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Annual Report 2000/2001 Territory Housing



Annual Report 2000/2001 Territory Housing

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Community Need Affordable and Appropriate Housing in Northern Territory. Economic Context of the Access to adequate shelter is one of the basic human needs, but housing is much more than shelter. Access to appropriate and affordable housing is fundamental to participation in the social and economic life of the community. U R BA N H O U S IN G Private rent levels in the Northern Territory are high in comparison with other jurisdictions, although rent levels have been slowly reducing in "real" terms over the last few years. Home ownership levels remain low compared nationally, although the proportion of households taking out mortgages in urban areas is now similar to the rest of Australia. House and land prices in the Northern Territory are generally high, but the price of an established house has reduced slightly over the last two years. High private rent levels, high home purchase costs and the relatively high cost of basic living necessities such as food (8.4% above the national average) means that, for low income earners in the Northern Territory, public housing remains a very important avenue to affordable housing. This is illustrated by the fact that over 1/3 of Northern Territory public housing tenants are in the workforce, which is the highest proportion nationally (14% in New South Wales). The Northern Territory has a young population profile and a relatively high proportion of public housing tenants have dependents. There is greater movement through public housing in the Northern Territory compared with other jurisdictions, illustrated by a relatively high proportion of new tenancies each year * Includes defence housing and government employee housing. Source: Australian Social Trends 2001, Australian Bureau of Statistics, 4102.0 350 300 250 200 150 100 50 0 Median annual house prices June 2001 sv Source: Real Estate Institute of Australia, Market Facts, June Quarter 2001 40 30 3 20 Changing composition of public housing waiting list m 30/6/01 30/6/00 Indigenous Senior (55year +) Applicants