This report assembles the evidence, from official statistics, academic research, and other publicly available information about the lived experience of homelessness and housing affordability in Australia.
Australia’s homelessness problem is getting worse:
Homelessness in Australia is outpacing population growth.
Rough sleeping levels are increasing.
Severe overcrowding is the largest group.
Older Australians increasingly experience homelessness.
Indigenous Australians are overrepresented.
There’s increased demand for homelessness specialist services.
The main reasons for seeking assis
The context of this research is the ageing population in Australia and its implications for housing and urban development. Ageing in place is a key policy response to population ageing, but this begs the question: ageing in what kind of place?