Missing person statistics
- 35,000 people are reported missing each year in Australia – one every 15 minutes.*
- There are three groups most at risk of going missing;
- those living with a mental illness,
- young people
- older people with dementia or memory loss.*
- 99.5 percent of missing persons are located, however; there are approximately 1,600 long-term missing persons in Australia. (people who have been missing for more than one year).+
- Long-term missing persons tend to be adult males.+
- Approximately one third of missing persons go missing more than once – this is particularly the case with young people and for those with dementia.+
- For every missing person reported, at least 12 others are affected whether it is emotionally, psychologically, physically or financially.+
+ Henderson and Henderson, 'Missing People - Issues for the Australian Community’, 1998
*James, Putt and Anderson, 'Missing persons in Australia’, 2008
- Approximately 230,000 Australians have dementia.
- The average rate of moderate to severe dementia among Australians is one in fifteen for people aged 65+.
- Dementia affects the lives of nearly one million Australians who are involved in caring for a family member or friend with dementia.
- Dementia can also affect younger people; around 10,000 Australians under the age of 65 have younger onset dementia.
- Between 2000 and 2050, the number of people with dementia in Australia is expected to increase by 327% to 731,000.
For more information contact the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500.
Did you know?
- Every day, The Salvation Army Family Tracing Service in Australia finds for possible reunion with their families at least 6 people.
- The Salvation Army completes successfully 75% of the Family Tracing requests we receive.
- The longest time a family has been separated before being reunited by The Salvation Army is 86 years. The Salvation Army in the UK was asked to help a woman find her family after she learned that her birth parents were itinerant actors who had three other children. We were able to locate first a nephew who put us in contact with his mother and her younger sister. After 86 years the three sisters are planning a reunion.