Indigenous Community Housing Collection, 2019–20; Quality Statement
Identifying and definitional attributes
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Data are provided annually to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) by jurisdictions and are sourced from Indigenous Community Housing Organisations (ICHOs) and jurisdictions’ administrative systems and audits.
An ICHO is any organisation that is responsible for managing medium- to long-term housing for Indigenous people. This includes community organisations such as resource agencies and land councils, which have a range of functions, provided that they manage housing for Indigenous people. Where a state or territory housing authority is responsible for managing Indigenous Community Housing tenancies for Indigenous people, they are classified as an ICHO.
The annual data collection captures information about ICHOs, the dwellings they manage and the households assisted at 30 June 2020. Financial information is for the year ending 30 June 2020.
The AIHW is a major national agency set up by the Australian Government under the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Act 1987 (AIHW Act) to provide reliable, regular and relevant information and statistics on Australia's health and welfare. It is an independent statutory authority, which is governed by a management board, and accountable to the Australian Parliament through the Australian Government Health Portfolio.
The AIHW aims to improve the health and wellbeing of Australians through better health and welfare information and statistics. It collects and reports information on a wide range of topics and issues, ranging from health and welfare expenditure, hospitals, disease and injury, and mental health, to ageing, homelessness, disability and child protection.
The AIHW also plays a role in developing and maintaining national metadata standards. This work helps improve the quality and consistency of national health and welfare statistics. The AIHW works closely with governments and non-government organisations to achieve greater adherence to these standards in administrative data collections to promote national consistency and comparability of data and reporting.
One of the main functions of the AIHW is to work with the states and territories to improve the quality of administrative data and, where possible, to compile national datasets based on data from each jurisdiction, to analyse these data sets and disseminate information and statistics.
Compliance with the provisions of both the AIHW Act and the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) ensures that the data collections managed by the AIHW are kept securely and under the strictest conditions with respect to privacy and confidentiality.
For further information see the AIHW website www.aihw.gov.au.
The AIHW receives, compiles, edits and verifies the data in collaboration with states and territories. The finalised data sets are signed off by the states and territories and used by the AIHW for reporting, analysis and approved ad hoc data requests. Requests for jurisdiction-level data releases must be signed off by the relevant state or territory.
Data are collected annually. The reference period for this collection is the 2019–20 financial year and is mostly a 30 June 2020 snapshot.
Data are reported in the AIHW’s annual Housing assistance in Australia reports.
Users can request additional disaggregation of data which are not available online or in reports (subject to the AIHW’s confidentiality policy and state and territory approval) via the AIHW’s online data request system at https://www.aihw.gov.au/our-services/data-on-request. Depending on the nature of the request, requests for access to unpublished data may also incur costs or require approval from the AIHW Ethics Committee.
General enquiries about AIHW publications can be made to [email protected].
Metadata and definitions relating to this data source can be found in the Indigenous Community Housing data set specification 2018-.
Supplementary information can be found in the housing collection data manuals which are available upon request.
The scope of Indigenous community housing, for the purpose of this collection, only includes information about ICHOs that received government funding for the provision of housing assistance within the financial year, with the exception of counts of known unfunded ICHOs and the number of permanent dwellings managed by these unfunded ICHOs.
The data collected are from states and territories and comprise information from administrative systems, dwelling audits conducted by states and territories and from ICHOs through data collection tools. The data conform well in terms of scope and reference period, but vary considerably in terms of coverage as data in a number of jurisdictions are not complete for all dwellings or ICHOs.
Classifications used are not always consistent across the states and territories. For example, total recurrent costs and net recurrent costs are meant to exclude depreciation but do not in all jurisdictions or all ICHOs within a jurisdiction.
The data are highly relevant for monitoring trends in households assisted in Indigenous Community Housing. The data are used for many purposes, including by policy-makers to evaluate both the living conditions of tenants in Indigenous community housing dwellings, the amount of rent paid by tenants, and to assess the efficiency of Indigenous community housing organisations in providing dwellings.
The information is sourced via jurisdiction administrative systems, dwelling audits conducted by states and territories and from ICHOs through data collection tools. Data are incomplete for some states and territories due to non-reporting or under-reporting by ICHOs.
There are known accuracy issues with the data collected:
State and territory-specific issues:
New South Wales
States and territories may publish their own analysis of Indigenous community housing data which may vary in scope from this collection.
Variation over time is in part due to fluctuations in collection coverage (such as the number of organisations supplying data) and the completeness of data provided.
Data for individual states and territories may not be comparable to previous years as accuracy of the data can vary over time. These differences include the data collection source and the completeness of reporting—in regards to ICHOs, the data and instances of unknown values recorded for data items. Data quality issues have varied over the years. For specific caveats on previous years’ data, consult the footnotes and data quality statements in the relevant edition of the Housing assistance in Australia report.
From 2009–10, the scope of most data items within the ICH collection was restricted to ICHOs that received funding within the financial year. This is consistent with the scope of the 2006–07 and earlier collections. In comparison, in the 2007–08 and 2008–09 collections, more data items reflected the performance of both funded and unfunded ICHOs.
Previously, the Australian Government had administrative responsibility for some ICHOs in Victoria and Queensland, and all ICHOs in Tasmania. Data for these dwellings were reported collectively under the jurisdiction ‘Australian Government’. In 2009, responsibility for these ICHOs was transferred to the respective state or territory. Data for these dwellings are now reported under the relevant state or territory.
State and territory-specific issues:
New South Wales
Variations in rent collected include, but are not limited to:
Source and reference attributes
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Supersedes Indigenous Community Housing Collection, 2018-19; Quality Statement
Has been superseded by Indigenous Community Housing Collection, 2020–21; Quality Statement
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