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1387.3 - Queensland in Review, 2003  
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Many Indigenous people in Queensland experience housing conditions significantly different to the State average. The 2002 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS) also indicates differences between remote and non-remote areas of the state.

HOUSING CHARACTERISTICS, Indigenous persons aged 15 years or over, Queensland, 2002


Remote areas
Non-remote areas
Total
%
%
%

House is owned by a household member
*5.7
10.7
9.4
House is rented
81.9
67.9
71.4
Dwelling has major structural problems
55.0
29.2
35.7
Repairs and maintenance carried out in last 12 months
50.6
68.8
64.2
Dwelling requires additional bedroom(s)(a)
44.0
20.2
26.2
Indigenous persons aged 15 years or over (number)
19,200
56,900
76,000

* estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution
(a) Based on the Canadian Occupancy Standard for housing appropriateness
Source: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey, Queensland, 2002, cat. no. 4714.3.55.001


Seven out of ten Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people lived in rented accommodation in 2002, similar to the 1994 figure. In 2002, this proportion was greater for those in remote areas (82%) and for Torres Strait Islander people (80%). One-third of people lived in housing provided by an Indigenous Housing Organisation or Community housing, and another one-third lived in housing provided by the Queensland Department of Housing.


In 2002, 36% of Indigenous people reported that they were living in a dwelling which had structural problems (29% in non-remote areas and 55% in remote areas). Repairs and maintenance had been carried out in the previous year on the dwellings of 64% of Indigenous people (69% in non-remote areas and 51% in remote areas).

Overcrowding was much more prevalent in remote areas, with 44% of people living in dwellings that required at least one extra bedroom, compared with 20% of people in non-remote areas.
HOUSING PROBLEMS, Indigenous persons aged 15 years or over, Queensland, 2002
Graph: Housing problems
Comparison of Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations (for ages 18 years or over, Queensland, 2002)
  • Indigenous people were less likely than non-Indigenous people to be living in dwellings that were being purchased with a mortgage (17% compared with 33% of non-Indigenous) or in dwellings that were owned outright (10% compared with 35%).
  • Indigenous people were more likely to be in rented accommodation (71% compared with 30%).
  • Indigenous people were far more likely to be renting from either the Queensland Department of Housing or an Indigenous Housing Organisation (44% compared to 4%).

Source: General Social Survey, 2002 and National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey, 2002. (See table 4 in the data cube 4714.3.55.001 - charges apply).


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