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Statistics and research

The recent release of the Australian Bureau of Statistics 2016 Census data paints a new picture of homelessness. We now have a more realistic perspective on the numbers and profiles of those experiencing homelessness, as well as better insight into the pathways that have led people to this position.

Being at the forefront of new research on homelessness is at the heart of what we do at Wesley Mission. By understanding the ever-changing demographic of homelessness we can continue to target our approach and truly help those who need it the most.

ABS 2016 Census results

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 Perceptions of Homelessness Report

2018: Perceptions of homelessness in Australia

A common but inaccurate perception of homelessness is that of people sleeping on the streets. At Wesley Mission, we believe that homelessness can only be truly addressed when perceptions change. This important report contains the findings from an omnibus study conducted on behalf of Wesley Mission of what Australians perception is of homelessness, its causes and the solutions to end homelessness, and our recommendations.

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Homelessness: the bigger picture

Homelessness is on the rise across Australia. Families are being turned away from accommodation services due to lack of space, domestic violence is rendering ‘home’ as an unsafe space and many people do not know where to turn to for support. Learn more about the complexities of homelessness from our research reports.

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