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Greater Western Sydney Region

Housing tenure

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This topic has been updated with 2016 Census data for all areas. What's this?

In the Greater Western Sydney Region, 62% of households were purchasing or fully owned their home, 23.6% were renting privately, and 6.1% were in social housing in 2016.

The Greater Western Sydney Region'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 the Greater Western Sydney Region, 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?'

Households

Housing tenure
Greater Western Sydney Region - Households (Enumerated)20162011Change
Tenure typeNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Fully owned183,51126.227.7177,30827.529.1+6,203
Mortgage252,27636.031.5246,53238.333.2+5,744
Renting210,69630.132.6178,54527.730.4+32,150
Renting - Social housing42,7206.14.643,4516.75.0-731
Renting - Private165,30123.627.6132,03220.525.0+33,268
Renting - Not stated2,6750.40.43,0620.50.5-387
Other tenure type5,1380.70.84,3040.70.8+834
Not stated48,2266.97.437,2295.86.5+10,996

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, Greater Sydney: 0.8% Renting - Private, Greater Sydney: 27.6% Renting - Social housing, Greater Sydney: 4.6% Renting, Greater Sydney: 32.6% Mortgage, Greater Sydney: 31.5% Fully owned, Greater Sydney: 27.7% Other tenure type, Greater Western Sydney Region: 0.7% Renting - Private, Greater Western Sydney Region: 23.6% Renting - Social housing, Greater Western Sydney Region: 6.1% Renting, Greater Western Sydney Region: 30.1% Mortgage, Greater Western Sydney Region: 36.0% Fully owned, Greater Western Sydney Region: 26.2%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in housing tenure, 2011 to 2016
Change in housing tenure, 2011 to 2016 Other tenure type, Greater Western Sydney Region: +834 Renting - Private, Greater Western Sydney Region: +33,268 Renting - Social housing, Greater Western Sydney Region: -731 Renting, Greater Western Sydney Region: +32,150 Mortgage, Greater Western Sydney Region: +5,744 Fully owned, Greater Western Sydney Region: +6,203
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the housing tenure of the population of the Greater Western Sydney Region in 2016 compared to Greater Sydney 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, 26.2% of the population owned their dwelling; 36.0% were purchasing, and 30.1% were renting, compared with 27.7%, 31.5% and 32.6% respectively for Greater Sydney.

Emerging groups

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

  • Renting - Private (+33,268 persons)
  • Fully owned (+6,203 persons)
  • Mortgage (+5,744 persons)
  • Other tenure type (+834 persons)

The total number of households in Greater Western Sydney Region increased by 55,927 between 2011 and 2016.

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