The National Social Housing Survey (NSHS) is a survey of social housing tenants which complements administrative data collected by social housing providers and includes information on tenants and their social housing experiences.

Collection details
Classification/dimension variables
  • Age
  • Sex
  • Indigenous
  • RA

Temporal coverage 

30/6/2005 to 30/6/2023

Geographical coverage

National and State

Data availability

  • Publications
  • Summary tables published in electronic form
  • Statistics

Client specified tables on request which may be subject to data provider approval (charges apply).

Restricted unit record access subject to Ethics Committee approval and/or the agreement of all relevant data custodians in all states and territories (charges may apply).

There are restrictions and limitations governing the availability or use of other data in this holding.

Data scope 

Participants are randomly sampled from social housing programs e.g. Public Housing (PH), State Owned and Managed Indigenous Housing (SOMIH), Community Housing (CH) and Indigenous Community Housing (ICH).

The AIHW managed the NSHS in 2005, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2021 and 2023.

There have been changes to the methodology for the NSHS over time. However, minimal changes have been made to the survey since 2012 to support time-series analysis.



Metadata information and data quality statement (DQS)

(METEOR 782830)

External links and information 

National Social Housing Survey report

Housing Assistance in Australia

Report on Government Services

Australia's Welfare


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