Safe Places Emergency Accommodation (Safe Places) Program

Family and domestic violence is the main reason women and children leave their homes in Australia and is the leading cause of homelessness for women. Access to safe accommodation is fundamental to the immediate safety of women and children experiencing family and domestic 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 is a capital works program funding the building, renovation or purchase of emergency accommodation for women and children leaving family and domestic violence. The Government initially invested $72.6 million in the program.

As part of the 2022-23 October Budget, the Government announced an additional $100 million over 5 years (2022-23 to 2026-27) to continue the program. This initiative is part of the Government’s investment of $1.7 billion in women’s safety and the National Plan to End Violence against Women and Children 2022-2032. The Safe Places Inclusion Round will increase the number of new and appropriate emergency accommodation places across Australia, with a focus on providing support for First Nations women and children, women and children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and women and children with disability.

The Government is committed to consulting with stakeholders on the design of the Safe Places Inclusion Round. Following the consultation process, the grant opportunity will open and be available on the GrantConnect website

Information for current Safe Places grant recipients can be found on the DSS website. To receive notifications about the Safe Places Inclusion Round, subscribe to GrantConnect.

If you or someone you know needs support regarding domestic, family or sexual violence, call 1800RESPECT / 1800 737 732 or visit

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