Street to Home in Australia: New Approaches to Ending Rough Sleeping in Brisbane and Sydney

Andrew Jones and Cameron Parsell, Institute for Social Science Research, The University of Queensland, June 2012

This report, funded by the Australian Government under the 2009-13 National Homelessness Research Agenda, examines the Service System Capacity of Brisbane’s Street to Home and Sydney’s Way2Home programs. ‘Service System Capacity’ refers to the resources available to the programs and their overall capacity to achieve their aims and objectives. Examining the resources and capacities of these two programs also provides a means to assess the extent to which these two Australian programs are consistent with, or differ from, the international programs and ideas on which they are based.

Both Brisbane’s Street to Home and Sydney’s Way2Home programs have been implemented as part of a broader objective of achieving government goals of halving overall homelessness by 2020 and realising measurable reductions in the numbers of people sleeping rough in their respective locations. The ‘street to home’ model was implemented in Australia, first in Adelaide in 2005, and then nationally as part of the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness in 2009. Based on the successes attributed to the ‘street to home’ model in the United Kingdom (UK) and United States (US), many Australian policy makers see ‘street to home’ as an evidence-based approach to reducing homelessness. This evidence-based approach can be contrasted with traditional responses to people sleeping rough in Australia (Australian Government 2008). Thus the ‘street to home’ approach is positioned as addressing limitations within the dominant service system, whilst forming part of a targeted strategy to achieve measurable reductions in homelessness in Australia.

Below are links to the Full Report and an Evidence Note that provides a summary of the report findings.

Full Report [PDF – 397KB] [DOCX – 414KB]
Evidence Note [PDF – 56KB] [DOCX – 143KB]