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The Turnbull-Abbott governments $500 million cuts to Homelessness Services

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Scott Ludlam 1 Dec 2015

In the two years of the Liberal government we've seen nothing but cuts to housing. 

Housing affordability - and homelessness - is getting worse.

The Greens have a National Housing Roadmap - a comprehensive and costed plan to address Australia's Housing Crisis.

On any given night more than 105,000 Australians are homeless. While the reasons may be complex, the solution can be simple: match the funding for housing and support services to the scale of need.


The Turnbull-Abbott government has cut more than $500 million from homelessness support services.

  • Funding for all new homelessness shelters cut from the National Partnership on Homelessness - $44m
  • All peak bodies on homelessness axed: Homeless Australia, National Shelter and Community Housing Federation of Australia inexplicably abolished
  • Prime Minister's Council on Homelessness Axed
  • COAG Reform group on Housing Affordability axed
  • Homelessness Research Strategy funding axed - $3.1 million
  • National Rental Affordability Scheme axed - scrapping funding for 12,000 new affordable rental homes worth $235.2m
  • Housing Help for Seniors pilot program abolished -  $173.1m
  • First Home Saver Accounts scheme abolished - $134.3 million over five years
  • New program to sell off "surplus commonwealth property" introduced with no affordable housing outcomes or any criteria
  • National Housing Supply Council - the only body providing data on the gap of affordable and available housing - axed

Read about the Greens Homelessness Action Plan here.

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