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States and ACT add their signatures to Federal Government's National Homelessness Agreement



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Mark Butler

MINISTER ASSISTING THE PRIME MINISTER ON MENTAL HEALTH REFORM

Media Release by The Hon Mark Butler MP

States and ACT add their signatures to Federal Government’s National Homelessness Agreement 14 May 2013

Five of the states and territories have now signed on to the Federal Government’s National

Partnership Agreement on Homelessness for 2013/14 guaranteeing federal funds will flow to

their states.

Mr Butler said the Commonwealth had put up to $159 million on the table in March on the

condition that states matched funding.

“New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and the ACT have all signed on to

the agreement, which also makes them eligible to bid for further funding under the

Development Fund as part of a competitive process,” Mr Butler said.

“Applications for the Development Fund close today, so I urge remaining state governments

to finance their share of this agreement to guarantee their state also has access to the fund.”

“This funding will ensure services which help give people a hand up every day have the

certainty they need to continue delivering critical support.”

Mr Butler said achieving real results in reducing homelessness was only possible through

joint responsibility and collaborative action.

“The transitional agreement provides funding to the sector over the next 12 months, while the

Australian and state and territory governments negotiate a longer-term response to

homelessness.”

“It’s now time for Queensland, WA and the Northern Territory to provide surety to

homelessness service providers and their clients by committing their share of funds and

signing the agreement as soon as possible.”

The National Partnership Agreement is part of the Federal Government’s $26 billion

investment in housing and homelessness, which aims to halve the rate of homelessness by

2020.

Media Release by The Hon Mark Butler MP

States and ACT add their signatures to Federal Government’s National Homelessness Agreement 14 May 2013

Five of the states and territories have now signed on to the Federal Government’s National

Partnership Agreement on Homelessness for 2013/14 guaranteeing federal funds will flow to

their states.

Mr Butler said the Commonwealth had put up to $159 million on the table in March on the

condition that states matched funding.

“New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and the ACT have all signed on to

the agreement, which also makes them eligible to bid for further funding under the

Development Fund as part of a competitive process,” Mr Butler said.

“Applications for the Development Fund close today, so I urge remaining state governments

to finance their share of this agreement to guarantee their state also has access to the fund.”

“This funding will ensure services which help give people a hand up every day have the

certainty they need to continue delivering critical support.”

Mr Butler said achieving real results in reducing homelessness was only possible through

joint responsibility and collaborative action.

“The transitional agreement provides funding to the sector over the next 12 months, while the

Australian and state and territory governments negotiate a longer-term response to

homelessness.”

“It’s now time for Queensland, WA and the Northern Territory to provide surety to

homelessness service providers and their clients by committing their share of funds and

signing the agreement as soon as possible.”

The National Partnership Agreement is part of the Federal Government’s $26 billion

investment in housing and homelessness, which aims to halve the rate of homelessness by

2020.