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In Balwyn, 72% of households were purchasing or fully owned their home, 20.7% were renting privately, and 1.4% were in social housing in 2011.

Balwyn'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 Balwyn, 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
Balwyn - Households (Enumerated)20112006Change
Tenure typeNumber%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2006 to 2011
Fully owned2,23945.938.92,29646.539.4-57
Renting - Social housing691.41.5521.01.6+17
Renting - Private1,00920.725.591718.623.5+92
Renting - Not stated250.50.6380.80.7-13
Other tenure type461.00.6350.70.6+11
Not stated2044.24.82424.95.6-38

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Housing tenure, 2011
Housing tenure, 2011 Other tenure type, City of Boroondara: 0.6% Renting - Private, City of Boroondara: 25.5% Renting - Social housing, City of Boroondara: 1.5% Renting, City of Boroondara: 27.5% Mortgage, City of Boroondara: 28.2% Fully owned, City of Boroondara: 38.9% Other tenure type, Balwyn: 1.0% Renting - Private, Balwyn: 20.7% Renting - Social housing, Balwyn: 1.4% Renting, Balwyn: 22.6% Mortgage, Balwyn: 26.4% Fully owned, Balwyn: 45.9%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.
Change in housing tenure, 2006 to 2011
Change in housing tenure, 2006 to 2011 Other tenure type, Balwyn: +11 Renting - Private, Balwyn: +92 Renting - Social housing, Balwyn: +17 Renting, Balwyn: +96 Mortgage, Balwyn: -73 Fully owned, Balwyn: -57
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the housing tenure of the population of Balwyn in 2011 compared to the City of Boroondara shows that there was a larger proportion of households who owned their dwelling; a smaller proportion purchasing their dwelling; and a smaller proportion who were renters.

Overall, 45.9% of the population owned their dwelling; 26.4% were purchasing, and 22.6% were renting, compared with 38.9%, 28.2% and 27.5% respectively for the City of Boroondara.

Emerging groups

The largest changes in housing tenure categories for the households in Balwyn between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • Renting - Private (+92 persons)
  • Mortgage (-73 persons)
  • Fully owned (-57 persons)

The total number of households in Balwyn decreased by 60 between 2006 and 2011.