Welcome to the Specialist Homelessness Sector (SHS) Transition Plan hub.

Everything you need to know about the Plan and how you can be involved is found in the links on this page.

We also welcome your feedback.


Transition Plan Progress

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About the Plan

What is the SHS Transition Plan?

We have built a strong and vibrant homelessness sector in Victoria, and the SHS will use this foundation to implement the SHS Transition Plan over the next four years (2018-2022). The Plan is intended to leverage the current good practice occurring across the SHS and to address the challenges identified, in a strategic and systematic way.

We need a plan for the future because of increasing demand we are seeing for our services. There are also rapid social, political, economic and technological changes occurring which impact on how we support vulnerable groups. Governments are increasingly looking for new ways to improve services and outcomes.

The Plan identifies 15 goals for the sector to be supported to work towards over time. Broadly these goals describe how the sector can embed person-centred and place-based responses, build service capacity to deliver the contemporary suite of services to gain and sustain housing, and to facilitate optimal use of emerging technologies. This SHS Transition Plan is intended to provide a roadmap for the future development of the capacity of our sector.

As a valuable resource, action tables have been developed to provide more specific detail about each of the SHS Transition Plan’s 15 goals. These resources provide information on what each goal means, why it is important, future vision, relevant literature, good practice examples and helpful resources. They are designed to be a useful reference and a good starting point for organisations or individuals wanting to action any of the 15 goals in the SHS Transition Plan.

How was the SHS Transition Plan developed

The process of developing the Plan has been guided by an Executive Advisory Group (EAG), made up of leaders from across both the SHS and DHHS.
The content of the Plan reflects from a significant consultation process held with the SHS and others around the state in the second half of 2017.
We are very appreciative of the effort made by the sector to contribute to the development of the Plan in the context of so many competing demands.
The Plan was formally launched at the CHP Future Ready Forum on 8 October 2018 and will be implemented over the next four years.


At the Future Ready Forum on 8 October 2018, DHHS announced they would provide funding to support the implementation of the goals of the Plan. CHP applaud this important government support for the development of our sector.

The Executive Advisory Group have determined that the following nine of the 15 SHS Transition Plan goals and their related deliverables should be prioritised in the initial implementation phase:

  • Develop a practice framework with and for the SHS that embeds person centred models of practice
  • Build a SHS workforce development strategy
  • Identify workforce pathways
  • Develop a SHS workforce capability framework
  • Promote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander self determination
  • Develop a consumer participation strategy
  • Build sector capacity in relation to outcomes
  • Build data provision and sharing protocols
  • Share and use data to inform SHS practice

Like the development of the Plan, the implementation of Plan’s goals will be sector-driven with the support of government and build on existing good practice on the sector.

CHP is committed to strong sector engagement and providing opportunities for the sector to contribute and participate in the implementation of the Plan.

Governance and operational structure

Key to ensuring implementation is sector-driven is the governance and operational structure that is in place. This structure involves an Executive Advisory Group and two working groups: Building organisational capacity and Building workforce capacity. Attention has been given to ensuring all three groups have strong cross-sector representation.

Give feedback

If you want to contribute to the implementation of any of the 15 SHS Transition Plan goals, or have any feedback or ideas please contact Ian Gough - Manager Consumer and Capacity Building Programs:

Email: [email protected]








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