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2049.0 - Census of Population and Housing: Estimating homelessness, 2011  
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 12/11/2012   
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This publication presents estimates of the prevalence of homelessness from the 2011 Census of Population and Housing together with selected estimates from 2001 and 2006 published for comparison. More detailed estimates for 2001 and 2006 were published on 11 September 2011 in Census of Population and Housing: Estimating Homelessness, 2006 (cat. no. 2049.0).

Estimates of homelessness from the 2011 Census use the same methodology as previously applied in compiling the 2001 and 2006 estimates. An overview of that methodology is in Appendix 2: Estimation Methodology. For more information, see Information Paper - Methodology for Estimating Homelessness from the Census of Population and Housing (cat. no. 2049.0.55.001). The ABS definition of homelessness is in Appendix 1: Definition of Homelessness. For more information on the definition see Information Paper - A Statistical Definition of Homelessness (cat. no. 4922.0).


The ABS acknowledges and thanks the service providers and their staff who once again worked with the ABS to help maximise the overall quality of the enumeration of the homeless population in the 2011 Census.


Datacubes for Statistical Area Level (SA2 - SA4), where data are available, are included in the Downloads tab of this issue on the ABS website.


Datacubes for remoteness, based on the 2006 Australian Remoteness Index for Areas, are included in the Downloads tab of this issue on the ABS website.


As estimates have been rounded, discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals. As estimates have also been randomly adjusted to avoid the release of confidential information, discrepancies may occur in estimates appearing in more than one table.


For further information about these and related statistics, contact Living Conditions on (02) 6252 6174, or email

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