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4704.0 - The Health and Welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, 2008  
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Contents >> Housing Circumstances >> HOUSEHOLD TYPES AND SIZE

HOUSEHOLD TYPES AND SIZE

According to the 2006 Census, 76% of the 166,700 Indigenous households were one family households, and 14% were lone person households. The remaining 10% of Indigenous households was divided equally between multi-family households (5%) (that is, with two or more families in the household) and group households (5%) (that consist of unrelated adults).

Indigenous households are more likely to be larger than other Australian households, with an average household size of 3.4 people compared with 2.6 in other households (table 4.8 and Chapter 2). In 2006, 23% of Indigenous households had five or more residents, 18% had four, 20% had three, 26% had two and 14% had one person.

Average Indigenous household size varied by tenure type, with an average of 4.8 people per household in Indigenous or mainstream community housing compared with 3.1 for those renting from private and other landlords and 3.3 for home owner households (with or without a mortgage). Almost half (47%) of households in Indigenous or mainstream community housing had five or more residents compared with 18% of households renting from private and other landlords (table 4.8).

4.8 INDIGENOUS HOUSEHOLDS, by tenure type and number of persons in household - 2006

Home owners
Private and other renter
Renter state/territory housing authority
Renter Indigenous/mainstream community housing
Other tenure types
Total

Number

One person
5 008
7 005
5 543
1 508
845
23 030
Two people
15 654
14 811
7 206
2 098
1 114
42 537
Three people
11 236
11 046
6 642
1 984
762
32 737
Four people
12 201
8 648
5 367
2 059
658
29 780
Five or more people
11 927
8 829
8 536
6 809
1 079
38 586
Total
56 027
50 339
33 294
14 458
4 458
166 669
Average number per household
3.3
3.1
3.4
4.8
3.3
3.4

Proportion (%)

One person
8.9
13.9
16.6
10.4
19.0
13.8
Two people
27.9
29.4
21.6
14.5
25.0
25.5
Three people
20.1
21.9
19.9
13.7
17.1
19.6
Four people
21.8
17.2
16.1
14.2
14.8
17.9
Five or more people
21.3
17.5
25.6
47.1
24.2
23.2
Total
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0

Source: ABS 2006 Census of Population and Housing






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