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Exploring drug treatment and homelessness in Australia: 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2014

There is much research to suggest a considerable overlap between people experiencing precarious housing, and drug and alcohol misuse. Linking client data from specialist homelessness services and alcohol and other drug treatment services, this report provides a picture of the intersection of these two issues on a national scale. It reveals a vulnerable population, in which Indigenous Australians and experiences of domestic and family violence and mental health issues were all over-represented. Their poorer drug treatment and housing outcomes highlight the level of difficulty faced in assisting these people to achieve long-term outcomes.

National Social Housing Survey: detailed results 2014

This report provides an overview of the national findings of the 2014 National Social Housing Survey. The report shows that the majority of tenants are satisfied with the services provided by their housing organisation, with community housing tenants the most satisfied. Tenants report a range of benefits from living in social housing and the majority live in dwellings of an acceptable standard.

Exploring transitions between homelessness and public housing: 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2013

This report is the first of its kind produced by the AIHW linking homelessness and public housing data in order to better understand the clients of both. The report shows that specialist homelessness agencies were very successful in assisting clients to sustain their public housing tenancies.

Housing circumstances of Indigenous households: tenure and overcrowding

The housing circumstances of Indigenous Australians are described in this paper using Census data. The topics of housing tenure and overcrowding are covered, with trends considered, as well as differences according to factors such as remoteness, jurisdiction and socioeconomic status. In 2011, Indigenous households were about half as likely as other Australian households to own their home and more than 3 times as likely to be overcrowded.

Specialist homelessness services 2012-13

In 2012-13 specialist homelessness services assisted over 244,000 clients. Of these clients, 54% were at risk of homelessness, and 46% were already homeless when they first began receiving support (22% of those who were homeless had no shelter or were living in an improvised dwelling). This report presents the findings of the Specialist Homelessness Services Collection for 2012-13, and describes the clients who received specialist homelessness support, the assistance they sought and were provided, and the outcomes achieved for those clients.

Housing assistance in Australia 2013

This report looks at trends in housing and housing assistance provided by governments in Australia in terms social housing and financial assistance in 2012-13. The report explores the various types of housing assistance provided to low-income households and special needs groups including first home buyers, Indigenous Australians, young and older Australians, people with disability, and those who are homeless. A high proportion of low income households spend more than 30% of their income on rent (42%). This creates a large demand for financial assistance (1.2 million receiving Commonwealth Rent Assistance) and social housing dwellings (over 200,000 on waiting lists). 

Specialist Homelessness Services Collection: March quarter 2012

This report presents results of the Specialist Homelessness Services Collection for the March quarter 2012. Nationally, 102,356 clients who were homeless or at risk of homelessness accessed specialist homelessness services in this quarter. On average, 18,600 clients were accommodated by these services on any given night during the quarter.

Specialist Homelessness Services Collection: December quarter 2011

This report presents results of the Specialist Homelessness Services Collection for the December quarter 2011. Homelessness (and the risk of homelessness) affects a large number of Australians each year. Nationally, it is estimated that 44 people per 10,000 accessed specialist homelessness services in this quarter and, on average, over 18,500 clients were accommodated by these service on any given night in the quarter.

Government-funded specialist homelessness services: SAAP National Data Collection annual report 2010-11: Western Australia

This report is one of the eight state and territory supplementary reports that accompany the national report on the use of government-funded specialist homelessness services in 2010-11. These supplements include data specific to each state and territory and a summary of key results.

Government-funded specialist homelessness services: SAAP National Data Collection annual report 2010-11: Tasmania

This report is one of the eight state and territory supplementary reports that accompany the national report on the use of government-funded specialist homelessness services in 2010-11. These supplements include data specific to each state and territory and a summary of key results.

Government-funded specialist homelessness services: SAAP National Data Collection annual report 2010-11: Australian Capital Territory

This report is one of the eight state and territory supplementary reports that accompany the national report on the use of government-funded specialist homelessness services in 2010-11. These supplements include data specific to each state and territory and a summary of key results.

Government-funded specialist homelessness services: SAAP National Data Collection annual report 2010-11: Northern Territory

This report is one of the eight state and territory supplementary reports that accompany the national report on the use of government-funded specialist homelessness services in 2010-11. These supplements include data specific to each state and territory and a summary of key results.

Government-funded specialist homelessness services: SAAP National Data Collection annual report 2010-11: Australia

This report presents the 2010-11 data on the use of government-funded specialist homelessness services. It is the final annual report to be sourced from the Supported Accommodation Assistance Program (SAAP) National Data Collection (NDC). From 1 July 2011, data on the people using specialist homelessness services will be reported from the new Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS) collection. In 2010-11, an estimated 230,500 people (equivalent to 1 in 97 Australians) used specialist homelessness services. Young people, families and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continued to be significant users of services. The most common reasons why people sought support were interpersonal relationship issues (such as domestic or family violence); accommodation-related issues (such as being evicted); and financial issues (such as having insufficient money to pay for accommodation, food, bills or other essentials.

