In 2017–18, over 800,000 Australians were in social housing, living in over 400,000 dwellings across the country. Most were in public housing, with increasing numbers in community housing. Social housing supported not just those on low incomes but people experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness as well as people with disability.
In 2018 most tenants in social housing were satisfied with services from their housing provider. Nearly all tenants cited feeling more settled and being able to manage their rent better as benefits of living in social housing. Australia-wide, satisfaction is high (3 in 4 tenants are satisfied), but there are differences between housing programs and states and territories. The most important explanation for these differences is variation in the structural condition of dwellings between populations.
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