2013 National Homelessness Services Achievement Awards

The National Homelessness Services Achievement Awards recognise the outstanding achievements and contributions that community organisations and services around Australia make to supporting people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The Awards also celebrate the quality, innovation and dedication of homelessness services.

There are seven award categories:

  1. Excellence or innovation in addressing homelessness by an organisation
  2. Excellence in the prevention of, or early intervention in, homelessness
  3. Outstanding business or philanthropic commitment to addressing homelessness
  4. Excellence or innovation in partnerships in delivering services
  5. Excellence in addressing Indigenous homelessness
  6. Excellence in supporting pathways to employment or education
  7. Excellence in addressing homelessness in a regional, rural or remote location.

Twenty-three outstanding organisations were announced as finalists for the 2013 National Homelessness Services Achievement Awards in recognition of their tireless work to prevent and tackle homelessness.

Thank you to all who nominated a homelessness service for a National Homelessness Services Achievement Award. It's thanks to the commitment of these organisations, and the diverse services they provide, that thousands of people in Australia have someone to turn to when they need it most.

Awards recipients were announced at a lunch time event on Wednesday 1 May in Melbourne's Town Hall.

2013 Awards event

The 2013 National Homelessness Services Achievement Awards was an event to remember. Master of Ceremonies Dr Jonathon Welch AM, well known for his work in the homelessness sector, led proceedings, with guests treated to entertainment by the Choir of Hope and Inspiration, founded by Dr Welch. The Choir has provided an artistic outlet for a number of people who are or have been homelessness and vulnerable to disadvantage.

The Hon Mark Butler MP, Minister for Housing and Homelessness and Parliamentary Secretary for Homelessness and Social Housing Melissa Parke MP attended the Awards and spoke about the Australian Government's commitment to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and applauded the homelessness sector and the 2013 finalist for their ongoing work.

With representatives attending from across the homelessness sector, the 2013 Awards was a celebration of organisational commitment and creativity to find effective ways to tackle homelessness.

Australian Government 2013 National Homelessness Services Achievement Awards logo

2013 Award recipients

At the heart of the event was recognising the organisations that have shown an outstanding commitment to supporting Australians experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

Learn more about the finalists and award recipients in each category:

The Awards finalist booklet describes the recognised projects and service providers in more detail.

At the event a video presentation showcased finalists and unveiled the award recipients.

As there were many first-rate nominations for the Awards, several 'Highly Commended' services were recognised in award categories at the ceremony:

  • Excellence or innovation in addressing homelessness by an organisation
    SunnyKids Virtual Village, Qld
  • Excellence in the prevention of, or early intervention in, homelessness.
    Street Law through Welfare Rights and Legal Centre, ACT
    Home at Last through Housing for the Aged Action Group Inc., Vic
  • Excellence or innovation in partnerships in delivering services
    Mooroopna Project through Rural Housing Network Limited, Vic
  • Excellence in addressing homelessness in a regional, rural or remote location
    Homelessness Action Plan Domestic Violence Support Program through Wollongong Women's Refuge, NSW

Check out the Facebook photo gallery to see different event activities and who attended the event.

Find out more about the Awards

Content Updated: 8 October 2013