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The Victorian Housing Register (also known as ‘the VHR’) is where Victorians can register for social housing in Victoria.

Find more information on the VHR and the eligibility criteria, including how to apply for social housing.

About this data

Homes Victoria is committed to increasing transparency of social housing data.

To uphold privacy information requirements, the release of the data is in line with the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014.

Data is reported by:

  • Total applications on the VHR includes both new and transfer applications,
  • New applications on the VHR are people who are not current social housing renters and have applied for social housing in Victoria, and,
  • Transfer applications on the VHR are people who are current social housing renters and have applied to move to another social housing property in Victoria as their circumstances have changed. Find more information on transfer applications here.

Application types on the VHR

Applicants who meet the eligibility criteria for social housing are placed on the VHR according to their housing need.

The VHR consists of 2 application types:

  • Priority access: for people most in need of housing, and
  • Register of interest: for people who do not have an urgent housing need but are seeking to live in social housing.

Applications by type — total applications

           
  Mar-21 Jun-21 Sep-21 Dec-21 Mar-22
Priority 32,079 33,245 34,382 36,084 36,237
Register of Interest 26,999 27,075 27,331 27,660 28,067
Total 59,078 60,320 61,713 63,744 64,304

Applications by type — new applications only

           
  Mar-21 Jun-21 Sep-21 Dec-21 Mar-22
Priority 27,534 28,430 29,278 30,727 30,669
Register of Interest 23,316 23,375 23,648 24,024 24,428
Total 50,850 51,805 52,926 54,751 55,097

Applications by type — transfer applications only

           
  Mar-21 Jun-21 Sep-21 Dec-21 Mar-22
Priority 4,545 4,815 5,104 5,357 5,568
Register of Interest 3,683 3,700 3,683 3,636 3,639
Total 8,228 8,515 8,787 8,993 9,207

Priority access categories on the VHR

There are 6 broad categories of priority access on the VHR. An eligible applicant must meet specific criteria within one of these categories to be approved for priority access. In order of priority these categories are:

  • Emergency management housing: for people whose housing is no longer safe or habitable, due to an emergency, for example, a bushfire, flood or storm
  • Priority transfers: for existing social housing renters who require urgent relocation to another social housing property due to their current property being unsafe or unsuitable, being sold, redeveloped or better utilised
  • Homeless with support: for people who are homeless or experiencing family violence and need support to obtain and establish appropriate, long-term housing
  • Supported housing: for people who live in unsuitable housing and have a disability or long-term health problem requiring major structural modifications and/or personal support to live independently
  • Special housing needs: for people who are living in housing that has become unsuitable and who have no alternative housing options
  • Special housing needs aged 55 years and over: for people who are eligible for social housing who are aged 55 years and over and are not eligible for another priority category. This category only applies to single people or couples.

Find further information on VHR application categories.

VHR category — new applications only

           
  Mar-21 Jun-21 Sep-21 Dec-21 Mar-22
Emergency Management 449 1,018 1,275 1,472 1,413
Homelessness with support 14,152 14,151 14,616 15,330 15,302
Supported housing 1,184 1,219 1,258 1,286 1,303
Special housing needs 6,144 6,366 6,471 6,932 6,937
Special housing needs aged 55 years + 5,605 5,676 5,658 5,707 5,714
Register of interest 23,316 23,375 23,648 24,024 24,428
Total 50,850 51,805 52,926 54,751 55,097

Aboriginal Victorians on the VHR

This data reports on the number of households where one or more individuals identify as Aboriginal (which includes people who identify as Aboriginal, people who identify as Torres Strait Islander and people who identify as both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) and are approved for social housing on the VHR according to application type.

The Victorian Government is continuing to work with Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation’s to advance self-determination. This supports the Victorian Aboriginal Housing and Homelessness Framework (VAHHF) – Mana-na worn-tyeen maar-takoort: Every Aboriginal Person Has a Homewhich sets out a blueprint to improve Aboriginal housing outcomes for Aboriginal Victorians.

