This definition is applicable for the purposes of income management only.
The most widely accepted definition of homelessness in Australia describes 3 kinds of homelessness:
- primary homelessness, such as sleeping rough or living in an improvised dwelling,
- secondary homelessness, including staying with friends or relatives and with no other usual address and people staying in specialist homelessness services, and
- tertiary homelessness, including people living in boarding houses or caravan parks with no secure lease and no private facilities, both short and long-term.