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About the SHSC data cubes

A data cube is a multidimensional representation of the dataset. It allows you to quickly select, filter and arrange aggregated data for variables of interest using drag and drop functionality. Data generated from these cubes can be exported into Excel, if you prefer this format for data analysis and reporting.

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 2015–16 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.

This 2011–16 version of the SHSC data cubes contains some changes to the previous version. Major changes include the addition of 2015–16 data, the addition of a ‘Drug or alcohol misuse’ flag, and a revised ‘Care and protection order’ flag (following improvements in categorisation of clients on a care and protection order and leading a break in time in statistical time series).

Please acknowledge the source of these data as follows: AIHW Specialist Homelessness Services Collection Data Cubes.

Counting unit

The counting unit for these data cubes is uniquely identified 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 had multiple support periods) and their outcomes.

Data items included in the data cubes

For a full list of the data items in these cubes, and metadata about those items, download SHS cube metadata (272KB PDF)

Further information

For general information on how to use and manipulate the Specialist Homelessness Services Collection (SHSC) data cubes, SHS data cubes user guide or use the help facility within the cube.

For assistance with building a table, download Building a table in the SAS Web Report Studio (2.3MB PDF)

For comparison purposes, see the SHS annnual 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 help please email homelessnessdata@aihw.gov.au.