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4102.0 - Australian Social Trends, 2005  
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Data sources and definitions

HOUSING: DATA SOURCES

DATA SOURCE
Indicators using this source
National Indicators
State Indicators

ABS Building Activity Survey.
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2-3
ABS Consumer Price Index, Australia (ABS cat. no. 6401.0).
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17
ABS Housing Finance for Owner Occupation, Australia (ABS cat. no. 5609.0).
19, 24-27
18, 22-26
ABS 1994 and 1999 Australian Housing Surveys; and Surveys of Income and Housing.
4-8, 9-12, 15-16
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ABS Surveys of Income and Housing.
13-14
4-8, 9-16
Australian Demographic Statistics, (ABS cat. no. 3101.0).
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1
Building Activity, Australia, (ABS cat. no. 8752.0).
2-3
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Department of Family and Community Services administrative data.
31-33
30-32
House Price Indexes: Eight Capital Cities, September Quarter 2004 (ABS cat. no. 6416.0).
20-21
19-20
Producer Price Indexes, Australia, December Quarter 2004 (ABS cat. no. 6427.0).
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21
Reserve Bank of Australia, Indicator Lending Rates- F5, <http://www.rba.gov.au/Statistics/Bulletin/F05hist.xls>,
accessed 22 February 2005.
18
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Steering Committee for the Review of Commonwealth/State Service Provision, Report on Government Services 2003
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http://www.pc.gov.au/gsp/reports/rogs/2005/partgattachments.pdf>, accessed 23 February 2005.
28-30
27-29



HOUSING: DEFINITIONS



Alterations and additions

all approved structural and non-structural changes which are integral to the functional and structural design of the dwelling, e.g. garages, carports, pergolas, reroofing, recladding etc., but excluding swimming pools, ongoing repairs, landscaping, and maintenance and home improvements not involving building work.
Reference:
Housing Finance for Owner Occupation, Australia (ABS cat. no. 5609.0).

Applicants accommodated

the number of public rental applicants (households) accommodated in a year. Reference: Australian Institute of Heath and Welfare, Commonwealth-State Housing Agreement national data reports 2002-03, Public rental housing .

Applicants on housing waiting lists

the number of applicants (households) waiting for public rental accommodation on 30 June. Reference: Australian Institute of Heath and Welfare, Commonwealth-State Housing Agreement national data reports 2002-03, Public rental housing .

Average number of bedrooms per dwelling

the average number of bedrooms in private dwellings.

Average number of persons per household

the average number of usual residents in private dwellings.

Equivalised income

equivalising adjusts actual income to take account of the different needs of households of different size and composition. There are economic advantages associated with living with others, because household resources, especially housing, can be shared. The equivalence scale used to obtain equivalised incomes is that used in studies by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and is referred to as the 'modified OECD scale'. The scale gives a weight of 1.0 to the first adult in the household, and for each additional adult (persons aged 15 years and over) a weight of 0.5, and for each child a weight of 0.3. For each household, the weights for household members are added together to form the household weight. The total household disposable income is then divided by the household weight to give an income that a lone person household would need for a similar standard of living.
Reference : Household Income and Income Distribution, Australia (ABS cat. no. 6523.0).

Established house price index

measures changes in the price of detached residential dwellings on their own block of land, regardless of age (i.e. including new houses sold as a house/land package as well as established houses) expressed as an index, with base year 1989-90=100.0. Price changes therefore relate to changes in the total price of dwelling and land.
Reference: House Price Indexes: Eight Capital Cities (ABS cat. no. 6416.0).

Finance commitments

firm offers to provide finance for owner-occupation or alterations and additions which have been, or are normally expected to be, accepted. Commitments to provide housing finance to employees and commitments accepted and cancelled in the same month are included. Owner-occupied dwellings being purchased can be either established (completed for more than 12 months or previously occupied) or new (completed for less than 12 months with the borrower being the first occupant).
Reference: Housing Finance for Owner Occupation, Australia (ABS cat. no. 5609.0).

First home buyers: average loan size

first home buyers are persons entering the home ownership market for the first time. Their average loan is calculated by dividing the total value of lending commitments per month by the total number of dwellings financed per month.
Reference: Housing Finance for Owner Occupation, Australia (ABS cat. no. 5609.0).

Flat

includes all self-contained dwellings in blocks of flats, units or apartments. These dwellings do not have their own private grounds and usually share a common entrance foyer or stairwell. This category includes houses converted into flats and flats attached to houses such as granny flats. A house with a granny flat attached is regarded as a separate house.
Reference: Housing Occupancy and Costs, Australia (ABS cat. no. 4130.0.55.001).

