The Private Rent Assistance (PRA) data collection captures information about the recipients of PRA and instances of PRA assistance.

The PRA is administered by each state/territory housing authority and provides a range of financial assistance to enable eligible households to access and maintain accommodation in the private rental market.

Since 1997–98, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has compiled PRA data from states and territories annually. The 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, including changes to data collection scope, procedures, data items collected and underlying definitions and concepts.

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

Temporal coverage 

1/7/1997 to 30/6/2023

Geographical coverage

National and State

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).

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

Data scope 

Relates to the provision of financial assistance to enable households to access and maintain accommodation in the private rental market.
Includes: bond loans, rental grants, rental subsidies, relocation expenses and other assistance grants.


  • non-financial assistance, for example, tenancy support services and tenancy guarantees
  • any expense incurred in providing assistance to a household that is not the value of the financial assistance received directly by the household.


Admin data

Metadata information and data quality statement (DQS)

Private Rent Assistance DSS
(METEOR 596529)

Private Rent Assistance DQS
(METEOR 787680)

External links and information

Housing assistance in Australia

Australia's welfare


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