Specialist Homelessness Services Collection (SHSC) data cubes

About the SHSC data cubes

The SHSC data cubes are a subset of the confidentialised and weighted SHSC dataset. The data cubes currently contain SHSC data for the 2011–12 to 2016–17 financial years. The data are split into a series of 4 cubes to ensure that client confidentiality is retained in accordance with legislation and agreements supporting the data collection, while at the same time maximising functionality for cube users.

There are no major changes for the 2011–17 version of the SHSC data cubes.

Counting unit

The counting unit for these data cubes is weighted clients. The SHSC collects data about support periods and certain information captured about the client is used to construct a statistical linkage key (SLK) that brings together all data about each client (who could have multiple support periods) and their outcomes.

To maintain confidentiality, age is not published (n.p.) for some clients in all 4 data cubes. While client totals will match those in the SHSC annual report supplementary tables, totals for individual age groups may not match due to this suppression. 


All client counts are weighted using a client weight. The use of client weights adjusts for agency non-response and data error in the statistical linkage key. The applied weighting methodology results in estimated client figures that are not whole numbers. As a result, all counts are rounded to the nearest whole number and client numbers in separate components may not add to the total due to rounding errors.

Data items included in the data cubes

For a full list of the data items in these cubes, and the metadata about these items, see SHSC Cube Metadata.

Further information

For general information on how to use and manipulate the SHSC data cubes, see Building a table in the SAS Web Report Studio or use the help facility within the cube.

For comparison purposes, see the latest SHS annual report. Please note: in some cases, data presented in the cubes may differ from those published elsewhere because of differences in the preparation and analysis of the source data.

For information on how SHSC data are collected, see the SHS Collection Manual.

For data quality information, see the data quality statement for each reference year available from METeOR, the AIHW metadata repository.

For further enquiries, customised data requests, or other assistance please email [email protected].

Acknowledging the data cubes

Please acknowledge these data cubes as:

AIHW Specialist Homelessness Services Collection Data Cubes.