Welcome to Community Door's information portal about housing and homelessness.

Housing affordability and homelessness are important issues facing disadvantaged Queenslanders. The rate of homelessness in Queensland is significantly higher than in the southern states. In 2012/13 there were 19,831 people experiencing homelessness in this state. Reasons that people find themselves in this situation include accommodation issues, financial difficulties, domestic violence and relationship issues, lack of support, discrimination, mental health and substance abuse issues.

The shortage of affordable private and social housing in Queensland makes it is difficult for low income households to secure affordable housing while meeting the rising cost of essential goods and services.

In this section you will find current news, resources and other information relevant to those working in the housing and homelessness sector.

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This week is Anti-Poverty Week (15-21 October) where all Australians are encouraged to organised or take part in an activity aiming to highlight or overcome issues of poverty and hardship here and overseas. The main aims of the week are to: Strengthen public understanding of the causes and...
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Queensland Government media release A Palaszczuk Government program designed to help tenants with complex needs avoid homelessness has so far assisted 133 social housing tenants to maintain safe, secure accommodation. Speaking on World Homelessness Day (10 October 2017), Minister for Housing and...
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Queensland couples who rely on the age pension and rent in the private market are at the greatest risk of living in poverty compared to other seniors, according to the Queensland Council of Social Service's (QCOSS) latest Cost of Living Report. QCOSS’ fifth Cost of Living Report – Special Edition:...
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All Australians should be able to live with dignity in their community of choice. Australia’s fourteenth annual Anti-Poverty Week, runs from 15 October through to 21 October 2017. To align with the United Nations’ International Day to Eradicate Poverty, 17 October, you are invited to a public forum...
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Queensland Government media release Young people moving from supported lodgings into long-term accommodation in Brisbane are to be given white goods and furniture set-up packages thanks to funding from the Palaszczuk Government’s Dignity First Fund. Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de...
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Queensland Government media release Central Queenslanders experiencing homelessness or escaping domestic and family violence will receive a little extra care thanks to funding from the Palaszczuk Government’s Dignity First Fund. Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said Clermont...
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Queensland Government media release A fresh food rescue organisation is set for a boost, thanks to a new refrigerated van funded through the Palaszczuk Government’s $2.5 million Dignity First Fund. Treasurer and Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said OzHarvest Limited received $294,000 in the latest...
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Improving housing outcomes for women and children escaping domestic and family violence is a major focus for the Department of Housing and Public Works. The department will construct two new shelters on the Gold Coast and in North Brisbane, and will replace or renew shelters in three remote and...
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As a follow-up to the closure of the application round for the Housing Construction Jobs Program, Q Shelter has released a survey aimed at demonstrating to the Queensland Government the collective impact and capacity of the housing and homelessness sector. The Housing Construction Jobs Program will...
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Queensland Government media release The Palaszczuk Government has called on homelessness organisations to tender for five new specialist mobile support services for young people. Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said the mobile support service, part of the Queensland Housing...

