Statistics released by the Australian Bureau of Stastics on July 24 show 28,600 or 16.5% of people experiencing homelessness in Australia have full-time jobs.
The figures also show more than one-third of homeless people aged over 15 are employed in some capacity.
A total of 61,500 people are employed in some way, but their wages do not pay enough to put a roof over their head.
Nearly half the homeless population — 45.6% — is either in work or looking for work, and the unemployment rate for people experiencing homelessness is 22.5%.
Homelessness jumped by more than 16% between 2011 and 2016, with the worst affected group people aged between 19 and 34.