The Australian Government recognises that homelessness is a complex issue that affects many Australians. It requires a long-term and systematic effort across agencies, sectors, and the community.
While state and territory governments are responsible for service delivery, the Commonwealth supports state and territory governments in their role of providing services to the homeless, or those at risk of homelessness, with funding through the National Affordable Housing Agreement and the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness.
The Government is providing $230 million over two years for the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness to 30 June 2017.
The Government also provides $1.3 billion per annum to states and territories, through the National Affordable Housing Agreement, which includes around $260 million for homelessness services.
The Government invests approximately $23.8 million per annum for the Reconnect program which assists young people who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness.