This article is part of a comprehensive series released as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Wellbeing: A focus on children and youth.

Note: In this section ‘children’ refers to people aged 0–14 years. The terms ‘youth’ and ‘young people’ refer to people aged 15–24 years. Data presented are from the ABS National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey, 2008 (cat. no. 4714.0).


In 2008:
71% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth were living in homes that were rented, a decrease from 2002 (77%)
20% of youth were living in a home with a mortgage, an increase from 2002 (14%)
More than half (56%) of all children and nearly two-thirds (64%) of young people had moved house in the past five years
92,700 or 31% of children and youth lived in overcrowded housing
30% of youth were living in homes with structural problems, a decrease from 41% in 2002
Most children and youth had access to community facilities needed for child health and development, such as playing fields (95%) and health care clinics (81%).

For the majority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and youth, their housing not only provides them with physical accommodation and security, but it is also the place where their family lives, and therefore can be important in building and maintaining a sense of identity, social belonging and wellbeing.

As both children and young people are often reliant on others to provide and maintain housing standards, they may be particularly vulnerable to some forms of housing disadvantage, such as insecure housing, overcrowding and poor housing conditions. Their life stage may also mean that they move house more frequently than other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The Framework for Measuring Wellbeing: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, 2010 (cat. no. 4703.0) identifies housing and community facilities as a major domain contributing to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander wellbeing.

The topics covered in this article include:
Housing tenure
Moving house
Housing conditions
Community facilities
Other resources.
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This section contains the following subsection :
      Housing Tenure
      Moving House
      Housing Conditions
      Community Facilities
      Other Resources About Housing and Population Mobility

This page last updated 28 April 2011
Source: http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Lookup/CD0D5C46B97B6B4ACA257880001963D9?opendocument

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A little about page admin Kaiyu Moura (Bayles)

Now living in QLD raising her children on their traditional country, gathering food, learning the old art of building shelters, dance and the local language. For the past 20 years with her late Grandmother Maureen Watson and a dance group with 6 of her sisters Kaiyu travelled schools, festivals, events etc sharing the beauty of First Nations Culture through song and dance, stories, art, theatre, nursery rhymes, poetry etc and engaging all ages in different projects that inspire positive change. Also a poet, documentary maker, songwriter, artist, event organiser, media consultant, testing the waters of micro social enterprise by starting her own tshirt and sublimation printing business and with her own label, Kaiyu creates what she calls Freedom Threads.

After building their own home on Tribal Sovereign land, Kaiyu is now homeschooling and teaching the kids about making our own tinctures, learning about bushtucker and mushrooms, growing food, building with aircrete, setting up wind turbines, composting toilets and ram water pumps... Really learning what it truly means to thrive. This is our Group where we share alot of what we do

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