Australian and Victorian governments working together to reduce homelessness
The following information highlights the Australian and Victorian governments' efforts to reduce homelessness and includes details on Victoria’s Implementation Plan under the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness.
2009-13 – Action to Reduce Homelessness
The Australian and Victorian 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 Victorian governments jointly contributed $209.7 million over five years to reduce homelessness under the Agreement. Victoria developed an Implementation Plan setting out initiatives and additional services. The Victorian Implementation Plan was an important component of Victoria's response to homelessness.
The Implementation Plan
Under the Agreement Victoria delivered a number of initiatives, including:
A Place to Call Home
- 118 long-term accommodation units across Victoria, with support services to maintain positive tenancies and prevent eviction.
- Youth facility providing supported accommodation with an emphasis on engagement with employment, education and training for young people who are at risk of or experiencing homelessness.
Psychosocial Support Packages
- Fifty intensive psychosocial support packages for people with enduring mental illness and psychiatric disability to provide holistic responses to achieve stability and improve social inclusion.
Young People Leaving Care
- Proactive and intensive response for young people across Victoria to ensure a successful transition to sustainable accommodation and independence.
- Outreach Services targeting single people and couples including those who are sleeping rough and who reside in rooming houses across Victoria, to provide pathways out of homelessness to long-term sustainable housing with tailored / intensive support over an extended period.
Support for Women and Children to Remain Safely in the Family Home
- Increased support across Victoria to enable more women and children to stay safely in the family home. Support will be in the form of case management to women who have been referred by police, courts and other services following a family violence incident.
Support Exiting Prison
- New Housing Support Worker positions located at the major prisons to provide case management support prior and post release.
Support for Indigenous Women and Children
- Provides a holistic approach for Indigenous women and children experiencing family violence. The target areas are the Gippsland and Loddon Mallee Regions.
Support for Families at Risk of Homelessness
- Case management support, including financial counselling for families to maintain their accommodation and prevent homelessness. State-wide initiative.
Build Mainstream Services Responsiveness
- Engagement of mainstream services and government agencies to build capacity to enable services to respond to people who are homeless and those at risk of homelessness.
For information on progress against these and other initiatives under the Victorian Implementation Plan, see the Victoria 2009-10 Annual Report.
The 2013-14 Transitional National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness builds on the progress made under the 2009-13 Agreement.