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
Wednesday Nov 25 2015
Why crisis accommodation is just as important as prevention International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, AKA White Ribbon Day There was once a town whose playground was at the edge of a cliff. Every so often a child would fall off the cliff. Finally, the town council decided that something should be done about the serious injuries to children. After much discussion, the council was deadlocked. Some council members wanted to put a fence at the top of the cliff; others wanted an ambulance at the bottom. It makes sense to put a fence at the top of the cliff – preventing damage. The same could be said about domestic violence. Prevention is crucial to addressing the domestic violence crisis Australia is experiencing.However, at this point, removing the 'ambulance' from the bottom of the cliff is nonsensical. Until that robust fence established, the ambulance is vital. "We need to address the immediate consequences of violence," CEO of Homelessness Australia, Glenda...
Wednesday Nov 18 2015
The Homelessness Austrlaia 2014-15 Annual Report is now available. Download a copy here. Please contact the HA office if you would like a hard copy of the Annual Report.
Thursday Nov 12 2015
Invitation to participate in AHURI survey on the funding of homelessness services A survey is being conducted as part of a new AHURI Evidence-Based Policy Inquiry (# 82090) to investigate the current mix of funding for homelessness services, and to look at how this influences service provision and outcomes for people who are homeless. The Inquiry is being undertaken by a collaborative team from The University of Western Australia (UWA), Swinburne University of Technology, The University of Tasmania and The University of New South Wales. The Inquiry Research team is led by Professor Paul Flatau from UWA. Homelessness Australia is represented on the Advisory Panel for the Inquiry by our CEO, Glenda Stevens. Some members may have already participated in the first wave of this survey that was for specialist homelessness services. We are encouraging members with non SHS services and programs to participate in the second wave of the survey, to help build a clearer picture of the wider mix of...
Wednesday Sep 30 2015
New research made public today reveals that high numbers of Australians have experienced homelessness during their lives. 1 in 8 or 2.35 million of us have been homeless. 1 in 12, or 1.4 million have slept rough. "People are more likely to experience homelessness in their lifetime than diabetes, asthma or arthritis. In fact, 1 in 8 people experiencing homelessness is closer to the 1 in 6 people who will experience depression." Glenda Stevens, CEO of Homelessness Australia said. "This research should be a big wake up call to the Government. Without taking real steps to address the chronic lack of affordable housing and considering the impact of funding that does not properly resource services this number is only going to rise" said Ms Stevens. Inadequate funding, combined with an increase in people seeking help, continue to put pressure on homelessness services. Read the media...
Thursday Sep 24 2015
What about tonight? Women's safety package to #Stoptheviolence Peak body for homelessness services, Homelessness Australia, congratulates the Prime Minister on today's announcement for $100m of funding for domestic violence support and services. "This $100m will go a long way in supporting women, and services, in escaping violence and rebuilding their lives," CEO of Homelessness Australia, Glenda Stevens, said "but it is concerning that none of this funding will address the immediate crisis domestic violence victims face – safe, crisis accommodation – what about tonight?" Domestic violence crisis support services are critically underfunded. 423 people are turned away from homelessness services each day; and at least 2,800 women fleeing domestic violence are turned away each year. "We need an additional $33.8m of Federal funding to respond to the most basic needs of domestic violence victims," Ms Stevens said. "This will ensure women (and their children) can at least access shelter...
Community organsations and advocates call on PM to appoint an Assistant Minister for Homelessness and Affordable HousingTuesday Sep 22 2015
More than 70 representatives from homelessness services, community organisations and advocates have signed a letter to the new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, calling him to appoint an Assistant Minister for Homelessness and Affordable Housing. Such a position would be able to assist with important processes that have begun, and are continuing into 2016. These are the Reform of the Federation, the National Affordable Housing Agreement, and the 2016 Australian Census. Read the full letter, and the signatories here.
Thursday Jun 25 2015
The draft Green Paper for the Reform of the Federation (released today) ignores the full notion of homelessness and its drivers "It's time governments got serious about ending homelessness in Australia," CEO of Homelessness Australia, Glenda Stevens said. "More than 105,000 Australians are homeless on any given night, and we have strong indications from our members that each day this number is climbing, particularly due to the crisis in housing affordability, but still the Federal government appears to be distancing and disengaging themselves from homelessness."
Monday Jun 22 2015
New analysis shows additional $33.8M needed to address domestic violence service gap An additional $33.8 million per annum of Federal Government funding is needed to ensure women fleeing domestic violence aren't left without the crisis accommodation support that can help keep them safe; new analysis from Homelessness Australia shows. Inadequate funding means 423 people are turned away from homelessness services every night; and at least 2,800 women fleeing domestic violence are turned away each year. Experts say that number is increasing, and additional funding for specialist homelessness services is required to keep women safe from domestic violence. Yet the Federal Government's most recent funding allocation for homelessness services isn't even enough to maintain services at their current levels, according to Homelessness Australia. Services are a total of $33.8 million short of the Federal funding they need to respond to even the most basic needs of domestic violence victims in...
Wednesday May 13 2015
THE VOICE OF HOMELESSNESS STILL SILENCED IN THE FEDERAL BUDGET 2015-16 Homelessness Australia is [concerned] that the government has not yet allocated funds for the vital ongoing work of the homelessness and housing peak bodies. The government has had 6 months to rectify the inadvertent loss of the peaks that happened at Christmas 2014. The voices of the homelessness and housing sectors have been silenced by this budget. "END OF RELEASE"
Thursday Apr 2 2015
Homelessness Australia recently made a submission to the to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee Inquiry into the Impact on Service Quality, Efficiency and Sustainability of Recent Commonwealth Community Service Tendering Processes by the Department of Social Services. Our submission made a number of recommendations.