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23.2 Public Housing Retention Rate for Families with Children (Percentage)


Percentage of households with children aged 0 to 17 years in public housing 12 months after initial allocation. 

Primary data source

Housing and Community Building.

Why this indicator is important

See Indicator 23.1: Supported Accommodation Assistance Program assistance for children and young people (Rate)


Public housing tenants in Victoria pay a reduced amount of rent, known as a rebated rent, based on their household income. The amount of rent to be paid is capped at the market rent of the property.

The percentage of rebated public housing households that have a child (defined as a resident between the ages of 0 and 18 years that is a dependent of another household member) residing in the property has consistently decreased, from 36.3 per cent in 1999 to 28.0 per cent in 2007, reflecting a changing tenant profile towards single person households (data supplied by DHS, Housing and Community Building Division).

The retention rate (defined as households that have resided in the property for 12 months or longer) of rebated households with children has steadily increased from 76.9 per cent in 1999 to 81.8 per cent in 2007. This increase reflects a greater focus on sustaining public housing tenancies (data supplied by DHS, Housing and Community Building Division).


As a complementary resource to the Victorian Child and Adolescent Monitoring System, a catalogue of evidence-based strategies has been developed for a number of the child and adolescent outcome areas. The catalogue provides program planners with a range of early childhood and adolescent intervention strategies that are known to be effective in improving particular outcomes for children. The Catalogue of Evidence continues to be expanded and updated as research furthers. For more information see the Catalogue of Evidence.

Related policy initiatives

Major investment is underway to boost social housing in Victoria with the Government’s commitment to deliver almost 4000 new dwellings for low income people and families by June 2011. These properties will be predominantly delivered close to public transport in safe and vibrant communities where there is easy access to jobs, training, retail and services.

Further information about this indicator

A description of this indicator is currently under development. For information about other indicators, visit the VCAMS indicator descriptions (PDF - 1 (pdf - 1.29mb).

For more information about the primary data source, visit the VCAMS data source descriptions (PDF - 931Kb) (pdf - 931.28kb).

Other indicators of interest

Outcome 23 - Adequate Family Housing

23.1 SAAP assistance for children and young people (Rate)

23.3 Public housing tenants who are families with children (Percentage)

23.4 Family income spent on housing (Percentage)

23.5 Clients receiving emergency housing services that are aged 13-17 years (Percentage)

Outcome 22 - Ability to Pay for Family Essentials


Note: The data displayed has been taken from the State of Victoria’s Children 2008, A report on how children and young people in Victoria are faring.