State owned and managed Indigenous housing (SOMIH) DSS 2014-17

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Data Set Specification
METeOR identifier:635961
Registration status:Housing assistance, Standard 30/08/2017
DSS type:Data Set Specification (DSS)

The State Owned and Managed Indigenous Housing (SOMIH) data set specification defines information about SOMIH tenancies covered by the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA). Included are households residing in SOMIH dwellings where the dwelling is either:

  • owned by the state/territory housing authority; or
  • head-leased from private market or other housing program areas and managed by the state/territory housing authority for provision of public housing.

The SOMIH data set specification excludes dwellings:

  • owned but not administered by the state/territory housing authority (for example, dwellings leased to other program areas, such as community housing or crisis and emergency accommodation programs)
  • no longer under the administration of the state/territory housing authority at 30 June of the reference period (including dwellings demolished, sold or otherwise disposed of); and
  • not yet available to the state/territory housing authority at 30 June of the reference period (including those still under construction or being purchased).

Collection and usage attributes

Statistical unit:

Person, Household, Dwelling and Vacancy Episodes.

Collection methods:

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. The SOMIH program is not applicable to Victoria, Western Australia, Australian Capital Territory, and Northern Territory.

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: 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17, respectively.

Implementation start date:01/07/2014
Implementation end date:30/06/2017

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

Canadian National Occupancy Standard

Boarding house unit




Geographic indicator

Greatest need

Head-leased dwelling (government)

Head-leased dwelling (private)



Tenancy composition

Unincorporated business

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare


Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) 2014. Public rental housing and state owned and managed Indigenous housing data collection, processing and data manuals. Canberra: AIHW.

Reference documents:

COAG (Council of Australian Governments) 2009. Intergovernmental Agreement on Federal Financial Relations: National Affordable Housing Agreement. Canberra: COAG. Viewed 5 September 2016,

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) 2013. National housing and homelessness data dictionary: version 1, 2013. Cat. no. HOU 269. Canberra: AIHW.

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:

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

Supersedes State owned and managed Indigenous housing (SOMIH) DSS 2013-14 Housing assistance, Superseded 30/08/2017

Has been superseded by State owned and managed Indigenous housing (SOMIH) DSS 2017-18 Housing assistance, Superseded 05/05/2019

Metadata items in this Data Set Specification

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Seq No.Metadata item Obligation Max occurs
1Dwelling (housing assistance) clusterMandatory1
2Dwelling history (housing assistance) clusterMandatory1
3Household (housing assistance) clusterConditional1
4Person (housing assistance) clusterConditional1
5Person income (housing assistance) clusterConditional1
6Waitlist (housing assistance) clusterConditional1