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2049.0.55.001 - Information Paper - Methodology for Estimating Homelessness from the Census of Population and Housing, 2012  
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Contents >> Methodology Used to Calculate Homeless Estimates >> Persons marginally housed in caravan parks


Persons marginally housed in caravan parks are those considered to be in marginal housing and at risk of homelessness. However, not all persons living in caravan parks are considered to be marginally housed. For example, those living in cabins will have access to their own kitchen facilities and bathroom. However the Census data do not allow caravans and cabins to be separately identified. Others living in caravan parks on a long term basis have an element of security of tenure, and for some people they have chosen to reside in a caravan park due to convenience, cost or location and could select other accommodation alternatives.

Persons marginally housed in caravan parks are operationalised as those people who were enumerated on Census night:

  • in caravan, cabin or houseboat in a caravan / residential park or camping ground;
  • reported being at home on Census night;
  • where no usual resident reported working full-time;
  • the dwelling was being rented for less than $300 per week;
  • was not living in a dwelling where the landlord was reported as an employer;
  • where the dwelling reported three or more bedrooms; and
  • where the combined income of the persons in the dwelling was less than $2,000.

Rules for estimating Persons marginally housed in caravan parks

The following table outlines the rules used to estimate the number of persons marginally housed in caravan parks and ensures that no person has already been counted as homeless or in other crowded dwellings is also counted in this marginal housing category.

Diagram: Rules for estimating Persons marginally housed in caravan parks

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