The Australian Government housing data set (AGHDS) is a confidentialised unit record file that provides point in time data for income units in receipt of Centrelink social security payments and families receiving Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A.

Collection details
Classification/dimension variables
  • Age
  • Sex
  • Indigenous
  • RA
  • SA2

Temporal coverage 

from 30/6/2006 to 30/6/2023

Geographical coverage

National and State 

Data availability

  • Publications

Restricted unit record access subject to Ethics Committee approval and/or the agreement of all relevant data custodians in all states and territories (charges may apply).

There are restrictions and limitations governing the availability or use of other data in this holding.

Data scope 

Combines information from numerous Centrelink files to create records at an income unit level, rather than person or household level. An income unit consists of a person, the person’s partner, and any children for whom the couple may receive FTB Part A. Single social security recipients living together in the same household are regarded as separate income units. One person in each income unit is classified as the primary reference person based on sex and the type of payment received.

Includes information about type of housing, amount of weekly income, payment type and other characteristics of income units.


Admin data

Metadata information and data quality statement (DQS)

A data dictionary is available on request.

External links and information 

Housing Assistance in Australia


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