The ABS acknowledges the effort and contribution of the wide range of stakeholders who participated in the consultation on the Discussion Paper: Methodological Review of Counting the Homeless, 2006 (ABS cat. no. 2050.0.55.001) that was published on 31 March, 2011. Over 150 stakeholders attended the subsequent discussion forums that were held in all capital cities, while many more attended sector or jurisdictional specific consultations. To date, the ABS has received 35 submissions in response to the Discussion Paper.
The ABS particularly acknowledges the contributions from homelessness services organisations and their staff who were very busy preparing to repeat, once again, their strong support for the enumeration of homeless people in the 2011 Census, but were also able to attend consultation meetings and respond to the Discussion Paper's call for submissions. The homelessness services, among other stakeholders, have also volunteered to serve on the new Homelessness Statistics Reference Group, and ABS looks forward to a productive relationship as it builds its homelessness statistics work program.
The ABS again acknowledges the contributions to the review made by the review Steering Committee members from the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, and from three states (New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia) represented on the inter-jurisdictional Housing and Homelessness Information Management Group (reporting to the Housing Ministers' Advisory Committee).
In addition, the ABS repeats the acknowledgement provided throughout the recent consultation, of the groundbreaking work that Professors Chris Chamberlain and David MacKenzie undertook in establishing a world first approach to push the use of Census data, in the estimation of the homelessness population, beyond the 'rough sleeper' and supported accommodation categories.