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Income unit—Commonwealth government payment type

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element Concept
METeOR identifier:Help on this term269695
Registration status:Help on this termHousing assistance, Retired 10/02/2006
Definition:Help on this termThe type of benefit, pension or allowance that is received by the client or their partner.
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Used in the assessment of eligibility for Commonwealth rent assistance. This payment is available to recipients of income support payments except those receiving:

  • Austudy; and
  • Youth allowance if the client is not entitled to the higher living away from home rate of payment.

This metadata item can also indicate the need and circumstances of individuals and is sometimes used in the assessment of income equity.

Object Class attributes

Identifying and definitional attributes

Object class:Income unit
Definition:Help on this termOne person or a group of related persons within a household, whose command over income is shared, or any person living in a non private dwelling who is in receipt of personal income.
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Income units are restricted to relationships of marriage (registered or de facto) and of parent/dependant who usually reside in the same household. This means that an income unit can be defined as:

  • a married couple or sole parent, and dependent children only
  • a married couple only with no dependent children present
  • a person who is not related to any other household member either by marriage or by the parent/dependant relationship.

This is the standard statistical unit for analyses of economic wellbeing, and can be an important measure in assessing the needs and circumstances of individuals and families.

Specialisation of:Help on this termPerson/group of persons

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termNational Housing Data Development Committee

Property attributes

Identifying and definitional attributes

Property:Commonwealth government payment type
Definition:Help on this termA descriptor of the class of Commonwealth government income support.
Property group:Help on this termFinancial characteristics

Data element concept attributes

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termCommonwealth Department of Family and Community Services

Relational attributes

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Income unit—Commonwealth government payment type, code AAA Housing assistance, Retired 10/02/2006

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