4704.0 - The Health and Welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, 2008  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 29/04/2008   
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Indigenous Australians have access to a range of housing assistance programs, but housing costs remain high relative to incomes for many households. Weekly housing costs reflect the type of housing, and to some extent, the condition of the dwelling (discussed further in the section on Housing quality). Households renting from state or territory housing authorities and those renting from Indigenous or community housing providers pay rents that are subsidised or related to income, and therefore have lower effective housing costs than those renting in the private market.

Among Indigenous households in 2006, the median weekly mortgage payment for home owners with a mortgage was $264. The median weekly rents for private/other renters were $190, for renters of public housing (from state or territory housing authorities) were $100 and for those renting from Indigenous or mainstream community housing organisations were $60.

Data on the distribution of weekly housing costs for Indigenous households paying mortgages or rent are shown in graph 4.9. Of the 34,800 Indigenous households that reported their mortgage payments, 60% were paying $250 or more per week in mortgage payments in 2006. Of the 48,600 Indigenous households renting from private/other landlords, 24% were paying $250 or more per week in rent. More than two-thirds (71%) of Indigenous households renting from Indigenous or mainstream community organisations and 48% of those renting from state/territory housing authorities were paying less than $100 per week in rent in 2006.

4.9 INDIGENOUS HOUSEHOLDS PAYING RENT OR MORTGAGES, Weekly amount paid by tenure type - 2006
Graph: 4.9 Indigenous households paying rent or mortgages, Weekly amount paid by tenure type, 2006

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