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Mainstream community housing DSS 2013-18

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Set Specification
METeOR identifier:Help on this term594489
Registration status:Help on this termHousing assistance, Superseded 10/05/2019
DSS type:Help on this termData Set Specification (DSS)
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The Community Housing (CH) data set specification defines information about community housing organisations (CHOs), the dwellings they manage and the tenants assisted.

Community housing is rental housing provided for low to moderate income or special needs households, managed by community-based organisations that have received capital or recurrent subsidy from government. Community housing models vary across jurisdictions, and the housing stock may be owned by a variety of groups including government.

Community housing includes all tenancy (rental) units under management of a community housing organisation (excluding Indigenous community housing organisations).

The CH data set specification excludes dwellings:

  • managed under:
    • public rental housing
    • state/territory owned and managed Indigenous housing (SOMIH)
    • the Crisis Accommodation Program.
  • no longer under the administration of the CHO at 30 June of the reference year (including dwellings demolished, sold or otherwise disposed of); and
  • not yet available to the CHO at 30 June of the reference year (including those still under construction or being purchased).

Collection and usage attributes

Statistical unit:Help on this term

DwellingTenancy rental unit, Household and Service provider organisation.

Collection methods:Help on this term

National reporting arrangements

State and territory housing authorities provide the data to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) for national collation on an annual basis. Data are sourced from CHOs via surveys, the jurisdiction's administrative systems, and dwelling audits conducted by state/territory housing authorities.

Periods for which data are collected and nationally collated

The reference period starts on 1 July and ends on 30 June each financial year. The reference period for this collection is the financial year for which the data were collected: 2013-14, 2014-15 and so forth. Limited financial information from the previous financial year is also collected.

Implementation start date:Help on this term01/07/2013
Implementation end date:Help on this term30/06/2018
Comments:Help on this term

While approved as the national standard, some details are not presented in accordance with best practice standards for metadata published as national standards in METeOR. Improvements may be made to the presentation of the metadata in the future; however they will not affect the meaning of the metadata or the interpretation of data collected using the metadata.

Glossary items

Glossary terms that are relevant to this data set specification include:

Boarding house building

Boarding house room

Boarding house unit

Canadian National Occupancy Standard



Geographic indicator

Greatest need

Head-leased dwelling (government)

Head-leased dwelling (private)




Housing administrator

Tenancy composition

Tenancy rental unit

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Steward:Help on this termAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare
Origin:Help on this term

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) 2014. Community housing data collection, processing and data manuals. Canberra: AIHW.

Relational attributes

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Has been superseded by Community Housing DSS 2018- Housing assistance, Standard 10/05/2019

Supersedes Mainstream community housing DSS 2012-13 Housing assistance, Superseded 30/08/2017

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Seq No.Help on this termMetadata itemHelp on this term ObligationHelp on this term Max occursHelp on this term
1Service provider organisation cluster (Mainstream community housing)Mandatory1
2Dwelling file cluster (Mainstream community housing)Mandatory1
3Tenancy/vacancy cluster (Mainstream community housing)Conditional1
4Person file cluster (Mainstream community housing)Conditional1
5Administrator net recurrent cost clusterMandatory1
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