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Family Violence Housing Assistance Implementation Taskforce

The Family Violence Housing Assistance Implementation Taskforce was established in May 2016.

Our role

  • 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, planning 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

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.

Taskforce membership

  • CEO, Council to Homeless Persons (Chair)
  • Policy and Program Manager, Domestic Violence Victoria
  • Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre
  • BeyondHousing
  • Launch Housing
  • Aboriginal Housing Victoria
  • McAuley Community Services for Women
  • Women's Housing
  • Real Estate Institute of Victoria
  • Community Housing Industry Association Victoria
  • Victorian Public Tenants Association
  • Tenants Victoria
  • Youth representative, Victim Survivors' Advisory Council

Victoria's social housing supply requirements to 2036

The taskforce commissioned Dr Judy Yates – an Honorary Associate in the School of Economics at the University of Sydney – to research Victoria’s social housing requirements to 2036.

The research will help the taskforce complete one of its key functions: to quantify the number of additional social housing units requires for family violence victims who are unable to gain access to and sustain private rental accommodation.

Find the research reports social housing supply requirements: 

Family Violence Housing Blitz Package evaluation

As a first step in responding to the specific housing recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence, the Victorian Government invested an initial $152 million in April 2016 in a family violence housing blitz package (the package).

The Department of Health and Human Services, in conjunction with the Taskforce, engaged ACIL Allen Consulting, working with the Social Research Centre, to conduct an evaluation of the package.

Between January and December 2017, the evaluation examined the implementation and early outcomes of 3 elements of the package:

  1. Flexible Support Packages
  2. Rapid Housing Assistance
  3. Private Rental Assistance

Find the executive summary of the evaluation findings:

More information

Email: FVHT@dhhs.vic.gov.au

Reviewed 07 July 2019

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