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Family Violence Housing Assistance Implementation Taskforce

The Family Violence Housing Assistance Implementation Taskforce was established in May 2016.  The Taskforce consists of senior representatives from the public and commercial housing sectors and family violence specialists. It reports through the Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing. The Chair of the Housing Taskforce is Jenny Smith, CEO, Council to Homeless Persons.

The Taskforce’s key functions include to:

  • oversee the implementation of stronger models to prevent homelessness, including the delivery of Safe at Home approaches
  • oversee a process designed to remove blockages in access to family violence crisis accommodation by rapidly rehousing family violence victims living in crisis and transitional accommodation
  • design, oversee and monitor the first 18-month phase of the proposed expanded Family Violence Flexible Support Packages (including rental subsidies)
  • quantify the number of additional social housing units required for family violence victims who are unable to gain access to and sustain private rental accommodation
  • subject to evaluation of the proposed expanded Family Violence Flexible Support Packages, plan for the statewide roll-out of the packages (including rental subsidies) and the social housing required
  • provide broader strategic advice on reform in homelessness, social and affordable housing.


  • Jenny Smith, CEO, Council to Homeless Persons
  • Lesley Dredge, Executive Officer, Community Housing Federation of Victoria
  • Mark O’Brien, CEO, Tenants Union of Victoria
  • Mark Feenane, Executive Officer, Victorian Public Tenants Association
  • Michael Perusco, CEO, Yarra Community Housing
  • Jenny Samms, CEO, Aboriginal Housing Victoria
  • Heather Holst, Deputy CEO, Launch Housing
  • Judy Line, CEO, Women’s Housing
  • Celia Adams, CEO, Rural Housing Network
  • Annette Gillespie, CEO, Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre
  • Alison MacDonald, Policy and Program Manager, Domestic Violence Victoria
  • Leah Calnan, Director, Real Estate Institute of Victoria
  • Jocelyn Bignold, CEO, McAuley Community Services for Women

Contact us

For more information on the taskforce and its work, email: FVHT@dhhs.vic.gov.au