PC Report on Government Services – Housing and Homelessness

The Productivity Commission’s Report on Government Services (RoGS) has a detailed section on governments’ delivery of services in the housing sector. It covers social housing services and subsidised rental housing provided by not-for-profit, non‑government or government organisations to assist people who are unable to access suitable accommodation through the private market. The report also examines […]

Homeless find a roof in Perth

By Paul Hemsley Continuing contributions from the State Government will fund a homeless shelter for men in Perth. The State Government announced its partnership with St Vincent de Paul Society to build and run the ‘Acute Homeless Night Shelter’ for $5.4 million. Child Protection Minister Robyn McSweeney said the State Government will provide $4 million […]

Fewer people sleeping rough in Sydney

By Angela Dorizas The number of people sleeping rough on Sydney’s streets this winter significantly decreased, according to the City of Sydney’s latest ‘street count’. The latest bi-annual street count was carried out by 178 volunteers, including a group of 13 current and former homeless advisors, between 1am and 3am on August 17. Areas counted […]

Counting Melbourne’s homeless

The City of Melbourne has conducted its third annual street count of homeless people sleeping rough. To provide the councils with information on homelessness in the city, teams of volunteers visited parks and streets in the CBD, North and West Melbourne and Flagstaff and Fitzroy Gardens on Wednesday to count the number of people sleeping […]

Call for homeless to be involved in policy

By Staff Writer The Australian Human Rights Commission has called for more involvement of homeless people in developing policies and laws.  In a submission to the House of Representatives Standing Committee inquiry into homelessness legislation President of the Australian Human Rights Commission Cathy Branson QC said improvements should be made to the way government agencies and service providers […]


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