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National summary tables

HOUSING STOCK

Units
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999

Number of occupied private dwellings
'000
n.a.
n.a.
6,173
6,302
6,446
6,579
6,690
6,762
6,956
7,056
n.y.a.
Size of new public sector houses
m2
114
110
121
122
130
141
141
150
r155
r157
156
Size of new private sector houses
m2
190
189
188
187
189
192
197
205
r210
r213
215
Average persons per household
no.
n.a.
2.8
2.8
2.7
n.a.
2.6
2.6
2.6
2.6
2.6
n.y.a.
Average bedrooms per dwelling
no.
n.a.
2.9
2.9
n.a.
n.a.
2.9
2.9
2.9
2.9
3.0
n.y.a.
Public sector dwellings completed
'000
11.0
12.5
11.5
9.7
11.1
9.9
7.8
6.8
6.0
4.4
5.4
Private sector dwellings completed
'000
139.4
147.5
122.9
123.0
145.2
157.3
162.4
129.1
r113.4
127.2
136.7
Dwelling structure(a)
Separate house
%
n.a.
80.7
n.a.
78.2
n.a.
79.4
79.3
78.6
79.5
78.8
n.y.a.
Semi-detached/townhouse
%
n.a.
7.1
n.a.
7.0
n.a.
7.9
7.9
8.1
7.9
8.8
n.y.a.
Flat/apartment/unit
%
n.a.
11.5
n.a.
12.5
n.a.
12.5
11.9
12.4
11.9
11.7
n.y.a.
Tenure type(b)
Owner without a mortgage
%
n.a.
42.4
n.a.
41.6
n.a.
41.8
41.3
41.7
40.9
39.4
n.y.a.
Owner with a mortgage
%
n.a.
29.2
n.a.
27.6
n.a.
28.3
29.8
28.2
28.0
30.4
n.y.a.
State housing authority renter
%
n.a.
5.8
n.a.
5.6
n.a.
6.2
4.9
5.9
5.4
5.6
n.y.a.
Private landlord renter
%
n.a.
17.1
n.a.
18.9
n.a.
19.0
17.8
20.0
21.0
20.5
n.y.a.



HOUSING COSTS

Units
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999

Housing interest rate
%
15.3
16.9
15.1
11.9
9.9
8.9
10.0
10.3
8.3
6.7
6.6
Affordability index
index no.
110.1
100.0
111.7
133.9
152.1
162.8
140.9
141.7
169.0
r169.0
164.8
First home buyers: average loan size
$'000
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
73.3
78.5
86.3
92.9
94.6
104.6
109.9
127.6
Average weekly earnings index
index no.
93.5
100.0
106.6
111.5
113.5
116.9
121.7
127.2
132.1
137.6
142.7
Mean weekly public rent
$
n.a.
58
n.a.
66
n.a.
62
59
62
64
63
n.y.a.
Mean weekly private rent
$
n.a.
133
n.a.
127
n.a.
141
138
148
153
157
n.y.a.
Government-owned rental cost index
index no.
94.5
100.0
105.0
110.0
112.5
115.3
118.5
119.3
122.5
123.8
126.8
Privately-owned rental cost index
index no.
92.7
100.0
104.7
106.3
106.7
107.1
108.1
112.4
115.8
119.6
122.7
Project home price index
index no.
91.4
100.0
102.1
102.1
103.0
105.8
108.1
109.5
109.2
110.3
113.1
Established home price index
index no.
92.2
100.0
100.8
104.6
106.0
109.1
112.6
112.7
115.1
122.8
130.4
Materials used in house building price index
index no.
92.9
100.0
104.6
104.9
106.9
112.0
115.4
115.7
116.1
118.2
119.5
Finance commitments
Number for construction or purchase of new dwellings
'000
95
77
80
94
111
124
103
85
89
97
94
Value for construction or purchase of new dwellings
$m
r5,262
4,621
r5,142
r6,466
8,200
r10,524
r9,502
r8,263
r9,302
11,287
12,158
Number for purchase of established dwellings
'000
265
203
214
285
342
420
348
r366
393
385
395
Value for purchase of established dwellings
$m
r17,526
14,339
15,634
r22,073
28,578
r37,309
32,806
35,414
r40,677
43,374
49,343
Value for alterations and additions
$m
r997
r906
r981
1 359
r1 641
2 899
3 477
r3 510
3 039
2 779
2 821



HOUSING ASSISTANCE

Units
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
Public sector rental dwelling stock
'000
338
352
362
370
377
384
389
393
400
381
386
Applicants on housing waiting lists
'000
201
195
202
216
232
235
235
236
221
218
n.y.a.
Applicants accommodated
'000
49
53
52
49
54
55
53
51
47
42
41
Persons receiving private rental assistance
'000
651
674
646
868
941
976
931
1,042
1,049
979
1,016

(a) Components do not total 100% because other dwellings (caravans or cabins in a caravan park, houseboats and houses or flats attached to shops) are not included.
(b) Components do not total 100% because 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), are not included.

Reference periods: Data are for the year ending 30 June except: average number of persons per household and bedrooms per dwelling; dwelling structure; tenure type; mean weekly rent and applicants on housing waiting lists, which vary according to the timing of the surveys within each year. Data for average loan size of first home buyers are at June 30.

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