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The rate at which people access homelessness services can vary geographically due to service availability and region-specific factors such as housing availability and affordability. This section examines people seeking specialist homelessness services (SHS) based on where the person lived in the week before presenting to a SHS agency, as reported at the first support period during 2017–18. This location may not be a permanent address, for example, people who were couch surfing the week prior to seeking services may nominate the location of their temporary accommodation. Client location has been classified by statistical area 4 (there are 88 SA4s areas in total), based on the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS)  (see Technical information).
In 2017–18, SHS agencies assisted almost 288,800 clients across Australia with 109,200 clients presenting homeless and 131,300 presenting at risk of homelessness. Taking population into consideration, the rate of people seeking SHS services varied by region in 2017–18 (Figure CLIENTLOC.1):
Source: Specialist Homelessness Services Collection 2017–18, National supplementary table CLIENTLOC.1.
rate per 10,000 ERP
Homeless (per cent)
At risk of homelessness (per cent)
New South Wales
Far West and Orana
Lowest (rate per 10,000 ERP)
Sydney—North Sydney and Hornsby
Sydney—Baulkham Hills and Hawkesbury
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