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Homelessness: People with experiences of homelessness

People with experiences of homelessness

The General Social Survey conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) provides information about people who have been homeless in the past, but who, at the time of survey, were residents of private dwellings. The survey aims to provide an understanding of the multi-dimensional nature of relative advantage and disadvantage across the population, and facilitates reporting on people’s opportunities to participate fully in society, including their experiences of homelessness.

The survey has been conducted every 4 years since 2002, with the latest release in 2014. Detailed information is collected about the personal and household characteristics of persons aged 15 years and over in private dwellings throughout Australia (excluding foreign diplomats, members of non-Australian defence forces, visitors, people living in very remote areas and people living in discrete Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities). A sample of 12,932 dwellings across the states and territories was included in the survey to generate estimates and relative standard errors for the Australian resident population.

The General Social Survey includes information on a range of social dimensions such as household income, housing costs and financial statistics, financial stress by household composition, demographic characteristics, transport and mobility, education and employment.

General Social Survey data are also used in the following dashboard menu options: Financial statistics and Financial stress.

See ABS 4159.0 – General Social Survey: Summary Results, Australia, 2014 ([email protected]/mf/4159.0) for further information, including in-depth commentary and analysis, in particular the source data Quality Declaration. Source reference tables 3.1, 3.3, 17.1 and 17.3.