Data resources for the SHS


“Data is the raw ingredient and context for decision making and communication” (Small multiples)

CHP is committed to helping develop a pro data culture within the homelessness sector that values reporting and analysing data to improve the outcomes for consumers.

A pro data culture is a key element in an outcomes-focussed homelessness service system driven by quality data and analysis of those data.

This page is a resource for SHIP Champions and others interested in optimising the use of data. The page will be regularly updated so please return to see what’s new.


AIHW Local Government Area and Victorian LASN data

In February 2019 the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare released the 2017-2018 data cubes for Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS). For the first time some data elements have been released at Local Government Area (LGA) level. CHP has produced two spatial maps for Victoria, which look at the number of people accessing services at a LGA level, group by Victorian Local Area Service Networks (LASN).


LASN reports

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has committed to providing quarterly Local Area Service Network (LASN) data to the sector. These reports are also available by logging in to the funded agency channel. CHP will upload the Quarterly LASN reports as they become available.

The reports provide three tables for Victoria and three tables for each LASN that show housing situation from the beginning to the end of support by presenting unit head (PUH) count.


Table One: All household count.

Table Two: Household count where the PUH is recorded as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.

Table Three. Household count omitting initial assessment and planning (IAP) support periods.


Table Three in combination with Table One intends to show the proportion of clients are receiving a more ‘substantive service’ from each LASN, and also shows housing outcomes for those households receiving a more substantive service.


Download the Quarter One 2018-19 LASN data tables.

Download DHHS’ explanatory document Key findings from 2017–18 LASN reports.

Download the 2017-2018 LASN tables.


If you require any assistance in understanding or interpreting the reports, please contact Trish Hackney-Westmore (


How to guides


How CHP can support agencies drive a pro data culture

  • Making your numbers count training
  • Secondary consultations
  • Advice
  • Assisting with the analysis of data


More on data collection to come soon