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Find out about the Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS) collection: a new data collection to record new information on homeless clients (introduced 1 July 2011).

Homelessness in Australia

Homelessness is a complex issue, involving more than just a lack of housing. Factors that may increase a person's risk of becoming or remaining homeless can include:

  • Structural factors:
    • Poverty
    • Unemployment
    • Lack of affordable housing
  • Personal circumstances:
    • Discrimination
    • Poor physical or mental health
    • Intellectual disability
    • Drug and alcohol abuse
    • Gambling
    • Family and relationship breakdown
    • Domestic violence
    • Physical and sexual abuse

Services available to homeless or at risk individuals

People experiencing homelessness may access a wide range of general government services, including: 

  • General health services
  • Drug rehabilitation programs
  • General community services
  • Housing assistance