What do the major parties have planned to address homelessness?

Public forum

  • Monday 13 May
  • 2pm to 3.30pm
  • Newtown Neighbourhood Centre, 1 Bedford Street Newtown

For a country as wealthy as Australia, it is shameful that on any given night, 1 in 200 people are homeless.  Single women over 55 are the fastest growing group to experience homelessness, increasing by 31% since the last Census in 2016.

We are facing a national crisis that is not getting the attention it deserves.

Each year, more than 123,000 Australian parents and their children do not have a safe place to call home. 189,404 are on the waiting list for social housing. Rough sleepers represent just 7% of all homelessness nationally. They are the tip of the iceberg.

A free forum has been organized to enable members of the public to hear about the issues, the solutions and how the Liberal Party, Labor Party and Australian Greens propose to address this injustice.

It will be held on Monday, 13 May at the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre from 2pm to 3.30pm. Register at Eventbrite or just turn up.

Partner Organisations:

Older Women’s Network NSW * Newtown Neighbourhood Centre * Mercy Foundation * Shelter NSW * Homelessness NSW * Women’s Housing Company * COTA



INVISIBLE – Homelessness and Housing Forum

The State of homelessness in Australia’s cities

Monday 23 July 2018
9.00am Registration and Morning Tea
9.30am to 11.30am  Forum
HLB Mann Judd, Level 19, 207 Kent Street Sydney

RSVP to by 18 July 2018

Since 2010, 2,735 women have been interviewed using the VI-SPDAT triage tool, as part of registry weeks conducted across Australia. Most of the people interviewed in registry weeks are rough sleepers.

Professor Paul Flatau from the Centre for Social Impact, UWA will present findings from his analysis of de-identified data from registry weeks undertaken in Australia. His report ‘The State of Homelessness in Australia’s Cities’ was recently released. At this special sector forum Professor Flatau will speak to his report and include a special analysis of the data about women.

We know that women often experience homelessness in different ways to men. This unique and important analysis will provide practitioners and workers in the homelessness and housing sectors with a valuable insight into the needs and characteristics of women experiencing homelessness, particularly those who have experienced rough sleeping, around Australia.