In 2011-12, specialist homelessness services assisted almost 230,000 clients, representing 1 in 98 Australians. Of these clients, 56% were at risk of homelessness, 44% were already homeless and 11% were sleeping without shelter or in improvised or inadequate shelter when they first began receiving support. Agencies provided more than 7,000,000 nights of accommodation in 2011-12 and assisted 84% of clients at risk of homelessness to sustain their tenancy. This report presents the findings of the Specialist Homelessness Services Collection for 2011-12, and describes the clients of specialist homelessness agencies, the assistance they sought and were provided, and outcomes achieved for clients.
ISBN 978-1-74249-390-9; Cat. no. HOU 267; 150pp.; $22
Publication table of contents
- Preliminary material
- Title and verso pages
- Body section
- 1 Introduction
- The policy framework for reducing homelessness
- About the Specialist Homelessness Services Collection
- About this report
- 2 A profile of clients
- Characteristics of clients
- Clients’ needs for assistance and services provided
- Client outcomes following support
- 3 A comparison of homeless and at risk clients
- 4 A profile of special interest groups
- Children and young clients
- Older clients
- Indigenous clients
- Clients who have experienced domestic and family violence
- Clients with a current mental health issue
- Clients leaving care
- Clients exiting custodial arrangements
- Children with a care or protection order
- 5 A profile of specialist homelessness agencies
- Agency size
- Agency location
- 6 Unmet demand
- Unassisted requests for assistance
- Unmet need for services for clients
- 7 Trends in the homelessness services client population
- End matter
- Appendix A
- About the Specialist Homelessness Services Collection and data presented in this report
- Appendix B
- Data quality statement: Specialist Homelessness Services Collection, 2011–12
- Appendix C
- Imputation strategy for the Specialist Homelessness Services Collection, 2011‒12
- Appendix D
- How do the SAAP NDC and the SHSC differ?
- List of tables
- List of figures
- Related publications
Notes and corrections
The current version of the publication is presented above.
Previous versions of files that have been updated or corrected are presented below.
- (17 Dec 2013) Specialist homelessness services 2011-12 revised tables.
These tables are based on a revised imputation strategy, and the background to that is explained in the Specialist homelessness services 2012-13 report.
AIHW 2012. Specialist Homelessness Services 2011-12. Cat. no. HOU 267. Canberra: AIHW.