By 2031, increase the proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in appropriately sized (not overcrowded) housing to 88 per cent
The data below are the most recent at the time of preparing the July 2021 report.
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Nationally in 2016, 78.9 per cent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were living in appropriately sized (not overcrowded) housing (figure CtG9.1).
There are no new data since the baseline year of 2016.
Target data specifications
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people secure appropriate, affordable housing that is aligned with their priorities and need.
By 2031, increase the proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in appropriately sized (not overcrowded) housing to 88 per cent.
The proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in appropriately sized (not overcrowded) housing.
The measure is defined as:
Numerator — number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in appropriately sized (not overcrowded) dwellings
Denominator — total number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
and is presented as a percentage.
National Agreement on Closing the Gap July 2020
Latest dashboard update:
23 June 2021
Interpretation of change:
A high or increasing proportion is desirable. An increase from the baseline year is an improvement.
Name: Census of Population and Housing
Documentation (links): https://www.abs.gov.au/census
Provider name: Australian Bureau of Statistics
Provider area: Census
State and territory and Australia, by Indigenous status.
Numerator divided by Denominator multiplied by 100
Data are for people enumerated in private dwellings who reported being ‘at home’ on Census night.
Geographical variables are based on a person's Place of Usual Residence.
Appropriately sized dwellings are those where no extra bedrooms are required to adequately house the usual residents, using the criteria of the Canadian National Occupancy Standard (CNOS). The CNOS specifies that:
The CNOS requires knowledge of the age, sex and relationship status of all tenants within a household, as well as the number of bedrooms in the dwelling. Households for which complete dwelling utilisation information is not available are excluded from this measure.
Includes (numerator and denominator):
Excludes (numerator and denominator):
Census Table Builder (Pro) – HOSD x INGP x Main ASGS (UR) x UAICP
Data quality considerations:
Data values have been randomly adjusted using perturbation to avoid the release of confidential data.
There is no universally accepted definition of what constitutes an overcrowded household. The ABS uses the CNOS. The CNOS is widely used in Australia and internationally. The relevance and appropriateness of CNOS in depicting dwelling utilisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people has not been assessed.
Additional disaggregations required for future reporting:
Including by location and tenure type
e.g. Transitional housing/sleeping rough
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) measure of acceptable standard of housing