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Supported web browsers in SHIP

For ease of access to the full functionality of SHIP, agencies will need to ensure they are using a contemporary web browser. Supported browsers include Internet Explorer (IE) 9 and above, and the latest stable versions of Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.
Infoxchange offers a full list of recommended browsers. For help determining which browser you are using and how to upgrade your browser, refer to the FAQs below.

What is a web browser?

A web browser (often referred to as a browser) is a software application that is used to access other applications and information resources on the World Wide Web. Specialist Homelessness Services use a browser to access SHIP and SHOR (most commonly, Internet Explorer). Other major web browsers are Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera and Safari.

How can I tell which browser I am using?

SHIP has a very useful About tab located at the far right of the Admin page (look on the Menu tab if you cannot see the About tab).  The About tab will provide details about the systems that you are using, including the browser type and version.

Which browsers need to be upgraded?

You will need to upgrade your browser if you are using IE7 or below. Internet Explorer 7 is usually installed on Windows XP operating system, a system that will no longer be supported by Microsoft. Agencies using Windows XP will need to consider upgrading their computer systems in the very near future. Those using IE8 should also consider upgrading because Infoxchange only formally supports the last 3 versions of IE, which is now up to version 11.

Is there a cost to upgrade browsers?

Browsers are free to download and install. Refer to Infoxchange’s list of recommended browsers for accessing SHIP

When I try to download and/or install the new browser, I seem to be blocked. What can I do?

Some organisations have IT support staff who control what programs are installed on their system. They block other staff from downloading or installing anything new without their permission. You will need to contact your agency’s IT support or someone in your organisation who has Administrator privileges and ask them to update your browser for you.

Our organisation has a program that depends on Internet Explorer 7 and we have been advised that we cannot upgrade to a later version. What can we do?

In this case, we recommend that you download Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, and SHIP will work just as well using these browsers.

My computer is operating on Windows XP and I cannot upgrade my Internet Explorer. What should I do?

Computers operating on Windows XP Service Pack 2 onwards can install Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. You can check which system you are operating on by going to the Admin page, then About tab in SHIP.

I am using Internet Explorer 7 and cannot upgrade to another browser. Can I still use SHIP?

You will still be able to enter your data and submit extracts, but SHIP Support may not be able to help you to resolve any technical difficulties you have while using IE7. Internet Explorer is now up to Version 11 and Infoxchange only supports the last 3 versions, so you need to upgrade regularly.

I don’t know how to install a new browser. Who can help me?

SHIP Support can provide one-on-one support over the phone — Option 1 on 1800 627 191.

Spellchecker can be really useful when I am entering my case notes. How do I get spellchecker on SHIP?

Some web browsers, such as Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome already have spellchecker. Internet Explorer 11 also has a spellchecker.

Data security and privacy

How secure is SHIP?

SHIP is a web-based system provided and hosted by Infoxchange Australia.

The Infoxchange website offers a secure web link for every session while it is being used by agencies. This secure connection protects the data and information within SHIP from being accessed or hacked by any external individual.

All SHIP infrastructure externally hosted by Infoxchange Australia will be maintained in a secure environment which meets or exceeds the Australian Government Protective Security Protocols. This includes:

  • a dedicated physical environment providing isolation of the systems
  • controlled physical access to these systems via passcode and pass card for authorised Infoxchange staff only
  • automated monitoring of system access and performance
  • automated monitoring and logging of intrusion attempts.

Read more detail about privacy and security of client information held in SHIP (96KB PDF).

Can AIHW or the Jurisdictions access our agency's database?

No, the AIHW nor the jurisdictions have access to individual databases at the agency level. AIHW will only have access to the extracts submitted by agencies through the Specialist Homelessness Online Reporting (SHOR) website, and these extracts only contain de-identified data.

User accounts and access to SHIP

How do I access SHIP?

All SHIP users  will have a unique username and password identifying the type and level of access to the system. All access to the system will be logged and monitored.

How do I get my user account for SHIP?

Initially states and territories will supply AIHW with a list of new agency IDs for the Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS) collection and one contact name for the agency. This contact person will be given an administration account for SHIP. The Administrator at the agency level will then create all agency level user account for the agency staff with the appropriate access levels.

What if we have our own client management system and are not using SHIP?

