Datasets

Access to relevant data is vital for ensuring informed research and policy creation around housing. That's why our researchers pride themselves on producing accessible and up-to-date databases across various areas of housing research. 

Our databases are on the cutting-edge of housing research in Australia. They provide insights into the conditions of housing across Australia, providing policy-makers with relevant and reliable information about Australian housing.

The Australian Housing Conditions Dataset - Technical Report (2018)

Responding to call from the research and policy community for a timely, systematic and accessible data resource on Australia’s housing conditions, the Australian Research Council (ARC) funded the Australian Housing Conditions Data infrastructure (AHCD) project in 2015. The project has systematically gathered a robust data infrastructure on the housing conditions of Australians. In order to provide a dataset of sufficient depth, it was focussed on three States (New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia). This Project is designed as a baseline dataset, made available to researchers and policy stakeholders to use and build upon. The dataset sits with a package of standardised research protocols and survey tools enabling researchers to replicate the survey with target populations while still retaining the ability for comparison with baseline Australian housing condition characteristics.

Access the dataset     Read the technical report

An Australian rental housing conditions research infrastructure (2022)

Each year the proportion of Australians who rent their home increased and, for the first time in generations, there are now as many renters as outright homeowners. Researchers and policy makers, however, know very little about housing conditions within Australia's rental housing sector due to a lack of systematic, reliable data. In 2020, a collaboration of Australian universities commissioned a survey of tenant households to build a data infrastructure on the household and demographic characteristics, housing quality and conditions in the Australian rental sector. This data infrastructure was designed to be national (representative across all Australian States and Territories), and balanced across key population characteristics. The resultant Australian Rental Housing Conditions Dataset (ARHDC) is a publicly available data infrastructure for researchers and policy makers, providing a basis for national and international research. 

Read the Nature Scientific Data paper  Access the Rental Housing Conditions dataset