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Western Australia

Dwelling type

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In Western Australia, 21.3% of the dwellings were medium or high density, compared to 27% in Australia.

Dwelling Type is an important determinant of Western Australia's residential role and function. A greater concentration of higher density dwellings is likely to attract more young adults and smaller households, often renting. Larger, detached or separate dwellings are more likely to attract families and prospective families. The residential built form often reflects market opportunities or planning policy, such as building denser forms of housing around public transport nodes or employment centres.

Dwelling Type statistics should be viewed in conjunction with Household Size, Household Types, Housing Tenure and Age Structure for a more complete picture of the housing market in Western Australia.

Derived from the Census:

'Dwelling Structure is derived from the ABS address register supplemented with information from Census Field Officers.'

Dwellings

Dwelling structure
Western Australia - Dwellings (Enumerated)20162011Change
Dwelling typeNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2011 to 2016
Separate house818,76076.571.1750,32578.173.8+68,435
Medium density185,05817.317.9153,26616.017.0+31,792
High density42,8934.09.135,3073.77.6+7,586
Caravans, cabin, houseboat18,5251.71.216,2471.71.1+2,278
Other1,5650.10.33,8150.40.4-2,250
Not stated4,1680.40.51,7220.20.1+2,446

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Dwelling type
Western Australia20162011Change
Dwelling typeNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2011 to 2016
Occupied private dwellings938,09287.489.3851,40388.489.5+86,689
Unoccupied private dwellings132,87412.410.5109,29811.310.2+23,576
Non private dwellings2,5990.20.22,4650.30.2+134

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Dwelling structure, 2016
Dwelling structure, 2016 Other, Australia: 0.3% Caravans, cabin, houseboat, Australia: 1.2% High density, Australia: 9.1% Medium density, Australia: 17.9% Separate house, Australia: 71.1% Other, Western Australia: 0.1% Caravans, cabin, houseboat, Western Australia: 1.7% High density, Western Australia: 4.0% Medium density, Western Australia: 17.3% Separate house, Western Australia: 76.5%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in dwelling structure, 2011 to 2016
Change in dwelling structure, 2011 to 2016 Other, Western Australia: -2,250 Caravans, cabin, houseboat, Western Australia: +2,278 High density, Western Australia: +7,586 Medium density, Western Australia: +31,792 Separate house, Western Australia: +68,435
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

In 2016, there were 818,760 separate houses in the area, 185,058 medium density dwellings, and 42,893 high density dwellings. In addition, there were 18,525 caravans/cabins/houseboats in the area.

Analysis of the types of dwellings in Western Australia in 2016 shows that 76.5% of all dwellings were separate houses; 17.3% were medium density dwellings, and 4.0% were in high density dwellings, compared with 71.1%, 17.9%, and 9.1% in the Australia respectively.

In 2016, a total of 87.4% of the dwellings in Western Australia were occupied on Census night, compared to 89.3% in Australia. The proportion of unoccupied dwellings was 12.4%, which is larger compared to that found in Australia (10.5%).

Emerging groups

The total number of dwellings in Western Australia increased by 110,436 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest changes in the type of dwellings found in Western Australia between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Separate house (+68,435 dwellings)
  • Medium density (+31,792 dwellings)
  • High density (+7,586 dwellings)
  • Caravans, cabin, houseboat (+2,278 dwellings)
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