One in six young Australians have experienced homelessness, with family violence the leading cause for them to leave home, new data shows. For the first time in its yearly survey of 15-19-year-olds, Mission Australia asked young people if they had spent time away from home in the past three months because they felt they couldn’t go back. The results, released on Wednesday, show an average of one-in-six young people across the nation answered ‘yes’ in 2017, with the highest rates in Western Australia (one-in-five) and the lowest in Victoria (one-in-eight).

A Mission Australia survey of 15-19-year-olds has found one-in-six experienced homelessness last year, prompting calls for a national homeless strategy.

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