METHODOLOGY USED TO CALCULATE HOMELESS ESTIMATES
This chapter sets out the consistent, transparent and repeatable ABS methodology for estimating the number of people enumerated in the Census who may be homeless on Census night.
On 11 September 2012 the ABS will publish its official homelessness estimates from both the 2001 and 2006 Censuses, consistent with the methodology outlined in this chapter, in the publication Census of Population and Housing: Estimating Homelessness, 2006 (cat. no. 2049.0). Official estimates of homelessness from the 2011 Census, using the same methodology, will be published on 12 November 2012 under the same catalogue number, after Census second release variables are published on 30 October 2012.
The ABS methodology will be applied in producing homelessness estimates from future Censuses. However, improvements are expected to be made to both questions and field procedures which will provide for new and better estimates for tracking future changes in homelessness. The transparency and repeatability in the methodology will allow for an alternate estimate to be made that is consistent with 2011 to provide a link in monitoring changes over time.