public housing factsheet

Public Housing in Bayside

In 2008/2009 the City of Bayside had 1,256 public housing dwellings owned by the Victorian Government’s Department of Human Services. These public housing dwellings constituted 3.2% of all dwellings in Bayside, which was similar to the percentage of public housing across metropolitan Melbourne (3.3%). Looking at the municipalities surrounding Bayside, Port Phillip and Stonnington had the highest percentages of public housing dwellings.

Figure 1: Percentage of public housing dwellings*, selected local governments areas and metropolitan Melbourne, 2009


Three quarters of the public housing dwellings in Bayside are low rise flats or medium density flats (74.1 per cent) and 16.6 per cent are separate houses. The majority of public housing dwellings are located in the suburbs of Hampton East, Hampton, and Highett.

About half of the public housing dwellings are clustered into seven main estates, with the remainder of the dwellings scattered across the municipality. Four of the estates, containing flats in two to four storey blocks, were built during the 1950s-1960s era. The remaining three estates were built during the 1980s-1990s, either townhouses in two storey blocks or groupings of single storey separate dwellings.

The household profile of residents living in Bayside public housing estates in 2010 shows that 34 per cent of residents are older (single) adults aged 55 years and over, 23 per cent are single adults and 17.5 per cent are single parent families.

Compared to the age profile of the total Bayside population, residents in public housing are older with higher percentages of persons aged 50–59 years, 60–69 years and 70–79 years. The median age of the public housing residents is 46 years, compared to 41 years for all persons in Bayside.

Figure 2: Age groups (10 year cohorts), City of Bayside public housing residents, 2010


Almost all residents are receiving a pension or benefit as their income source – predominately the Disability Pension (36.4 per cent), the Age Pension (26.7 per cent) and Parenting Payment (9.7 per cent). Only 5.2 per cent of residents are receiving wages as their
income source. Similar to the language profile of all Bayside residents, 84.7 per cent of public housing residents speak English at home. There is a higher proportion of Russian speaking residents in public housing (8.4 per cent) compared to the total Bayside population (1.1 per cent).

The most common types of households on the public housing waiting list for the wider Bayside area are single adults (32.8 per cent), single parent families (24.2 per cent) and older single adults (18.5 per cent).

Bayside City Council staff provide a range of services to its public housing residents including case management, counselling and support, linking residents into to community support agencies, and the provision of locally accessible or on-site services such as mobile libraries and youth programs.

For further information on housing statistics, contact the Policy and Planning Unit on 9599 4444.


Page last updated: 24 Jul 2015