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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.
(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
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