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.

Collection details

Temporal coverage

from 1 July 1996 to 1 June 2017

Geographical coverage

National and state and territory

Data availability

  • Publications
  • Summary tables published in electronic form
  • Statistics
  • Client specified tables on request which may be subject to data provider approval (charges apply)
  • 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)
  • Restrictions and limitations govern the availability or use of data in this holding.

Data scope

CH includes tenancy (rental) units under management of a CH organisation, excluding Indigenous CH organisations.

CH excludes dwellings:

  • where the tenancy is managed under: Public Housing; State and Territory Owned and Managed Indigenous Housing; Indigenous CH; or the Crisis Accommodation Program.
  • no longer administered by a CH organisation at 30 June of the reference financial year (including dwellings demolished, sold or otherwise disposed of).
  • not yet available to CH organisations at 30 June of the reference financial year (e.g. under construction or being purchased).

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.

  • Currently: NSW, Vic, WA, SA, Tas and ACT supply unit record level data, including details on individuals, organisations, dwellings and associated tenancies of the organisations; Qld supplies aggregate data supplemented by unit record administrative data for funded organisations, properties and current waitlist applications; NT supplies finalised aggregate data, including dwelling and organisational level data, but not information on individual tenancies or persons; Data are incomplete for some jurisdictions due to non/under-reporting by CH organisations.

Methodology

Admin data

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

Australia's Welfare

Contact

[email protected]