Government-funded specialist homelessness services: SAAP National Data Collection annual report 2010-11: Victoria

This report is one of the eight state and territory supplementary reports that accompany the national report on the use of government-funded specialist homelessness services in 2010-11. These supplements include data specific to each state and territory and a summary of key results.

Government-funded specialist homelessness services: SAAP National Data Collection annual report 2010-11: Queensland

This report is one of the eight state and territory supplementary reports that accompany the national report on the use of government-funded specialist homelessness services in 2010-11. These supplements include data specific to each state and territory and a summary of key results.

Government-funded specialist homelessness services: SAAP National Data Collection annual report 2010-11: South Australia

This report is one of the eight state and territory supplementary reports that accompany the national report on the use of government-funded specialist homelessness services in 2010-11. These supplements include data specific to each state and territory and a summary of key results.

Housing and homelessness services: access for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

The rate of homelessness for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is four times that of non-Indigenous Australians. Homeless Indigenous Australians were almost twice as likely to sleep rough, or in improvised dwellings and shelters, than non-Indigenous Australians.  The rate of home ownership for Indigenous households was about a third compared to two-thirds for non-Indigenous households. Indigenous households were ten times more likely to be living in overcrowded conditions compared to non-Indigenous households.   

Government-funded specialist homelessness services: SAAP National Data Collection annual report 2008-09: Queensland supplementary tables

This report is one of the state and territory supplementary reports that accompany the national report on the use of government-funded specialist homelessness services in 2008-09 (Government-funded specialist homelessness services: SAAP National Data Collection annual report 2008-09: Australia). These supplements include data specific to each state and territory and a summary of key results.

Government-funded specialist homelessness services: SAAP National Data Collection annual report 2008-09: South Australia supplementary tables

This report is one of the state and territory supplementary reports that accompany the national report on the use of government-funded specialist homelessness services in 2008-09 (Government-funded specialist homelessness services: SAAP National Data Collection annual report 2008-09: Australia). These supplements include data specific to each state and territory and a summary of key results.

Government-funded specialist homelessness services: SAAP National Data Collection annual report 2008-09: Tasmania supplementary tables

This report is one of the state and territory supplementary reports that accompany the national report on the use of government-funded specialist homelessness services in 2008-09 (Government-funded specialist homelessness services: SAAP National Data Collection annual report 2008-09: Australia). These supplements include data specific to each state and territory and a summary of key results.

Government-funded specialist homelessness services: SAAP National Data Collection annual report 2008-09: New South Wales supplementary tables

This report is one of the state and territory supplementary reports that accompany the national report on the use of government-funded specialist homelessness services in 2008-09 (Government-funded specialist homelessness services: SAAP National Data Collection annual report 2008-09: Australia). These supplements include data specific to each state and territory and a summary of key results.

Government-funded specialist homelessness services: SAAP National Data Collection annual report 2008-09: Western Australia supplementary tables

This report is one of the state and territory supplementary reports that accompany the national report on the use of government-funded specialist homelessness services in 2008-09 (Government-funded specialist homelessness services: SAAP National Data Collection annual report 2008-09: Australia). These supplements include data specific to each state and territory and a summary of key results.

Government-funded specialist homelessness services: SAAP National Data Collection annual report 2008-09: ACT supplementary tables

This report is one of the state and territory supplementary reports that accompany the national report on the use of government-funded specialist homelessness services in 2008-09 (Government-funded specialist homelessness services: SAAP National Data Collection annual report 2008-09: Australia). These supplements include data specific to each state and territory and a summary of key results.

Government-funded specialist homelessness services: SAAP National Data Collection annual report 2008-09: Australia

In January 2009, the SAAP V agreement between the Australian Government and the states and territories was replaced by the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness. This is the first report under the new arrangements and contains data from the Interim Supported Accommodation Assistance Program (SAAP) National Data Collection. It provides an overview of assistance given to clients and their children by government funded specialist homelessness services in 2008-09.)

Government-funded specialist homelessness services: SAAP National Data Collection annual report 2008-09: Northern Territory supplementary tables

 This report is one of the state and territory supplementary reports that accompany the national report on the use of government-funded specialist homelessness services in 2008-09 (Government-funded specialist homelessness services: SAAP National Data Collection annual report 2008-09: Australia). These supplements include data specific to each state and territory and a summary of key results.

