Overview

Governments across Australia fund a range of services to support people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. These services are delivered by non-government organisations including agencies specialising in delivering services to specific target groups (such as young people or people experiencing domestic and family violence), as well as those that provide more generic services to people facing housing crises.

More reports and statistics on homelessness services can be found under Housing assistance. The AIHW’s Housing data dashboard also contains the latest housing and homelessness data from over 20 national data sets, brought together in one place.

Featured reports

Latest findings

Financial difficulties and family and domestic violence are among the most common reasons for seeking assistance

Females are the main recipients of specialist homelessness services

290,500 clients were assisted by SHS agencies in 2019–20; almost 1.3 million clients since 2011–12

Most SHS clients were at risk of homelessness when seeking assistance; most were in private or other housing at the time

Highlights