Victoria’s homelessness response

Overview

Objective

To determine whether the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has reduced the incidence and impacts of rough sleeping through implementation of Victoria's Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Plan.

Issues

Homelessness results in significant social and economic costs, not just to individuals and families but also communities and the nation. For individuals, homelessness makes it difficult to maintain school or further study and leaves people vulnerable to long-term unemployment and chronic ill health.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics estimates that more than 20 000 Victorians are homeless. Further, DHHS notes that there are approximately 1 100 people sleeping rough in Victoria each night.

In January 2018, the government launched Victoria's Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Plan. The plan is the first phase in the development of a long-term homelessness strategy. Victoria has several plans to address homelessness, including elements of the response to the Royal Commission into Family Violence.

This audit will examine DHHS's implementation of the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Plan and the extent to which it is achieving intended outcomes.

Proposed agencies

DHHS, Launch Housing, Haven, Home Safe and Neami National.

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