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Household Size and Overcrowding

Indigenous households are more likely to be larger than other Australian households, with an average household size of 3.4 people compared with 2.6 in other households.

In 2006, 23% of Indigenous households had five or more residents, 18% had four, 20% had three, 26% had two and 14% had one person. The proportion of Indigenous households that required one or more extra bedrooms dropped from 16% in 2001, to 14% in 2006.

However this rate was more than four times that of Other households (where only 3% required at least one extra bedroom).

The proportion of Indigenous households experiencing overcrowding was higher in remote areas, with dwellings in very remote areas being the most likely to require one or more extra bedrooms. The proportion of households requiring at least one extra bedroom rose from 9% in Major Cities to 40% in Very Remote areas.

The need for at least one extra bedroom in other households was much lower, with less that 4% requiring an extra bedroom in any remoteness area.

Households (a) requiring an extra bedroom (b) by remoteness, 2006

(a) Occupied private dwellings.
(b) based on the Canadian National Occupancy Standard for housing appropriateness.
Source: Population Characteristics, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Australians, 2006 (cat. no. 4713.0)

Further Information: See The Health and Welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, 2008 (cat. no. 4704.0)

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