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Contents >> Supported Accommodation Assistance Program (SAAP) National Data Collection

SUPPORTED ACCOMMODATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SAAP) NATIONAL DATA COLLECTION


DASHBOARD METADATA
Geographic CoverageFrequencyData Availability
National
New South Wales
Victoria
Queensland
Western Australia
South Australia
Tasmania
ACT
Northern Territory
Regional
LGA
ASGC Remoteness
Other
More than annual
Annual
2-4 yearly
Less than 5 yearly
Once only
Ad hoc
Detailed publication / report publicly available
Data cubes / spreadsheets publicly available
Agency annual report
Customised data - free upon request1
Customised data - charged consultancy1
Not published - may be available on request1
Not publicly available
[1] May be subject to release conditions

DETAILED METADATA

Contact

Data custodian: The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW)

Contact: Manager, SAAP National Data Collection Agency

Address: GPO Box 570, Canberra, ACT, 2601

Telephone: 1800 627 191

Facsimile: n/a

Email: ndca@aihw.gov.au

Internet: www.aihw.gov.au

Publications

Government –funded specialist homelessness services, SAAP National Data Collection annual report 2008-09
http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/index.cfm/title/11235
ISBN: 978-1-74249-017-5

Purpose

To record information about clients who access government-funded specialist homelessness services.

Description

This collection provides an overview of assistance given to clients and their accompanying children by government-funded specialist homelessness agencies. National and complementary State/Territory reports are produced on a financial year basis.

Collection Type

Administrative census

Family and Domestic Violence related content (data items collected)

Data Item
Victim
Secondary
Victim4
Offender
Demographics
Age
Sex
Indigenous Status
Disability

Whether disability support pension was main source of income;
Whether disability services were required by/provided to client.
Country of Birth
Language spoken
Employment
1
Education
Income
1
Geography
Other

Family unit;
Tenure type1;
Dwelling type1;
Student status1
Personal data item
Services used / referrals to services
counselling
legal
financial
housing

crisis
other

Health factors
pregnancy
alcohol use / substance use
mental illness
2
3


FDV-related perceptions
satisfaction with police response
seriousness/ regarded as criminal
whether problem in neighbourhood
feelings of safety / fear
Prior history of victimisation / offending
Known outcomes
application for violence order
violence order issued

offender charged
offender went to court
offender found guilty
offender sentence type
child protection involvement
time off work / economic costs
medical treatment received / type
changed routine
other

Other personal data items

FDV as a reason for seeking accommodation support
1 Status immediately before and after seeking assistance is recorded.
2 Where recorded as a reason for seeking accommodation assistance.
3 Recorded where need for support identified and support provided.
4 A subset of information collected on adult clients is collected on children accompanying those adult clients.

Data Item
Incident
Location
home
workplace
school/place of education/institution
public place
other
Relationship between parties
married/de facto spouse
current / former partner/boyfriend/girlfriend
parent-child
sibling
other member of household
other relatives
relationships of personal or financial dependency
1


2




Weapon use
type of weapon

Alcohol involved
Substance use involved

Physical injury sustained
type of injury

Reported to police
reasons for not reporting

Other
1 Refers to relationship between people jointly receiving SAAP services (e.g. person with child(ren); couple with child(ren); these may or may not be the people / relationships involved in an FDV incident, where this has been given as a reason for seeking accommodation support.
2 Parent-child relationships are collected for SAAP clients but not as a relationship between victim and perpetrator.

Definition of Family and Domestic Violence

‘Domestic/family violence’ is defined as ‘physical or emotional abuse inflicted on the client by a family member’.

Aspects of FDV captured in the data are:

  • Physical abuse (including sexual abuse);
  • Psychological/emotional abuse.

Relationship to Conceptual Framework for Family and Domestic Violence (Cat. No. 4529.0)

Conceptual Framework Element / Sub-element
Amount of Information Available
None
Some
Detailed
Context
Environmental Factors
Individual pyscho-social factors
Risk
Community prevalence
Community incidence
Understandings and acknowledgments of risk and safety
Incident
Responses
Informal responses
Formal system responses
Impacts/Outcomes
Programs, Research & Evaluation

Collection methodology

The AIHW, as the SAAP National Data Collection Agency, collects unit record data from all government funded specialist homelessness services, via two collections:
    • The Client Collection: collects information about clients and their accompanying children. Data are recorded by service providers (agencies) during, or immediately following, contact with clients and are then forwarded to the NDCA after support has ended or, for ongoing clients, at the end of the reporting period (30 June). Some data items require informed consent from the client to collect. Statistical linkage keys, which allow data collected on separate occasions from the same person to be combined without identifying the person, also require informed consent.
    • The Administrative Data Collection: consists of general information about the agencies providing accommodation and support to people who are homeless or in crisis. Details about these agencies are forwarded to the AIHW by departments with responsibility for homelessness services in each state and territory. The information provided includes the client target group of each agency, including agencies whose primary target group is women fleeing domestic/family violence.
Scope / target population

Adults and accompanying children who access government-funded specialist homelessness services.

Coverage

The 2008–09 Client Collection achieved a national agency participation rate of 94%. Across Australia, consent and valid statistical linkage keys (also termed ‘valid consent’) were obtained from clients in 90% and 85% of records, respectively.

Published national estimates of clients, support periods, accompanying children and accompanying child support periods obtained using data from the Client Collection are adjusted for agency non-participation and, where applicable, client non-consent.

Geographic coverage and disaggregation

National. Full address of specialist homelessness service recorded.

Data available for:
Australia
State/Territory (all)
City/region

Note: Location information is not recorded about the client (or where the incident happened), but refers to the postal address of the specialist homelessness service where the client presented.


Frequency / Timing

Annual

Data are collected over the course of a reporting period which is one financial year. Data are made available at the end of each reporting period. This may change with the introduction of the new Specialist Homelessness Services Data Collection (July 2011) where data may become available more frequently.

Collection history

Collection commenced: 1996/97

Breaks in series: yes

Midway through the 2008–09 financial year, SAAP was discontinued and replaced by the National Affordable Housing Agreement. This resulted in some changes in the way the jurisdictions administer the agencies. The impact that the changed arrangements had in the first 6 months of operation is not known, but the number of funded agencies and the number of agencies that were required to participate in the collection decreased and comparisons with previous years’ data may be affected.

In 2005–06, refined definitions and a new statistical linkage key were introduced, resulting in a break in the data series.

Other details: In July 2011 this collection will be replaced by the Specialist Homelessness Services Data Collection. Similar information about domestic violence will be collected. This collection will incorporate a broader range of services to homeless people and people at risk of homelessness, and will collect more detailed information on a range of topics.

Data availability / Dissemination

Detailed publications and annual reports are produced. Additional data are available on request as a paid consultancy.

Release of data must conform with the Privacy Act 1988 and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Act 1987. Data will not be released that may be used to identify an individual.

Other data sources held by this agency

Child Protection Notifications, Investigations and Substantiations collection
National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NDSHS)
National Hospital Morbidity Database (NHMD)

Has this data source changed?
Contact the ABS to report updates or corrections to the information above.

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