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released: 5 May 2011 author: AIHW media release

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people had four times the rate of homelessness compared to other Australians (191 per 10,000 compared with 49 per 10,000 in the 2006 Census). Homeless Indigenous Australians were more likely to sleep rough, or in improvised dwellings and shelters, than non-Indigenous Australians (27% compared with 15%). Indigenous people are overrepresented as clients of specialist homelessness services - 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.

ISBN 978-1-74249-139-4 ; Cat. no. IHW 43; 36pp.; Internet only


Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso title pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols
    • Summary
      • Key findings
  • Body content
    • Indigenous homelessness in Australia
      • Introduction
        • What is homelessness?
        • Homelessness for Indigenous Australians
      • A response to homelessness
      • Government-funded specialist homelessness agencies
      • Important information about the data
    • A profile of Indigenous homeless people
      • The number of homeless Indigenous Australians
      • What types of homelessness are Indigenous people experiencing?
      • The number of Indigenous Australians accessing specialist homelessness services
      • Geographical distribution of Indigenous peoples accessing specialist homelessness services
    • Support and services provided to Indigenous Australians
      • Length of support
      • Main reason for seeking assistance
        • Client group
      • Types of services provided
        • Meeting the needs of Indigenous clients
        • A closer look at services provided to Indigenous clients in 2008–09
        • Services provided to Indigenous accompanying children
      • Accommodation
      • Tenancy outcomes for specialist homelessness service clients
      • Case management goals achieved
  • End matter
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures
    • List of boxes
  • Appendix (518KB PDF)
  • Appendix 1 The data
  • Appendix 2 Additional tables

Recommended citation

AIHW 2011. A profile of homelessness for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Cat. no. IHW 43. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 22 July 2017 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=10737418968>.

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