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In Williamstown, 66% of households were purchasing or fully owned their home, 21.8% were renting privately, and 6.4% were in social housing in 2011.

Williamstown'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 Williamstown, 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
Williamstown - Households (Enumerated)20112006Change
Tenure typeNumber%Hobsons Bay City %Number%Hobsons Bay City %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idFully owned1,43534.235.01,44734.836.1-12
map this data in atlas.idMortgage1,33831.931.41,24730.031.4+91
map this data in atlas.idRenting - Social housing2686.43.02907.03.2-22
map this data in atlas.idRenting - Private91721.823.590121.721.2+16
Renting - Not stated
Other tenure type
Not stated

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, Hobsons Bay City: 0.4% Renting - Private, Hobsons Bay City: 23.5% Renting - Social housing, Hobsons Bay City: 3.0% Renting, Hobsons Bay City: 27.0% Mortgage, Hobsons Bay City: 31.4% Fully owned, Hobsons Bay City: 35.0% Other tenure type, Williamstown: 0.6% Renting - Private, Williamstown: 21.8% Renting - Social housing, Williamstown: 6.4% Renting, Williamstown: 28.9% Mortgage, Williamstown: 31.9% Fully owned, Williamstown: 34.2%
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, Williamstown: +4 Renting - Private, Williamstown: +16 Renting - Social housing, Williamstown: -22 Renting, Williamstown: -6 Mortgage, Williamstown: +91 Fully owned, Williamstown: -12
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 Williamstown in 2011 compared to Hobsons Bay City shows that there was a smaller proportion of households who owned their dwelling; a larger proportion purchasing their dwelling; and a larger proportion who were renters.

Overall, 34.2% of the population owned their dwelling; 31.9% were purchasing, and 28.9% were renting, compared with 35.0%, 31.4% and 27.0% respectively for Hobsons Bay City.

Emerging groups

The largest change in housing tenure categories for the households in Williamstown between 2006 and 2011 was:

  • Mortgage (+91 persons)

The total number of households in Williamstown increased by 39 between 2006 and 2011.