The ‘greatest need’ national standard includes low income households that at the time of allocation were subject to one or more of the following circumstances:
- they were homeless
- their life or safety was at risk in their accommodation
- their health condition was aggravated by their housing
- their housing was inappropriate to their needs
- they had very high rental housing costs
Proxy occupancy standard
The proxy occupancy standard is used to measure the appropriateness of housing related to the household size and household composition. The measure specifies the bedroom requirements of a household:
- single adult only households require 1 bedroom
- single adult group households require 1 bedroom (per adult)
- couple with no children households require 2 bedrooms
- sole parent or couple with 1 child households require 2 bedrooms
- sole parent or couple with 2 or 3 children households require 3 bedrooms
- sole parent or couple with 4 children households require 4 bedrooms
- for sole parents or couple households with more than four children, the bedrooms required should be the same value as the total number of children in the household
- Households that require two or more additional bedrooms to meet the standard are considered to be overcrowded.
- Households that require one additional bedroom to meet the standard are considered to be moderately overcrowded.
- Households where there are two or more bedrooms additional to the number required are considered to be underutilised.