Data source

Specialist Homelessness Services Collection

All agencies that receive funding under the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA) or the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH) to provide specialist homelessness services are in scope for the Specialist Homelessness Services Collection (SHSC) in general, but only those who received funding for at least four months during the 2015–16 financial year are in scope for the 2015–16 reporting period. Covered agencies are those in-scope agencies for which details have been provided to the AIHW by the relevant state/territory department.

Specialist homelessness agencies provided assistance to an estimated 279,000 clients during 2015–16 (AIHW 2016). It should be noted that these figures have been adjusted for non-response.

Data collected include basic socio-demographic information and the services needed by, and provided to, each client. Information about each client's situation before and after receiving SHS agency services is also collected.

It should be noted that unlike the previous SAAP National Data Collection, the SHSC does not use the concept of accompanying children but instead only counts children if they have been provided with a service. Information about clients who access services together allows for family groups to be counted as well.

For further information on the SHS collection, refer to the online data quality statement.

Caveats

There are a number of considerations related to the 2015–16 SHSC data:

  • Data presented in this section exclude data for clients who were aged less than 10 at the beginning of their first support period in 2015–16.
  • The data presented in this section are weighted. This weighting takes into account the amount of non-response and estimates the figures that would have been observed if data were available for all entities expected to respond. The SHS MS Excel workbooks in the online archives use unweighted data, as such the data published here cannot be compared to that found in the online archive.
  • Only those agencies that received NAHA or NPAH funding for at least four months during the 2015–16 financial year are in scope for the 2015‒16 reporting period. Covered agencies are those in-scope agencies for which details have been provided to the AIHW by the relevant state/territory department.
  • 97.5% of covered agencies returned support period data for all months they were expected to participate in 2015‒16.
  • Matching of data from individual clients who presented at different agencies and/or at different times requires a valid statistical linkage key (SLK); with 97% of support periods having a valid SLK in 2015‒16.

 

Reference

AIHW 2016. Specialist Homelessness Services 2015–16. Viewed 28 March 2017 Canberra: AIHW.

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