Rough Sleeper Count

On 17 March 2020,  between 1.00am and 3.00am, the City took part in its first Rough Sleeper Count, along with other local governments across Perth. We'd like to thank our community for getting behind this initiative, which is very important to us.

The participating local governments were:

  • City of Bayswater
  • City of Perth
  • City of Vincent
  • City of Subiaco
  • City of Fremantle
  • City of Rockingham
  • City of Mandurah

Total rough sleepers counted across these local governments: 479

The total rough sleepers counted in the City of Bayswater was 12 people. Of those, 60% were located in the suburb of Bayswater.

The count was simply a person count, so it did not identify any individual; there was no interaction made with anyone; and assessments or referrals were not conducted.  

The City acknowledges that rough sleeping, homelessness and people at risk of homelessness may increase due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To this end, a second count took place on Tuesday, 27 October 2020 between 1am and 3am.

 The City will utilise data from the two Rough Sleeper Counts held in 2020 to help inform the development of its Local Homelessness Strategy in 2020/21. 

If you would like more information on the City’s rough sleeper counts, contact Community Development on 9272 0621.

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