Commonwealth Rent Assistance (CRA) data are derived from the Australian Government Housing Data Set, which is drawn from administrative data used to monitor the rent assistance program. The data set provides point‑in‑time data about income units in receipt of Centrelink payments, specifically, social security payments or Family Tax Benefit, Part A. The data set is provided to the AIHW by the Department of Social Services and used to derive national public housing performance indicators. 

Collection details

Temporal coverage

from 1 January 1998

Geographical coverage

National and state and territory 

Data availability

  • publications
  • summary tables published in electronic form
  • client specified tables on request which may be subject to data provider approval (charges apply)
  • unit records are not available

Data scope

The data comprise confidentialised point-in-time data for income units in receipt of Centrelink payments. Includes information about the type of housing, amount of weekly income, payment type and other characteristics of income units. 


Admin data

Metadata information and data quality statement (DQS)

External links and information 

Housing Assistance in Australia


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