Journeys Home: Longitudinal Study of Factors Affecting Housing Stability


Journeys Home: A Longitudinal Study of Factors Affecting Housing Stability was an important national survey about the living and housing challenges that people may be facing. Data collection for the study is now complete.

The study aimed to help researchers improve their understanding of the diverse social, economic and personal factors related to homelessness and the risk of becoming homeless. Journeys Home collected data about topics covering personal circumstances, family circumstances, housing circumstances and use of support services.

The data will help policy makers, academics and service providers to understand the housing needs and experiences of Australians. It will help provide better services to people with living and housing challenges.

Study participants

Data was collected across six waves—each six months apart—between September 2011 and the first half of 2014, from 1,600 income support recipients across Australia.

Information regarding sample sizes and response rates for each of the Centre studies is available.


Journeys Home was conducted by the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economics and Social Research at the University of Melbourne on behalf of the Department of Social Services.

Information regarding the governance of each of the Centre studies is available.

Journeys Home data access

All six waves of data are available to approved researchers from government, academic institutions and non-profit organisations. For more details please refer to Access to DSS Longitudinal Datasets.

Journeys Home research

Information about research and publications using Journeys Home data is available from FloSse Research and Centre research and publications.

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