We Are Mobilise

Mobilise Australian Census Response

It’s Clear That Australia Can Do Better

The 2021 census data is now in, what does it tell us about homelessness?

Through all the stats and breakdowns, what it clearly shows us is that the problems with homelessness in this country are not getting substantially better.

We work in the homelessness space. The numbers unfortunately are not improving enough, we can see this through the data.

Here are 5 key takeaways from the new report:

Increasing from 116,367 in 2016 to 122,487 in 2021. This is representative of nearly 1 in 200 Australians experiencing homelessness on any given night.

Where the problems may be improving in some areas, they are being made worse in others. The numbers often hide the shifting populations.

18,373 kids under the age of 12 were reported as being homeless.
For youth, homelessness is not a choice.

This is a dramatic increase, well above the national average of 1 in 208

Not all homelessness is visible, less than 7% of people experiencing homelessness are sleeping rough on the streets. The majority will be in unsafe living environments like these.

What Can Be Done? 

All too often these statistics and issues go overlooked. It’s obvious that this is an issue not as clearly in the public eye. Unlike stats on unemployment rates or economic trends, we only get data on homelessness in Australia once every 5 years, and by the time the data is released it’s already behind the curve.

It’s our belief that new solutions and ideas need to be put forward to address this problem on a national scale. What we hope to do is both increase public awareness and offer new solutions to these complex issues.

Read on for more key findings from the census, or visit our Linktree to connect with us and find out how you can be part of the conversation for change.

More Findings

The rate of homelessness fell from 50 in 10,000 to 48 in 10,000, which still translates to approximately one in 210 Australians experiencing homelessness (with the real number being exactly 1 in 208), working out to about 0.48% of the population.

That means that there are over 120,000 Australians experiencing homelessness on any given night. Exactly 122,487 people, a crowd over 20% larger than the attendance at the 2022 AFL Grand Final.

However, it’s important to remember that homelessness is a complex issue, and the census data is only one way of measuring it. Many people who are experiencing homelessness may not be captured in these statistics, it can be very difficult to see the complete picture.

While the problems are complex, we believe them to be solvable. We can do more to help that less than half a percent of our population get to sleep with a roof over their heads each night.

This data was collected in August 2021, when many people experiencing homelessness were placed into temporary housing and offered more financial support through the national covid response.

As life and “business as usual” resumes, amongst the rising inflation and cost of living increases, the problem is more than likely, much worse than what we may read in these findings.

Homelessness is often stigmatised, which makes it difficult for people to get the help that they need and find stable housing. Increasing public awareness and understanding of the causes and impacts of homelessness can help reduce this stigma and help people to find their way out of the cycle of homelessness.

Together, we can lift people out of poverty and empower them to exit homelessness.

Here are some ways to get involved:

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Andrew Sloman

Andrew has recently joined the Board after initial conversations with Anthony and Noah where they expressed a desire to source risk, governance and financial expertise to the organisation and would Andrew recommend anyone from his networks.

So taken was Andrew with the organisation, the mission, strategy and people that he decided to contribute himself and leverage his 30 years experience as a registered company auditor, risk and internal audit practitioner.

As a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, you can often find him criss crossing the Tasman Sea and mumbling the occasional word of Te Reo Maori. He also holds governance roles as a Board Member of the Victorian Local Governance Association and is an independent member of Risk Committees at the Richmond Football Club and the A.G. Coombs Group.

He is passionate about managing risk in sectors including charities/not-for-profits, Local Government, Sport and Sport Infrastructure, and you will find him most weekends at the MCG cheering on his beloved Tigers.

Jenna Downer

Having spent the last decade working across corporate and philanthropic partnerships, across both National Sporting Organisations, and international not-for-profits, Jenna is passionate about the human experience, believing we all have opportunity, and the responsibility to improve to world of tomorrow.

With attitude of curiosity, and a knack commercialising programs, Jenna creates value for organisations seeking to make tangible social impact, championing sustainable development principles across commercial and philanthropic partnerships. 

With a career built around relationships and networks, weekends mean are a change of pace, often spent at the dog park with a great Melbourne-brewed coffee in hand.

Trent Milvain

Trent is the Chief Operating Officer of Law Squared.

