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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.

Data is accurate at the time of publication. Regular quality checks may result in small changes to previously published data.

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

  Jun-21 Sep-21 Dec-21 Mar-22 Jun-22
Priority 33,245 34,382 36,084 36,237 36,223
Register of Interest 27,075 27,331 27,660 28,067 27,945
Total 60,320 61,713 63,744 64,304 64,168

Applications by type — new applications only

  Jun-21 Sep-21 Dec-21 Mar-22 Jun-22
Priority 28,455 29,308 30,727 30,669 30,766
Register of Interest 23,375 23,648 24,024 24,428 24,277
Total 51,830 52,956 54,751 55,097 55,043

Applications by type — transfer applications only

  Jun-21 Sep-21 Dec-21 Mar-22 Jun-22
Priority 4,790 5,074 5,357 5,568 5,457
Register of Interest 3,700 3,683 3,636 3,639 3,668
Total 8,490 8,757 8,993 9,207 9,125

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

  Jun-21 Sep-21 Dec-21 Mar-22 Jun-22
Emergency Management 1,043 1,305 1,472 1,413 1,349
Homelessness with support 14,151 14,616 15,330 15,302 15,525
Priority transfers          
Supported housing 1,219 1,258 1,286 1,303 1,278
Special housing needs 6,366 6,471 6,932 6,937 6,955
Special housing needs aged 55 years + 5,676 5,658 5,707 5,714 5,659
Register of interest 23,375 23,648 24,024 24,428 24,277
Total 51,830 52,956 54,751 55,097 55,043

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 Home which sets out a blueprint to improve Aboriginal housing outcomes for Aboriginal Victorians.

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

  Jun-21 Sep-21 Dec-21 Mar-22 Jun-22
Yes 4,883 5,036 5,322 5,390 5,434
No 46,947 47,920 49,429 49,707 49,609
Total 51,830 52,926 54,751 55,097 55,043

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

  Jun-21 Sep-21 Dec-21 Mar-22 Jun-22
Yes 3,009 3,126 3,329 3,336 3,406
No 25,446 26,182 27,398 27,333 27,360
Total 28,455 29,308 30,727 30,669 30,766

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

  Jun-21 Sep-21 Dec-21 Mar-22 Jun-22
Yes 1,874 1,910 1,993 2,054 2,028
No 21,501 21,738 22,031 22,374 22,249
Total 23,375 23,648 24,024 24,428 24,277

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

  Jun-21 Sep-21 Dec-21 Mar-22 Jun-22
Single youth 2,849 2,870 2,935 2,906 2,833
Singles general 18,693 19,281 20,059 20,256 20,361
Couple with children 2,558 2,579 2,608 2,599 2,574
Single parent 12,565 12,827 13,335 13,419 13,415
Couple no children 994 1,015 995 991 991
Group household 2,671 2,690 2,757 2,762 2,726
Elderly couple 1,776 1,784 1,807 1,827 1,817
Elderly single 9,724 9,910 10,255 10,337 10,326
Total 51,830 52,956 54,751 55,097 55,043

Household type — new Priority Access applications

  Jun-21 Sep-21 Dec-21 Mar-22 Jun-22
Single youth 1,672 1,698 1,743 1,729 1,702
Singles general 10,790 11,289 11,970 12,023 12,198
Couple with children 720 730 769 761 772
Single parent 5,656 5,841 6,176 6,124 6,151
Couple no children 374 383 377 373 381
Group household 994 1,019 1,060 1,044 1,032
Elderly couple 1,160 1,168 1,184 1,193 1,176
Elderly single 7,089 7,180 7,448 7,422 7,354
Total 28,455 29,308 30,727 30,669 30,766

Household type — new Register of Interest applications

  Jun-21 Sep-21 Dec-21 Mar-22 Jun-22
Single youth 1,177 1,172 1,192 1,177 1,131
Singles general 7,903 7,992 8,089 8,233 8,163
Couple with children 1,838 1,849 1,839 1,838 1,802
Single parent 6,909 6,986 7,159 7,295 7,264
Couple no children 620 632 618 618 610
Group household 1,677 1,671 1,697 1,718 1,694
Elderly couple 616 616 623 634 641
Elderly single 2,635 2,730 2,807 2,915 2,972
Total 23,375 23,648 24,024 24,428 24,277

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

  Jun-21 Sep-21 Dec-21 Mar-22 Jun-22
1 bedroom or rooming house 32,062 32,850 34,023 34,260 34,284
2 bedrooms 10,822 11,019 11,341 11,382 11,287
3 bedrooms 6,713 6,821 7,047 7,108 7,116
4 bedrooms 1,729 1,785 1,839 1,850 1,855
5 or more bedrooms 479 481 501 497 501
Total 51,805 52,956 54,751 55,097 55,043

Number of bedrooms — new priority access applications

  Jun-21 Sep-21 Dec-21 Mar-22 Jun-22
1 bedroom or rooming house 20,114 20,725 21,712 21,706 21,792
2 bedrooms 4,597 4,747 4,950 4,890 4,851
3 bedrooms 2,783 2,845 3,013 3,018 3,064
4 bedrooms 739 793 842 850 850
5 or more bedrooms 197 198 210 205 209
Total 28,430 29,308 30,727 30,669 30,766

Number of bedrooms — new register of interest applications

  Jun-21 Sep-21 Dec-21 Mar-22 Jun-22
1 bedroom or rooming house 11,948 12,125 12,311 12,554 12,492
2 bedrooms 6,225 6,272 6,391 6,492 6,436
3 bedrooms 3,930 3,976 4,034 4,090 4,052
4 bedrooms 990 992 997 1,000 1,005
5 or more bedrooms 282 283 291 292 292
Total 23,375 23,648 24,024 24,428 24,277

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

  Jun-21 Sep-21 Dec-21 Mar-22 Jun-22
Either public or community housing 43,911 44,979 46,554 46,848 46,854
Public housing only 14,844 15,139 15,547 15,781 15,622
Community housing only 1,565 1,595 1,643 1,675 1,692
Total 60,320 61,713 63,744 64,304 64,168

Preferred social housing provider — new applications only

  Jun-21 Sep-21 Dec-21 Mar-22 Jun-22
Either public or community housing 39,840 40,786 42,227 42,476 42,530
Public housing only 10,602 10,747 11,059 11,135 11,053
Community housing only 1,388 1,423 1,465 1,486 1,460
Total 51,830 52,956 54,751 55,097 55,043

Preferred social housing provider — transfer applications only

  Jun-21 Sep-21 Dec-21 Mar-22 Jun-22
Either public or community housing 4,071 4,193 4,327 4,372 4,324
Public housing only 4,242 4,392 4,488 4,646 4,569
Community housing only 177 172 178 189 232
Total 8,490 8,757 8,993 9,207 9,125

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

VHR preferred waiting list areas - 30 June 2022 (Excel, 40.08 KB)

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.

Data on the number of social housing dwellings located in each preferred waiting list area by bedroom number are included to indicate current social housing stock in each broadband. 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.

VHR application data previously published on the housing.vic.gov.au website 

VHR application data was previously published on housing.vic.gov.au in a different format. This data set included the total number of VHR applications and the total number of VHR transfer applications, broken down by Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH) Division and Area.  

This data showed VHR applications by the Area office that corresponds to where the applicant resides. This means that demand analysis was limited as it did not report on an applicant’s locational preference when seeking social housing. To enable greater locational understanding of demand we now publish data on VHR locational preferences by preferred waiting list area.