Gross household disposable income per capita

where gross household disposable income, as measured in the Australian System of National Accounts, is gross household income less income tax payable, other current taxes on income, wealth etc., consumer debt interest, interest payable by dwellings and unincorporated enterprises, social contributions for workers' compensation, net non-life insurance premiums and other current transfers payable by households. The population used is the mean resident population for the financial year.
Reference: Australian National Accounts: State Accounts (ABS cat. no. 5220.0).

Household

a group of related or unrelated people who usually live in the same private dwelling or a lone person living in a private dwelling. Reference: Housing Occupancy and Costs, Australia (ABS cat. no. 4130.0.55.001).

Housing stress

people in housing stress are those with household incomes between the bottom 10% and bottom 40% of the distribution of equivalised disposable household income, and living in households where housing costs are more than 30% of the household's gross income.
Reference: Housing Occupancy and Costs, Australia (ABS cat. no. 4130.0.55.001).

Housing interest rate

the financial year annual average of the interest rate applicable on the last working day of each month to standard variable rate loans for owner-occupation extended by large bank housing lenders. It is the predominant or representative rate of major banks, although some banks may quote higher or lower rates.
Reference: Reserve Bank of Australia, Bulletin .

Income units receiving private rental assistance

families or individuals who pay rent or similar payments for private accommodation and receive a rental assistance payment from the government. Rental assistance may be payable to pensioners without children, families receiving above the minimum family payment and people already receiving a government allowance or benefit.
Reference Department of Family and Community Services.

Materials used in house building price index

measures changes in prices of selected materials used in the construction of dwellings expressed as an index, with base year 1989-90=100.0. Data for national total are a weighted average of the six state capital cities.
Reference: Producer Price Indexes, Australia (ABS cat. no. 6427.0).

Mean rental assistance received

average rental assistance received fortnightly by eligible social security customers who pay rent in the private rental market. Reference: Department of Family and Community Services.

Mean rent paid by rental assistance recipients

the average rent paid fortnightly by social security customers who receive rental assistance. Reference: Department of Family and Community Services.

Occupied private dwellings

the premises occupied by a household. For population estimation purposes, the total number of occupied private dwellings is treated as being equal to the total number of households of the usually resident population.
Reference: Australian Demographic Statistics (ABS cat. no. 3101.0).

Other dwellings

includes caravans, houseboats, or houses or flats attached to a shop or other commercial premise. Reference: Housing Occupancy and Costs, Australia (ABS cat. no. 4130.0).

Owner with a mortgage

a household where the reference person or partner owes an amount on a mortgage or loan secured against the dwelling. Includes persons who have an outstanding mortgage amount but who are not making any payments.
Reference: Housing Occupancy and Costs, Australia (ABS cat. no. 4130.0.55.001).

Owner without a mortgage

a household where the reference person or partner does not owe any amount on a mortgage or loan secured against the dwelling. Includes persons who have repaid a mortgage or loan but have not formally discharged the associated mortgage.
Reference: Housing Occupancy and Costs, Australia (ABS cat. no. 4130.0.55.001).

Private/public sector dwellings completed

when building activity has progressed to the stage where the building can fulfil its intended function. The ABS regards buildings as completed when notified as such by the respondents (builders) to the survey.
Reference: Building Activity, Australia (ABS cat. no. 8752.0).

Project home price index

measures changes in the price of dwellings available for construction on a client's block of land expressed as an index, with base year 1989-90=100.0. Price changes therefore relate only to the price of the dwelling (excluding land). Reference: House Price Indexes: Eight Capital Cities (ABS cat. no. 6416.0).

Public sector rental dwelling stock

those rental dwellings held by State and Territory Housing
Authorities. Reference: Department of Family and Community Services, Housing Assistance Act 1996 Annual Report.

Rental cost index

measures changes in the average rent paid by private households for privately and government owned rental properties, expressed as an index, with base year 1989-90=100.0.
Reference: Consumer Price Index, Australia (ABS cat. no. 6401.0).

Renter: private landlord

a household paying rent to a landlord who is: a real estate agent; a parent or other relative not in the same household; or another person not in the same household, to reside in the dwelling.
Reference: Housing Occupancy and Costs , Australia (ABS cat. no. 4130.0.55.001).

Renter: State housing authority

a household paying rent to a state or territory housing authority or trust to reside in the dwelling. Reference: Housing Occupancy and Costs , Australia (ABS cat. no. 4130.0.55.001).

Semidetached

a dwelling with its own private grounds and no dwelling above or below. A key feature is that they are attached in some structural way to one or more dwellings, or separated from neighbouring dwellings by less than half a metre. Examples include semidetached, row or terrace houses, townhouses and villa units.
Reference: Housing Occupancy and Costs, Australia (ABS cat. no. 4130.0.55.001).

Separate house

a dwelling which is self-contained and separated from other structures by a space to allow access on all sides (of at least one-half metre). Includes houses with an attached flat.
Reference: Housing Occupancy and Costs, Australia (ABS cat. no. 4130.0.55.001).


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