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The SHSC collects information about people who are referred to, or seek assistance from, specialist homelessness services (SHS) agencies. These services collect the data on an ongoing basis and are responsible for submitting the data to the AIHW on a monthly basis.
There are two parts to the SHSC — a Client collection and an Unassisted Persons collection.
from 1 July 2011
National and state
Client collection -The base unit is a person who presents to an SHS agency requesting services. A person becomes a ‘client’ once they receive a service(s). A ‘support period’ is the period of time a client receives assistance from a SHS agency. It relates to the provision of a service and/or supported accommodation. During a support period, a range of services additional to supported accommodation can be provided. Detail on types of services provided is also available.
Unassisted persons collection - Comprises information on the number of instances where a person received no immediate services from an SHS agency.
Details of all agencies participating in the SHSC are on the Specialist Homelessness Establishment Database file.
Information is submitted to the AIHW monthly.
Metadata information and data quality statement (DQS)
Specialist Homelessness Services NMDS 2019
Specialist Homelessness Services Collection, 2018–19; DataQuality Statement
SHSC training and resources
External links and information
Specialist Homelessness Services reports
Report on Government Services
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