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Private rent assistance DSS 2013-

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Set Specification
METeOR identifier:Help on this term596529
Registration status:Help on this termHousing assistance, Standard 30/08/2017
DSS type:Help on this termData Set Specification (DSS)
Scope:Help on this term

The Private Rent Assistance Data Set Specification (PRA DSS) defines information relating to the provision of financial assistance to enable households to access and maintain accommodation in the private rental market and includes:

  • bond loans
  • rental grants
  • rental subsidies
  • relocation expenses
  • other assistance grants.

The PRA DSS excludes:

  • non-financial assistance, for example, tenancy support services and tenancy guarantees
  • any expense incurred in providing assistance to a household that is not the value of financial assistance received directly by the household (e.g. related administrative and operational costs associated with providing the private rent assistance).

Collection and usage attributes

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Household, Person, Service event.

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National reporting arrangements

State and territory housing authorities provide the data to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) for national collection, on an annual basis.

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. Data collection for each PRA DSS reference period includes records of assistance to households that:

  • commenced receiving assistance in the reference period
  • commenced receiving an ongoing form of assistance in a previous financial year and continued to receive this assistance in the current reference period
  • received a repayable form of assistance in a previous financial year for which repayable monies remained outstanding at the commencement of the current reference period.

Data qualifications:

  • A separate record should be reported for each type of assistance provided to a household.
  • A single record should be reported for each type of ongoing assistance provided to a household in the reference period, regardless of which financial year assistance commenced.
  • For households that had monies outstanding on repayable assistance provided in a previous financial year and received no new assistance in the current reference period, the amount of assistance should be left blank, but the type of assistance received and date assistance received should be reported.
Implementation start date:Help on this term01/07/2013
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

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Assistance received

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

AIHW (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare) 2014. Private rent assistance data collection, jurisdiction and processing data manuals. Canberra: AIHW

Reference documents:Help on this term

ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics) 1999. Standards for Social, Labour and Demographic Variables, 1999. ABS cat. no. 1200.0. Canberra: ABS. Viewed 6 February 2017,

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:Help on this term

Supersedes Private rent assistance DSS 2012-13 Housing assistance, Superseded 30/08/2017

Metadata items in this Data Set SpecificationHelp on this term

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-Address—Australian postcode, Australian postcode code (Postcode datafile) {NNNN}Mandatory1
-Address—suburb/town/locality name, text X[X(45)]Mandatory1
-Dwelling—Australian state/territory identifier, address code AA[A]Mandatory1
-Household—financial assistance amount received, total Australian currency N[NNNNN].NNConditional1
-Household—gross weekly income, total Australian currency N[NNNNN].NNConditional1
-Household—Indigenous status, yes/no code NMandatory1
-Household—principal source of cash income, housing assistance code N[.N.N]Mandatory1
-Household—weekly rent charged, total Australian currency N[NNNNN].NNConditional1
-Person—date of birth, DDMMYYYYConditional1
-Person—sex, code NMandatory1
-Service event—assistance received date, DDMMYYYYMandatory1
-Service event—assistance type, private rent assistance code N[N]Mandatory1
-Service provider organisation—household identifier, X[X(14)]Mandatory1
-Service provider organisation—main applicant identifier, X[X(14)]Conditional1
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