The National Youth Commission’s report
Australia’s Homeless Youth
is the result of the first national
independent inquiry into youth
homelessness since the Burdekin
Human Rights inquiry in 1989.

Funding provided by The Caledonia Foundation

The National Youth Commission (NYC) held 21 days of hearings in 2007 across all States and territories. Altogether, 319 people gave formal evidence and 91 written submissions were received from community organisations, individuals and government departments. > www.nyc.net.au

The NYC’s findings have been published in this report, including over 80 recommendations. The report is available to download below as a summary or in chapters.

The National Youth Commission’s Australia’s Homeless Youth Report, and the feature documentary The Oasis were both launched during National Youth Week in April 2008.

Homeless Youth Report

Australia’s Homeless Youth – Project Summary

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Homeless Youth Report

Australia’s Homeless Youth report

Complete Report

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Chapter by Chapter

Introduction

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Chapter 1 – National Youth Commission Inquiry

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Chapter 2 – Government responses to homelessness

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Chapter 3 – Experience of youth homelessness

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Chapter 4 – Incidence of homelessness

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Chapter 5 – Homelessness as a process

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Chapter 6 – Families in crisis

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Chapter 7 – Poverty

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Chapter 8 – Labour market marginalisation

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Chapter 9 – State care and protection

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Chapter 10 – Mental health

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Chapter 11 – Alcohol and other drugs

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Chapter 12 – Indigenous homelessness

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Chapter 13 – Early intervention

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Chapter 14 – Supported accommodation

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Chapter 15 – Post-SAAP transitions

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Chapter 16 – Housing for young people

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Chapter 17 – Health

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Chapter 18 – Crime and legal issues

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Chapter 19 – Income support

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Chapter 20 – Employment

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Chapter 21 – Community coordination

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Chapter 22 – Costs and benefits

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Chapter 23 – The way forward

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Bibliography & Appendices

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