Housing and homelessness ministers from across the country meet in Adelaide today discuss national housing and homelessness issues, policies and reform.

South Australian Social Housing Minister Zoe Bettison will chair the meeting with the Commonwealth to be represented by Assistant Minister for Social Services, Zed Seselja.

Today’s meeting will include discussions on affordable housing, the new housing and homelessness agreement included in the Commonwealth Government’s 2017-18 Budget and remote housing issues.

This meeting is critical to ensuring that national policies are coordinated to support the best possible outcomes for vulnerable Australians.

Background

The first meeting of national Housing and Homelessness Ministers was convened by the South Australian Government in Adelaide, in October 2015.

Housing and Homelessness Ministers have continued to meet regularly ever since.

The 2017-18 Federal Budget announced the National Affordable Housing Agreement would be combined with the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness to create a new, ongoing National Housing and Homelessness Agreement from 2018-19.

This agreement ensures that funding will continue at existing levels.

Quotes attributable to Social Housing Minister Zoe Bettison

Today’s meeting provides an opportunity for relevant ministers from across Australia to come together and discuss important housing and homelessness issues.

One of the topics for discussion today will be ongoing funding for homelessness services, which is extremely important for all states and territories.
National leadership is needed to address ongoing challenges in the housing market.

South Australia is committed to working with all jurisdictions to deliver long-term solutions to support people who are homeless and to address housing affordability.