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White Paper implementation presentation - FaHCSIA

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An overview of the Road Home white paper for the sector.

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White Paper implementation presentation - FaHCSIA

  1. 1. <ul><li>The Road Home </li></ul><ul><li>A National Approach to Reducing Homelessness </li></ul><ul><li>March 2009 </li></ul>
  2. 2. Structure of Presentation <ul><li>White Paper on Homelessness: what it says </li></ul><ul><li>Background on new environment in Commonwealth / State relations </li></ul><ul><li>Implementing the White Paper, what states will do, what the Commonwealth will do </li></ul><ul><li>Questions and Answers </li></ul>
  3. 3. The White Paper - The Road Home <ul><li>In Australia, no one should be homeless </li></ul><ul><li>Reducing homelessness is everyone’s responsibility </li></ul><ul><li>Need to take action now </li></ul><ul><li>Once in a generation opportunity to reduce homelessness. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Context – Census 2001 to 2006   Homelessness up to 105,000 Older people up 23 % Children up 22% Families up 11 % Rough sleepers 16 % Youth down 16 %
  5. 5. <ul><li>Short term factors impacting on Homelessness are: </li></ul><ul><li>Demographic shifts </li></ul><ul><li>Rising unemployment </li></ul><ul><li>Economic outlook </li></ul><ul><li>Building of over 20,000 new affordable housing </li></ul><ul><li>Lag time in delivering national reforms. </li></ul>Short term context
  6. 6. Pathways to homelessness <ul><li>Financial stress, housing crisis and poverty </li></ul><ul><li>Family breakdown, particularly driven by domestic violence </li></ul><ul><li>Poorly managed life transitions, particularly from child protection system, prison, or mental health care services </li></ul><ul><li>Untreated mental health and/or substance abuse issues leading to loss of housing, education, employment, family and other relationships. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Vision <ul><li>An Australia where fewer people are homeless and where people who do become homeless are helped to find permanent accommodation and the support they need to stabilise their lives. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Vision <ul><li>Homelessness is everyone’s responsibility . </li></ul><ul><li>Need sustained long-term effort by all levels of government, business and not-for-profit sector </li></ul><ul><li>Need tailored measures for different groups – children, older people, Indigenous, etc </li></ul><ul><li>Significant role for mainstream services </li></ul><ul><li>Fewer become homeless and those who do get help quickly. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Overall Goals by 2020 <ul><li>Halve overall homelessness </li></ul><ul><li>provide supported accommodation to all rough sleepers who seek it. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Intergovernmental Agreement <ul><li>Intergovernmental Agreement </li></ul>National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA) Education Health Indigenous Reform
  11. 11. Intergovernmental Agreement National Partnership on Remote Indigenous Housing $1.9b/10yrs + For further information visit: www.coag.gov.au A Place to Call Home $300m/5yrs National Affordable Housing Agreement $6.2b/5yrs Former SAAP services, crisis accommodation and the Commonwealth State Housing Agreement National Partnership on Social Housing $400m/2yrs National Partnership on Homelessness $800m/4 yrs Nation Building and Jobs Plan Social Housing: $6b for New Construction/3.5years $400m for Repair and Maintenance/2yrs
  12. 12. COAG Reform Council <ul><li>Transparent Reporting </li></ul><ul><li>Schedule C of Intergovernmental Agreement </li></ul><ul><li>Our independent data agencies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Australian Institute of Housing and Welfare (AIHW) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Performance indicators stipulated in each National Partnership </li></ul>
  13. 13. Interim Targets by 2013 <ul><ul><li>Reduce homelessness by 20 per cent </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduce primary homelessness by 25 per cent </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduce people repeating seeking specialist homelessness services by 25 per cent. </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Core Outputs <ul><li>Implementation of the A Place to Call Home initiative; </li></ul><ul><li>Street to home initiatives for chronic homeless people (rough sleepers); </li></ul><ul><li>Support for private and public tenants to help sustain their tenancies, including through tenancy support, advocacy, case management, financial counselling and referral services; and </li></ul><ul><li>Assistance for people leaving child protection services, correctional and health facilities, to access and maintain stable, affordable housing - ‘no exits into homelessness’ </li></ul>
  15. 15. Additional Outputs <ul><li>Support services and accommodation to assist older people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness; </li></ul><ul><li>Services to assist people who are homeless with substance abuse, to secure or maintain stable accommodation; </li></ul><ul><li>Services to assist people who are homeless with mental health issues to secure or maintain stable accommodation; </li></ul><ul><li>Support to assist young people to secure or maintain sustainable accommodation and to re-engage with family, school and work; </li></ul><ul><li>Improvements in service coordination and provision; </li></ul>