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Are you looking for support in Queensland, or trying to find a service that meets your needs? Now you can search oneplace , the service directory hosted by the Queensland Family and Child Commission. oneplace is an easily accessible directory of community services to help Queensland families to get...
The Queensland Youth Housing Coalition is a statewide coalition of organisations and individuals advocating for and with disadvantaged, marginalised and homeless young people and supporting the services that work with them. QYHC has a number of functions: Acts as an information resource for young...
The Queensland Disability Housing Coalition (QDHC) is a Statewide, independent housing organisation advocating for the rights of all people with disability and mental health issues. QDHC works with people with a disability, their families and support networks, to identify issues and concerns...
The Residential Tenancies Authority (RTA) administers the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Act 2008 and is responsible to the Minister for Housing and Public Works. It is a self-funding statutory authority, which operates on income generated from interest earned on bonds held. Phone: 1300 366 311...
The Federal Department of Social Services is responsible for housing support. You can read more about their programs, services, benefits and payments at: http://www.dss.gov.au/our-responsibilities/housing-and-homelessness
The Department of Housing and Public Works looks after housing and homelessness services in Queensland. There are currently major reforms being delivered by this department, including the Housing 2020 strategy , the Homelessness-to-Housing Strategy 2020 , and the Logan Renewal Initiative. Housing...
Seven local communities in Queensland, in partnership with the Department of Communities and the Queensland Council of Social Service, have developed these Homelessness Community Action Plans to address homelessness. The project is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments.
Essentials by AAI has partnered with Good Shepherd Microfinance to offer insurance for people who might not have the money for mainstream insurance. They offer specific benefits for people who are on low incomes: Affordable premiums Payments deducted directly from Centrelink benefits Fortnightly...
The Queensland Disaster Management website and the Get Ready website have a range of information and useful resources that can assist you to plan and prepare for an emergency. As part of your preparedness and planning for weather events, access regular weather forecast updates from the Bureau of...
The Community Resource Handbooks were launched by Volunteering Queensland on 12 May 2015. They consolidate the knowledge gained through Volunteering Queensland's community leadership work with more than 2,000 community groups over the past fifteen years. The handbooks are aimed at small to medium...
This paper provides an examination of homelessness and housing stress among Australia’s criminal justice population. Using data from the AIC’s Drug Use Monitoring in Australia (DUMA) program, this study examines the prevalence and nature of homelessness among a sample of police detainees. The...
This report provides selected findings from the first wave of data collection and is the first of several reports on the findings from the Cost of Youth Homelessness in Australia study. It provides a brief account of the depth of problems that homeless young Australians experience. A second report...
The Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) has produced the Planned Support Guide: an approach to case management for people working in a wide range of community services. If you are a front line worker, supervisor or manager this guide is for you. The guide assists in the development of a...
The AIHW Indigenous Observatory is a repository of information on the health and welfare of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. FIND OUT MORE : Indigenous Observatory ; Housing assistance for Indigenous Australians ; Housing circumstances of Indigenous households: tenure and overcrowding...
The Homelessness Community Fundraising Toolkit has been prepared for any organisation or community in Queensland working to address homelessness. Through fundraising, the resources, time and talent of local communities can be leveraged to achieve outcomes for people experiencing homelessness. This...
On 21 December 2008, the former Prime Minister, the Hon Kevin Rudd MP and former Minister for Housing, Tanya Plibersek MP, released the Government's White Paper on Homelessness: The Road Home . The Road Home - Full Report Executive Summary The Road Home sets the strategic agenda for reducing...

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The Housing Act 2003 , which commenced on 1 January 2004, allows for the regulation of organisations that are funded by the department to provide housing and housing-related services. You can also download the Housing Regulation 2003 , which is the subordinate legislation that supports the Housing...
Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008 , sets out the new tenancy laws for Queensland. The new legislation will ensure the rental market continues to meet the needs of Queenslanders in rental accommodation. This is being achieved by combining the Residential Tenancies Act 1994 and...
There are a range of legal structures which may be suitable for Queensland not-for-profit community groups. The four main options are: an incorporated association: Associations Incorporation Act 1981 (QLD) and Associations Incorporation Regulation 1999 (QLD) a company limited by guarantee:...
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Louise Mullins, Queensland Council of Social Service

Would it surprise you to know that poverty and severe hardship affects more than a million Australians? And around the world more than a billion are desperately poor?

Anti-Poverty Week 2017 encourages all Australians to highlight issues of poverty and hardship here, at home, and overseas...

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Emma Garton, Queensland Council of Social Service

The theme for 2017’s Homelessness Week is ‘Action and Innovation’ which will highlight the work of specialist services in response to the homelessness crisis. 

Homelessness Australia coordinate Homelessness Week by facilitating events around Australia to create awareness...

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Queensland Council of Social Service

The Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) recently released a new report revealing the interrelated nature of poverty and disadvantage, highlighting key areas in Queensland which need to be addressed with better targeted programs, policies and investment.

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The Social Benefit Bond Program, Queensland Treasury

The competitive tender process for the Queensland government's new Social Benefit Bonds program has recently been launched, and the Invitation for Expressions of Interest (EOI) documents are available via...

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Michael Greco, Care Opinion Australia

Care Opinion is an independent, not-for-profit new web site which enables people to post their experiences of local social care services online, and in public (eg aged care, youth and disability care). ...

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Shelley Dunlop, QCOSS

The Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) has just released a new cost of living report examining the cost of living pressures across six Queensland regional centres – Brisbane, Gold Coast, Cairns, Mount Isa, Rockhampton and Kingaroy.

The report uses the existing Cost of Living...

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Shelley Dunlop, QCOSS

Last week on 17 October 2014 the QCOSS State Conference - Building strength was held at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane.

The program aimed to build on the strengths already existing within Queensland’s strong and resilient community service sector, as well...

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Helen Styles, Queensland Council of Social Service

Homelessness is a problem too complex to be tackled by only the community services sector and government departments. It needs the combined efforts of the private, public and community sectors because a diverse range of people and organisations are better able to address the diverse and...

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Grazia Catalano, Multicultural Policy Officer, QCOSS

The Queensland Government has just released some excellent policy documents on the Cultural Diversity Policy and the ...

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