The following information highlights the Australian and Queensland governments' efforts to reduce homelessness and includes details on Queensland’s Implementation Plan under the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness.
2009-13 – Action to Reduce Homelessness
The Australian and Queensland 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 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 Queensland governments jointly contributed $284.1 million from 2009 to 2013 to reduce homelessness under the Agreement. Queensland developed an Implementation Plan setting out initiatives and additional services. The Implementation Plan was an important component of Queensland's response to homelessness.
The Implementation Plan
Under the Agreement Queensland delivered a number of initiatives, including:
A Place to Call Home
- 148 homes for people experiencing homelessness purchased or built across Queensland, with support services for up to 12 months to stabilise the tenant's circumstances, provided through Referral for Active Intervention and Family Intervention Services.
Supported Accommodation for Young People
- Supported accommodation for young people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness assisting the young people to achieve educational and training outcomes, increase their capacity to live independently and reconnect with their families and local community.
Post Care Support for Young People Exiting Care with a Disability
- Provides a range of care to young people with a disability who are turning 18 years of age and who are exiting the care of the state to community-based living and independent adult life. The service provides support arrangements appropriate to the person’s needs to prevent homeless.
Street to Home
- The key features of the service are assertive outreach teams, immediate access to stable, long‑term housing and wrap‑around on‑going support to resolve crisis and support clients to settle into long‑term housing.
Common Ground Brisbane
- This service provides long-term housing and on-site support to people who are chronically homeless or at risk of homelessness to assist them to regain independence and stability.
Home Stay Support
- Vulnerable families and singles are assisted to maintain their tenancies through the provision of early intervention and post crisis support. Clients are supported to address social and financial issues which place their tenancies at risk.
The 2013-14 Transitional National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness builds on the progress made under the 2009-13 Agreement.