Specialist Homelessness Services NMDS 2011
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Data Set Specification|
|Registration status:||Housing assistance, Superseded 01/05/2013|
Homelessness, Superseded 01/05/2013
|DSS type:||National Minimum Data Set (NMDS)|
The Specialist Homelessness Services National Minimum Data Set (SHS NMDS) aims to provide quality information about people who are either homeless or at risk of homelessness and who are seeking services from specialist homelessness agencies.
This collection is intended to obtain information about clients receiving ongoing or short term support as well as people who are seeking assistance but did not receive any services. Data collection includes basic socio-demographic information and the services required by and provided to each client. Details about accompanying children are also recorded. Additionally, information is obtained about the client circumstances before, during and after receiving support.
The base unit of this collection is a person who present to a Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS) agency requesting a service or services. A person becomes a client once they receive a service or services. The period of time a client receives assistance from a SHS agency is commonly referred to as a support period. It relates to the provision of assistance and/or supported accommodation. A support period is considered finished when the relationship between the client and the agency ends or the client has reached their maximum amount of support.
During a support period there are, in most cases, a series of service episodes or assistance, other than supported accommodation, provided to the client by the SHS agency. For the purposes of the Specialist Homelessness Services NMDS, assistance also includes contact with a client, or work on behalf of a client.
The SHS NMDS has three ‘views’ for collection purposes, they are: Unassisted person, Client and Specialist homelessness agency.
An ‘Unassisted person’ in the context of this collection is any person who seeks assistance from an agency and is not successful in obtaining that assistance. A ‘Client’ is a person or group who receive services either directly or indirectly from an agency. A 'Specialist homelessness agency' is an organisation which receives government funding to deliver a specialist homelessness service to a client. If clients present collectively information is collected for each client but the group is referred to as a 'Presenting unit'.
The SHS NMDS has been developed to support the collection of data under the Intergovernmental Agreement on Federal Financial Relations for Homelessness. It will replace the existing Supported Accommodation Assistance Program (SAAP) collection as from 2011. The SHS NMDS reflects the new outcome based performance framework described by the COAG Reforms and White Paper. Some of the major changes to homelessness data collection, include:
The SHS NMDS addresses the first change - the development of an implementation plan to establish client-based collection (including specification of client-centred data collection. It provides evidence based statistics regarding clients of specialist homelessness agencies and the services they receive. The second change - specification of administrative data collection from jurisdictions - commenced development in mid – 2010.
The SHS NMDS data collection will be vital for reporting, policy design and evaluation, as well as service improvement and monitoring of specialist homelessness services in Australia.
In 2008 the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to reform federal financial relations “aimed at improving the quality and effectiveness of government services” (COAG 31 July 2009). These reforms established five new Specific Purpose Payments (SPPs) including the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA). COAG also agreed to a National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH), which establishes specific performance measures in relation to homelessness. The details of these agreements can be found at COAG website: National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness
In conjunction with these COAG Reforms, the Australian Government has initiated a comprehensive policy review to set out a national approach to reducing homelessness. These reforms are described in the White Paper: The Road Home, A National Approach to Reducing Homelessness, which can be found at: http://www.fahcsia.gov.au/sa/housing/progserv/homelessness/whitepaper
The development of the NHDC required the establishment of a client based Specialist Homelessness National Minimum Data Set (SHS NMDS) provided under the NAHA. This is significantly different from the SAAP National Data Collection which was based on ‘support periods’ and only collected data on services provided through the SAAP. The new data set will also capture client outcomes, especially through an ability to link to other data sets such as public housing.
The AIHW has been tasked by the Commonwealth Government to establish the new NMDS to replace the current SAAP NDC and to contribute to the reporting requirements outlined in the NAHA and the NPAH.
The SHS NMDS has been developed in conjunction with all jurisdictions with the liaison coordinated through the Housing and Homelessness Information Management Group (HHIMG).
Collection and usage attributes
|Implementation start date:||01/07/2011|
Source and reference attributes
|Submitting organisation:||Housing and Homelessness Information Management Group.|
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See also SAAP Administrative National Minimum Data Set (NMDS) Community Services (retired), Retired 01/07/2011
Has been superseded by Specialist Homelessness Services NMDS 2012-13 Housing assistance, Superseded 01/05/2013, Homelessness, Superseded 01/05/2013