10.9 million dwellings in Australia in June 2022

Media Release

There are an estimated 10.9 million dwellings in Australia as of June 2022, according to a new publication released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). 

Daniel Rossi, ABS Construction Statistics Director said the estimated dwelling stock grew 1.4 per cent over the 2021-22 financial year, with 174,147 additions to stock and 27,216 removals from stock overall. 

“At the state level, New South Wales had the largest total estimated stock of dwellings in June 2022, with 3.4 million dwellings,” Mr Rossi said. 

“Victoria recorded the largest increase in dwelling stock in 2021-22, with net growth of 50,310 dwellings.

“At a more local level, the area with the largest increase in dwelling stock was Rockbank - Mount Cottrell in Melbourne's outer west, with net growth of 2,138 dwellings.

“Strathnairn in Canberra’s north-west had the highest growth rate in dwellings, up 62.9 per cent.”

Estimates of dwelling stock give Government and other policy makers important information about changes to housing stock to better inform decisions on housing and land planning policy. 

This publication includes historical quarterly estimates of Australia’s dwelling stock, dating back to the June 2016 quarter up until the June 2022 quarter, based on data from the Census of Population and Housing. Datasets are available to download, by type of building down to SA2 level.

Development funding for these statistics was provided through the National Housing and Homelessness Agreement. 

Media notes

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  • SA2s/areas refer to Statistical Areas Level 2 as defined in the Australia Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) Edition 3.
  • Highest growth rate quoted excludes SA2s with less than 250 dwellings as at June quarter 2021.
  • Estimated dwelling stock defines a dwelling as a permanent and fixed structure intended for long-term residential use. This differs from the definition of a dwelling used by the Census, which includes non-permanent structures such as caravans, houseboats and tents.
  • Please refer to the Methodology section for information on the data sources and methods used in developing these statistics.
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