Information Paper – A Statistical Definition of Homelessness (

Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2012

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has recently released an information paper  which “presents the Australian Bureau of Statistics statistical definition of homelessness. The definition was developed in consultation with the ABS’ Homelessness Statistics Reference Group. Future ABS surveys will adopt this definition. However, not all dimensions of the definition can be operationalised in all data collections. The ABS will publish an Information Paper: Guide to Homelessness Statistics (cat. no. 4923.0) in November 2012 to assist users with analysing the multiple data sources available to obtain a more complete picture of homelessness.”

The paper states that the ABS is continuing to undertake research for how to best count  homelessness for specific demographic groups such as youth and Indigenous Australians.