Government-funded specialist homelessness services: SAAP National Data Collection annual report 2008-09: Victoria supplementary tables

This report is one of the state and territory supplementary reports that accompany the national report on the use of government-funded specialist homelessness services in 2008-09 (Government-funded specialist homelessness services: SAAP National Data Collection annual report 2008-09: Australia). These supplements include data specific to each state and territory and a summary of key results.

Problem gambling among those seeking homelessness services

In 2007-08, there were 2,462 Supported Accommodation Assistance Program (SAAP) support periods where the client was identified as having gambling-related issues. This represented 1.2% of the total support periods under the SAAP program. Compared with all SAAP clients, clients with gambling-related issues were more likely to be older and more likely to be male.

Demand for SAAP accommodation by homeless people 2007-08

Although SAAP agencies accommodate large numbers of people every day, they cannot always meet all the requests for SAAP accommodation. This report provides information about the level of unmet demand for SAAP accommodation, including how the estimates are calculated.

Demand for SAAP accommodation by homeless people 2006-07: a summary

Although SAAP agencies accommodate large numbers of people every day, they cannot always meet all the requests for SAAP accommodation. This bulletin summarises the demand for SAAP accommodation information contained in the Demand for SAAP accommodation by homeless people 2006-07 report (internet-only release), with a focus on the total people turned away from SAAP accommodation.

Demand for SAAP accommodation by homeless people 2006-07

Although SAAP agencies accommodate large numbers of people every day, they cannot always meet all the requests for SAAP accommodation. This report provides information about the level of unmet demand for SAAP accommodation, including how the estimates are calculated.

Demand for SAAP accommodation by homeless people 2005-06: summary

Although SAAP agencies accommodate large numbers of people every day, they cannot always meet all the requests for SAAP accommodation. this bulletin summarises the demand for SAAP accommodation information contained in the 'Demand for SAAP accommodation by homeless people 2004-05' report (internet only), with a focus on the total number of people turned away from SAAP accommodation.

Public and state owned and managed Indigenous housing 2005-06: Commonwealth State Housing Agreement national data user guide

This information paper describes data available in the 2005-06 Public housing (PH) and state owned and managed Indigenous housing (SOMIH) National Minimum Data Set (NMDS). This data was obtained from the annual CSHA PH and SOMIH data collections and is stored at the AIHW in the National Housing Assistance Data Repository. The publication sets out the technical specifications adn major conventions for the handling of data. It also attempts to ensure users of the NMDS will interpret and analyse data items consistently with the National Housing Assistance Data Dictionary version 3.

State owned and managed Indigenous housing 2005-06: Commonwealth State Housing Agreement national data reports

Housing assistance is provided under the 2003 Commonwealth State Housing Agreement (CSHA) in six program areas:- Public rental housing- state owned and managed Indigenous housing- community housing- Crisis Accommodation Program- private rent assistance- home purchase assistance.This publication reports on CHSA state owned and managed Indigenous housing assistance, providing the data items and performance indicators collected to meet the requirements of the CSHA national performance reporting framework.

Commonwealth-State Housing Agreement user guide for 2004-05 data: public and state owned and managed Indigenous housing

This document outlines the data available in the 2004-05 public rental housing and state owned and managed Indigenous housing national minimum data set (NMDS) developed by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). It sets out the technical specifications and major conventions for handling data (e.g. codes, business rules, data relationships and formats). It attempts to ensure that users of the NMDS will interpret and analyse data items consistently with the National housing assistance data dictionary version 2 (NHADDv2), which sets out the agreed data definitions, classifications and standards for information collected under the Commonwealth–State Housing Agreement (CSHA).

Demand for SAAP assistance by homeless people 2003-04

In 2003-04, 1,300 non-government, community and local government organisations were funded nationally under the Supported Accommodation Assistance Program (SAAP) (Chapter 1). This report provides information on the wide range of substantial support services provided by these agencies to people experiencing homelessness or at imminent risk of becoming homeless. An analysis of one-off or casual assistance provided by SAAP agencies on a daily basis is also included. Additionally, the report presents information about the level of unmet demand for SAAP services, as agencies cannot always meet all of the requests from existing SAAP clients, or the requests from potential clients (that is, people who request services but are turned away). A major focus of this report is the level of unmet demand for accommodation, as the provision of accommodation is one of the core activities of SAAP.

Commonwealth-State Housing Agreement national data reports 2004-05: state owned and managed Indigenous housing

This publication is one of a set of six that report on housing assistance provided in 2004-05under the 2003 Commonwealth-State Housing Agreement (CSHA). These publications are part of the Housing Assistance Data Development Series.

