The one year transitional National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (the transitional NPAH) will build on progress made under the five year $1.1 billion National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness after it expires on 30 June 2013.
This transitional NPAH will enable Australian and state and territory Governments to take some time to plan a longer-term response to homelessness. It provides for the continuity of homelessness services and is an important first step as the Commonwealth, states and territories work towards an integrated and holistic response to homelessness for beyond 2014.
The transitional NPAH maintains the Commonwealth’s commitment to the White Paper on Homelessness (The Road Home) goal to halve the rate of homelessness and provide supported accommodation to all rough sleepers who seek it by 2020.
With the current NPAH about to finish at the end of June 2013, the Australian Government is in the process of finalising a transitional NPAH for 2013-14.
In early March 2013, the Australian Government committed up to $159 million nationally to ensure service delivery could continue.
Australian and state and territory governments reached agreement at the March Select Council on Housing and Homelessness (SCOHH) to provide almost $320 million in joint funding to tackle homelessness. This funding includes approximately $76 million in joint funding for capital and development projects that help people move out of homelessness into safe and sustainable housing. Projects will focus on supporting rough sleepers, Indigenous Australians, young people leaving care or custody and/or women and children experiencing domestic violence.
All states and territories have signed on to the NPAH for 2013-14, guaranteeing their receipt of federal funds.
Information on the transitional NPAH will be added to this page leading up to its commencement on 1 July 2013, so be sure to check it for the latest updates.