
153.0
n.y.a.
Public rental cost index
no.
85.1
94.5
100.0
105.0
110.0
112.5
115.3
118.5
119.3
122.5
123.8
Private rental cost index
no.
83.7
92.7
100.0
104.7
106.3
106.7
107.1
108.1
112.4
115.8
119.6
Project home price index
no.
77.1
91.4
100.0
102.1
102.1
103.0
105.8
108.1
109.5
109.2
110.3
Established home price index
no.
69.5
92.2
100.0
100.8
104.6
106.0
109.1
112.6
112.7
115.1
122.8
Materials used in house building price index
no.
83.8
92.9
100.0
104.6
104.9
106.9
112.0
115.4
115.7
116.1
118.2
Finance commitments
Number for construction or purchase of new dwellings
'000
85
95
77
80
94
111
124
103
85
89
97
Value for construction or purchase of new dwellings
$m
4,278
5,263
4,621
5,141
6,464
8,200
10,522
9,500
8,264
9,303
11,287
Number for purchase of established dwellings
'000
287
265
203
214
285
342
420
348
367
393
385
Value for purchase of
established dwellings
$m
15,832
17,525
14,339
15,634
22,074
28,578
37,310
32,806
35,414
40,676
43,374
Value for alterations and additions
$m
707
998
905
983
1,359
1,642
2,899
3,477
3,509
3,039
2,779

Reference periods: Data are for the year ending 30 June except mean weekly rent, which varies according to the timing of the surveys within each year.

HOUSING ASSISTANCE

Units
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998

Public sector rental dwelling stock '000
328
338
352
362
370
377
384
389
393
400
n.y.a
Applicants on housing waiting lists '000
198
201
195
202
216
232
235
235
236
221
n.y.a
Applicants accommodated'000
48
49
53
52
49
54
55
53
51
47
n.y.a
Persons receiving private rental assistance'000
713
651
674
646
868
941
976
931
1,042
1,049
979

Reference periods: Data are for the year ending 30 June.


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