Housing

In measuring social exclusion using the latest data (2015), we found that 67% of public housing tenants are socially excluded. One in three Australians living in public housing experience deep social exclusion.

These findings do not imply that public housing causes social exclusion. With public housing insufficient to meet demand, the priority for accommodation is the people with the greatest need.


Among private renters, 28% are socially excluded, with 8% experiencing deep exclusion. This poses questions for government about how social policies affect disadvantaged people who are private renters.

On the positive side, home owners with mortgages have a lower rate of social exclusion (16%) than people in other housing situations.

Over the 2006–15 period, social exclusion decreased slightly for people in most housing situations. However, the percentage of public housing tenants experiencing social exclusion grew from 2008, with 76% excluded and 36% deeply excluded in 2015

The graph immediately below shows all social exclusion, which is the total of marginal social exclusion and deep social exclusion. The second graph shows deep exclusion only.

Graph of all social exclusion by housing type, Australia, 2006 to 2015

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See data table for this graph and note on updated indicators

Graph of deep social exclusion by housing type, Australia, 2006 to 2015

To copy this graph for your own use, right-click on the image (or control-click on a Mac) and paste the graph into your document. Please credit 'The Brotherhood of St Laurence and the Melbourne Institute 2017'.

See data table for this graph and note on updated indicators


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The social exclusion monitor is the work of the Brotherhood of St Laurence and the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research (MIAESR). This page was updated using analysis of Wave 15 of the HILDA Survey in December 2017.

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