The SHSC collects information about people who are referred to, or seek assistance from, specialist homelessness services (SHS) agencies. These services collect data on an ongoing basis and are responsible for submitting data to AIHW on a monthly basis.
There are two parts to the SHSC — a Client collection and an Unassisted Persons collection.
The Unassisted Person collection is used to gain information about adults and children whose request for service is not able to be met by a SHS agency.
from 1 July 2011
National and state and territory
Client collection - The base unit is a person who presents to an SHS agency requesting services. A person becomes a ‘client’ once they receive a service(s). A ‘support period’ is the period of time a client receives assistance from a SHS agency. It relates to the provision of a service and/or supported accommodation. During a support period, a range of services additional to supported accommodation can be provided. Detail on types of services provided is also available.
Unassisted persons collection - Comprises information on the number of instances where a person received no immediate services from a SHS agency.
Details of all agencies participating in the SHSC are on the Specialist Homelessness Establishment Database file. The Specialist Homelessness Information Platform (SHIP) supports agencies to report for the SHSC and allows them to record information about support provided to clients and instances where a person received no immediate services. Information is extracted from SHIP and submitted to the AIHW monthly.
Metadata information and data quality statement (DQS)
SHS NMDS 2017
Specialist Homelessness Services Collection, 2016–17 DQS
External links and information
Specialist Homelessness Services reports
Report on Government Services
We'd love to know any feedback that you have about the AIHW website, its contents or reports.