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In Sunshine West, 7.5% of the dwellings were medium or high density, compared to 13% in City of Brimbank.

Dwelling Type is an important determinant of Sunshine West'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 Sunshine West.

Derived from the Census:

'Dwelling Type is derived from an assessment by the Census Collector who observes and records the type of dwelling structure.'

Dwellings

Dwelling structure
Sunshine West20112006Change
Dwelling typeNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2006 to 2011
Separate house
5,68892.286.44,97287.182.1+716
map this data in atlas.idMedium density4627.512.569112.117.4-229
map this data in atlas.idHigh density00.00.880.10.2-8
Caravans, cabin, houseboat
00.00.190.20.1-9
Other
190.30.2190.30.20
Not stated
00.00.080.10.0-8

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

Dwelling type
Sunshine West20112006Change
Dwelling typeNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2006 to 2011
Occupied private dwellings5,72392.894.15,41594.994.3+308
Unoccupied private dwellings4397.15.82915.15.7+148
Non private dwellings50.10.130.10.1+2

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

Dwelling structure, 2011
Dwelling structure, 2011 Other, City of Brimbank: 0.2% Caravans, cabin, houseboat, City of Brimbank: 0.1% High density, City of Brimbank: 0.8% Medium density, City of Brimbank: 12.5% Separate house, City of Brimbank: 86.4% Other, Sunshine West: 0.3% Caravans, cabin, houseboat, Sunshine West: 0.0% High density, Sunshine West: 0.0% Medium density, Sunshine West: 7.5% Separate house, Sunshine West: 92.2%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in dwelling structure, 2006 to 2011
Change in dwelling structure, 2006 to 2011 Other, Sunshine West: 0 Caravans, cabin, houseboat, Sunshine West: -9 High density, Sunshine West: -8 Medium density, Sunshine West: -229 Separate house, Sunshine West: +716
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

In 2011, there were 5,688 separate houses in the area, 462 medium density dwellings, and no high density dwellings.

Analysis of the types of dwellings in Sunshine West in 2011 shows that 92.2% of all dwellings were separate houses; 7.5% were medium density dwellings, and 0% were in high density dwellings, compared with 86.4%, 12.5%, and 0.8% in the City of Brimbank respectively.

In 2011, a total of 92.8% of the dwellings in Sunshine West were occupied on Census night, compared to 94.1% in City of Brimbank. The proportion of unoccupied dwellings was 7.1%, which is larger compared to that found in City of Brimbank (5.8%).

Emerging groups

The total number of dwellings in Sunshine West increased by 458 between 2006 and 2011.

The largest changes in the type of dwellings found in Sunshine West between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • Separate house (+716 dwellings)
  • Medium density (-229 dwellings)