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In Sunshine District, 16.4% of the dwellings were medium or high density, compared to 13% in City of Brimbank.

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

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 District20112006Change
Dwelling typeNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2006 to 2011
Separate house
13,64982.786.412,96382.582.1+686
map this data in atlas.idMedium density2,52615.312.52,55616.317.4-30
map this data in atlas.idHigh density1831.10.8800.50.2+103
Caravans, cabin, houseboat
500.30.1510.30.1-1
Other
750.50.2560.40.2+19
Not stated
150.10.0110.10.0+4

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

Dwelling type
Sunshine District20112006Change
Dwelling typeNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2006 to 2011
Occupied private dwellings15,38593.294.114,73093.594.3+655
Unoccupied private dwellings1,1096.75.89976.35.7+112
Non private dwellings200.10.1250.20.1-5

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 District: 0.5% Caravans, cabin, houseboat, Sunshine District: 0.3% High density, Sunshine District: 1.1% Medium density, Sunshine District: 15.3% Separate house, Sunshine District: 82.7%
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 District: +19 Caravans, cabin, houseboat, Sunshine District: -1 High density, Sunshine District: +103 Medium density, Sunshine District: -30 Separate house, Sunshine District: +686
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 13,649 separate houses in the area, 2,526 medium density dwellings, and 183 high density dwellings.

Analysis of the types of dwellings in Sunshine District in 2011 shows that 82.7% of all dwellings were separate houses; 15.3% were medium density dwellings, and 1.1% 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 93.2% of the dwellings in Sunshine District were occupied on Census night, compared to 94.1% in City of Brimbank. The proportion of unoccupied dwellings was 6.7%, which is larger compared to that found in City of Brimbank (5.8%).

Emerging groups

The total number of dwellings in Sunshine District increased by 762 between 2006 and 2011.

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

  • Separate house (+686 dwellings)
  • High density (+103 dwellings)