The Department of Human Services, through its Office of Housing, is the largest provider of social housing in Victoria. It oversees the delivery of secure, affordable and appropriate housing to low income Victorians in need of housing assistance. At 30 June 2003, it provided some 62 600 properties valued at $10 billion to eligible tenants. All states and territories face increasing demand for public social housing and it is important that the assets are maintained to an acceptable standard to meet current and future needs. Recent reviews and actions taken by the department suggest renewed commitment to addressing the underlying issues. If this effort continues, it should result in ongoing improvements for public housing tenants.