Indigenous housing needs 2005-a multi-measure needs model

The 'Indigenous housing needs 2005--a multi-measure needs model' report is the Institute's first report to assess Indigenous housing needs with the use of a multi-measure needs model. The report presents data on the five endorsed dimensions of need-homelessness, overcrowding, affordability, dwelling conditions and connection to essential services. It also assesses the feasibility of including an additional three dimensions in the model-appropriateness of housing, security of tenure and emerging housing needs. The report also compares housing outcomes of Indigenous and non-Indigenous households for all the relevant dimensions. It demonstrates a significant level of housing need among Indigenous households for most of the dimensions examined. The report also shows that serious disparities exist between Indigenous and non-Indigenous housing in Australia.The report also discusses future data development needs and priorities. The report is a useful resource for policy makers, administrators, Indigenous people and researchers with an interest in Indigenous housing issues.

Commonwealth-State Housing Agreement user guide for 2003-04 data: public and state owned and managed Indigenous housing

This document outlines the data available in the 2003-04 public housing and state owned and managed Indigenous housing National Minimum Data set (NMDS) developed by the AIHW. It sets out the technical specifications and major conventions for handling data (e.g. codes, business rules, data relationships and formats). It attempts to ensure that users of the NMDS will interpret and analyse data items consistently with the National Housing Assistance Data Dictionary version 2 (NHADDv2), which sets out the agreed data definitions, classifications and standards for information collected under the Commonwealth-State Housing Agreement.

Indigenous housing indicators 2003-04

Indigenous Housing Indicators 2003-04 is the Institute's first national report on Indigenous housing information. The report includes national data collected by the Institute on Indigenous community housing and State-Owned and Managed Indigenous Housing. Detailed information is presented on a range of Indigenous housing indicators including overcrowding, dwelling condition, affordability, connection to services and recurrent and capital expenditure. There is also a range of information on Indigenous community housing organisations such as whether they have a housing management plan and the proportion of employees undertaking training. The report is a useful resource for policy makers, administrators and researchers with an interest in Indigenous housing issues.

Commonwealth-State Housing Agreement national data reports 2003-04: state owned and managed Indigenous housing

This document reports on the data collected under the 2003-04 Commonwealth-State Housing Agreement (CSHA) state owned and managed Indigenous housing data collection, previously known as the state and territory owned and managed Indigenous housing data collection. This report is part of a series of documents that report on all forms of housing assistance under the CSHA.

Commonwealth-State Housing Agreement user guide for 2002-03 data: public and state owned and managed Indigenous housing

This document outlines the data available in the 2002-03 public housing and State Owned and Managed Indigenous Housing (SOMIH) National Minimum Data Set developed by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. It sets out the technical specifications and major conventions for the handling of data.

Commonwealth-State housing agreement national data reports 2002-03, State and Territory owned and managed Indigenous housing

This report provides the data items and performance indicators collected for annual reporting for State and territory owned and managed Indigenous housing under the 1999 Commonwealth-State Housing Agreement (CSHA).The Indigenous housing report provides information on one of six programs under the 1999 Agreement.

Agreement on national Indigenous housing information

In the interest of improving housing for Indigenous Australians, governments and other key stakeholders across Australia acknowledge the importance of consistent, accurate, reliable and timely housing information. The commitment to an Agreement on National Indigenous Housing Information recognises the need for such information. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, as a Party to the Agreement and as Secretariat to its Committees, has published this booklet to inform community discussion and debate and promote the aims and objectives of the Agreement. This booklet has been produced on behalf of the National Indigenous Housing Information Implementation Committee.

Accompanying children: special collection

Provides a profile of children who attended Supported Accommodation and Assistance Program (SAAP) agencies with people who were homeless or at risk of being homeless. The report describes a six-week survey period in which there were about 8,000 visits by children accompanying adults.

Measuring outcomes for Community Managed Indigenous Housing (CMIH) assistance: report on the 1998-99 national data collection

Summarises the collection of a range of outcome measures for community managed Indigenous housing assistance in 1998-99. The data collection issues outlined in this report provide a basis for further examination of the many policy and information issues facing this work. Current until 30 April 2001.

Housing and homelessness

Housing and homelessness

The intersection of domestic violence and homelessness

A profile of Specialist Homelessness Services homeless clients 2011–12 to 2014–15

Clients who approach Specialist Homelessness Services for assistance do so for a variety of reasons. However, they all have in common a lack of suitable housing or are facing the prospect of losing their current housing. This web report utilises data from specialist homelessness agencies and examines the key characteristics of SHS clients who present to services for assistance in one of three cohorts: rough sleeper, couch surfer, or resident of short-term or emergency accommodation. Also examined are the service needs for clients in each of these cohorts as well as the services that have been provided by homelessness agencies. Housing outcomes for clients in these cohorts differs with rough sleepers the least likely to end their period of support housed.