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Compared with non-Indigenous Australians, Indigenous people:
Homelessness was different among Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Homeless Indigenous Australians were more likely to sleep rough, or in improvised dwellings and shelters, than non-Indigenous Australians (27% compared with 15%).
Indigenous homelessness increased between 2001 and 2006. Non-Indigenous homelessness remained relatively unchanged. This was the same in most states and territories. In the Northern Territory, homelessness fell for both population groups.
While 2.5% of Australians were Indigenous, and 9% of homeless Australians were Indigenous, about 17% of people assisted by specialist homelessness services in 2008–09 were Indigenous.
Indigenous and non-Indigenous people who were assisted by specialist homelessness services had similar: