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The Dwelling cluster describes data on all occupied and vacant dwellings that are managed by the public rental housing and SOMIH programs at 30 June. One record should be provided for each dwelling.

Records requested:


  • Dwellings headleased from private market or other programs and managed by the jurisdiction.


  • Dwellings no longer under the administration of the property manager/agent at 30 June.
  • Dwellings not yet available to the property manager/agency at 30 June, such as those still under construction or being purchased.
  • Dwellings owned but not administered by the jurisdiction (e.g. leased to other program areas and not administered by state housing authority).
Refer to the collection period of the data set to determine the reference year for this cluster.

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:
Code 9 'Other territories (Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Christmas Island and Jervis Bay Territory)' is not collected in the Dwelling (occupied and vacant) cluster.
Number 1 mandatory 1
Dwelling—dwelling identifier, X[X(14)] String 15 mandatory 1
Dwelling—housing program type, (public housing/SOMIH) code N - - mandatory 1
Dwelling—structure type, code N[N] Number 2 mandatory 1
Dwelling—tenantability status, code N Number 1 mandatory 1


Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). Public rental housing and SOMIH national data collection: processing manual 2010-2011. Canberra: AIHW.

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


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