Victorian Aboriginal Housing and Homelessness Framework

Aboriginal communities, organisations and stakeholders have for many years been calling for stronger responses to the relatively poor housing outcomes that Aboriginal Victorians experience.

The community recognises that without safe and secure housing, investments in areas such as health, education, economic development, justice and family violence are unlikely to be effective.

The Victorian Government has funded Aboriginal Housing Victoria (AHV) to support work on the development of an overarching Aboriginal Housing and Homelessness Framework. The Framework amongst other things seeks to improve housing outcomes for all Aboriginal Victorians across their life course, assist in building the capacity of Aboriginal organisations to own, manage and grow rental stock, and identify innovative models that secure housing for Aboriginal Victorians, including pathways to private ownership.

The Framework will be built on the strengths of the community and take a ‘rights based’ self-determination approach that places Aboriginal Victorians and their communities firmly at the centre of housing policy initiatives.

Progress to date:

A Steering Committee is overseeing the Framework’s development and work to date includes a literature review, data gathering and analysis, and community and stakeholder consultations. The Victorian Aboriginal Housing and Homelessness Summit was held in April to further develop the Framework.

 

The Victorian Aboriginal Housing and Homelessness Summit

The Housing Summit held on 5 April 2019 was a very successful event with a high level of participant positivity.
The day started with a presentation by Jack Charles, followed by a community panel that included Aunty Pat Ockwell, Aunty Di Kerr, Aunty Shirley Firebrace and Sharyn Lovett. The panel discussed their personal housing and homelessness experiences and the current obstacles that Aboriginal Victorians continue to face. This set the scene for the day.


The day continued with thirteen workshops over two sessions. The morning session focused on the “building blocks” of the Aboriginal housing sector, while the afternoon session focused on “life events” that impact on the housing experiences of many Aboriginal Victorians. You can view the background and discussion papers from The Summit below.


Over 130 participants, including Aboriginal community members, stakeholders and government representatives all made a significant and positive contribution to discussions on the various topics. This information will be consolidated into a report that will be integral to inform the development of the VAHHF, which will be available soon.


The Summit attracted media interest, including a substantial segment on the SBS news service on the evening of 5 April 2019. https://www.sbs.com.au/news/leaders-call-for-action-to-tackle-victoria-s-rising-indigenous-homeless-numbers

The Victorian Aboriginal Housing and Homelessness Summit - Report of Findings can be accessed here.

Regular updates will be provided via this page.

Please call Meagan on (03) 9403 2159 if you wish to speak to us about the Framework.

 

Links

Proposal to develop a Victorian Aboriginal Housing and Homelessness Framework

Parity - Vol 31, No 5 - An Aboriginal Housing and Homelessness Framework for Victoria

Victorian Aboriginal Housing and Homelessness Framework Literature Review

 

The Summit - Documents and Background Papers

The Summit Program
Index of Papers
Key Data - Housing and Homelessness Victoria
The Summit's Place in The Framework
Background Paper 1
Background Paper 2
Background Paper 3

The Summit - Discussion Papers

Morning Sessions
Discussion Paper 1 - A Vision
Discussion Paper 2 - Capacity
Discussion Paper 3 - Private Ownership and Rental
Discussion Paper 4 - Building Supply
Discussion Paper 5 - Housing as a base for improved outcomes               
Discussion Paper 6 - Homelessness
 
 Afternoon Sessions
Discussion Paper 7 - Education and Training                 
Discussion Paper 8 - Elders
Discussion Paper 9 - Justice
Discussion Paper 10 - Family Violence
Discussion Paper 11 - Leaving Care
Discussion Paper 12 - Homelessness
Discussion Paper 13 - Disability