The Australian Government through its Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs helps to make housing more available and to reduce homelessness, through programs and services, benefits and payments, and grants and funding for organisations providing services to provide housing and reduce homelessness.
The White Paper on Homelessness, The Road Home: A national approach to reducing homelessness, set a target of a 20 per cent increase in the number of families who live in safe and sustainable housing following family violence.
Under the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness, the states have committed, with the assistance of Australian Government funding, to increasing support to enable women and children experiencing domestic violence to remain at home safely. This is being delivered by state and territory governments and not-for-profit providers.
There are 22 initiatives nation wide to address domestic violence and homelessness under the NPAH. This includes initiatives under Output 17f of the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH) - 'support for women and children experiencing domestic and family violence to stay in their present housing where it is safe to do so'.
Under the NPAH, expanded models of integrated support to enable women and children experiencing domestic and family violence to remain at home safely are being delivered by state and territory Governments in partnership with not-for-profit providers. Where women are forced to leave home due to violence they will be supported by the Australian Government's almost $20 billion investment in homelessness and affordable housing programs, which will provide women with improved housing options including exit points from crisis support services.
Source of Information
Response of the Government of Australia to the questionnaire on violence against women 2011