The same process for the administrator account above for agencies using SHIP will occur for agencies using their own client management system, and come initially from the state or territory file supplied to AIHW. The only difference is that an account will only be created for these agencies for the Specialist Homelessness Online Reporting (SHOR) website to submit their monthly data. A SHIP account is not required due to these agencies having their own client management system.

What access levels are there in SHIP?

There is a tiered system for accessing the data held within SHIP at the agency level. Each agency is unique, and has its own set of access levels set for all agency staff at each agency.

The 'administrator' role has access to create user accounts, reset passwords and delete accounts in the instances that agency staff have left the organisation, changed roles, are no longer using SHIP or there has been a need to terminate.

The ‘coordinator’ role in SHIP is for managers who can access any client records for the agency workers they have direct management responsibility for, as well as their own case load and clients.

The 'agency user' or worker has access only to the client records they have direct responsibility for, to work with their clients.

How are user accounts managed for the start of the new collection and beyond?

AIHW will work with Infoxchange to create reports that will match the agency ID with the users created in the system; this will allow us to know who has not registered and how many users there are at any given agency in your state. Any agencies that have not registered or created user accounts will be contacted and supported through this phase.

What happens to the data I have in SMART?

AIHW and Infoxchange will help agencies migrate limited client data from the SAAP Management and Reporting Tool (SMART) into SHIP for all clients that will have an open support period at 30 June 2011 and are expected to continue to have a support period into July 2011. However much of the data required for the SHS is new, so agencies will be required to enter the new data required from 1 July.

Agencies will be contacted directly with instructions on how this process will occur, what agencies will need to do and in what timeframe it needs to occur.

AIHW and Infoxchange will also work with agencies on how to export their historical data from SMART (that is, for previous closed support periods or other client files and information held within SMART), as a reference should it be needed in the future.

Can SMART still be used after 1 July 2011?

SMART will still be able to be accessed from an agency's computer after 1 July 2011, however it will not be able to report client information for the new Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS) collection. SMART is created in Microsoft Access 97 which is no longer supported by Microsoft. There is a possibility that SMART will eventually not operate in the future. To retain access to your SMART data, some instructions are now available on how to run queries in SMART to transfer historical data to EXCEL for future reference. These instructions will also be useful when manually transferring data to SHIP.

How to access historical SMART data [89KB PDF]

User support for SHIP

Who do I call if I have a problem with SHIP?

The AIHW hotline (ph. 1800 627 191) and email () will support agencies for both the initial implementation of SHIP, and continuing the ongoing collection support for the new SHS monthly data collection.

What do I do if I need training in SHIP?

Agencies should be contacted by their state or territory department about the training options and dates for their agency in their state. If you have not been contacted to date, please make contact with your state representative as soon as possible to get these details.

An ongoing training program conducted by states and territories or the AIHW will be provided beyond the July I start date for the new collection and SHIP. Agency staff who have not been trained in the initial roll out will have the opportunity to be trained at a later date. Agency staff that join an agency in the future will also have the opportunity to attend training as part of the ongoing training program for both the SHS and SHIP to support staff turnover in the sector.

Features and benefits of SHIP

How will SHIP help me in my agency?

SHIP can be used by agencies as a case management system. This will allow agencies to collect all of the required information needed to meet their reporting requirements to AIHW, as well as case-manage clients for their agency.

SHIP will also:

  • help eliminate duplicate client records through its search functions
  • allow unlimited space for client case notes
  • track client journeys and outcomes
  • allow agencies to run standard and customised reports for their agency
  • allow information and relevant case notes to be copied from the Unit Head to other family members
  • allow documents to the size of 2MB each to be scanned an attached to a client record or case note
  • capture agency information for clients such as Medicare number, emergency payments and family relationships.

Will e-referral be a feature of SHIP?

SHIP will be implemented with a manual referral feature. This feature will allow agencies to set up standard referral letters, track referral types and report on the number of referrals. SHIP also allows documents or referrals to be scanned as documents (no larger than 2MB per document) and be attached to client files. SHIP has the capability in the future to become an e-referral product but this will not be implemented by July 1 2011.

What type of database is being used to store the data, e.g. Oracle, SQL server? 

A relational database called PostgreSQL will store the data.