AIHW Board AIHW senior staff Annual report Capability statement Collaboration Customer care charter FOI - freedom of information Indexed list of files Conferences & events Organisation chart Presentations Privacy of data Public consultation Public Interest Disclosure Strategic Directions 2011-2014 Tenders
By category Ageing, disability & carers Families & children Hospitals Housing & homelessness Indigenous Australians Population groups Risk factors, diseases & death Services, workforce & spending
By subjectAdoptions Aged care Ageing Alcohol & other drugs Arthritis & musculoskeletal conditions Asthma Australia's health Australia's welfare Burden of disease Cancer Cardiovascular health Child health, development & wellbeing Child protection Children's services Chronic diseases
Chronic kidney disease Chronic respiratory conditions Deaths Dementia Dental & oral health Diabetes Disability Expenditure Eye health Food & nutrition Health indicators Homelessness Hospitals Housing assistance Indigenous Australians Injury Life expectancy
Male health Mental health Mothers & babies National health priority areas Overweight & obesity Palliative care Population health Prisoner health Risk factors Rural health Safety & quality of health care Veterans' health Workforce Youth health & wellbeing Youth justice
In other sections Data Publications Contact AIHW
Publications CatalogueOrdering publicationsForthcoming publicationsOnline reportsRate our publication effectivenessSubscribe to release notices
By subject Adoptions Aged care Ageing Alcohol & other drugs Arthritis & musculoskeletal conditions Asthma Australia's health Australia's welfare Burden of disease Cancer Cardiovascular health Child health, development & wellbeing Child protection Children's services Chronic diseases Chronic kidney disease
Chronic respiratory conditions Corporate publications Data linkage Data standards Deaths Dental & oral health Diabetes Disability Expenditure Eye health Food & nutrition General practice Health indicators Homelessness Hospitals Housing assistance Indigenous Australians Indigenous housing
Injury Life expectancy Male health Mental health services Mothers & babies National health priority areas Overweight & obesity Palliative care Population health Prisoner health Risk factors Rural health Safety & quality of health care Veterans' health Workforce Youth health & wellbeing Youth justice
In other sections Subjects Data Contact AIHW
About AIHW data METeOR - metadata online registry Data by subject Catalogue of holdings of AIHW data Customised data analysis request Data linking Data standards Privacy of data
By subject Aged care Alcohol and other drugs Alcohol data sources Body weight data sources Cancer Children's headline indicators (CHI) National Aged Care Data Clearinghouse Chronic disease indicators Deaths
Disability Expenditure FHBH - Fixing houses for better health General practice (GP) data Hospitals Height and weight data sources Indigenous Australians International collaboration Maternity Information Matrix (MIM)
Medical indemnity Mental health National indicator catalogue National core maternity indicators (NCMI) Risk factors statistics Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS) Tobacco data sources Workforce
In other sections Subjects Publications Contact AIHW
AACR ACFADD AHSAC AIHW Board AIHW Ethics Committee CKDMAC AODTS NMDS WG CMAG CSDWG CVDMAC HEAC HHIMG
IGIHM JJ RIG MHISSC NAGATSIHID NCIAG NCSIMG NDDWG NDIMG NHISSC NIAG NIRAPIMG NMDD
NMDS NMHPSC NOPSAD NPDDC NPHEP NPHIC PCDWG PDWG PHIDG PHIG REDWG Workforce committees YIAG
Education worksheets What's in the pipeline Subscribe to education notices Other educational links
Worksheets by subject All Latest Ageing Australia's health Australia's welfare Carers
Children & youth Disability Disease Drugs
Health Health prevention Indigenous Australians Injury
In other sections Subjects Data Publications Contact AIHW
Job vacancies How to apply for a position at the AIHW Conditions of employment Benefits of working for the AIHW Indigenous temporary employment register Temporary employment register Occupational Training Program Contact the People Unit Graduates
AIHW Access magazine Conferences & events Media releases Subscribe to release notices Media FAQ Media contacts
You are here:
Although around 14,000 people with immediate housing needs were
able to be accommodated through the Supported Accommodation
Assistance Program (SAAP) on an average day in 2006-07, more than
350, over half of them under the age of 20, were turned away,
according to a report released today by the Australian Institute of
Health and Welfare.
'While homeless shelters help large numbers of people who need a
place to stay each day, not everyone who needs a place is able to
get one', said Felicity Murdoch of the Institute's Homelessness and
Housing Analysis Unit.
'To give some perspective, the 368 people who couldn't be
accommodated represent 3% of the total expressed demand for SAAP
accommodation on an average day', she said.
'But there is also the reality that on any given day only 43% of
all new requests for accommodation were successful.'
The report, Demand for SAAP accommodation by homeless people
2006-07: summary, shows that some groups have more difficulty
in getting a place to stay than others.
Family groups, for example, were more likely to be turned away
than single people.
'One of the possible reasons for this is that once families do
receive accommodation, they tend to stay longer than individuals,
which means the accommodation that is appropriate for families is
in use and therefore unavailable for other families in need,' Ms
'The evidence we have on patterns of supply and demand for
different groups suggests that there are more complex factors
affecting access to accommodation.'
'For example, the length of time people stay once accommodated
has an impact, as does the tendency for people to give up quickly
if unsuccessful in obtaining accommodation. And not all people who
are homeless seek SAAP accommodation - but they might if the
likelihood of getting accommodation was higher.'
The Supported Accommodation Assistance Program is a major part
of the Australian Government's overall response to homelessness,
and represents a broader social safety net designed to help people
Every year, in addition to gathering data on other aspects of
its operations, the Supported Accommodation Assistance Program
conducts surveys of people turned away from SAAP-funded
accommodation. These survey results are analysed by the Australian
Institute of Health and Welfare, which is the lead agency in
producing SAAP statistical reports.
Friday 10 October 2008
Further information: Felicity Murdoch, AIHW,
tel. 02 6244 1018; mob. 0407 915 851.
For media copies of the report: Publications
Officer, AIHW, tel. 61 2 6244 1032.
Availability: Check the AIHW Publications
Catalogue for the availability of Demand for SAAP
accommodation by homeless people 2006-07 and Demand for SAAP
accommodation by homeless people 2006-07: summary.