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This section presents a summary of the data reported for the 2005–06 Commonwealth State Housing Agreement (CSHA) private rent assistance data collection.

Private rent assistance often supplements the assistance provided to households by the Australian Government Rent Assistance program as part of Centrelink payments.

Private rent assistance, along with the Crisis Accommodation Program and home purchase assistance are managed under the CSHA. These programs, however, demonstrate considerable variability across jurisdictions in terms of program guidelines and coverage. As a result, despite the development and agreement of standard national data definitions, the data derived are less comparable than for the major national programs such as public rental housing and community housing. Nonetheless, the available information provides a valuable resource for understanding the characteristics of these programs across all jurisdictions.

In 2005–06 private rent assistance was provided for just under 134,000 households across Australia. Of the $78.4 million spent, about $49 million was provided in bond loans, and $23.6 in rental grants and subsidies. This compares to $79.2 million spent in the previous year, $50.7 million of which was provided in bond loans, and $24.1 million in rental grants and subsidies.

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