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FILE STRUCTURE AND CONTENT
There are two types of geography available in the dataset:
Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA)
Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) is an ABS product that ranks areas in Australia according to relative socio-economic advantage and disadvantage. SEIFA 2016 has been created from Census 2016 data and consists of four indexes: The Index of Relative Socio-economic Disadvantage (IRSD); The Index of Relative Socio-economic Advantage and Disadvantage (IRSAD); The Index of Education and Occupation (IEO); The Index of Economic Resources (IER). Further information on construction and use of the SEIFA variables can be found in Census of Population and Housing: Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA), Australia, 2016 (cat. no. 2033.0.55.01).
SEIFA Indexes are derived using the demographic characteristics of persons usually resident in a given area. However, as a characteristic of the homeless population is the high proportion of persons with 'no usual residence', the Homelessness Tablebuilder links persons to the SEIFA decile of their place of enumeration (i.e where they were counted on Census night). This maximises the utility of SEIFA for the homeless population, however as the linking is performed differently to the standard Census Tablebuilder, data derived for the Australian population will differ between the databases.
Comparing to the main publication
Extensive tables of data are available from the 'Downloads' tab of the publication Census of Population and Housing: Estimating homelessness, 2016 (cat. no. 2049.0).
When comparing to tables in the main publication it is important to note the following;
Rates are calculated by comparing the number of persons in a group of interest with the total population. All persons enumerated on Census night (excluding overseas visitors) have been included in the dataset to allow users to calculate rates. An example of how to calculate the total homelessness rate is provided below:
The term 'Homeless Persons' includes only persons from the operational groups 'Persons living in improvised dwellings, tents, or sleeping out', 'Persons in supported accommodation for the homeless', 'Persons staying temporarily with other households', 'Persons living in boarding houses', 'Persons in other temporary lodgings' and 'Persons living in 'severely' crowded dwellings'.
The term 'Persons in other marginal housing' includes only persons from the operational groups 'Persons living in other crowded dwellings', 'Persons in other improvised dwellings' and 'Persons who are marginally housed in caravan parks'.
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2049.0.55.002 - Microdata: Census of Population and Housing: Estimating Homelessness, 2016
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