Private Rent Assistance data (PRA) collection    The PRA data collection captures information about the recipients of PRA and instances of PRA assistance.
PRA is administered by each state/territory housing authority and provides a range of financial assistance to enable eligible households to access and maintain accommodation in the private rental market. 

Since 1997–98, the AIHW has compiled PRA data from states and territories annually. 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, including changes to data collection scope, procedures, data items collected and underlying definitions and concepts.

Collection details

Temporal coverage

from 1 July 1997 to 30 June 2018

Geographical coverage

National and state

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

Relates to the provision of financial assistance to enable households to access and maintain accommodation in the private rental market.

Includes: bond loans, rental grants, rental subsidies, relocation expenses and other assistance grants.


  • non-financial assistance, for example, tenancy support services and tenancy guarantees
  • any expense incurred in providing assistance to a household that is not the value of the financial assistance received directly by the household


Admin data

Metadata information and data quality statement (DQS)

Private Rent Assistance DSS

Private Rent Assistance Collection, 2017-18; Quality Statement

External links and information 

Housing assistance in Australia

Australia's welfare


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