Colac Otway ShireCommunity profile
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In Colac Otway Shire, 11.8% of the dwellings were medium or high density, compared to 11% in Regional VIC.

Dwelling Type is an important determinant of Colac Otway Shire'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 Colac Otway Shire.

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
Colac Otway Shire - Dwellings (Enumerated)20112006Change
Dwelling typeNumber%Regional VIC %Number%Regional VIC %2006 to 2011
Separate house
9,79787.087.89,33486.987.8+463
map this data in atlas.idMedium density1,29011.410.41,21111.310.3+79
map this data in atlas.idHigh density450.40.3110.10.2+34
Caravans, cabin, houseboat
920.81.01051.01.1-13
Other
400.40.4860.80.6-46
Not stated
30.00.100.00.0+3

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

Dwelling type
Colac Otway Shire20112006Change
Dwelling typeNumber%Regional VIC %Number%Regional VIC %2006 to 2011
Occupied private dwellings8,17672.283.37,97773.983.8+199
Unoccupied private dwellings3,09227.316.32,76725.615.8+325
Non private dwellings520.50.4470.40.4+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, Regional VIC: 0.4% Caravans, cabin, houseboat, Regional VIC: 1.0% High density, Regional VIC: 0.3% Medium density, Regional VIC: 10.4% Separate house, Regional VIC: 87.8% Other, Colac Otway Shire: 0.4% Caravans, cabin, houseboat, Colac Otway Shire: 0.8% High density, Colac Otway Shire: 0.4% Medium density, Colac Otway Shire: 11.4% Separate house, Colac Otway Shire: 87.0%
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, Colac Otway Shire: -46 Caravans, cabin, houseboat, Colac Otway Shire: -13 High density, Colac Otway Shire: +34 Medium density, Colac Otway Shire: +79 Separate house, Colac Otway Shire: +463
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 9,797 separate houses in the area, 1,290 medium density dwellings, and 45 high density dwellings.

Analysis of the types of dwellings in Colac Otway Shire in 2011 shows that 87.0% of all dwellings were separate houses; 11.4% were medium density dwellings, and 0.4% were in high density dwellings, compared with 87.8%, 10.4%, and 0.3% in the Regional VIC respectively.

In 2011, a total of 72.2% of the dwellings in Colac Otway Shire were occupied on Census night, compared to 83.3% in Regional VIC. The proportion of unoccupied dwellings was 27.3%, which is larger compared to that found in Regional VIC (16.3%).

Emerging groups

The total number of dwellings in Colac Otway Shire increased by 529 between 2006 and 2011.

The largest changes in the type of dwellings found in Colac Otway Shire between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • Separate house (+463 dwellings)
  • Medium density (+79 dwellings)
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