4725.0 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Wellbeing: A focus on children and youth, Apr 2011
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 23/05/2012 Reissue
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HOUSING AND COMMUNITY FACILITIES
This article is part of a comprehensive series released as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Wellbeing: A focus on children and youth.
Note: In this section 'children' refers to people aged 0–14 years. The terms 'youth' and 'young people' refer to people aged 15–24 years. Data presented are from the ABS National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey, 2008 (cat. no. 4714.0).
For the majority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and youth, their housing not only provides them with physical accommodation and security, but it is also the place where their family lives, and therefore can be important in building and maintaining a sense of identity, social belonging and wellbeing.
As both children and young people are often reliant on others to provide and maintain housing standards, they may be particularly vulnerable to some forms of housing disadvantage, such as insecure housing, overcrowding and poor housing conditions. Their life stage may also mean that they move house more frequently than other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The Framework for Measuring Wellbeing: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, 2010 (cat. no. 4703.0) identifies housing and community facilities as a major domain contributing to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander wellbeing.
The topics covered in this article include: