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​Homelessness can affect anyone—from single young people to families with children. It includes people who are sleeping rough, as well as people who are staying in temporary, unstable or substandard accommodation.

The Queensland Government is committed to reducing homelessness in Queensland and delivering a more connected service system that provides seamless pathways from homelessness into safe, secure and affordable housing.

The Queensland Housing Strategy 2017-27  includes a focus on prevention and early intervention services to support people before they reach crisis point, greater service coordination to support wrap around services, and supportive housing for vulnerable young people to provide pathways into social and economic independence.

National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness

The Transitional National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness 2017-18 is a 12-month agreement to continue Commonwealth and state matched funding arrangements for homelessness service providers, while longer-term arrangements and reforms to homelessness and housing are progressed. Queensland is engaged with the Australian Government and other States and Territories to progress this reform agenda.

Guidelines for Specialist Homelessness Services

Guidelines to provide information and guidance for specialist homelessness services funded by the department under Homelessness Programs

Queensland Homelessness Information Platform

The Queensland Homelessness Information Platform has received $6.068M over 4 years to develop and implement information systems aimed at improving client pathways through the homelessness service system.
The Homelessness Vacancy Capacity Management System (VCMS is an electronic tool that facilitates access to vacancy and capacity information of specialist homelessness services across Queensland.

Human Services Quality Framework

The Human Services Quality Framework is a new quality assurance framework for funded service providers. The framework is being implemented in planned phases over three years through to 2015-16.

Safeguards for funding

From 1 July 2014, new funding safeguards apply to the investment the department makes in specialist homelessness services delivered by non-government organisations, local governments and other entities.

More information

Background information about national responses to homelessness can be found on the

Australian Government Department of Social Services - Housing Support website.

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We are proud to be sponsoring the November 2017 issue of Parity magazine: Responding to Homelessness in Queensland.

 All people involved in responding to homelessness in Queensland are invited to contribute by COB Friday October 13th 2017.

Parity is the national homelessness magazine in Australia published by the Council to Homeless Persons. Parity magazine is the only publication that examines homelessness from personal, local, social, national and global perspectives

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