Today is the first time the ABS has released official estimates of the prevalence of homelessness in Australia at the time of the 2001 and 2006 Censuses.
Today’s release found that there were 89,728 people who were homeless on 8 August 2006, or 0.5% of the Australian population (45 homeless people for every 10,000 persons). Between 2001 and 2006 there was a 6% decrease in the number of people who were homeless (the rate of homelessness declined from 51 homeless people per 10,000 persons in 2001). The fall in the boarding house population (down 5,840) drove the overall decline in homelessness.
For the full report see – Official ABS estimates of homelessness: 90,000 homeless people on 8 August 2006