03/05/2021 | Michelle Lensink MLC | Better Services

New Australian-first homelessness reforms are set to make accessing services easier for vulnerable regional South Australians from July 1.

Following extensive consultation and a competitive tender process, the Marshall Liberal Government has announced an Alliance approach to homelessness that will deliver homelessness and DV services right across South Australia.

In our regions, two new alliances have been formed – Country South and Country North –while a new DV alliance will continue to support at-risk women state-wide.

Existing regional providers have agreed to come together, recognising the need to work towards better, long-term outcomes for our most vulnerable.

South Australia spends more than $70 million annually on homelessness services equating to almost $200,000 a day – and yet people are still cycling in and out of the system.

The reforms will maintain homelessness funding and ensure we’re getting the most out of taxpayer dollars.

The new regional alliances covering all of regional South Australia are:

Country South
Anglican Community Care Inc.
Junction Australia
Pangula Mannamurna Aboriginal Corporation
Moorundi Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service Ltd.

Country North
Uniting Country SA
Centacare Catholic Country SA
Centacare Catholic Family Services
The Salvation Army
West Coast Youth and Community Support

Domestic and Family Violence (state-wide)
Women’s Safety Services SA
Yarredi Services Incorporated
Junction Australia
Uniting Country SA
Centacare Catholic Country SA
Centacare Catholic Family Services
The Salvation Army
Nunga Mi:Minar Incorporated

Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink said the homelessness reforms will make accessing services easier for vulnerable regional South Australians.

“Ultimately, we’re undertaking this reform because we want better outcomes for our most vulnerable,” said Minister Lensink.

“Organisations in our regions already work collaboratively together to get positive outcomes for South Australians experiencing homelessness and it’s really exciting this reform formalises this approach to ensure everyone is working together.

“Importantly, South Australians using these services will only have to tell their story once and services can be even more responsive to supporting clients across our regions.

“I’d like to take the opportunity to thank our front-line regional homelessness providers for the ongoing work they do supporting our most vulnerable South Australians.

“By working together, we can achieve even greater outcomes for people experiencing homelessness.”