The following information highlights the Australian and Western Australian governments’ efforts to reduce homelessness and includes details on Western Australia’s Implementation Plan under the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness.
2009-13 – Action to Reduce Homelessness
The Australian and Western Australian governments are committed to reducing homelessness.
In December 2008 the Council of Australian Governments established a National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness. Under the Agreement the Australian Government has agreed to provide additional funding for homelessness to the states and territories who also agreed to match Australian Government funding and deliver services and capital projects that contribute to an overall reduction in homelessness.
The Australian and Western Australian governments jointly contributed $135.2 million from 2009 to 2013 to reduce homelessness under the Agreement. Western Australia developed an Implementation Plan setting out initiatives and additional services. The Implementation Plan was an important component of Western Australia's response to homelessness.
The Implementation Plan
Under the Agreement Western Australia delivered a number of initiatives, including:
A Place to Call Home
- New social housing dwellings with targeted support for the first year of tenancy for people on the social housing waiting list due to homelessness.
- A Foyer development providing secure housing and on-site support services for around 100 young people, including 35 young people who are at risk of, or experiencing, homelessness.
Street to Home
- Outreach teams, supported by specialist mobile clinical teams for mental health, drug and alcohol assessment, treatment and referral, will provide intensive support, including access to stable accommodation for rough sleepers in inner-city Perth and Fremantle.
- Housing support workers will support outreach teams to assist rough sleepers to access and maintain long-term stable accommodation.
Private and Public Rental Support Services
- Support for private and public tenants to help sustain their tenancies, including tenancy support, advocacy, case management, financial counselling and referral services.
Young Women Leaving Child Protection Services
- Provide independent living options and support for young women leaving child protection services. The service includes educational programs, mediation, and family and parenting support programs.
Safe at Home
- Support for women and children experiencing domestic and family violence to stay in their present housing where it is safe to do so.
For information on progress against these and other initiatives under the Western Australian Implementation Plan, see the Western Australia 2009-10 Annual Report, 2010‑11 Annual Report and 2011-12 Annual Report.
The 2013-14 Transitional National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness builds on the progress made under the 2009-13 Agreement.