This chapter presents information on the housing characteristics of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as reported in the 2006 Census. Characteristics include tenure type, dwelling structure, housing utilisation and Internet access. Access to motor vehicles and method of travel to work are also briefly discussed.
In the 2006 Census, 96% of Indigenous people were counted in occupied private dwellings, and 4% were counted in non-private dwellings. Of Indigenous people counted in non-private dwellings, almost one in three (32%) were in an adult prison or other corrective institution. About 8% of the non-Indigenous population in non-private dwellings were counted in hospitals and a further 7% in nursing homes/hostels for the disabled or accommodation for the retired or aged.
Proportions presented in this chapter exclude not stated responses, and are therefore calculated using only known responses. Where possible, the numbers of unknown responses are noted in the tables, allowing further analysis if required.