The purpose of this glossary is to define terms commonly used in our research. It is a reference to familiarise you with housing-specific terms in our publications and on our website.
This glossary is limited to terms and acronyms most used by Australian academics and governments.
All entries are listed in alphabetical order, including acronyms (which are cross-referenced with their corresponding definition.) Click on the appropriate letter to see listing.
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This term is commonly used in Victoria and is defined as households that are homeless, in housing inappropriate to their needs, in housing that is adversely affecting their health or placing their life and safety at risk, or that has very high rental housing costs.
A greenfield site is undeveloped land in a city or rural area either used for agriculture, landscape design, or left to evolve naturally. Generally large scale developments where new community facilities (e.g. public transport) have to be built from scratch, or are often not available.
A greyfield site, in the Australian context, is an ageing but occupied tracts of inner and middle ring suburbia that is physically, technologically and environmentally failing and which represent under-capitalised real estate assets—given that in greyfields, the built asset makes little or no contribution to the market value of the property compared to the land component.