Federal policy updates


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Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Methodological Review of Counting the Homeless 2006

Following CHP’s response to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Methodological Review of Counting the Homeless 2006, (the Review) the ABS developed a national Homelessness Statistics Reference Group (HSRG).

After several months of considered work with the HSRG the ABS released the outcomes from the Review:  Census of Population and Housing: Estimating homelessness, 2006.

Drawing on learnings from Australia’s leading homelessness academics Professors Chris Chamberlain and David MacKenzie, advice from the HSRG, international research and local evidence, the paper:

  • outlines the ABS statistical definition of homelessness
  • reports on its new methodology for estimating homelessness with the 2011 Census data
  • releases estimates from the 2001 and 2006 Censuses based on the new methodology
  • summarises key findings from the Review.

On 12 November, ABS released Census of Population and Housing: Estimating homelessness 2011, using the new definition of estimating homelessness. See our sector bulletin on the Victorian summary below.

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Australian Government White Paper on Homelessness – The Road Home

The Australian Government White Paper on Homelessness, The Road Home, sets the strategic agenda for reducing homelessness to 2020 with commitments to:

  • halve overall homelessness
  • offer supported accommodation to all rough sleepers who need it.

Funding for The Road Home initiatives is administered through the National Affordable Housing Agreement.

The NAHA is supported by the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH) which funds homelessness programs to 2013. The NPAH outlines the roles and responsibilities of the federal and state governments in meeting the goals and objectives set out in the White Paper.

Council to Homeless Persons will continue to update the sector on the latest news and information regarding future homelessness funding.