Housing affordability and homelessness are important issues facing disadvantaged Queenslanders. 

Housing is a complex system of inter-connecting causes and effects. 

The shortage of affordable private and social housing in Queensland makes it difficult for low income households to secure affordable housing while meeting the rising cost of essential goods and services.

Access to affordable housing is the foundation on which Queenslanders build stable and productive lives. Stable housing positively influences health, education, employment, economic and social participation outcomes.

“Housing, even in its simplest form, meets two basic human needs: shelter and security. Its influence on the welfare of households is substantial, affecting, for example, health and wellbeing, education, employment and social and community participation.” (AIHW, 2017) 

In the 2016 census there were 21,671 people experiencing homelessness in this state. Reasons that people find themselves in this situation include accommodation issues, financial difficulties, domestic violence and relationship issues, lack of support, discrimination, mental health and substance abuse issues.

In this section you will find current news, resources and other information relevant to those working in the housing and homelessness sector.

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Queensland Government media release A Palaszczuk Government program designed to help tenants with complex needs avoid homelessness has so far assisted 133 social housing tenants to maintain safe, secure accommodation. Speaking on World Homelessness Day (10 October 2017), Minister for Housing and...
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All Australians should be able to live with dignity in their community of choice. Australia’s fourteenth annual Anti-Poverty Week, runs from 15 October through to 21 October 2017. To align with the United Nations’ International Day to Eradicate Poverty, 17 October, you are invited to a public forum...
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Queensland Government media release Young people moving from supported lodgings into long-term accommodation in Brisbane are to be given white goods and furniture set-up packages thanks to funding from the Palaszczuk Government’s Dignity First Fund. Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de...
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Queensland Government media release Central Queenslanders experiencing homelessness or escaping domestic and family violence will receive a little extra care thanks to funding from the Palaszczuk Government’s Dignity First Fund. Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said Clermont...
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Queensland Government media release A fresh food rescue organisation is set for a boost, thanks to a new refrigerated van funded through the Palaszczuk Government’s $2.5 million Dignity First Fund. Treasurer and Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said OzHarvest Limited received $294,000 in the latest...
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Improving housing outcomes for women and children escaping domestic and family violence is a major focus for the Department of Housing and Public Works. The department will construct two new shelters on the Gold Coast and in North Brisbane, and will replace or renew shelters in three remote and...
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As a follow-up to the closure of the application round for the Housing Construction Jobs Program, Q Shelter has released a survey aimed at demonstrating to the Queensland Government the collective impact and capacity of the housing and homelessness sector. The Housing Construction Jobs Program will...
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Queensland Government media release The Palaszczuk Government has called on homelessness organisations to tender for five new specialist mobile support services for young people. Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said the mobile support service, part of the Queensland Housing...
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Queensland Government media release The Gold Coast Suns have been announced as the first recipient of the second round of the Palaszczuk Government’s $2.5 million Dignity First Fund, with a grant of $57,500 to establish a youth well-being and leadership program. Announcing the grant this morning at...
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Queensland Government media release Queensland’s third Social Benefit Bond (SBB) – the Youth CONNECT SBB will tackle youth homelessness, announced Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt today (Friday 30 June). “The Youth CONNECT SBB represents a key milestone for the Palaszczuk Government and our...

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The Federal Department of Social Services is responsible for housing support. You can read more about their programs, services, benefits and payments at: https://www.dss.gov.au/housing-support
The Department of Housing and Public Works looks after housing and homelessness services in Queensland. Housing and Homelessness Services plays an important role in providing housing assistance to people who need it most. Housing and Homeless Services support a social housing system that provides...

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The Queensland Disaster Management website and the Get Ready website have a range of information and useful resources that can assist you to plan and prepare for an emergency. As part of your preparedness and planning for weather events, access regular weather forecast updates from the Bureau of...
The Community Resource Handbooks were launched by Volunteering Queensland on 12 May 2015. They consolidate the knowledge gained through Volunteering Queensland's community leadership work with more than 2,000 community groups over the past fifteen years. The handbooks are aimed at small to medium...
The Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) has produced the Planned Support Guide: an approach to case management for people working in a wide range of community services. If you are a front line worker, supervisor or manager this guide is for you. The guide assists in the development of a...
The Homelessness Community Fundraising Toolkit has been prepared for any organisation or community in Queensland working to address homelessness. Through fundraising, the resources, time and talent of local communities can be leveraged to achieve outcomes for people experiencing homelessness. This...
The National Rental Affordability Scheme , an Australian Government initiative, financially supported by the Queensland Government, helps to increase the supply of affordable rental dwellings across Australia. Under the scheme, investors will build new affordable housing and rents will be set at...
Community Housing is social housing assistance delivered by community organisations and local governments to eligible individuals and families. Providers of community housing are funded by the Queensland Government. Community housing providers are registered under the Housing Act 2003. They receive...
The Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) is a national research organisation, specialising in housing and urban research and policy. Through active engagement, AHURI's work informs the policies and practices of governments and the housing and urban development industries, and...
Homelessness data for the Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS) collection is been submitted through a secure Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) website called Specialist Homelessness Online Reporting (SHOR) . his website accepts and processes all homelessness data from agencies...
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) provide a framework for understanding the place of homelessness in Australian society, pathways to homelessness, or aspects of the lives of people which may be impacted by homelessness. You can access a range of reports, data sets and other information of...
The Department of Housing and Public Works uses the Queensland Homelessness Information Platform (QHIP) which includes the Common Homelessness Assessment and Referral Tool (CHART) and the Vacancy Capacity Management System (VCMS). QHIP helps manage demand for homelessness services by supporting...

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