Safe Places Emergency Accommodation Program (Safe Places)
Family and domestic violence often disrupts housing security and is the leading cause of homelessness for women. Access to safe accommodation is fundamental to the immediate safety of women and children experiencing violence.
Under the Fourth Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022 the Australian Government established the Safe Places Emergency Accommodation Program.
Safe Places projects provide new or expanded emergency accommodation for women and children experiencing family and domestic violence. These projects are expected to provide around 780 new safe places, supporting up to 6,340 women and children escaping violence each year.
Under the 2022-23 Budget, the Government has announced an additional $100 million over five years (2022-23 to 2026-27) to extend the Safe Places program and support the building, renovation or purchase of additional emergency accommodation. This will fund around 720 new safe places for women and children, bringing the total number of safe places to around 1,500 when completed. This initiative is funded as part of the Government’s $2.5 billion commitment to support the delivery of the National Plan to End Violence Against Women and Children 2022-2032.
Updates regarding the progress of Safe Places will be published here.
To receive notifications and register your interest in the grant opportunity, go to the GrantConnect website: www.grants.gov.au
If you are experiencing domestic or family violence, or sexual assault, you may wish to contact 1800RESPECT, the National Sexual Assault, Family and Domestic Violence Counselling Service.
1800RESPECT is a free and confidential interactive online and telephone counselling, information, and referral service. It is available nationwide, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (1800 737 732 or www.1800respect.org.au) and offers support and assistance to people who have experienced family violence.