He has overseen the firm’s growth over the past eight years alongside Demetrio Zema and the business, laying and executing the firm’s strategy–from new legal and non–legal service lines to integrating teams across Australia, United Kingdom, and most recently an office in Auckland, New Zealand.

A sample of Trent’s responsibilities includes leading the firm’s culture, capability, and day-to-day operations.

His strategic approach has also led to the establishment of a Legal Technology function that provides helps corporate legal departments optimise their legal operations & technology.

Trent advises a Melbourne-based FinTech and is a founding board member for We Are Mobilse which is on a mission to positively transform the lives of those facing homelessness across Australia.

Previously, Trent worked as a Commercial Manager for one of Australia’s leading retail groups and has advised a construction firm in Melbourne.

In his free time, Trent enjoys learning and experiencing new things, spending time with friends and family, and watching live sports.

Chris King

Chris King

Chris is one of the founding volunteers of We Are Mobilise, which started in 2016 and has served as a director on the board since its conception.

Early in his time with We Are Mobilise, Chris realised the power of conversation and was troubled by the isolation that those facing homelessness felt. It became clear that the isolation was feeding a disconnect, not only from society but also from their sense of humanity; compelled by this, Chris continued to do what he could to recognise, acknowledge and help those living with homelessness.

Over the years, his role has changed from a more hands-on approach running the volunteer marketing team to a more strategic role assisting the full-time staff to grow We Are Mobilise to its most impactful state.

In his day job, although rarely just during the day, Chris is a founding employee of the creative business Bullfrog, specialising in communications, commercialisation and innovation. He primarily works across Production and Client Management for various national and international companies.

Anthony Alsop

Anthony Alsop

Attracted by the impact of multiple outreach experiences in 2022, Anthony joined the board of We Are Mobilise that year before assuming the role of Chief Marketing Officer in 2023.

His career journey spans the sports industry, with stints at the Australian Football League’s Richmond Football Club and Brisbane Lions as well as Tennis Australia, and Channel 7. Beyond our Aussie borders, he left his mark in the hustle and bustle of New York with the National Basketball Association.

Anthony’s passion is storytelling, having created documentaries, TV shows, and podcasts throughout his career. He’s not just a behind-the-scenes guy; he’s been in the executive hot seat and led communications during his tenure within the AFL. He leads our marketing function and infuses his unique storytelling into our branding, communications, partnerships, and fundraising efforts.

Off the clock, you’ll find Anthony playing basketball, at the movies, or hanging out with family and friends. Catch him in action from his appearance on ABC’s Hard Quiz for a dose of his lighter side.
Danielle Schutte

Danielle Schutte

Danielle joined the Mobilise board in 2021 after a conversation with Noah where they decided they could change the world. After 2 years of volunteering, she decided that the only way we could get there was to focus on the mission full-time, when she joined as Chief Operating Officer.

Danielle has always been interested in the big global systems that impact people’s lives every day and has built a career on trying to understand and change these for the better.

This long-time hospo worker journeyed through a Masters in Public Health, stints in advocacy, to management consulting in the health sector and a strategy at a large federal government agency.

She’s been able to use this to develop our flagship programs from scratch and build the back-end of Mobilise into a more efficient operation, and making sure we’re focussed on using technology to help us help our friends on the street. You can check out her weirder side in her passion project: a podcast mixing health technology and the healing powers of music.

Otherwise you can find her riding a scooter to a gig near you or doing circus aerial tricks (badly).

CEO Noah Yang

Noah Yang

Noah is the Founder of We Are Mobilise and currently serves as Managing Director/CEO.

Challenged by the understanding that no-one in Australia should have to sleep on the street, the Mobilise journey began when Noah and a friend set out with bags of bread to have conversations with those they met. Since that day, Noah has lead We Are Mobilise from a grassroots movement focused on assertive outreach through to an ACNC-registered national charity which has recently completed the $2 million+ Nedd Brockmann campaign – positioning it ready to deliver impact across its 3 core pillars.

Noah’s background was in management consulting and he has an inquisitive nature, passionate about leveraging commercial solutions to make a social impact.

He has coupled a diverse consulting experience with a global education, informing his passion for innovation and an eagerness to deploy an entrepreneurial approach to business building.

Outside of Mobilise, Noah enjoyed building a project called ‘ASX Investor’ – a digital media channel that amassed 25,000+ total followers and featured interviews with CEO’s from across the ASX.


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