Housing circumstances—such as tenure, affordability, living space and location—are key determinants of health and wellbeing. A lack of safe, secure and affordable housing can also lead to experiences of homelessness. Given the high proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in overcrowded conditions and being homeless, housing is increasingly being targeted as a key policy area for improving the health and wellbeing among Indigenous Australians.
This section provides an overview of housing, experiences of homelessness and relevant health issues impacted by housing conditions among Indigenous Australians. Multiple definitions of homelessness are used throughout this topic, aligning with different data sources.
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of Indigenous Australians (18+) lived in homes owned by the occupants, 68% were renters
of Indigenous Australians lived in appropriately sized housing
of Indigenous households lacked basic domestic facilities in working condition
of Indigenous Australians (15+) had experienced homelessness