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Household—low income status, code N

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termLow income status
Synonymous names:Help on this termLow income status
METeOR identifier:Help on this term270164
Registration status:Help on this termHousing assistance, Superseded 10/02/2006
Data Element Concept:Household—low income status

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termCode
Data type:Help on this termNumber
Format:Help on this termN
Maximum character length:Help on this term1
Permissible values:Help on this term
ValueMeaning
1Low income A
2Low income B
3Not low income
Supplementary values:Help on this term
9Not stated/inadequately described

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

The household income cut off measures used for this metadata item have been developed in relation to statutory government income support payments.

CODE 1     Low income A

Income equivalent to or below 100% of the government income support benefits at the pensioner rate. The pensioner (single & couple) benefit rate has been selected as the low income A household cut-off measure, as pension rates are higher than allowance rates (e.g. unemployment benefits). The selection of the higher benefit rate should allow all persons receiving up to or equivalent to 100% government income support benefits (e.g. pensioners, unemployed, youth allowance, etc.) to be captured within the low income A household cut-off measure.

It should be noted that this group might include some income earners, provided their total income is not greater than 100% of the pensioner rate of government income support benefits. This is especially likely for young people who are working, as the government allowance rates for young people are lower than those for pensioners and young people would need to be employed to have an equivalent income.

CODE 2    Low income B

This measure is the effective cut-out for receiving any government income support benefits. It includes:

  • adult (single or couple) pension rate;
  • where eligible, family tax benefit part A (up to the full rate);
  • income free areas for both adults and children; and
  • pharmaceutical allowance.

For further information on calculating low income status see the most recent Commonwealth-State Housing Agreement (CSHA) Public rent housing data manual.

CSHA community housing data collection:

For the CSHA community housing data collection, it is assumed that all households paying a rent less than the market rent value of the dwelling are low income households.

Data element attributes

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Origin:Help on this termCommonwealth-State Housing Agreement (CSHA) Public Rental Housing data manual 1999-2000

Relational attributes

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Is used in the formation of Household—gross income (weekly), total Australian currency N[NNNNN].NN Housing assistance, Retired 10/02/2006

Has been superseded by Household—low income status, code N Housing assistance, Retired 01/05/2013

Supersedes Low income status, version 2, Derived DE, NHADD, NHDAMG, Superseded 01/03/2005.pdf (17.7 KB)

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