Person (housing assistance) cluster

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Data Set Specification
METeOR identifier:635954
Registration status:Housing assistance, Superseded 19/12/2017
DSS type:Data Element Cluster

The Person cluster describes details of all persons who received assistance during the year (ongoing and non-ongoing).



  • Persons in households residing in dwellings owned but not administered by the jurisdiction (e.g. leased to other program areas and not administered by state housing authority).

Collection and usage attributes

Statistical unit:


Guide for use:

All jurisdictions are asked to supply the single/couple codes in the reference period data extractions. Previously, a household’s bedroom requirement has been calculated using the Proxy Occupancy Standard (POS), however under National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA) reporting requirements, the match of a dwelling to household size is based on Canadian National Occupancy Standard (CNOS).

New low income cut–off measures for low income households based on new definition under NAHA.

Collection methods:

Data qualifications:

  • If records for persons in ended household cannot be supplied, special needs status for the ended household should be set in the household file to ensure all households are captured in the P5 special needs indicator.

Refer to the collection period of the data set to determine the reference year for this cluster.

Source and reference attributes

Steward:Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
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:

Has been superseded by Person (housing assistance) cluster Housing assistance, Standard 19/12/2017

Supersedes Person (housing assistance) cluster Housing assistance, Superseded 30/08/2017

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:
All attributes +

Public rental housing DSS 2014-17 Housing assistance, Superseded 19/12/2017

Parent DSS specific attributes +

State owned and managed Indigenous housing (SOMIH) DSS 2014-17 Housing assistance, Standard 30/08/2017

Parent DSS specific attributes +

Metadata items in this Data Set Specification

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Seq No.Metadata item Obligation Max occurs
-Dwelling—housing program type, (public rental housing/SOMIH) code NMandatory1
-Income unit—income unit identifier, X[X(14)]Mandatory1
-Income unit—relationship to household reference person, code NMandatory1
-Person—Australian state/territory identifier, code NMandatory1
-Person—date of birth, DDMMYYYYMandatory1
-Person—date of leaving household, DDMMYYYYConditional1
-Person—disability status, yes/no/not stated/inadequately described code NMandatory1
-Person—household single/couple status, code NMandatory1
-Person—Indigenous status, code NMandatory1
-Person—relationship to household reference person, code NMandatory1
-Person—sex, code NMandatory1
-Service provider organisation—household identifier, X[X(14)]Mandatory1
-Service provider organisation—person in household identifier, X[X(14)]Mandatory1