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Definitions and references
Alterations and additions - all approved structural and non-structural changes to a dwelling of a value of not less than $10,000 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.
Applicants accommodated - the number of public rental applicants accommodated in a year.
Applicants on housing waiting lists - the number of applicants (households) waiting for public rental accommodation on 30 June.
Average number of bedrooms per dwelling - the average number of bedrooms in occupied private dwellings.
Average number of persons per household - the average number of usual residents in occupied private dwellings.
Average weekly earnings index - the total weekly ordinary time (before tax) earnings of full-time adult employees divided by the total number of full-time adult employees and expressed as an index, with base year 1989-90=100.
Established house price index - 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 older houses) expressed as an index, with base year 1989-90=100.
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).
Flats or apartments - occupied private dwellings contained in blocks of flats, units or apartments, which do not have their own private grounds and usually share a common entrance foyer or stairwell. Includes flats attached to houses.
Household - a group of two or more related or unrelated people who usually reside in the same dwelling, who regard themselves as a household and who make common provision for food or other essentials for living; or a person living in a dwelling who makes provision for his or her own food and other essentials for living, without combining with any other person.
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.
Materials used in house building price index - prices of selected materials used in the construction of dwellings expressed as an index, with base year 1989-90=100. Data for national total is a weighted average of six state capital cities.
Mean weekly public/private rent - the average weekly rent paid by renters of public/private dwellings.
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.
Owner with a mortgage - a household where the reference person or partner owes an amount on a mortgage or loan secured against the dwelling. Prior to 1995 known as 'being purchased', and excluded dwellings with mortgages for alteration/addition or other purposes.
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. Prior to 1995 known as 'owned', and included dwellings whose only mortgage was for alteration/addition or other purposes.
Persons receiving private rental assistance - persons on low incomes who pay rent or similar payments for private accommodation and receive a rental assistance payment from the government. Rent assistance may be payable to pensioners without children, families receiving above the minimum family payment and people already receiving a government allowance or benefit.
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.
Private renter - 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.
Private rental cost index - the average rent of privately owned dwellings (rented through real estate agents in each capital city) expressed as an index, with base year 1989-90=100.
Project home price index - the price of dwellings available for construction on a client's block of land expressed as an index, with base year 1989-90=100.
Public renter - a household paying rent to a State or Territory housing authority or trust to reside in the dwelling.
Public rental cost index - the average rent of government authority dwellings in metropolitan areas expressed as an index, with base year 1989-90=100.
Public sector dwelling stock - those rental dwellings held by State and Territory housing authorities.
Semi-detached/row or terrace houses/townhouses - occupied private dwellings with their 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 a neighbouring dwelling by less than half a metre.
Separate houses - occupied private dwellings which are self-contained and separated from other structures by a space of at least half a metre to allow access on all sides. Includes houses with an attached flat.
Size of new private/public sector houses - average floor area of houses intended for private/public ownership at building approval.