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Question Without Notice No. 489 asked in the Legislative Council on 24 August 2017 by Hon Tim Clifford

Minister responding: Hon S.F. McGurk
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Answered on 24 August 2017

HOMELESSNESS
489. Hon TIM CLIFFORD to the minister representing the Minister for Community Services:
      (1) Does the government intend to meet its 2015 promise to halve overall homelessness and to offer supported accommodation to all rough sleepers who need it by 2020?
(2) Does the government know how many people in WA by region are currently homeless?
      (3) If yes to (2), please provide the number of people by region who are homeless and the number of people in WA by region who are currently sleeping rough.
(4) If yes to (1) and no to (2), how will the government measure whether it has met its promise?
Hon SUE ELLERY replied:
I thank the honourable member for some notice of this question.
      (1) The McGowan government committed to addressing a range of issues that contribute to reducing homelessness. In particular, we will be aided by our policies on stopping family and domestic violence and supporting communities. The government looks forward to progressing and delivering its commitments and is currently working through the budget process to do so.
      (2) The Australian Bureau of Statistics publication ''Census of Population and Housing: Estimating Homelessness'' is used to report on the number of homeless people in Australia and Western Australia. The most recent homelessness ABS publication ''Census of Population and Housing: Estimating Homelessness, 2011'', released on 12 November 2012, contains information on the number of homeless people and people who were in improvised dwellings or tents or slept out on census night 2011.
(3) I seek leave to incorporate the answer into Hansard because it is in tabular form.
Leave granted.
The following material was incorporated —
          Western Australia-by Statistical Area Level 3-2011
          All homeless persons
          Persons who are in improvised dwellings, tents or sleeping out
      no.
      no.
          Mandurah
          Mandurah
      208
      51
          Perth – Inner
          Cottesloe – Claremont
      77
      0
          Perth City
      909
      188
          Perth – North East
          Bayswater – Bassendean
      172
      12
          Mundaring
      60
          Swan
      284
          Perth – North West
          Joondalup
      157
          Stirling
      419
      15
          Wanneroo
      302
          Perth – South East
          Armadale
      152
      9
          Belmont – Victoria Park
      249
          Canning
      272
      0
          Gosnells
      417
          Kalamunda
      78
      0
          Serpentine – Jarrahdale
      30
          South Perth
      90
      0
          Perth – South West
          Cockburn
      234
      6
          Fremantle
      383
      68
          Kwinana
      55
      3
          Melville
      132
          Rockingham
      222
          Bunbury
          Augusta – Margaret River – Busselton
      121
      20
          Bunbury
      198
      15
          Manjimup
      99
      40
          Western Australia – Outback
          Esperance
      45
      20
          Gascoyne
      159
      35
          Goldfields
      637
      104
          Kimberley
      1,877
      128
          Mid West
      327
      41
          Pilbara
      822
      79
          Western Australia – Wheat Belt
          Albany
      195
          Wheat Belt - North
      186
      36
          Wheat Belt - South
      30

Note: A cell in the table with no figures is due to the number not being published by ABS.

(4) The government uses published data from the ABS census.