2016 Census Data on Homelessness in Australia

Census Reveals a Rise in the Rate of Homelessness in Australia 

The ABS today released the 2016 Census data, showing that 24,817 Victorians were counted as homeless in 2016, an 11% increase since 2011 Census.

The Census puts a number to what Victorian homelessness services have long been reporting – that they’re groaning under the weight of demand, the increase in homelessness is no surprise given that as a country we’ve failed to tackle the housing affordability crisis, and our homelessness services continue to be chronically underfunded.

Homelessness is not a lifestyle choice, it reflects systems failure, and most critically, a shortage of affordable housing.

 

Children and young people make up nearly 2-in-5 of all people counted as homeless; 38% of the people counted as homeless on Census night were under 25 years of age

 

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The rate of homelessness in Australia has increased 4.6% over the last five years, according to new data from the 2016 Census of Population and Housing.

The latest estimates reveal more than 116,000 people were experiencing homelessness in Australia on Census night, representing 1 homeless person for every 200 people.

Key stats – homelessness (a)


2016
2011 (b)
2006
2001
% change (2011 – 2016)
% change (2006 – 2011)
% change (2001 – 2006)

Persons living in improvised dwellings, tents, or sleeping out
8,200
6,810
7,247
8,946
20.4%
-6.0%
-19.0%

Persons in supported accommodation for the homeless
21,235
21,258
17,329
13,420
-0.1%
22.7%
29.1%

Persons staying temporarily with other households
17,725
17,374
17,663
17,880
2.0%
-1.6%
-1.2%

Persons living in boarding houses
17,503
14,944
15,460
21,300
17.1%
-3.3%
-27.4%

Persons in other temporary lodging
678
682
500
338
-0.6%
36.4%
47.9%

Persons living in ‘severely’ crowded dwellings
51,088
41,370
31,531
33,430
23.5%
31.2%
-5.7%
Total
116,427
102,439
89,728
95,314
13.7%
14.2%
-5.9%

Notes
(a) Cells in this table have been randomly adjusted to avoid the release of confidential data. As a result, cells may not add to the totals. 
(b) Homeless estimates from 2011 for the category ‘Persons living in boarding houses’ have been revised. 

 

Further 2016 Census homelessness data can be found on the ABS website.

 

READ THE FULL ABS PRESS RELEASE HERE

 

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