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OVERVIEW OF THE DEFINITION OF HOMELESSNESS
The definition has been constructed from a conceptual framework centred around the following elements:
These elements are explained in more detail in ABS Information Paper: A Statistical Definition of Homelessness (cat.no. 4922.0).
People must lack one or more of these elements to be defined as homeless. However, people who lack one or more of these elements are not necessarily classified as homeless. While homelessness is not a choice, some people may chose to live in situations that might parallel the living situations of people who are homeless. For example living in a shed while building a home on their own property, or on holiday travelling and staying with friends. These people have choice because they have the capacity to access other accommodation that are safe, adequate and provide for social relations. Having access to accommodation alternatives is contingent on having the financial, physical, psychological and personal means to access these alternatives (see ABS Information Paper: A Statistical Definition of Homelessness (cat.no. 4922.0).