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The pattern of housing tenure was similar in Major Cities, Inner Regional, Outer Regional and Remote areas:
In Very Remote areas, the proportion of Indigenous households living in rental accommodation increased (89%). This reflects the types of tenure available on traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lands.
Among renters, fewer Indigenous households were renting privately (45%) than other households (76%). State or territory housing authorities and housing co-operative/community/church groups provided significant shares of the rental accommodation for Indigenous households (33% and 15% respectively). In Very Remote areas, 69% of rented Indigenous households were renting from housing co-operative/community/church groups, 18% were renting from a state or territory housing authority and 4% were renting privately.
Median rents for Indigenous households were lower in remote areas compared with non-remote areas ($180 per week in Major Cities and $45 per week in Very Remote areas). The pattern for other households was similar, with median rent $215 per week in Major Cities and $46 per week in Very Remote areas.
Owned with a mortgage
Almost one quarter of Indigenous households (24%) owned their home with a mortgage in the 2006 Census, compared with one third of other households (35%). Excluding Remote and Very Remote areas, where a very high proportion of housing is provided by housing co-operative/community groups, 27% of Indigenous households owned their home with a mortgage compared with 36% of other households.
For Indigenous households, the median monthly housing loan repayments were highest in Major Cities ($1,300) and lowest in Very Remote areas ($650). The trends were similar in other households with median monthly housing loan repayments of $1,400 in Major Cities and $700 in Very Remote areas.
Owned without a mortgage
In the 2006 Census, 12% of Indigenous households owned their home outright, compared with 36% of other households. This lower rate of ownership reflects, in part, the high rates of community owned and/or housing provided by housing co-operative/community groups, particularly in Very Remote areas, and the fact that a higher proportion of Indigenous people live in Very Remote areas.