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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One person or a group of related persons within a household, whose command over income is shared, or any person living in a non-private dwelling who is in receipt of personal income.
Government policies and programs that, whilst not directly focussed on housing supply or demand, do impact on the housing system (e.g. tax policies that exempt housing from certain taxes, such as home ownership is exempted from the capital gains tax).
Also see direct assistance
An urban planning term for the process of building new dwellings in established areas. Typically utilising previously undeveloped land or replacing a single dwelling with a small-scale medium density housing development. In Australia, infill targets have been set for housing in all capital cities, typically in the range of 50–70 per cent, in an attempt to direct population and investment inwards rather than outwards.