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Housing assistance agency—recurrent expenditure (direct costs)

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element Concept
METeOR identifier:Help on this term269727
Registration status:Help on this termHousing assistance, Retired 10/02/2006
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The total direct costs for the financial year.
Include:

  • total administration costs, and
  • costs of maintaining the operation of dwellings.
Context:Help on this termUse to calculate the average costs of providing rental housing assistance (excluding capital) per dwelling.

Object Class attributes

Identifying and definitional attributes

Object class:Housing assistance agency
Definition:Help on this term

An organisation or organisational sub-unit that is responsible for the provision of housing assistance to clients.

Defining Agency is extremely important for data collection, as it is the level at which most data are collected in the community services area.

Regardless of the way in which an organisation is funded, an agency is the level of the organisation responsible for service provision to clients. In some instances one organisation will have more than one or many agencies.

Sometimes agencies may contract out or broker the assistance required by their clients to other service providers (such as a crisis accommodation agency paying for hotel room hire). Although the agency may not directly provide the assistance in these cases, the agency paying for the assistance to clients is considered responsible for that assistance and should be able to report on those clients and the assistance they receive.

Collection and usage attributes

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Different collections define Agency differently according to their context and varying need for information on the different levels of organisations providing community services. Individual data collections will therefore need to further specify what an agency is for their collection purposes.

In the Supported Accommodation Assistance Program (SAAP) National Data Collection, SAAP agencies are defined as 'The body or establishment which receives a specified amount of money (SAAP funds) to provide a SAAP service...The agency is the level at which data are collected'.

In the Home and Community Care (HACC) Data Dictionary however, a HACC agency is defined as 'A HACC funded organisation or organisational sub-unit that is responsible for the direct provision of HACC funded assistance to clients'.

In Children's services, agency most closely corresponds to the definition of Service provider 'The entity (individual, agency, organisation, body or enterprise) that provides the service(s)'.

At this point in time the National Community Services Data Dictionary definition of agency is of necessity quite broad. As agency is generally the level at which data are collected, and there are different needs for data collection in different areas, a more precise definition would be too narrow to encompass all community services data collections.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare

Property attributes

Identifying and definitional attributes

Property:Recurrent expenditure
Definition:Help on this termExpenditure which does not result in the acquisition or enhancement of an asset.
Property group:Help on this termFinancial characteristics

Collection and usage attributes

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National Housing Assistance Data Dictionary specific:

Recurrent expenditure on goods and services is expenditure, which does not result in the creation or acquisition of fixed assets (new or second-hand). It consists mainly of expenditure on wages, salaries and supplements, purchases of goods and services and consumption of fixed capital (depreciation).

When fees charged for goods and services are offset against recurrent expenditure, the result equates to final consumption expenditure in the Australian Bureau of Statistics' national accounts framework.

Includes:

  • Operating expenses
  • Tenancy manager revenue and expense components.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare
Reference documents:Help on this termAustralian Bureau of Statistics: Government Finance Statistics 1998, Cat. No. 5514.0

Data element concept attributes

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Submitting organisation:Help on this termAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare

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Housing assistance agency—recurrent expenditure (direct costs) (financial year), total Australian currency N[N(9)] Housing assistance, Retired 10/02/2006

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