A new collection to assist in measuring homelessness in Australia was launched on 1 July 2011 by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
The Specialist Homelessness Services Collection (SHSC) replaces the Supported Accommodation Assistance Program (SAAP) data which were collected from homelessness agencies from 1996 to June 2011. The SHSC was designed to provide richer, timelier and more accurate data on Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS) clients and will be able to provide a clearer picture of their circumstances over the course of their support.
The SHSC aims to improve the relevance and quality of data with the main differences being the inclusion of many new and revised data items, quarterly as well as annual reporting, and children who receive services directly being counted as clients instead of as accompanying children.
As a result of these differences, caution should be exercised when comparing SHSC and SAAP data.
SHSC Quarterly Reports
These reports will present summary data for each quarter of the collection. When the full year of data has been collected an annual report will be produced.
September Quarter 2011 (July – September 2011), released 4 April 2012, AIHW
December Quarter 2011 (October – December 2011), released 4 July 2012, AIHW