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A profile of homelessness for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Posted on: 1 August, 2011
Issue: Vol 11 No 3, July 2011 – September 2011
Related to Housing Services Social determinants

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)
A profile of homelessness for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report presents a comprehensive picture of Indigenous homelessness in Australia. It finds that, whilst Indigenous Australians represented 2.5% of total population on census night in 2006, they accounted for 9% of the total homeless population, and 17% of all homeless people who accessed government-funded specialised homelessness services.

The report also presents findings on the following:

  • the types of homelessness experienced by Indigenous Australians
  • geographical distribution of Indigenous people accessing specialised homelessness services
  • support and services provided to Indigenous Australians who are homeless, including length of support, main reasons for seeking assistance, types of service provided, tenancy outcomes for specialist homelessness service clients, and case management goals achieved.

Information on non-Indigenous Australians is also presented for comparison purposes.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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