Australian Government Initiatives

In 2009, the Australian Government and the State and Territory governments entered into a series of high-level Partnership Agreements which are the main mechanism through which programs aimed at addressing homelessness are being delivered.

In addition to the high-level agreements, the Australian Government has taken other initiatives that address specific groups of the homeless or people who are at risk of becoming homeless. These initiatives are outlined below:

Centrelink services for homeless people and those at risk of homelessness

HOME Advice


Rent Assistance

Innovation Fund program

National Homelessness Research

National Homelessness Services Achievement Awards

National Quality Framework for the provision of services to people who are homeless

Australian Government Minister

Media releases and speeches made by former Ministers for Housing and Homelessness are available from the Archived Media Site of the Department of Social Services.