Public rental housing DSS 2009-10

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Data Set Specification
METeOR identifier:459881
Registration status:Housing assistance, Superseded 01/05/2013
DSS type:Data Set Specification (DSS)

The purpose of the Public rental housing data set specification is to describe information about tenants in public rental housing covered by the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA). Included are households residing in public rental housing dwellings where the dwelling is either:

  • owned by the housing authority; or
  • leased from the private sector or other housing program areas and used for provision of public rental housing.

Public rental housing dwellings leased to other program areas such as community housing or crisis and emergency accommodation programs are not included in this collection.

Dwellings no longer under the administration of the property manager/agency at June 30th 2010 (including dwellings demolished, sold or disposed of) and dwellings not yet available to the property manager/agency at June 30th 2010 (such as those still under construction or being purchased) are excluded.

Collection and usage attributes

Statistical unit:Persons, Households, Dwellings and Vacancy episodes.
Guide for use:

All jurisdictions are asked to supply the single/couple codes in 2009–10 data extractions. Previously, a household’s bedroom requirement has been calculated using the Proxy Occupancy Standard (POS), however under NAHA reporting requirements, the match of a dwelling to household size is based on Canadian National Occupancy Standard (CNOS).

New low income cut–off measures for low income households based on new definition under NAHA.

Collection methods:

State and territory housing authorities provide the data to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare for national collation on an annual basis.


  • Dwellings headleased from private market or other programs and managed by the jurisdiction.


  • Dwellings no longer under the administration of the property manager/agent at June 30th 2010.
  • Dwellings not yet available to the property manager/agency at June 30th 2010, such as those still under construction or being purchased
  • Dwellings owned but not administered by the jurisdiction (e.g. leased to other program areas and not administered by state housing authority).

Data qualifications:

  • Bedsits are to be reported as 1 bedroom AND counted as 1 bedroom for performance indicator calculations
  • Occupied dwellings can be tenantable or untenantable.
Implementation start date:01/07/2009
Implementation end date:30/06/2010

Source and reference attributes

Steward:Housing and Homelessness Performance Reporting Working Group
Origin:Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). Public rental housing and SOMIH national data collection: processing manual 2009-2010. Canberra: AIHW.
Reference documents:Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) 2006. National Housing Assistance Data Dictionary Version 3 (Housing Assistance Data Development Series). AIHW cat. no. HOU 147. Canberra: AIHW.

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:

Has been superseded by Public rental housing DSS 2010-11 Housing assistance, Superseded 01/05/2013

See also State owned and managed Indigenous housing (SOMIH) DSS 2009-10 Housing assistance, Superseded 01/05/2013

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:

Housing Assistance Data Dictionary 2009-2010 Housing assistance, Candidate 01/10/2012

Parent DSS specific attributes +

Metadata items in this Data Set Specification

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Seq No.Metadata item Obligation Max occurs
1Dwelling (housing assistance) clusterMandatory1
2Dwelling history (housing assistance) clusterMandatory1
3Household (housing assistance) clusterConditional1
4Person (housing assistance) clusterConditional1
5Person income (housing assistance) clusterConditional1
6Waitlist (housing assistance) clusterConditional1