Meeting housing needs: news

Mental health funding includes focus on housing

On April 13, the Council of Australian Governments released a National Partnership Agreement Supporting National Mental Health Reform, which includes funding to improve housing outcomes for people with severe mental health issues. See the National Partnership Agreement Supporting National Mental Health Reform.

Report on mid-term review of homelessness national partnership released

On April 13, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) released a revised National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness which contained performance indicators which had been amended following a mid-term review of the agreement. See the revised National Partnership on Homelessness. The review found that there was some evidence of progress towards agreement’s outcomes, however there was insufficient evidence to assess whether the agreement’s targets will be met. See the report on the review of the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness.

First homelessness data report released

On April 4, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
released the first report from the new Specialist Homelessness Services
Collection, for the first quarter of data collection. From July to
September 2011, an estimated 91,627 clients were assisted by specialist
homelessness agencies. Following support from homelessness services,
there was an improvement in the ability of people to access social
housing, however the most common tenure for clients at the end of
support was private rental. See the report from the AIHW.

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reports on homelessness service use released

On December 9, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare released its reports on government-funded specialist homelessness services, finding that an estimated 230,500 people used specialist homelessness services in 2010–11. more…

High turn-away by homelessness services

On December 15, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare released a report which found that 59% of all people seeking immediate accommodation from homelessness services in 2010–11 were turned away. more…