National Partnership on Homelessness audit report released

On 2 May 2013, the Australian National Audit Office released its report on the implementation of the National Partnership on Homelessness. The report found that despite the expenditure of over $1.1 billion by Commonwealth and state/territory governments under the national partnership, reaching the target of a 7 per cent reduction in homelessness by 1 July 2013 will be unlikely to be achieved. The report also noted that a payment structure in any longer-term homelessness agreement that is more closely related to performance would enhance public accountability — and the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs has stated its support for this recommendation in the report. Read the report.