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2076.0 - Census of Population and Housing: Characteristics of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, 2011 Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 27/11/2012  First Issue
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HOUSING

KEY FINDINGS

In the 2011 Census:

  • 59% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households were renting, down from 60% in the 2006 Census
  • 11% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households owned their home outright, the same as in 2006
  • 25% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households owned their home with a mortgage, up from 23% in 2006.

HOUSING TENURE

In the 2011 Census, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households were more likely to rent their home (59%) than own their home with a mortgage (25%) or own their home outright (11%). In comparison, other households were more likely to own their home (68%) than rent (29%). The median monthly housing loan repayment was $1,647 for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households that owned their home with a mortgage, compared with $1,800 for non-Indigenous households.


HOUSING TENURE(a)

Graph shows Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households were more likely than other households to rent than own a home.


About twice as many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households rented their homes as other households (59% compared with 29%). Of those households that rented, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households were less likely than other households to rent from a real estate agent (35% compared with 55%) and three times more likely to rent from state or territory housing authorities (36% compared with 12%). The median weekly rent for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households was $195, while the median weekly rent for non-Indigenous households was $290.


RENTERS(a)(b)

Graph shows Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households were less likely than other households to rent from a real estate agent and three times more likely to rent from state or territory housing authorities.


NON-PRIVATE DWELLINGS

In the 2011 Census, 25,900 (5%) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were counted in non-private dwellings such as hotels/motels, hostels, corrective facilities, nursing homes, hospitals, cared accommodation and boarding houses. Of those counted in non-private dwellings, 30% were counted in an adult prison or corrective institution, 14% in a hotel, motel, or bed and breakfast, 11% in a boarding school and 7% in a hospital.




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