Bill to combat homelessness

The Parliament has passed a bill to change the way the federal government gives funding to states and territories to provide housing and homelessness services. 

Apr 6, 2018

In order to receive funding in the future, states and territories will have to develop a housing and homelessness strategy and report this to the federal government.

The new National Housing and Homelessness Agreement between the federal and state/territory governments will ensure funding is secure, with around $4.6 billion in total to be provided between 1 July 2018 and 30 June 2021.

Introducing the Treasury Laws Amendment (National Housing and Homelessness Agreement) Bill 2018, the Assistant Minister to the Treasurer, the Hon Michael Sukkar MP, said, ‘Housing is fundamental to the wellbeing of all Australians. It is a driver of social and economic participation and promotes better employment, education and health outcomes.’