Households where one or more individuals identify as Aboriginal — new applications only

           
  Mar-21 Jun-21 Sep-21 Dec-21 Mar-22
Yes 4,747 4,877 5,029 5,322 5,390
No 46,103 46,928 47,897 49,429 49,707
Total 50,850 51,805 52,926 54,751 55,097

Households where one or more individuals identify as Aboriginal — new Priority Access applications

           
  Mar-21 Jun-21 Sep-21 Dec-21 Mar-22
Yes 2,884 3,003 3,119 3,329 3,336
No 24,650 25,427 26,159 27,398 27,333
Total 27,534 28,430 29,278 30,727 30,669

Households where one or more individuals identify as Aboriginal — new Register of Interest applications

           
  Mar-21 Jun-21 Sep-21 Dec-21 Mar-22
Yes 1,863 1,874 1,910 1,993 2,054
No 21,453 21,501 21,738 22,031 22,374
Total 23,316 23,375 23,648 24,024 24,428

Household types on the VHR

The different household types on the VHR are outlined below:

  • Single youth – 1 person on the application under the age of 25 years
  • Singles general – 1 person on the application between the ages of 25-54 years
  • Couple with children – 2 people who are a couple on the application with dependants
  • Single parent – 1 person on the application with dependants
  • Couple no children – 2 people who are a couple on the application
  • Group household – 2 or more household members 18 years and over on the application
  • Elderly couple – 2 people on the application both over the age of 55 years with 1 household member related to the other household member
  • Elderly single – 1 person on the application over the age of 55 years.

Household type — total new applications

           
  Mar-21 Jun-21 Sep-21 Dec-21 Mar-22
Single youth 2,845 2,848 2,868 2,935 2,906
Singles general 18,246 18,680 19,263 20,059 20,256
Couple with children 2,537 2,557 2,578 2,608 2,599
Single parent 12,278 12,559 12,823 13,335 13,419
Couple no children 972 994 1,015 995 991
Group household 2,619 2,670 2,689 2,757 2,762
Elderly couple 1,748 1,776 1,784 1,807 1,827
Elderly single 9,605 9,721 9,906 10,255 10,337
Total 50,850 51,805 52,926 54,751 55,097

Household type — new Priority Access applications

           
  Mar-21 Jun-21 Sep-21 Dec-21 Mar-22
Single youth 1,649 1,671 1,696 1,743 1,729
Singles general 10,350 10,777 11,271 11,970 12,023
Couple with children 701 719 729 769 761
Single parent 5,422 5,650 5,837 6,176 6,124
Couple no children 354 374 383 377 373
Group household 943 993 1,018 1,060 1,044
Elderly couple 1,148 1,160 1,168 1,184 1,193
Elderly single 6,967 7,086 7,126 7,448 7,422
Total 27,534 28,430 29,278 30,727 30,669

Household type — new Register of Interest applications

           
  Mar-21 Jun-21 Sep-21 Dec-21 Mar-22
Single youth 1,196 1,177 1,172 1,172 1,177
Singles general 7,896 7,903 7,992 8,089 8,233
Couple with children 1,836 1,838 1,849 1,839 1,838
Single parent 6,856 6,909 6,986 7,159 7,295
Couple no children 618 620 632 618 618
Group household 1,676 1,677 1,671 1,697 1,718
Elderly couple 600 616 616 623 634
Elderly single 2,638 2,635 2,730 2,807 2915
Total 23,316 23,375 23,648 24,024 24,428

Number of bedrooms a social housing applicant requires

Sharing data on the number of bedrooms a social housing applicant has been approved for provides transparency around demand for social housing properties by number of bedrooms.

The social housing sector aims to match eligible applicants to a suitable property with an appropriate number of bedrooms, in accordance with the Housing Size Guidelines.

Rooming houses are mainly accommodation for single people. There are several long-term social housing dwellings that are managed under the rooming house provisions of the Residential Tenancies Act 1997.

Registered Housing Agencies who manage properties using the rooming house provisions of the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 allocate eligible social housing applicants from the VHR. Applicants will need to select their preference for a rooming house when registering for social housing.

