The HPA data collection captures information about the recipients of HPA and instances of HPA assistance. HPA is administered by each state/territory housing authority and provides a range of financial assistance to eligible households to improve their access to, and maintain, home ownership.

Since 1997–98, the AIHW has compiled HPA data from states and territories on an annual basis. The data help to describe the performance of the current National Housing and Homelessness Agreement and the former National Affordable Housing Agreement and Commonwealth-State Housing Agreement.

  • The data collection has evolved over time, with changes to the data collection scope, procedures, data items and underlying definitions and concepts. Unit record data has been collected since 2009–10.
Collection details

Temporal coverage

from 1 July 1997 to 1 June 2017

Geographical coverage

National and state and territory

Data availability

  • Publications
  • Summary tables published in electronic form
  • Statistics
  • Client specified tables on request which may be subject to data provider approval (charges apply)
  • Restricted unit record access subject to Ethics Committee approval and/or the agreement of all relevant data custodians in all states and territories (charges may apply)
  • Restrictions and limitations govern the availability or use of data in this holding.

Data scope


  • direct lending (including government, shared equity, and bridging loans)
  • deposit assistance
  • interest rate assistance
  • mortgage relief
  • other assistance grants.


  • non-financial assistance e.g. home purchase advisory and counselling services
  • home renovation and/or maintenance services
  • relocation or start up assistance
  • sale to tenant program
  • provision of housing or any share of it
  • expense incurred in providing assistance to a household that is not the value of financial assistance directly received by the household
  • any aspect of a shared equity loan that is not direct lending, deposit assistance, interest rate assistance or mortgage relief
  • any assistance not provided expressly for purchasing a home.


Admin data

Metadata information and data quality statement (DQS)

Home purchase assistance DSS 2013-

Home Purchase Assistance Collection, 2016–17; Quality Statement

External links and information 

Housing assistance in Australia

Australia's welfare