Homelessness Australia (HA) is the national peak body for homelessness in Australia. We provide systemic advocacy for the homelessness sector.
Homelessness Australia works in collaboration with homelessness assistance services, state and national homelessness peak organisations, other peak organisations, government agencies and the broader community.
Latest news from HA
Thursday Aug 21 2014
Homelessness Australia’s submission to the Review of Australia’s Welfare System. This review is being conducted by a reference group comprising Mr Patrick McClure AO (Chair), Ms Sally Sinclair and Mr Wesley Aird. Submissions were invited in response to the reference group’s interim report, A New System for Better Employment and Social Outcomes, released on 29 June. Although the timeframe for submissions was short, the review team has conducted other stakeholder consultations, in which HA has participated. Read our full submission here.
Wednesday Aug 13 2014
New research released this Homeless Persons' Week, shows high mobile phone and Internet useage for people experiencing homelessness, but people still struggle to stay connected. Results showed that the levels of mobile phone ownership among those experiencing homelessness were higher than the Australian average (95 per cent compared to 92 per cent). The research, conducted by University of Sydney researcher Dr Justine Humphrey in conjunction with ACCAN (Australian Communications Consumer Action Network), involved clients from specialist homelessness services across Sydney and Melbourne. "Mobile phones play an essential part in keeping people experiencing homelessness connected," CEO of Homelessness Australia, Glenda Stevens said. "Homelessness is the most extreme form of social exclusion. It isn't surprising that people experiencing homelessness keep a lifeline - their phone - on hand." Those with mobile phones use them for varying reasons including contacting homelessness services,...
Thursday Jul 10 2014
Update on the 8th National Homelessness Conference The program for the 8th National Homelessness Conference is now available. It includes details on speakers, their presentations and the conference generally. The comprehensive program features a variety of high-profile presenters, keynotes and in-depth panel sessions on the key issues within the sector. The presentations are a combination of practical experience and theory, plus research into innovative and effective applications within the homelessness sector. This program has been put together so delegates can learn about new sector-wide developments and how to apply them to their own organisation. Included in the full-time registration cost is eight pre-conference workshops! These workshops have diversity and interesting and thought-provoking concepts which will get delegates into the mode of a stimulating and inspiring conference. To take advantage of the program release we have extended the earlybird registration until Friday 8...
Monday Jun 23 2014
If you work with men who may be experiencing depression or anxiety, you should ‘Tune in Now’! After consultations with the homelessness and mental health sectors, Homelessness Australia and beyondblue have joined forces to develop an innovative resource for the homelessness sector. Tune In Now is an online toolkit designed to help homelessness support workers to ‘have the conversation’ with men about depression and anxiety. Because despite being dedicated to helping men experiencing homelessness, many workers struggle with what to say about depression and anxiety and how to say it. By arming workers with the right information, like how best to approach someone and what questions to ask, we believe workers will be empowered to ‘have the conversation’ about depression and anxiety, which will then empower men to take action.
Thursday Jun 19 2014
2014 CEO Sleepout Homelessness Australia is participating in the 2014 CEO Sleepout on June 19. CEO, Glenda Stevens, will 'sleep rough' for a night to hightlight the plight of people experiencing homelessness in Australia. "Tonight, CEO's and business leaders will choose to sleep rough, but homelessness is not a lifestyle choice" said Ms Stevens. "It causes devastating personal harm, signicantly impacts on the community and costs our economy. Homelessness is an issue that is not going away on its own. As a society we can't afford to ignore it."
Tuesday Jun 3 2014
'New migrants' and specialist homelessness services In October 2013, Homelessness Australia (HA) surveyed specialist homelessness services (SHSs) across the country about their ‘new migrant’ client load. This article provides an overview of some information obtained from that survey. It also builds on the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s (AIHW’s) Specialist Homelessness Collection, that contains some information on migrants, including newly-arrived ones. However, that collection does not include details about clients’ legal status that may help to explain why they need SHS support. SHSs are supporting more new migrants and turning many away The HA survey showed that nearly half of all SHSs were dealing with an increase in new migrant client load in 2013 as compared with 2012. While 6.6 per cent of respondents had no such clients and 38 per cent had fewer than five per cent, 28 per cent had a new migrant client load of between five and 20 per cent, and for another 18 per cent...
Monday May 26 2014
Domestic and family violence and homelessness *IMPORTANT: If it is an emergency - if anyone is in immediate danger - please call 000 now.* Homelessness Australia is pleased to be a part of the NO EXCUSE campaign #excuseaday.