New Public Housing Statistics Released



The Department of Health and Human Services has released the “Social housing and specialist homelessness services additional service delivery data 2015-16”.

The figures show in detail what we already know. Public housing tenants and those on the waiting list talk with us every day about stagnation in public housing allocations and transfers.

In relation to new households assisted with public housing we have seen a clear decline over the last two years from 4,050 to 3,695.  So people in need who want to access the system can’t get in.

Equally, public housing transfers are becoming harder to get, dropping by over 11% in the last year.

  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
Public Housing – New households assisted – Rental general 4,050 3,836 3,695
Public Housing – Total households assisted – Rental general 61,702 61,850 61,775
Public Housing – Transfer Allocations   1,391 1,233
Public Housing – Total rental – General Stock. 63,033 63,047 62,952
Public Housing – Housing Sales 171 164 105
Community Housing Managed Rental 18,318 18,583 19,597
Public Housing – Demolitions   168 171


Community housing continues to grow. New developments such as Wominjeka in Moonee Ponds have come on line, taking pressure of the public housing system.