This guidance is provided to reduce inconsistencies in core community housing data and support sector growth and confidence though advice and better practice reporting standards.
Inconsistencies have been identified in the reporting of tenancies and tenancy units within Performance Outcome 6 property utilisation due to variations in information supplied by providers.
Inconsistencies in reporting of tenancies and tenancy units has impacts for:
If inconsistent information is received:
The term resident is used in particular accommodation agreements under applicable legislation in jurisdictions. Residents may have an agreement called a residency, rooming, occupancy or accommodation agreement. For the purposes of NRSCH a resident is taken to be the equivalent of a tenant. This means when reporting on tenancies (the number of tenancy agreements) providers are expected by the Registrars to include residents on residential agreements.
When Registrars request information on tenancy agreements or tenancy units, such requests are inclusive of differently named agreements and rental units. For example:
Definitions are aligned to the national community housing terminology used by providers, governments, research, and advocacy bodies. For instance, the term tenancy unit has a particular meaning under the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare data dictionary to which the NRSCH aligns.
The different funding programs and policy settings across jurisdictions have led to varied definitions in contracts. However, under the NRSCH the goal is to count the number of accommodation agreements helping people, and units of accommodation consistently to give a true picture of the community housing sector across Australia.
The term tenant is key and deliberately covers differing tenancy types. The use under the NRSCH allows for differences under funded program or legislation to be catered for and consistently recorded in the CHRIS system at registration and compliance.
The following definitions apply under NRSCH.
A provider has 2 x 3-bedroom houses. Each house in its entirety is rented out to families in need for the entire year. Because the agreement is at the house level there are:
A provider has 4 x 4-bedroom houses that are funded by the state and are used to house residents. These residents consider themselves as living in boarding houses. The provider generally houses unrelated persons per house and each person gets their own room and shares the house’s facilities. Because each room is let out separately and each person signs a separate agreement there are:
A homelessness provider has three buildings across two properties. Building one and two have 10 bedrooms, building three has 20. All three buildings have common areas, shared kitchens, shared laundry facilities. Two buildings (one and three) have live-in managers that utilise one of the rooms:
At capacity there are 38 (19 +10+9) tenancy units, 38 tenancies, and 38 tenants.
12 Jul 2022
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