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WSROC Region

Housing tenure


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In the WSROC Region, 60% of households were purchasing or fully owned their home, 25.6% were renting privately, and 6.2% were in social housing in 2016.

The WSROC 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 WSROC 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?'


Housing tenure
WSROC Region - Households (Enumerated)20162011Change
Tenure typeNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Fully owned125,31025.327.7121,74526.629.1+3,565
Renting - Social housing30,8196.24.631,1966.85.0-377
Renting - Private126,71325.627.6101,72122.225.0+24,991
Renting - Not stated2,0580.40.42,2810.50.5-223
Other tenure type3,4130.70.82,9710.60.8+442
Not stated35,9097.27.427,6076.06.5+8,301

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, WSROC Region: 0.7% Renting - Private, WSROC Region: 25.6% Renting - Social housing, WSROC Region: 6.2% Renting, WSROC Region: 32.2% Mortgage, WSROC Region: 34.6% Fully owned, WSROC Region: 25.3%
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, WSROC Region: +442 Renting - Private, WSROC Region: +24,991 Renting - Social housing, WSROC Region: -377 Renting, WSROC Region: +24,391 Mortgage, WSROC Region: +1,829 Fully owned, WSROC Region: +3,565
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 WSROC 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 similar proportion who were renters.

Overall, 25.3% of the population owned their dwelling; 34.6% were purchasing, and 32.2% 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 WSROC Region between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Renting - Private (+24,991 persons)
  • Fully owned (+3,565 persons)
  • Mortgage (+1,829 persons)
  • Other tenure type (+442 persons)

The total number of households in WSROC Region increased by 38,528 between 2011 and 2016.