Wondering what the details are of Party commitments on homelessness? We’ve put together a list of key promises in the homelessness space by the Coalition, Labor and Greens.
The Liberal/National Coalition have has committed to:
- $78 million to provide safe places for people impacted by domestic and family violence, including:
- a one-off $60 million capital grants program to provide new or expanded emergency accommodation facilities for those escaping domestic and family violence, and
- $18 million to continue existing Safe at Home funding
- $82 million for frontline family violence services
- $68 million for prevention strategies
- $35 million in support and prevention measures for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities funded under the Indigenous Advancement Strategy
- 1800RESPECT will receive $64 million to support the service
- Aged care homeless supplement to be increased by 30 per cent via a $9.3 million funding injection. Currently, 42 residential services receive the homeless supplement on behalf of more than 1,700 residents
- First-home owner deposit scheme for couples earning less than $200,000 and singles earning less than $125,000 (promise matched by Labor) to reduce the deposit they need to save to 5% of the purchase price.
Labor have committed to:
- A National plan to reduce homelessness
- 250,000 new affordable rental homes (20% below market rent) over ten years; 20,000 of these in the first term of government
- $88 million over two years for a new Safe Housing Fund for temporary housing options for women and children fleeing family violence, people exiting out-of-home care, and older women on low incomes who are at risk of homelessness
- Reinstate a Minister for Housing and Homelessness, and re-establish the National Housing Supply Council
- $8 million for Chris Riley’s Youth off the Streets
- $1.1 million for Salvos 614 Bourke Street
- $60 million for refuges and emergency accommodation (in addition to Liberal commitment of $60 million); $20 million of that set aside for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander refuges and safe houses
- $60 million in 20,000 Flexible Support Packages of up to $10,000 to support people escaping family violence
- 10-year plan to prevent violence against women and their children, with national strategies for First Nations women, women with disability, culturally and linguistically diverse women, LGBTIQ people.
- An additional $550 million over five years from 2023-24 for Remote Indigenous Housing to reduce overcrowding in remote Aboriginal communities in NT, plus $251 million to Queensland, Western Australia and South Australia in 2019-20
- Commitment to building 6 new Youth Foyers in Alice Springs NT, Cairns QLD, Kingswood and Gosford NSW, Adelaide SA and Burnie TAS
- First-home owner deposit scheme (see above).
The Greens have committed to:
- 500,000 public and community homes over 15 years.
- Improved renters rights
- Increased funding for tenancy advocacy services
- $500 million funding promise for crisis housing services for transitional housing and crisis services, with a guarantee the funding for 10 years to give certainty to homelessness services providers.