South Australia’s Strategic Plan is comprised of 100 targets. These targets are specific and measurable and enable us to measure our progress towards achieving the Plan’s visions and goals.

Each target is reported on through this section of the website. Data is analysed and uploaded as it becomes available.


10. Homelessness:

Halve the number of ‘rough sleepers’ in South Australia by 2013 and maintain thereafter

Key Measure


Explanatory Comments

This target will be updated following the release of the next Census which will be conducted by the ABS in August 2016.

The number of people sleeping rough in South Australia decreased from 512 in the baseline year of 2001 to 436 on Census night in 2006. The number of people sleeping rough continued to decrease to 258 on Census night in 2011, in line with the target of halving rough sleepers by 2013.

Outcomes previously reported for 2001 and 2006 have been revised as a result of changes to homelessness definitions, developed in September 2012 by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

The previously reported baseline was 897 rough sleepers, with a target of 449 rough sleepers by 2013. The new baseline is 512 rough sleepers and the target has been revised to 256 rough sleepers; consistent with halving the number of rough sleepers by 2013. 

Lead Agency

Department for Communities and Social Inclusion