Australian Bureau of Statistics
4922.0 - Information Paper - A Statistical Definition of Homelessness, 2012
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OPERATIONALISATION OF THE DEFINITION
1b. Persons living in improvised dwellings or tents (where available)
3. Persons staying temporarily with other households
3b. Persons staying temporarily in visitor only households (where available)
5. Persons living temporarily in other lodgings
6. Persons living in severely crowded dwellings
While these categories will overlap in a small number of circumstances, it is more useful to assign people to only one category to ensure they are not double counted in the homeless estimates. The best way to do this is to include them in the category that is the highest on the hierarchy. For example those persons living in a severely crowded improvised dwelling would be coded to ‘Persons living in improvised dwelling, tents or sleepers out’ rather than 'Persons living in severely crowded dwellings'.
The following hierarchy shows how each of the output categories align with the elements within the definition.
For the operationalisation of the ABS statistical definition of homelessness in the Census of Population and Housing, refer to the ABS publication: Information Paper - Methodology for Estimating Homelessness from the Census of Population and Housing (cat. no. 2049.0.55.001).
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