  16. 16. Additional Outputs <ul><li>Support for women and children experiencing domestic and family violence to stay safely in their home; </li></ul><ul><li>Assistance for people who are homeless, including families with children, to stabilise their situation and achieve sustainable housing; </li></ul><ul><li>Outreach programs to connect rough sleepers to long-term housing and health services; </li></ul><ul><li>National, State and rural (inc. remote) homelessness action plans to assist people who are homeless in areas identified as having high rates of homelessness </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>Support for children who are homeless or at risk of homelessness including to maintain contact with the education system; </li></ul><ul><li>Legal services provided to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness as a result of legal issues including family violence, tenancy or debt; and </li></ul><ul><li>Workforce development and career progression for workers in homelessness services </li></ul>Additional Outputs
  18. 18. Key Strategies to 2020 <ul><li>Key strategies to focus government effort and investment: </li></ul><ul><li>Turning off the Tap : intervene early to stop people becoming homeless </li></ul><ul><li>Improving and expanding services : to ensure quality services </li></ul><ul><li>Breaking the cycle : addressing the causes and quickly moving people from the crisis system with the support. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Turning off the tap <ul><li>Homelessness can be prevented </li></ul><ul><li>Prevention and early intervention are the most effective and efficient ways </li></ul><ul><li>Specific responses are required for different groups. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Turning off the tap – first steps <ul><li>Commonwealth </li></ul><ul><li>Over 20,000 public houses will built </li></ul><ul><li>Deliver additional community based mental health services </li></ul><ul><li>Increased Centrelink services </li></ul><ul><li>Automatic rent payments from Centrelink benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Regulate tenancy databases and review tenancy laws </li></ul><ul><li>Implement the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children and the National Child Protection Framework. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Improving and expanding services <ul><li>Commonwealth </li></ul><ul><li>Improve collaboration between specialist and mainstream services </li></ul><ul><li>Review relationship between Centrelink and employment services </li></ul><ul><li>Develop quality standards and service charters </li></ul><ul><li>Commonwealth may introduce flexible funding for services </li></ul><ul><li>Shift service focus to outcomes: stable long-term housing, jobs and training </li></ul><ul><li>Improve service integration through better IT systems </li></ul><ul><li>Enact new legislation building on the existing SAAP Act 1994 </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a national homelessness research agenda and database. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Breaking the cycle – first steps <ul><li>Commonwealth </li></ul><ul><li>Increase affordable housing by over 20,000 houses </li></ul><ul><li>Build 50,000 more homes for low, moderate income earners (National Rental Affordability Scheme) </li></ul><ul><li>Provide 90 Centrelink Community Engagement Officers </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct pilots to co-locate housing services in Centrelink Reform employment services to help job seekers who are homeless </li></ul><ul><li>Provide more aged care places and support for older people who are homeless </li></ul><ul><li>Increase legal services and voting and civic participation </li></ul>
  23. 23. Breaking the cycle – Joint first steps <ul><li>Commonwealth and state and territory need to provide long term support - more specialist supported accommodation </li></ul><ul><li>Up to 2,700 more homes for homeless or supported accommodation (APTCH and Social Housing) </li></ul><ul><li>Up to 4,200 new houses, upgrade 4,800 existing houses in remote Indigenous communities. </li></ul>
  24. 24. White Paper – Implementation <ul><li>Changed Commonwealth-State financial relations through National Agreements on Homelessness, Social Housing, Remote Indigenous Housing </li></ul><ul><li>State and territory governments responsible for service delivery and implementing the 50 identified actions in the White Paper </li></ul><ul><li>States to have more flexibility to spend funds on initiatives to suit their individual jurisdictions </li></ul><ul><li>Commonwealth to work in close partnership with states on their Implementation Plans for the new Agreements and closely monitor their performance. </li></ul>
  25. 25. White Paper – Governance <ul><li>Prime Minister’s Council on Homelessness to drive reforms </li></ul><ul><li>Establishment of Bea Miles Foundation to partner business </li></ul><ul><li>Agreed Implementation Plans with States and Territories based on outputs and performance </li></ul><ul><li>COAG Reform Council to analyse and report annually </li></ul><ul><li>Ministerial Councils responsible for implementation </li></ul><ul><li>State / territory regional and local plans and coordination committees </li></ul><ul><li>New legislation with accreditation to ensure quality services and support. </li></ul>
  26. 26. Questions?

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