State policy updates
CHP works collaboratively with government, people who have experienced homelessness and the homelessness and related sectors to advance state policies to end homelessness.
Refer to this section for the latest state policy updates.
Service Sector Reform Project
In late 2012 the Victorian Government asked Professor Peter Shergold AC to look at strategies to improve the way that government and community services work together to address the needs of vulnerable community members.
On 1 November 2013, the Minister for Community Services, the Hon. Mary Wooldridge MP, released Professor Shergold’s final report -Service Sector Reform; A roadmap for community and human services reform. CHP has prepared a summary of the key recommendations contained in Professor Shergold’s report. Click here to read the summary.
Following Shergold’s report, DHS and the community sector met on 9 December to discuss how best to work together in 2014 to achieve the reform goals. A summary of the outcomes of that meeting are available here.
Victorian social housing framework
On 30 April the Hon Wendy Lovell MP, Minister for Housing, announced the Victorian Government’s three month public consultation to inform the development of a ‘strategic framework for social housing’. Two discussion papers were released for comment.
- CHP’s Victorian Housing Framework submission
This CHP response was informed through consultation with other peak organisations, people who have experienced homelessness and practitioners.
- Joint housing framework statement
CHP and six other Victorian housing, homelessness and family violence peak organisations have joined together around five key housing priorities. Over 200 organisations and individuals endorsed the joint statement, which was sent to the Minister for Housing, August 2012. For additional information see the housing statement website.
Victorian Homelessness Action Plan
In April 2012, the Victorian Government announced funding for ten prevention and early intervention innovations projects, as part of phase one of the Victorian Homelessness Action Plan 2011-15 (VHAP).
In addition, $4.1 million in funding was provided to extend the Accommodation Options for Families, Additional Support for Families and the associated Private Rental Brokerage Services. Read CHP’s media release.
The government’s VHAP, released October 2012, will be delivered through three action areas:
1. Innovation projects—testing new approaches to prevention and early intervention
2. A Ministerial Advisory Council on Homelessness—advising government on service design
3. System reform—redesigning the homelessness services system.
CHP submitted a position paper outlining its recommendations to the State Government to help shape the development of the Victorian Homelessness Action Plan.
- CHP sector consultation report 2011-12: designing a future service system
CHP is a member of the Ministerial Advisory Council on Homelessness (MACH). Following the release of the VHAP, CHP underwent sector consultations to inform its advice to government regarding the design of future services system. This report includes information from ten VHAP consultations.
- CHP Sector bulletin 18 Jan 2013: KPMG appointed to undertake VHAP System Reform Project
Consultation for the Victorian Homelessness Action Plan (VHAP) will commence following the appointment of KPMG to undertake the project.
- CHP’s response to the State Government discussion paper: Towards a more effective and sustainable community services system (5 April 2013)
Victorian State Budget
CHP’s State Budget analysis
The 2014-15 Victorian Budget provides for the state government’s share of ongoing funding of homelessness services under the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness. In the budget the State Government has extended funding to the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness with a commitment of $124.4m over four years. There has also been $65 million provided for repair and maintenance of current public housing stock, though there will be a reduction in the total number of social housing dwellings and a reduction in planned acquisitions. An investment of $4.2 million will enable the successful Doorway Program to continue, which supports people with a mental illness experiencing homelessness. The Council to Homeless Persons has prepared a full budget analysis that analyses the implications of the 2014-15 State Budget for the homelessness and housing sector.
On 2 May 2012 the Victorian State Government delivered its 2012-13 budget, which reaffirms new investments in homelessness and community sector initiatives, but makes disappointing cuts to homelessness assistance and social housing.
- CHP’s Victorian Budget 2012-13 sector brief
- Accommodation Options for Families budget brief 2012-13
On 12 April 2012 the Department of Human Services announced that funding for the Accommodation Options for Families (AOF), Additional Support for Families and the associated Private Rental Brokerage Services would be extended for a further 12 months until 30 June 2013.
The International Mental Health Conference
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