Host a Summer Sleepout and help end homelessness in Australia!

All Australians should have access to a safe home. But alarmingly, over 122,000 people are without a secure place to sleep every night. 

Grab your sleeping bag and tent, sign up and raise funds to change the lives of people at risk, or experiencing homelessness. 

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How do I get involved?

Take part in Mission Australia's Sleepout by challenging yourself to sleep somewhere you wouldn't usually for the night. Get sponsored and raise funds to support Australians at risk, or experiencing homelessness.

You can host a Sleepout in your backyard, at school, at work, with your sports club, church or other community groups. Prefer to keep it low-key? Get involved by hosting a Pyjama Day instead.


Sign up to host your Sleepout. Create your online fundraising page so you can start raising funds.

Plan your Sleepout. Pick a date, invite your friends and start planning the fun!

Sleepout and raise funds! Have fun and support Australians at risk or experiencing homelessness. 

Over 30 years of Sleepouts

On a cold winter’s night in 1988, a small, but passionate group of Mission Australia staff huddled together in the Sydney CBD for the first ever Sleepout to raise awareness to the growing homelessness crisis in Australia.

In the 90's, the movement grew and over 10,000 people joined the Sleepout on the steps of the Sydney Opera House. Since then, over 50,000 people have taken part, raising over $3 million to help end homelessness.

Why we Sleepout...

17,600 children

17,600 children under 12 are without a safe home tonight*

122,000 people

Over 122,000 Australians are homeless tonight*

7 minutes

Every 7 minutes someone accesses a homelessness service due to domestic family violence^


Around 37% of people accessing homelessness services were experiencing domestic family violence^

*Australian Bureau of Statistics (2018): Census of Population and Housing: Estimating homelessness, 2021.
^Australian Institute of Health andWelfare (AIHW) Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS) report - release date Wednesday 18 December 2019.

Fundraising tips & tools

We've created some handy resources and downloads to help you acheive your fundraising goals. You'll find tips and tools to help organise and promote your fundraiser as well as educate your supporters with statistics and issues impacting Australians experiencing homelessness. 

Remember, we're here to help so reach out if you can't find what you're looking for. Send us an email or call on 0472 918 925.


Who can take part in Mission Australia Sleepout?

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Homelessness affects people of all ages, and we need people of all ages to work together to end it.

That’s why the Mission Australia Sleepout is for everyone – it’s the people’s Sleepout!

Take part with friends, family, school or work mates or with your community groups. 

If you're under 18, ensure you take part with a parent or guardian.

What is Mission Australia Sleepout?

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Mission Austalia Sleepout is an event designed to raise awareness and desperately needed funds to help Australians at risk or experiencing homelessness.

When is Mission Australia Sleepout?

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Whenever you want!

Homelessness is a problem all year round – Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring – and it’s never too early or too late to play your part to help end it.

Where is the Mission Australia Sleepout?

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It's up to you! As long as you are safe have permission to stay overnight. 

Whether your Sleepout is under the stars, in your school or church hall, or on your living room floor, you’ll be making a real and vital difference in the lives of Australians in need.

How do I take part in Mission Australia Sleepout?

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First step is to sign up and create your online fundraising page. 

Now it's time to plan - pick a date, and location and invite your friends to join you to help end homelessness in Australia. 

Raise funds by sharing your fundraising page with your network and ask them to donate. You can also have activities on the night to hep raise extra funds like raffles and auctions. 

It's up to you how far you want to take it. A low-key option is to host a Pyjama Day at work or school and ask for everyone to make a donation. 

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How Mission Australia helps people and communities in need

Since 1859, we’ve been standing alongside people in need across Australia, offering real hope that has lasting impact.

Every day we deliver homelessness crisis and prevention services, provide social and affordable housing, assist struggling families and children, address mental health issues, fight substance dependencies, support people with disability and much more.

Mission Australia believes a person’s circumstances shouldn’t define their future and that given the right support, everyone can reach their full potential.

Need help? Contact us.

We're here to help so please send us an email or fill in the contact form below and we'll be in touch.

So, what are you waiting for? Sign up now and help end homelessness!