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Homelessness Australia is the national peak body for homelessness in Australia. We provide systemic advocacy for the homelessness sector.
The experience of homelessness can be defined in many different ways and stretches across many cohorts of people, including people living in crisis accommodation, rough sleeping or those in temporary housing. Being homeless can mean more than not having a roof over your head and is not just one typical experience. Every Australian deserves to have a home. Learn more about what it means to be homeless and how to prevent it below.
March 24, 2023
Homelessness Australia has strongly endorsed the Federal Government’s move to plug a $67.5 funding shortfall that has emerged in recent months. Funding for the Equal Remuneration Order (ERO) supplementation for homelessness services to cover the wages of the workforce was due to expire in June 2023, creating uncertainty for providers. Kate Colvin, CEO of Homelessness Australia, applauded the Commonwealth for heeding the concerns of those working on the frontline of the housing crisis. “On behalf of everyone working to deliver homelessness support and security, we thank the government for listening to our concerns and taking action.”
March 22, 2023
The latest Census data reveals 387 children were sleeping rough on Census night in 2021, as the overall number of people experiencing homelessness surged by five per cent. The Census data confounds stereotypes of homelessness. It finds 56 percent of people experiencing homelessness were women and children, 16 percent were over 55, and 14 per cent are young people aged 19-24. “These statistics are alarming but they need to do more than shock. They need to galvanise action,” Kate Colvin said.
March 7, 2023
The Federal Government plan to cut $65.5 million in funding from homelessness services from 1 July 2023. This is equivalent to around 650 homelessness workers around the country and will result in more people, including women and children fleeing family violence, from getting the help they need to avoid or escape homelessness.
Homelessness Australia (HA) welcomes the opportunity to provide a response and
recommendations for amendments to the Housing Legislative package. Our focus in responding to the legislative package is recommendations for amendments that will strengthen the impact of the legislative program on the nation’s housing affordability problem and homelessness crisis.
Homelessness Week 2023 will take place from Sunday August 6 to Saturday August 13. Homelessness Week aims to raise awareness of the impact of homelessness on Australia via national and local community events, including providing information on the importance of housing as a solution and educating communities on how they can make a difference.Find out more