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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.
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.
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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