The Select Council on Housing and Homelessness is established to take an integrated approach to the related policy areas of housing supply, social and affordable housing and homelessness. The Select Council will drive an effective national response to reducing homelessness in Australia, and coordinate housing policy reform to assist COAG meet its objective of providing all Australians with access to affordable, safe and sustainable housing that contributes to social and economic participation.
The key tasks of the Council are to:
- oversee the National Affordable Housing Agreement, noting the review scheduled to take place before the end of 2013;
- oversee the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH) to ensure it achieves a maximum reduction in homelessness;
- oversee the National Partnership on Remote Indigenous Housing;
- oversee the National Building and Jobs Plan National Partnership – Social Housing;
- drive the effective implementation of COAG’s reform agenda for housing and homelessness matters through collaboration to address common structural impediments; and
- determine what works/is leading practice in reducing homelessness to inform future priorities, strategic directions and partnerships between the Australian Government, States and Territories.
Communiqués from the meetings of the Select Council on Homelessness can be found here :
- Communiqué - 6 December 2011 - [ DOC 28kB ] [ PDF 84kB ].
- Communiqué - 30 March 2012 - [ DOC 28kB ] [ PDF 84kB ].
- Communiqué - 31 August 2012 - [ DOC 46kB ] [ PDF 357kb ].
- Communiqué - 16 November 2012 - [ DOC 39kB ] [ PDF 168kB ].
- Communiqué - 28 March 2013 - [ DOC 56kB ] [ PDF 57kB ].
More information on the National Partnerships and National Partnership Agreements can be found on the COAG website.
For further information on the establishment of the new COAG Council System and the Handbook for COAG Councils please visit the COAG website.
The secretariat for the COAG Select Council on Homelessness is provided by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, and can be contacted at SCHSecretariat@fahcsia.gov.au.