Productivity Commission Report on Government Services 2012
This report was released on 31 January 2012. It has been produced by the Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (SCRGSP). The report has been published in two volumes.
The Road Home – The Australian Government White Paper on Homelessness
On 21 December 2008, the (then) Prime Minister, the Hon Kevin Rudd MP and the (then) Minister for Housing, Tanya Plibersek MP, released the Government’s White Paper on Homelessness: The Road Home.
The Road Home sets the strategic agenda for reducing homelessness to 2020. Homelessness can affect anyone and reducing it is everyone’s responsibility. Working together, with national leadership and towards a common goal, homelessness can be prevented. Australia’s efforts to reduce homelessness have to be urgent, as well as sustained. Specifically, The Road Home goals by 2020 are to:
- Halve overall homelessness; and
- Offer supported accommodation to all rough sleepers who need it
Future effort and investment should occur in three strategies of:
- Turning off the Tap: Services will intervene early to prevent homelessness
- Improving and expanding services which aim to end homelessness: services will be more connected, integrated and responsive to achieve sustainable housing, improve social and economic participation and end homelessness for their clients
- Breaking the Cycle: People who become homeless will move quickly through crisis system into stable housing with the support they need so that homelessness does not recur.
Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI): Homelessness and Housing
While housing alone will not end homelessness, research consistently shows that access to affordable housing is critical. AHURI’s research on housing affordability and increasing housing supply is an important part of efforts to end homelessness.
AHURI has also made a significant contribution to other areas of homelessness research. Projects have demonstrated the cost-effectiveness of homelessness assistance, examined the nature of homelessness for various groups of people and analysed the effectiveness of particular homelessness policy interventions.
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW): Homelessness
Homelessness is a complex issue, involving more than just a lack of housing. Factors that may increase a person’s risk of becoming or remaining homeless can include:
- Lack of affordable housing
- Poor physical or mental health
- Intellectual disability
- Drug and alcohol abuse
- Family and relationship breakdown
- Domestic violence
- Physical and sexual abuse
Personal experiencing homelessness may access a wide range of general government services, including:
- General health services
- Drug rehabilitation programs
- General community services
- Housing assistance