Person—principal source of cash income, code N[.N.N.N]

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Data Element
Short name:Principal income source (housing)
METeOR identifier:608085
Registration status:Housing assistance, Standard 30/08/2017
Definition:The source from which a housing assistance client derives the greatest proportion of his/her cash income, as represented by a code.
Data Element Concept:Person—principal source of cash income

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Representation class:Code
Data type:Number
Maximum character length:4
Permissible values:
1Employee cash income
2Unincorporated business income
3.1.1Youth allowance
3.1.2Newstart allowance
3.1.3Other allowances for students and the unemployed
3.2.1Age pension
3.2.2Disability Support pension
3.2.3Other Centrelink pensions/allowances for the aged and people with disability
3.3.1Family Tax Benefit (Parts A and B) Payment - partnered Payment - single
3.3.3Double Orphan Pension
3.3.4Wife Pension
3.3.5Widow B Pension
3.3.6Bereavement Allowance
3.3.8Carer Payment
3.3.9Carer Allowance
3.3.10Carer Supplement
3.3.11Partner Allowance
3.3.12Widow Allowance
3.3.13CDEP Participant Supplement
3.3.14Special Benefit
3.3.15Service pension (DVA)
3.3.16Disability pension (DVA)
3.3.17War widow's pension (DVA)
3.3.18Pensions and allowances from overseas governments
3.3.19Other government cash pensions and allowances
4Other cash income (e.g. superannuation, compensation)
5Nil Income
Supplementary values:
9Not stated/inadequately described

Collection and usage attributes


This value domain does not follow the standard ABS classification codeset, and is not recommended for wider use. 

Source and reference attributes

Origin:Australian Bureau of Statistics. 1997. Standards for Social, Labour and Demographic Variables. Viewed June 1, 2012.

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:

Income source identifies a household’s sources of income and can be used to determine whether they may be eligible to receive Commonwealth rent assistance if the same household was living in the private rental market.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:National Housing Data Development Committee
Origin:Australian Bureau of Statistics. Standards for Social, Labour and Demographic Variables. Viewed 3 November 2005.

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:

Supersedes Person—principal source of cash income, code N[.N.N.N] Housing assistance, Superseded 30/08/2017

See also Person—source of cash income (all), housing assistance code N[.N.N.N] Housing assistance, Standard 01/05/2013

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:

Person income (housing assistance) cluster Housing assistance, Standard 30/08/2017

Public Housing and State Owned and Managed Indigenous housing (PH & SOMIH) DSS 2018- Housing assistance, Standard 10/05/2019

DSS specific attributes +