Community housing data collection 2012–13 Data Quality Statement
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Quality Statement|
|Registration status:||AIHW Data Quality Statements, Archived 05/06/2015|
|Quality statement summary:|
Data are provided annually to the AIHW by jurisdictions and are sourced from community housing organisations via survey and from the jurisdiction’s administrative systems. The annual data collection captures information about community housing organisations, the dwellings they manage and the tenants assisted. Limited financial information from the financial year is also collected.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) is a major national agency set up by the Australian Government under the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Act 1987 to provide reliable, regular and relevant information and statistics on Australia's health and welfare. It is an independent statutory authority established in 1987, governed by a management Board, and accountable to the Australian Parliament through the Health and Ageing portfolio.
The AIHW aims to improve the health and wellbeing of Australians through better health and welfare information and statistics. It collects and reports information on a wide range of topics and issues, ranging from health and welfare expenditure, hospitals, disease and injury, and mental health, to ageing, homelessness, disability and child protection.
The Institute also plays a role in developing and maintaining national metadata standards. This work contributes to improving the quality and consistency of national health and welfare statistics. The Institute works closely with governments and non-government organisations to achieve greater adherence to these standards in administrative data collections to promote national consistency and comparability of data and reporting.
One of the main functions of the AIHW is to work with the states and territories to improve the quality of administrative data and, where possible, to compile national datasets based on data from each jurisdiction, to analyse these datasets and disseminate information and statistics.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Act 1987, in conjunction with compliance to the Privacy Act 1988, (Cth) ensures that the data collections managed by the AIHW are kept securely and under the strictest conditions with respect to privacy and confidentiality.
For further information see the AIHW website www.aihw.gov.au.
Data for 2012–13 were provided to the AIHW as part of the Housing and Homelessness Ministers’ Advisory Committee work program. The AIHW receives, compiles, edits and verifies the data in collaboration with jurisdictions, who retain ownership of the data and must approve any jurisdiction-level output before it is released. The finalised data sets were used by the AIHW for collation, reporting and analysis for all jurisdictions except New South Wales and Queensland, who have calculated their figures using their own data collection processes.
Data are collected annually. The reference period for this collection is the 2012–13 financial year and is mostly a 30 June 2013 snapshot, but also captures 2012–13 household activity. Limited financial information from the 2012–13 financial year is also collected.
Annual data are reported in Housing Assistance in Australia, which will be available publicly on the AIHW website; the Report on Government Services 2014 http://www.pc.gov.au/gsp/rogs/housing-homelessness and the COAG Reform Council’s NAHA Report http://www.coagreformcouncil.gov.au/reports/housing.cfm.
Metadata and definitions relating to this data source can be found in the National Housing Assistance Data Dictionary (AIHW Cat no. HOU147) http://meteor.aihw.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/236882.
Supplementary information can be found in the housing collection data manuals available at http://meteor.aihw.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/487037.
Community housing, for the purpose of this collection, includes all tenancy (rental) units under management of a community housing organisation (excluding Indigenous community housing organisations). Dwellings are excluded where the tenancy management is by the State Housing Authority or by specialist homelessness services agencies. Additional jurisdiction-specific inclusions and exclusions also apply. These jurisdiction-specific inclusions and exclusions reflect a number of factors including differences in the definition of community housing across jurisdictional legislation, difficulties in identifying some organisations such as those that are not registered or funded by the state/territory housing authority and inconsistencies in reporting such as the inclusion of transitional housing and National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) dwellings owned or managed by community housing organisations.
The data are highly relevant for monitoring trends in the number of households assisted in community housing. The data are used for many purposes, including by policy-makers to evaluate both the living conditions of tenants in community housing dwellings, the amount of rent paid by tenants relative to their income, and to assess the efficiency of community housing organisations in providing dwellings.
Data are incomplete for some jurisdictions due to non-reporting or under reporting by community housing organisations. The information was sourced from community housing organisations via a survey tool and/or from administrative records held by state/territory housing authorities. The coverage differs between jurisdictions – as outlined below.
As in previous years, the Northern Territory did not survey its community housing sector but provided administrative data only for all 34 community housing organisations.
There are some known accuracy issues with the data collected:
Specific state/territory issues:
New South Wales
Caution is advised when comparing data across reporting periods and with other social housing sectors due to variability in the state and territory government programs reported in the community housing data collection, survey response rates, completeness rates and other data quality issues.
Specific known State/Territory issues are:
Source and reference attributes
|Submitting organisation:||Australian Institute of Health and Welfare|
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Supersedes Community housing data collection 2011–12 Data Quality Statement AIHW Data Quality Statements, Archived 25/07/2014
Has been superseded by Community housing data collection 2013-14 Data Quality Statement AIHW Data Quality Statements, Archived 31/05/2016