GOVERNMENT-OWNED SOCIAL HOUSING
At 30 June 2008, there were 71,720 government-owned dwellings for use as long-term social housing in Victoria, equating to 13.5 dwellings per 1,000 of the estimated resident population. The total number of dwellings decreased by 1,242 or 1.7% from a year previously.
Data were provided by the Victorian Department of Human Services in aggregate at the Local Government Area (LGA) level. It was not possible to derive exact data for Melbourne and Balance of Victoria Major Statistical Regions (MSRs) as the Yarra Ranges LGA is split across the two MSRs. In this chapter, the Yarra Ranges LGA as a whole was included with the other LGAs in the Melbourne MSR to form a region referred to as Melbourne Metropolitan Area (MMA). Consequently, the Balance of Victoria presented here excludes Yarra Ranges (S) - Pt B Statistical Local Area (SLA).
The MMA recorded a decrease of 1,011 dwellings (-2.0%) and the Balance of Victoria (BoV) a decrease of 231 dwellings (-1.0%). The majority of LGAs (53) recorded a decrease in dwellings between 2007 and 2008, while 18 recorded an increase. The number of dwellings did not change in the remaining 8 LGAs.
Within the MMA, the LGA of Yarra had the largest number of dwellings per 1,000 of the estimated resident population (59.5) followed by Port Phillip (34.2) and Moonee Valley (34.0), while Manningham and Nillumbik had the lowest (1.9 and 2.2, respectively). In the BoV, Wodonga recorded the highest number of dwellings per 1,000 of the estimated resident population (32.9) followed by Latrobe (26.3) and Warrnambool (25.0), while Golden Plains (0.2) had the lowest.
Between 30 June 2007 and 30 June 2008, the LGAs of Yarra (-330), Port Phillip (-155) and Darebin (-152) had the largest decrease in government-owned dwellings, while Greater Dandenong LGA had the largest increase (24). Outside the MMA, Mildura recorded the largest fall in dwellings (-34) and Moorabool had the largest increase (7).
View underlying table as an Excel spreadsheet: 1367.2, Government-owned Social Housing Stock, By Local Government Area–As at 30 June 2008 (file size 59kB).