Updated 2018 data
Young people 12- 24 years who are homeless
References: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, Estimating Homelessness, 2016
The 2016 ABS Census estimates nearly 28,000 young Australians aged 12-24 years are homeless on any given night.
We know there are likely to be many more young people experiencing homelessness as it is difficult to measure. The ABS acknowledges this by saying the estimates are likely to be underestimated and the number could be much higher than recorded. This may be because young people who staying with others may be unclear that they are homeless, or they may not tell the people they are staying with, and their usual home address is recorded. This may be because the young person doesn’t want anyone to know they can’t go home, or the person who fills out the census on behalf of the young person assumes they will return to their home.