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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:

  • overseeing the implementation of stronger models to prevent homelessness, including the delivery of Safe at Home approaches
  • overseeing 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
  • designing, overseeing and monitoring the first 18-month phase of the proposed expanded Family Violence Flexible Support Packages (including rental subsidies)
  • quantifying 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
  • providing broader strategic advice on reform in homelessness, social and affordable housing.

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.

Dr Yates’ research is contained in the report below.

Victoria’s social housing supply requirements to 2036 Victoria’s social housing supply requirements to 2036PDF (433.24 KB) Victoria's social housing supply requirements to 2036 Victoria's social housing supply requirements to 2036DOC (121.36 KB)

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 three elements of the package: Flexible Support Packages, Rapid Housing Assistance and Private Rental Assistance.

An executive summary of the evaluation's findings can be found below. 

Family Violence Housing Blitz Package evaluation executive summary Family Violence Housing Blitz Package evaluation executive summaryDOC (94.99 KB)

Taskforce membership

  • Jenny Smith, CEO, Council to Homeless Persons (Chair)
  • Alison Macdonald, Policy and Program Manager, Domestic Violence Victoria
  • Annette Gillespie, CEO, Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre
  • Celia Adams, CEO, BeyondHousing
  • Heather Holst, Deputy CEO, Launch Housing
  • Jenny Samms, Aboriginal Housing Victoria
  • Jocelyn Bignold, CEO, McAuley Community Services for Women
  • Judy Line, CEO, Women's Housing
  • Leah Calnan, Director, Real Estate Institute of Victoria
  • Lesley Dredge, CEO, Community Housing Industry Association Victoria
  • Mark Feenane, Executive Officer, Victorian Public Tenants Association
  • Mark O’Brien, CEO, Tenants Victoria
  • Natasha Anderson, Youth representative, Victim Survivors' Advisory Council

Contact us

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