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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.

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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 Partnering for Impact


We have committed to genuine partnership with the homelessness sector to strengthen the service system, expand capabilities, and deliver person centred housing responses to reduce homelessness in Queensland through Partnering for Impact.

Read more about Partnering for Impact


 Launching the Queensland Edition of Parity Magazine and Homelessness Sector Event





The Department of Housing and Public Works and Council to Homeless Persons launched the Queensland edition of Parity Magazine at the homelessness sector event: Certainty, Stability and Innovation on 15 March 2018.

The event paved the way for a stronger partnership between government and the homelessness sector that will deliver better solutions and more positive outcomes for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

You can view a 3-minute snapshot, or watch the entire event.

Key presentations


 About Parity


Parity magazine national publication, produced by Council to Homeless Persons, examining homelessness from personal, local, social and global perspectives. The magazine is published ten times a year and each edition of Parity is devoted to the examination and discussion of a specific theme or set of issues connected to homelessness.

The Department of Housing and Public Works was a key sponsor of the The Department of Housing and Public Works was a key sponsor of the Queensland edition of Parity Magazine: Responding to Homelessness in Queensland, (PDF, 4.6 MB) launched in March 2018.

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