Public rental housing DSS 2010-11

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Data Set Specification
METeOR identifier:478910
Registration status:Housing assistance, Superseded 01/05/2013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 2011, (including dwellings demolished, sold or disposed of) and dwellings not yet available to the property manager/agency at June 30th 2011, (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:

Low income cut–off measures for low income households based on 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 2011.
  • Dwellings not yet available to the property manager/agency at June 30th 2011, 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:01/07/2010
Implementation end date:30/06/2011

In the 2010-11 collection the following changes have been made to the data set specification:

  • In the Dwelling history file: the data items VACRSN, VADCESC and VACTYPE have been retired and replaced by a new variable VAC_DDV which is populated with a standard set of vacancy reason codes.
  • In the Person income file: the data items INC_TYPE and INC_DESC have been retired.

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 2010-2011. 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:

Supersedes Public rental housing DSS 2009-10 Housing assistance, Superseded 01/05/2013

Has been superseded by Public rental housing DSS 2011-12 Housing assistance, Superseded 26/08/2014

See also State owned and managed Indigenous housing (SOMIH) DSS 2010-11 Housing assistance, Superseded 01/05/2013

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