The CH data collection captures information about community housing organisations, the dwellings they manage and the tenants assisted. Limited financial information from the previous financial year is also collected.
Community housing (CH) is rental housing for low- to moderate-income or special-needs households. It is managed by community-based organisations that have received capital or a recurrent subsidy from government. CH models vary across states and territories, and the housing stock may be owned by a variety of groups including government.
Since 1996–97, the AIHW has compiled CH data from state and territory housing authorities on an annual basis. These data help to describe the performance of the current National Housing and Homelessness Agreement and the former National Affordable Housing Agreement and Commonwealth-State Housing Agreement.
The data collection has evolved over time. Changes have occurred to data collection scope, procedures, data items and underlying definitions and concepts. In particular, unit record data has been progressively collected since 2003–04.
from 1 July 1996 to 1 June 2017
National and state and territory
CH includes tenancy (rental) units under management of a CH organisation, excluding Indigenous CH organisations.
CH excludes dwellings:
Additional jurisdiction-specific inclusions and exclusions reflect: different definitions of CH in legislation; difficulties in identifying some organisations e.g. those not registered or funded by the state/ territory housing authority; inconsistencies in reporting e.g. inclusion of transitional housing and National Rental Affordability Scheme dwellings owned or managed by CH organisations.
Metadata information and data quality statement (DQS)
Mainstream community housing DSS 2013-
Community Housing Data Collection, 2016–17; Quality Statement
External links and information
Housing assistance in Australia
Report on Government Services
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