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Public rental housing DSS 2017-18

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Set Specification
METeOR identifier:Help on this term687107
Registration status:Help on this termHousing assistance, Superseded 10/05/2019
DSS type:Help on this termData Set Specification (DSS)
Scope:Help on this term

The Public Rental Housing (PH) data set specification defines information about public rental housing tenancies covered by the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA). Included are households residing in public rental housing 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 PH 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:Help on this term

Person, Household, Dwelling and Vacancy Episode.

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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 collation 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.

Implementation start date:Help on this term01/07/2017
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)



Tenancy composition

Unincorporated business

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Origin:Help on this term

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:Help on this term

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

Relational attributes

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Has been superseded by Public Housing and State Owned and Managed Indigenous housing (PH & SOMIH) DSS 2018- Housing assistance, Standard 10/05/2019

Supersedes Public rental housing DSS 2014-17 Housing assistance, Superseded 19/12/2017

See also State owned and managed Indigenous housing (SOMIH) DSS 2017-18 Housing assistance, Superseded 05/05/2019

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Seq No.Help on this termMetadata itemHelp on this term ObligationHelp on this term Max occursHelp on this term
1Dwelling (housing assistance) clusterConditional1
2Dwelling history (housing assistance) clusterMandatory1
3Household (housing assistance) clusterConditional1
4Person (housing assistance) clusterConditional1
5Person income (housing assistance) clusterConditional1
6Waitlist (housing assistance) clusterConditional1
7Statistical linkage key 581 clusterConditional1
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