- Greatest need
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.