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Western Australia

Housing tenure


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In Western Australia, 64% of households were purchasing or fully owned their home, 22.4% were renting privately, and 3.8% were in social housing in 2016.

Western Australia's Housing Tenure data provides insights into its socio-economic status as well as the role it plays in the housing market. For example, a high concentration of private renters may indicate a transient area attractive to young singles and couples, while a concentration of home owners indicates a more settled area with mature families and empty-nesters (Household Summary). Tenure can also reflect built form (Dwelling Type), with a significantly higher share of renters in high density housing and a substantially larger proportion of home-owners in separate houses, although this is not always the case.

In conjunction with other socio-economic status indicators in Western Australia, Tenure data is useful for analysing housing markets, housing affordability and identifying public housing areas.

Derived from the Census questions:

'Is this dwelling (owned outright, owned with a mortgage etc.)', and 'If this dwelling is being rented, who is it rented from?'


Housing tenure
Western Australia - Households (Enumerated)20162011Change
Tenure typeNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2011 to 2016
Fully owned256,08527.329.6244,09428.731.0+11,991
Renting - Social housing36,0353.84.037,5184.44.5-1,483
Renting - Private210,25822.424.9195,59323.023.5+14,665
Renting - Not stated5,2020.60.55,9620.70.7-760
Other tenure type9,9401.10.99,6611.10.9+279
Not stated74,3567.97.756,2336.66.1+18,123

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

Housing tenure, 2016
Housing tenure, 2016 Other tenure type, Australia: 0.9% Renting - Private, Australia: 24.9% Renting - Social housing, Australia: 4.0% Renting, Australia: 29.4% Mortgage, Australia: 32.4% Fully owned, Australia: 29.6% Other tenure type, Western Australia: 1.1% Renting - Private, Western Australia: 22.4% Renting - Social housing, Western Australia: 3.8% Renting, Western Australia: 26.8% Mortgage, Western Australia: 36.9% Fully owned, Western Australia: 27.3%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.
Change in housing tenure, 2011 to 2016
Change in housing tenure, 2011 to 2016 Other tenure type, Western Australia: +279 Renting - Private, Western Australia: +14,665 Renting - Social housing, Western Australia: -1,483 Renting, Western Australia: +12,422 Mortgage, Western Australia: +43,847 Fully owned, Western Australia: +11,991
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the housing tenure of the population of Western Australia in 2016 compared to Australia shows that there was a smaller proportion of households who owned their dwelling; a larger proportion purchasing their dwelling; and a smaller proportion who were renters.

Overall, 27.3% of the population owned their dwelling; 36.9% were purchasing, and 26.8% were renting, compared with 29.6%, 32.4% and 29.4% respectively for Australia.

Emerging groups

The largest changes in housing tenure categories for the households in Western Australia between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Mortgage (+43,847 persons)
  • Renting - Private (+14,665 persons)
  • Fully owned (+11,991 persons)
  • Renting - Social housing (-1,483 persons)

The total number of households in Western Australia increased by 86,662 between 2011 and 2016.