The ABC has produced an interactive Fact File, based on the latest research in Australia, to reveal how the patterns of homelessness in Australia have changed over 15 years.

Some 105,200 Australians are without a home. Indigenous Australians and single parents are over-represented in the numbers, with domestic and family violence the main reasons they seek help from homelessness services.

The ABS categorises homeless people into six groups:

  1. Rough sleepers (6 per cent).
  2. Supported accommodation for the homeless (20 per cent).
  3. Temporary accommodation with other households, including friends and family (17 per cent).
  4. Boarding houses (17 per cent).
  5. Other temporary lodgings (1 per cent).
  6. Severely overcrowded accommodation (39 per cent).

The fastest growing group of homeless people are those living in severely overcrowded accommodation.

Rates of homelessness are highest in northern remote and very remote regions, followed by inner cities and some growth corridors.

More than 30 per cent of people without a home live in 20 of the nation's 329 regions, as defined by the ABS. The average homelessness rate in these regions is nearly 12 times the national average.

  1. East Arnhem, NT
  2. Daly - Tiwi - West Arnhem, NT
  3. Katherine, NT
  4. Barkly, NT
  5. Alice Springs, NT
  6. Kimberley, WA
  7. Far North, QLD
  8. Darwin City, NT
  9. Adelaide City, SA
  10. Outback - North, QLD
  11. Outback - North and East, SA
  12. Innisfail - Cassowary Coast, QLD
  13. Brisbane Inner, QLD
  14. Marrickville - Sydenham - Petersham, NSW
  15. Sydney Inner City, NSW
  16. Port Phillip, VIC
  17. Fyshwick - Pialligo - Hume, ACT
  18. Charters Towers - Ayr - Ingham, QLD
  19. Goldfields, WA
  20. North Canberra, ACT

You can find the Homelessness Factfile on the ABC website.

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