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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A measure of the difference between two percentages. For example, if 70 per cent of the population own a home in 1980 and in 1990 only 60 per cent own a home. Then, from 1980 to 1990, home ownership decreased by 10 percentage points even though home ownership did not decrease by 10 per cent.
Housing, other than employee housing, that is owned and managed by government directly.
Also see community housing