Estimating Homelessness: Census

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) provides estimates of people experiencing homelessness or who are marginally housed. Estimates are calculated every five years from the Census of Population and Housing, starting from 2006. Available geographic levels include SA2, SA3, SA4, States and Territories, and Remoteness Areas. Users can access demographic information on people experiencing homelessness, including topics such as age, sex and Indigenous status. The estimates break down homelessness into groupings such as people living in improvised dwellings, living in supported accommodation, living in other households, and living in severely overcrowded dwellings.

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Author Australian Bureau of Statistics
Last Updated August 16, 2023, 23:48 (UTC)
Created August 15, 2023, 06:44 (UTC)
Asset Type Dataset
AGIFT Theme Statistical Services
Source (Internal / External) External - Other
Access Rights Open
Temporal Coverage From 2006
Temporal Coverage To 2021
Geographic Scope National
Data Status Current
Update Frequency > Annually