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released: 13 May 2011 author: AIHW media release

The rate of homelessness for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is four times that of non-Indigenous Australians. Homeless Indigenous Australians were almost twice as likely to sleep rough, or in improvised dwellings and shelters, than non-Indigenous Australians. The rate of home ownership for Indigenous households was about a third compared to two-thirds for non-Indigenous households. Indigenous households were ten times more likely to be living in overcrowded conditions compared to non-Indigenous households.

ISBN 978-1-74249-140-0; Cat. no. HOU 237; 124pp.; Internet only

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols
    • Summary
      • Housing and housing assistance
      • Homelessness
  • Body section
    • 1. Introduction
      • 1.1 Data sources and limitations
      • 1.2 Housing tenure and Indigenous households
      • 1.3 A profile of Indigenous homeless people
        • 1.3.1 Homeless Indigenous people in Australia
        • 1.3.2 Indigenous clients of specialist homelessness services
          • Age and sex
            • Clients
            • Accompanying children
          • Geographical distribution
          • Main source of income
          • Client groups
          • Main reasons for seeking assistance
    • 2. Housing services
      • 2.1 Indigenous-specific housing assistance programs
        • 2.1.1 Dwelling location
        • 2.1.2 Dwelling type and size
      • 2.2 Indigenous access to mainstream housing programs
        • Public rental housing and community housing
        • Commonwealth Rent Assistance
        • Private Rent Assistance
        • Home Purchase Assistance
      • 2.3 Indigenous access to homelessness services
        • 2.3.1 Crisis Accommodation Program (CAP)
        • 2.3.2 Service provision and referral for Indigenous SAAP clients
        • 2.3.3 Housing and accommodation services required by Indigenous SAAP clients
        • 2.3.4 Type of tenure
    • 3. Standard of housing
      • 3.1 Improvised dwellings
      • 3.2 Connections to essential services
      • 3.3 Compliance with dwelling standards
      • 3.4 Dwelling availability and dwelling condition
      • 3.5 Repairs and maintenance
      • 3.6 Maintenance expenditure
    • 4. Housing utilisation
      • 4.1 Occupancy rates
        • 4.1.1 Turnaround time
      • 4.2 Overcrowding
        • 4.2.1 Overcrowding and tenure type
        • 4.2.2 Overcrowding in social housing
      • 4.3 Expressed need for housing
      • 4.4 Dwelling need gap
    • 5. Response to Indigenous housing and homelessness needs
      • 5.1 Meeting Indigenous housing needs
        • 5.1.1 Eligibility and allocation
          • Greatest need
          • Low income households
        • 5.1.2 Affordability
        • 5.1.3 Client satisfaction
        • 5.1.4 Sustainability of tenancies
      • 5.2 General support to Indigenous homeless people
        • 5.2.1 Support to homeless people
          • Service provision
            • Housing/accommodation services
            • Financial/employment services
            • Personal support services
            • General support/advocacy services
            • Specialist services
            • Basic support services
          • Case management
          • Duration of accommodation provided during support
    • 6. Service delivery in the housing and homelessness sectors
      • 6.1 Indigenous community housing organisations
      • 6.2 Indigenous input and employment in housing services
      • 6.3 Financial performance
        • 6.3.1 Rent collection
        • 6.3.2 Capital and recurrent expenditure
      • 6.4 Specialist homelessness services agencies
        • Geographical distribution of Indigenous peoples accessing specialist homelessness services
  • End matter
    • Appendixes
      • Appendix 1: Data sources
        • Housing
          • Public rental housing 2008–09
            • Data limitations
          • State owned and managed Indigenous housing (SOMIH) 2008–09
          • Mainstream community housing 2008–09
            • The community housing data collection collects information relating to housing assistance to low income families and individuals provided and administered by community housing providers. This program was funded through the Commonwealth State Housing A...
            • Data limitations
          • Indigenous community housing (ICH) 2008–09
            • Data limitations
          • Crisis accommodation program (CAP) 2008–09
            • Data limitations
          • Commonwealth rent assistance (CRA) 2009
          • Private rent assistance (PRA) 2007–08
            • Data limitations
          • Home purchase assistance (HPA) 2007–08
            • Data limitations
          • National Social Housing Survey (NSHS) 2007
          • Census 2006
          • CHINS 2006
          • NATSISS 2008
        • Homelessness
          • SAAP Client Collection
          • SAAP Administrative Data Collection
            • Data Limitations for SAAP NDC
          • Counting the Homeless, 2006
            • Data Limitations
      • Appendix 2: Housing tables
      • Appendix 3: Homelessness tables
        • Glossary
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures
      • List of boxes

Recommended citation

AIHW 2011. Housing and homelessness services: access for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Cat. no. HOU 237. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 24 July 2014 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=10737419006>.