May 2017 edition: Revisiting Homelessness Data

Current issue



Back issues and orders


Contents for Parity May edition













Jenny Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Council to Homeless Persons



Turning the Soil


Revisiting Homelessness Data

Written by a 16-year-old youth refuge resident at Hope Street Youth and Family Services


Guest Editor, David MacKenzie, Associate Professor, Swinburne University Institute for Social Research and Executive Director of Youth Development Australia

Chapter 1 – Collecting and Interpreting Homelessness Data

Homelessness Statistics: Why They Matter and What They Say

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

The Collection of Homelessness Statistics in the Census

Phillip Lui, Australian Bureau of Statistics

Homelessness to Housing: My Decisions and Flexible Support

Inspector Gadget

The Specialist Homelessness Services Collection

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

More than a Numbers Game — Revisiting Homelessness Data and a Plea to Utilise it to Drive Change.

Travis Gilbert, Chief Executive Officer, ACT Shelter

Gender and Housing: An Overview of Data Issues
Hannah Gissane, Equality Rights Alliance

Chapter 2 – Perspectives on Youth Homelessness Data Collection

Towards a Canadian Youth Homelessness Data Dashboard.  

Dr Stephen Gaetz, Director, Canadian Observatory on Homelessness at York University, Toronto Canada and Melanie Redman, Executive Director, A Way Home Canada

The Premier’s Priority to Reduce Youth Homelessness: Using the New NSW Homelessness Dataset to Help Young People Move from Homelessness to Stable Housing.  

Anne Cruickshank, Senior Program Officer, Homelessness, NSW Department of Family and Community Services

Why is it so hard? The Challenges of Collecting Youth Homelessness Outcomes Data

Rhianon Vichta, Research and Evaluation Coordinator, Brisbane Youth Service

Solution-Focussed Data

Chris Stone, Senior Policy Officer, Yfoundations

Hearts and Numbers: Providing Relational Services in a Data-Driven World

Shae Garwood, Senior Research Officer, and Sarah Brown, Practice Leader Housing, Anglicare WA

Chapter 3: Street Counts and Rough Sleeping

Counting Rough Sleepers

Chris Chamberlain and Guy Johnson, Centre for Applied Social Research, RMIT University

City of Sydney Street Count: What Does it Actually Tell Us?

Digby Hughes, Senior Policy Officer, Homelessness NSW

Housing Outcomes for People Sleeping Rough: What Does the Data Say?

Nicola Ballenden, General Manager Research, Service Development and Advocacy and Violet Kolar, Research Manager, Launch Housing

Registry Weeks: Collecting and Using Local Data to End Street Homelessness

Australian Alliance to End Homelessness

Beyond Anecdotes: Using Data to Support an End to Homelessness

Dr. Ellie Tighe, Ruah Community Services and Shannen Vallesi, Centre for Social Impact, University of Western Australia

Last Resort Housing: What Can it Achieve and Would it Really Save Money?

Professor Guy Johnson, Unison Housing Research Program, RMIT University

and Michael Horn, Social Policy Consultant

Chapter 4: Ongoing and Emerging Issues in Homelessness Data Collection

Harnessing the Potential of Linked Administrative Data for Homelessness Research

Associate Professor Lisa Wood, Shannen Vallesi, Professor Paul Flatau, Centre for Social Impact, UWA Business School, University of Western Australia

A Vicious Cycle: The Lack of LGBTIQ Homelessness Data and Policy

Dr Cal Andrews, Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne, Sue Carlile, Chief Executive Officer, Family Access Network, Associate Professor Ruth McNair, Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne

Consumer Voices

Consumer Voices is a regular feature in Parity. Articles are written by and with consumers to ensure they have a say about the issues that directly affect them.

What Do We Mean When We Talk About ‘Homelessness Data’?

Daniel Kuzmanovski, University of South Australia


John Blewonski

Chief Executive Officer, VincentCare Victoria