2008.0 - Census of Population and Housing: Nature and Content, Australia, 2016  
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This topic defines the landlord type for rented dwellings, such as whether the dwelling is rented privately, through a government agency or via another arrangement. Information collected on landlord type is important for housing policy making and planning, and for studying the housing conditions of sub-populations of specific interest.

This topic continues the Landlord type component of the Landlord Type/Rent topic from the 2011 and previous Censuses. The Rent component is now covered under the renamed Housing Costs topic.


The question about landlord type was first asked in the 1954 Census and has been included in every subsequent Census. At that time, if the landlord was a Government Authority, respondents were instructed to describe themselves as 'tenant'. In the 1961 Census, if the landlord was a State Housing Authority, respondents were again instructed to write 'tenant'. In 1966, tenants of the State Housing Authority could choose between marking the relevant State Housing Authority or the category Other landlord.

In 1971, the response categories increased to three: State Housing Authority; Employer; and Other landlord. The number of response categories continued to increase from three (from 1971 until 1991) to seven (in 1996 and 2001) and then to eight for subsequent Censuses.


The following question is from the paper 2016 Census Household Form.

Image: question 57 on the paper 2016 Census Household Form.