Safe Places Emergency Accommodation Program (Safe Places)
Domestic and family violence often disrupts housing security and is the leading cause of homelessness for women.
On 11 February 2019, the Australian Government announced $78 million (GST exclusive) for the Safe Places package to provide safe places for people impacted by domestic and family violence. This includes:
- $60 million Safe Places grant program to provide new or expanded emergency accommodation; and
- $18 million to continue supporting states and territories and select providers through the Keeping Women Safe in their Homes program.
Safe Places will provide new or expanded emergency and crisis accommodation for women and children experiencing domestic and family violence. This program will build up to 450 safe places and assist up to 6,500 women and children escaping domestic and family violence per year.
The Safe Places package is one measure under the $340 million Fourth Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022.
Applications for Safe Places are now open. Applications must be submitted by 11.00pm (AEDT) on Friday, 14 February 2020.
Funding will be provided to successful applicants in 2020-21 and 2021-22, with the new expanded emergency accommodation to be operational and providing services by June 2022.
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.
More information about the Australian Government’s role in women’s safety.