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    NAME OF ORGANISATION
    Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)

    OVERVIEW

    The collection examines the demographic and financial characteristics of people living in rental dwellings in Australia, and provides an indication of their housing history and the characteristics of the dwellings they occupy. It provides an insight into the rental dwelling market and the stock of rental housing.

    PURPOSE

    The Rental Tenants survey was conducted in response to demands for better information in order to provide an understanding of public and private renters and the dwellings they occupy. The data was intended to enable governments to develop equitable housing policies aimed at assisting those most disadvantaged in the housing market.

    SCOPE

    Scope

    Geographical areas

    The survey covered both rural and urban areas in all States and Territories.

    Dwellings

    The survey covered persons in private dwellings only. Private dwellings are houses, flats, home units, garages, tents and any other structures used as private places of residence at the time of the survey. People in caravan parks were also included in the survey. Persons in special dwellings such as hotels, boarding houses, construction camps etc. were excluded.

    Persons

    The survey did not cover the following people:

    • certain diplomatic personnel of overseas governments customarily excluded from census and estimated populations;
    • overseas residents in Australia;
    • members of non-Australian defence forces (and their dependants) stationed in Australia;
    • members of the permanent defence forces;
    • boarding school students;
    • people in institutions such as hospitals, sanatoria, and inmates of jails, reformatories etc.; and
    • visitors to private dwellings.

    Jervis Bay Territory was also excluded from the scope of this survey.

    After these people were excluded, the number of people in scope for the survey was estimated at 13,464,844.

    Coverage

    Coverage rules are applied which aim to ensure that each person is associated with only one dwelling, and hence has only one chance of selection. The chance of a person being enumerated at two dwellings in the one survey is considered to be negligible.

    Persons who are away from their usual residence for six weeks or less at the time of interview are enumerated at their usual residence.

    DATA DETAIL

    Conceptual framework

      Characteristics of persons living in rented or leased dwellings and characteristics of the rental dwellings. Also included are data on the costs of renting, affordability, demand for public housing, as well as tenants' rental history.

    Main outputs

    Renters in Australia, April 1994 (ABS Cat.No. 4138.0)

    The publication (4138.0) provides data on characteristics of persons living in rented or leased dwellings and characteristics of the rental dwellings. Also included are data on the costs of renting, affordability, demand for public housing, as well as tenants' rental history. Data were collected from the supplement to the ABS Monthly Population Survey in April 1994. Information is available for Australia, States and Territories, and capital cities.

    Classifications

    The main classifications used in the publication (household type, tenure type, age of reference person, dwelling structure, income, main source of income, labour force status and State).

    Other concepts (summary)



    GEOGRAPHIC DETAIL
    Australia
    New South Wales
    Victoria
    Queensland
    South Australia
    Western Australia
    Tasmania
    Northern Territory
    ACT

    Comments and/or Other Regions

    Jervis Bay Territory was excluded from the scope of this survey.

    COLLECTION FREQUENCY
    Once Only

    Frequency comments



    COLLECTION HISTORY

    April 1994

    DATA AVAILABILITY
    Yes

    Data availability comments

    Data available in publication: Survey on Rental Tenants, Australia (ABS Cat. No. 4138.0)


    DATE OF LAST UPDATE FOR THIS DOCUMENT
    30/05/2007 05:06 PM



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