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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tenancy support services
Services provided to assist those at risk of homelessness with existing tenancies in the public and private rental sectors. These are early intervention services that aim to stop homelessness from occurring.
The nature of a person’s or household’s legal right to occupy a dwelling. These legal rights range across rights of use, control and disposal. Tenure types include home owners (outright owners, purchaser owners, shared equity), renters (private, public, community, social), rent free.
Also see hybrid tenures