Housing affordability and homelessness are important issues facing disadvantaged Queenslanders. 

Housing is a complex system of inter-connecting causes and effects. 

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

Access to affordable housing is the foundation on which Queenslanders build stable and productive lives. Stable housing positively influences health, education, employment, economic and social participation outcomes.

“Housing, even in its simplest form, meets two basic human needs: shelter and security. Its influence on the welfare of households is substantial, affecting, for example, health and wellbeing, education, employment and social and community participation.” (AIHW, 2017) 

In the 2016 census there were 21,671 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.

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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Queensland Government media release The Palaszczuk Government has given the go ahead to commence construction for a specialised youth housing service in Southport, with contracts awarded to a local builder and a local support provider. Based on the internationally recognised Youth Foyer model, the...
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Homelessness Week is an annual week, coordinated by Homelessness Australia, to raise awareness of people experiencing homelessness, the issues they face and the action needed to achieve enduring solutions. In 2018, Homelessness Week is the 6-12 August with a theme 'Ending homelessness together'...
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The Lady Musgrave Trust is hosting the 10th Annual Women and Homelessness forum in Brisbane on 29 August 2018. The annual forum is a sector driven event that is developed each year by a joint Working Group Committee comprising representatives from The Lady Musgrave Trust, Centacare, Ozcare,...
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Queensland Government media release The Palaszczuk Government has opened applications for the third round of its Dignity First Fund to support Queenslanders to help other Queenslanders who are experiencing homelessness. Making the announcement at the annual Vinnies CEO Sleepout at Brisbane’s...
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Queensland Youth Housing Coalition forum is holding a forum to open the dialogue about abuse in our society and how to eradicate it. The platform 1225 Forum 2018: Abuse of Power - Confronting Dynamics of Harm will feature keynote speaker Scott Miller, who has worked for the Domestic Abuse...
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Queensland Government media release Queenslanders working in the homelessness sector now have greater job security after the Palaszczuk Government today announced it would lock in five-year funding contracts for specialist service providers. Speaking at the launch of the Queensland edition of...
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Queenslanders with Disability Network (QDN) invites you to join them for My Housing Matters - Imagine the home you want to live in. Explore the pros and cons of options currently available in the private and public housing sectors. The workshop includes: Practical, hands on workshop for people with...
If you or someone you know need a meal this Christmas here are some places providing meals around Brisbane over the Chrismas period. End of season feast, gift and hamper, Jeays St Community Centre, 12 Jeays St, Bowen Hills, 20 December 12:00pm End of year free community lunch (tel 07 3358 5600),...
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Legal Aid Queensland has published a series of captioned recordings about their services on their YouTube channel . Videos for community, health and education workers can be found here and include their published community legal education webinars. The next webinar is Child Protection - the law and...
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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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The Brisbane Alliance to End Homelessness represents a continued commitment to process innovation that builds on the working foundations developed by over 30 organisations during Brisbane’s 500 Lives 500 Homes campaign (2014-2017). Moving forward the Brisbane Alliance to End Homelessness will...
The Council to Homeless Persons Queensland (CHPQ) is a collaboration of homelessness services in the southern part of Queensland, based in Brisbane. They actively participate in the National Council to Homeless Persons and they are a members of the peak body, Homelessness Australia. They aim to...
Queensland Shelter Incorporated (Q Shelter) was founded over thirty years ago by concerned housing groups who were determined to see more social and affordable housing for those who need it, more rights for those in housing, and working with government to deliver better housing policy. Find out...
Micah Projects provides a range of support and advocacy services to individuals and families according to their needs and capacity. They work to break down barriers that exclude people from housing, healthcare, employment, meaningful connections and to give people a voice. Find out more about the...
The Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) is a national research organisation, specialising in housing and urban research and policy. Through active engagement, AHURI's work informs the policies and practices of governments and the housing and urban development industries, and...
Tenants Queensland (formerly Tenants' Union of Queensland) was established in 1986 and seeks to represent the concerns of all Queensland tenants who live in rental accommodation, including caravan park and boarding house residents. For many years Tenants Queensland has performed an important role...
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...

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The Queensland Housing Strategy 2017-2027 is a 10-year framework driving key reforms and targeted investment across the housing continuum. Objective of the strategy is that: Every Queenslander has access to a safe, secure and affordable home that meets their needs and enables participation in the...
The Grattan Institute released their report Housing affordability: re-imagining the Australian dream in March 2018. Home ownership rates are falling among all Australians younger than 65, especially those with lower incomes. Owning a home increasingly depends on who your paretns are, a big change...
The Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey is a household-based panel study that collects vaulable information about economic and personal wellbeing, labour market dynamics and family life. Started in 2001, the HILDA survey provides policy-makers with unique insights...
The Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) released their Housing Australia report in August 2017. The report examines: Housing trends in Australia The experience of Australia's housing sector compared with other countries in the OECD Supply of housing: from land availability to...
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIFW) published Australia's Welfare in October 2017. The report provides an authoritative overview of the wellbeing of Australians, examining a wide range of relevant topics. Read the report here.
As the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) considers energy market reform and grapples with housing affordability, a new Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) report seeks to highlight the considerable barriers for renters seeking to reduce energy costs and usage. The ‘Choice and...
The Queensland Rental Vulnerability Index was commissioned by Tenants Queensland to help plan the delivery of tenant advice services by the Queensland Statewide Tenant Advice and Referral Service (QSTARS). The project defines 'rental vulnerability' as the vulnerability of persons to problems that...
The National Shelter Rental Affordability Index, released in May 2018, shows low income households continue to face severe unaffordability in rental markets despite a slight improvement in the overall rental affordability of the nation. Read the report here or go to the National Shelter website...
The National Regulatory System Community Housing (NRSCH) aims to ensure a well-governed, well managed and viable community housing sector that meets the needs of tenants and provides assurance for government and investors. NRSCH seeks a clear separation between regulatory activities, and state and...
Legal Aid have a series of captioned recordings about Legal Aid Queensland services on their YouTube channel . Videos for community, health and education workers can be found here and include their published community legal education webinars. Upcoming webinars can be found on the Information for...

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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 of Housing and Public Works to provide housing and housing-related services. Housing Act 2003 Housing Regulation 2015 Housing and Other Legislation Amendment Act...
Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008 , sets out the tenancy laws for Queensland. The legislation ensures the rental market continues to meet the needs of Queenslanders in rental accommodation. Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008 Residential Tenancies 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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Natalie Siegel-Brown, Public Guardian

As the Queensland Public Guardian I am pleased to announce the inaugural opening of the Queensland Public Guardian’s Excellence Awards.

As Public Guardian, I want to acknowledge the exemplary work being undertaken by staff in the community services sector across the...

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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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