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Definition

Private rent assistance relates 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 collection excludes non-financial assistance, for example, tenancy support services and tenancy guarantees.

As part of the 2009–10 HHIMG work program, redevelopment of the private rent assistance data collection was agreed to, in line with the new reporting requirements under the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA). Subsequently, HHIMG members agreed to a unit record level collection for private rent assistance, and to the associated data items for collection and reporting for the 2009-10 financial year.

Metadata items in this Data Set Specification

Below is a list of all the components within this Dataset Specification.
Each entry includes the item name, whether the item is optional, mandatory or conditional and the maximum times the item can occur in a dataset.
If the items must occur in a particular order in the dataset, the sequence number is included before the item name.


Data Elements

Reference Data Element Data Type Length Inclusion #
Dwelling—Australian postcode code (Postcode datafile) {NNNN} Number 4 mandatory 1
Dwelling—Australian state/territory identifier, code N
Specific Information:
In the Private rent assistance 2009-10 collection, the value Other territories (Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Christmas Island and Jervis Bay Territory) is not used.
Number 1 mandatory 1
Dwelling—suburb/town/locality name, text [A(50)]
Specific Information:
In the Private rent assistance 2009-10 collection, the field for suburb name may be truncated to 15 characters in the collection system in some states and territories.
String 50 mandatory 1
Household—financial assistance amount received, total Australian currency N[NNNNN].NN
Specific Information:

Only assistance provided between 01/07/2009 and 30/06/2010 should be included. Assistance before or after this date should be excluded.

For those households who commenced receiving assistance in a previous financial year (i.e. prior to 1 July 2009) and they continued to receive this assistance, include only the value of assistance provided for the year ending 30 June 2010 (i.e. disregard the value of assistance provided prior to 1 July 2009).

Currency 8 mandatory 1
Household—gross income (weekly), total Australian currency N[NNNNN].NN Currency 8 mandatory 1
Household—household identifier, X[X(14)]
Specific Information:

For the purposes of this collection, a unique household identifier may be assigned by jurisdictions by prefixing the assistance agency’s unique household identifier with a unique agency identifier. This modification provides for the contingency that assistance agencies coincidentally assign identical identifiers that would otherwise lead to distinct households having the same household identifier.

- - mandatory 1
Household—Indigenous status, yes/no code N Number 1 mandatory 1
Household—principal source of cash income, (housing assistance) code N[.N.N]
Specific Information:
Code ‘5’ is not a permissible value in this collection.
Number 3 mandatory 1
Household—rent paid (weekly), total Australian currency N[NNNNN].NN Currency 8 mandatory 1
Person—date of birth, DDMMYYYY
Specific Information:

This collection requires a non-standard format for this data item: DD/MM/YYYY.

This item refers to the date of birth of the main applicant.

Date/Time 8 mandatory 1
Person—person identifier (household), X[X(14)] String 15 mandatory 1
Person—sex, code N Number 1 mandatory 1
Service event—assistance received date, DDMMYYYY
Specific Information:

For those households who commenced receiving ongoing assistance in a previous financial year (i.e. prior to 1 July 2009) and they continued to receive this assistance, report the originating date of the assistance (i.e. the date the household first received the assistance).

Date/Time 8 mandatory 1
Service event—assistance type, private rent assistance code N[N]
Specific Information:

The permissible values in the PRA collection differ from the standard. PRA permissible values are:

Value

Meaning

1

Bond loan

2

Rental grant-one off

3

Ongoing rental subsidy

4

Relocation expenses

99

Other

Code '88' is not a valid code in the PRA collection.

Number 2 mandatory 1

Comments

Guide for use:
Households receiving ongoing assistance should be counted once for the financial year only for each program type where assistance was provided—regardless of which financial year assistance commenced.

Origin:
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). Private rent assistance data collection, Jurisdiction manual 2009-2010. Canberra: AIHW.

Comments:
As part of the 2009–10 HHIMG work program, redevelopment of the private rent assistance data collection was agreed to, in line with the new reporting requirements under the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA). Subsequently, HHIMG members agreed to a unit record level collection for private rent assistance, and to the associated data items for collection and reporting for the 2009-10 financial year.

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