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RDA Northern Territory

Housing tenure

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This topic has been updated with 2016 Census data for the LGA or other primary area only. What's this?

In the RDA Northern Territory, 41% of households were purchasing or fully owned their home, 30.4% were renting privately, and 11.7% were in social housing in 2016.

The RDA Northern Territory'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 RDA Northern Territory, 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
RDA Northern Territory - Households (Enumerated)20162011Change
Tenure typeNumber%Greater Darwin %Number%Greater Darwin %2011 to 2016
Fully owned12,88416.316.212,59517.417.8+289
Mortgage19,58624.730.718,95726.132.1+629
Renting34,37743.439.631,68743.737.7+2,690
Renting - Social housing9,28211.75.59,39912.96.5-117
Renting - Private24,10730.433.421,26329.330.5+2,844
Renting - Not stated9881.20.61,0251.40.7-37
Other tenure type8701.10.68521.20.6+18
Not stated11,53214.612.98,49811.711.8+3,034

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 Darwin: 0.6% Renting - Private, Greater Darwin: 33.4% Renting - Social housing, Greater Darwin: 5.5% Renting, Greater Darwin: 39.6% Mortgage, Greater Darwin: 30.7% Fully owned, Greater Darwin: 16.2% Other tenure type, RDA Northern Territory: 1.1% Renting - Private, RDA Northern Territory: 30.4% Renting - Social housing, RDA Northern Territory: 11.7% Renting, RDA Northern Territory: 43.4% Mortgage, RDA Northern Territory: 24.7% Fully owned, RDA Northern Territory: 16.3%
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, RDA Northern Territory: +18 Renting - Private, RDA Northern Territory: +2,844 Renting - Social housing, RDA Northern Territory: -117 Renting, RDA Northern Territory: +2,690 Mortgage, RDA Northern Territory: +629 Fully owned, RDA Northern Territory: +289
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 RDA Northern Territory in 2016 compared to Greater Darwin shows that there was a similar proportion of households who owned their dwelling; a smaller proportion purchasing their dwelling; and a larger proportion who were renters.

Overall, 16.3% of the population owned their dwelling; 24.7% were purchasing, and 43.4% were renting, compared with 16.2%, 30.7% and 39.6% respectively for Greater Darwin.

Emerging groups

The largest changes in housing tenure categories for the households in the RDA Northern Territory between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Renting - Private (+2,844 persons)
  • Mortgage (+629 persons)
  • Fully owned (+289 persons)
  • Renting - Social housing (-117 persons)

The total number of households in RDA Northern Territory increased by 6,660 between 2011 and 2016.

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