Number of bedrooms — new applications only

  Mar-21 Jun-21 Sep-21 Dec-21 Mar-22
1 bedroom or rooming house 31,514 32,062 32,830 34,023 34,260
2 bedrooms 10,600 10,822 11,014 11,341 11,382
3 bedrooms 6,564 6,713 6,818 7,047 7,108
4 bedrooms 1,697 1,729 1,783 1,839 1,850
5 or more bedrooms 475 479 481 501 497
Total 50,850 51,805 52,926 54,751 55,097

Number of bedrooms — new Priority Access applications

  Mar-21 Jun-21 Sep-21 Dec-21 Mar-22
1 bedroom or rooming house 19,558 20,114 20,705 21,712 21,706
2 bedrooms 4,410 4,597 4,742 4,950 4,890
3 bedrooms 2,655 2,783 2,842 3,013 3,018
4 bedrooms 719 739 791 842 850
5 or more bedrooms 192 197 198 210 205
Total 27,534 28,430 29,278 30,727 30,669

Number of bedrooms — new Register of Interest applications

  Mar-21 Jun-21 Sep-21 Dec-21 Mar-22
1 bedroom or rooming house 11,956 11,948 12,125 12,311 12,554
2 bedrooms 6,190 6,225 6,272 6,391 6,492
3 bedrooms 3,909 3,930 3,976 4,034 4,090
4 bedrooms 978 990 992 997 1,000
5 or more bedrooms 283 282 283 291 292
Total 23,316 23,375 23,648 24,024 24,428

Preferred social housing providers

A preferred social housing provider includes both public housing, which is owned and managed by the Victorian Government, and community housing. Community housing is provided by a range of Registered Housing Agencies. Find the full list of Homes Victoria approved Registered Housing Agencies participating in the VHR.

When registering for social housing, applicants can choose if they only want to live in public housing, community housing or can choose to select both (that is they are happy to live in either public housing or community housing).

Preferred social housing provider — total applications

           
  Mar-21 Jun-21 Sep-21 Dec-21 Mar-22
Either public or community housing 43,071 43,911 44,979 46,554 46,848
Public housing only 14,457 14,844 15,139 15,547 15,781
Community housing only 1,550 1,565 1,595 1,643 1,675
Total 59,078 60,320 61,713 63,744 64,304

Preferred social housing provider — new applications only

           
  Mar-21 Jun-21 Sep-21 Dec-21 Mar-22
Either public or community housing 39,112 39,822 40,763 42,227 42,476
Public housing only 10,360 10,595 10,740 11,059 11,135
Community housing only 1,378 1,388 1,423 1,465 1,486
Total 50,850 51,805 52,926 54,751 55,097

Preferred social housing provider — transfer applications only

           
  Mar-21 Jun-21 Sep-21 Dec-21 Mar-22
Either public or community housing 3,959 4,089 4,216 4,327 4,372
Public housing only 4,097 4,249 4,399 4,488 4,646
Community housing only 172 177 172 178 189
Total 8,228 8,515 8,787 8,993 9,207

Data on VHR location preferences by preferred waiting list area (also known as broadbands)

When applying for social housing, applicants select their location preferences for where they want to live by choosing up to 5 ‘waiting list areas’. Waiting list areas, also known as ‘broadbands’, are generally made up of neighbouring suburbs and/or towns that are linked by public transport. Applicants may be offered a property in any suburb or town from their chosen waiting list areas.

Applicants can choose to list between 1 and 5 waiting list areas on their application. This means that when reporting on this data, up to 5 waiting list areas may be counted for 1 application, but not all applications will have 5 waiting list areas. As a result, the total number of preferences will always be higher than the total number of applications on the VHR*.

For more information on preferred waiting list areas, please see the list of Victorian Housing Register areas.

*Disclaimer for preferred waiting list area data set

Preferred waiting list area data aims to provide an applicant’s location preference(s) of social housing across Victoria. Preferred waiting list area data is derived by an applicant selecting up to 5 location preferences per application. Applicants can select 1, 2 ,3 , 4, or 5 location preferences; a single applicant can therefore be counted anywhere from 1-5 times in the data set. There is no rank order for preferences selected. There is no comparability with number of applications on the waitlist due to the variability of the number of preferences chosen by each applicant.

Bedroom sizes are included to indicate the type of housing size requirements in each preferred waiting list area. To uphold confidentiality and privacy requirements, figures between the numbers of 0-4 are reported as <5.

Fluctuations in numbers over time may be influenced by changes to allocation policies, priorities and eligibility criteria. Organisations who choose to use this published report for demand data modelling make strategic business decisions at their own risk.