AIHW – National Social Housing Survey 2021

The 2021 National Social Housing Survey was conducted by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare during the COVID-19 pandemic providing a unique insight into the benefits of social housing during this time.

In 2021, satisfaction was high among social housing tenants (almost 3 in 4 tenants were satisfied), but there were differences between housing programs and states and territories, with most of the variation in satisfaction due to the structural condition of dwellings. Nearly all tenants reported feeling more settled and being able to manage their rent better as benefits of living in social housing.

Social Housing

Social housing is low cost or subsidised rental housing provided to eligible Australians by government or non-government (including not-for-profit) organisations. In recent times, social housing has increasingly been provided to those in ‘greatest need’ relative to others on the waiting list, for example, those experiencing homelessness, family or domestic violence, or those with disability or special needs.

Read the National Social Housing Survey 2021 (Web Report) here.