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ABS Homelessness Releases






Current Releases

Census of Population and Housing: Estimating Homelessness, 2011 (cat. no. 2049.0). This publication presents estimates of the prevalence of homelessness, and the characteristics and living arrangements of those likely to be homeless on Census night 2011 and compares those estimates to 2006 and 2001. Estimates of homelessness from the 2011 Census use the same methodology as previously applied in compiling the 2001 and 2006 estimates.

General Social Survey: Summary of Results, 2010 (cat. no. 4159.0). This publication presents summary results on a range of social dimensions for people aged 18 years and over. The survey collected information about personal and household characteristics for people aged 18 years and over who were residents of private dwellings, throughout not very remote areas of Australia, from August to November, 2010. The General Social Survey (GSS) provides information on people who have been homeless in the past but who are now usual residents of private dwellings. As the GSS only enumerates usual residents of private dwellings, it will not include: people currently living in shelters; people sleeping rough; people 'couch surfing' (staying temporarily with other households); nor people staying in boarding houses.

Other Statistical Publications

Census of Population and Housing: Estimating Homelessness, 2006 (cat. no. 2049.0). This publication provides estimates of the prevalence of homelessness, developed using data from the 2001 and 2006 ABS Censuses of Population and Housing. The estimates use the ABS methodology for estimating homelessness from the Census.

Australian Census Analytic Program: Counting the Homeless, 2006 (cat. no. 2050.0), A reissue published on 18 September 2008 to correct a few typographical and small errors in six tables.


A Spotlight on 'Severe' Crowding, Census of Population and Housing: Estimating Homelessness, 2011 (cat. no. 2049.0). This article uses data from the ABS Census of Population and Housing to examine the characteristics and circumstances of persons likely to be homeless living in 'severely crowded dwellings' on Census night, 2011.

'Life After Homelessness', Australian Social Trends, 2012 (cat. no. 4012.0). This article presents a comparison of people who have been homeless in the last 10 years with those who have never been homeless.


A CURF is a file of responses to an ABS survey that has had specific identifying information about a person or organisation confidentialised. CURF microdata is the most detailed statistical information available from the ABS. CURFs can be purchased by authorised clients for approved purposes of statistical analysis and policy research. Researchers and analysts are able to run statistical queries on the CURF microdata using SAS, SPSS or Stata software.

CURFs are available for the General Social Survey and a range of other ABS housing surveys. More information about CURFs, including how to access them, is available through the ABS CURF Microdata page.

Microdata: General Social Survey, Australia, 2010, Basic and Expanded CURFS (cat. no. 4159.0.30.003). This file provides information about the content and use of the CURF, including survey data item listing and a comparison of content between the 2006 and 2010 GSS.

General Social Survey, User Guide, Australia, 2009-10 (cat. no. 4159.0.55.002). This user guide contains questionnaires, classification listings, a list of all data items on the file and lists of output data items. It includes details of the confidentialised unit record file (CURF) and background information about the survey.

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