Background to the Homelessness Action Plan project

The Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP, has commissioned an action plan under the Aged Care Diversity Framework for older people experiencing, or at risk of homelessness (the Homelessness Action Plan).  This is part of the work towards realising the Aged Care Diversity Framework’s vision that “All older people experience a high-quality aged care system that ensures equitable access and outcomes and embraces their diverse characteristics and life experiences”.  The Diversity Sub-group of the Aged Care Sector Committee is responsible for development of the Homelessness Action Plan.

Housing for the Aged Action Group (HAAG) is working with a Reference Group and the Aged Care Sector Committee Diversity Sub-group to develop the Homelessness Action Plan.

Get involved

HAAG will adopt a rigorous, transparent, fair and evidence-based approach to the development of the Homelessness Action Plan.  Consultation with a wide range of stakeholders will occur through a series of on-line surveys, individual telephone interviews and face-to-face focus groups with key stakeholders.

Respond to survey for professionals and providers by 8 February 2019

Link to survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/homelessness_action_plan_provider_survey
We want to hear from all professionals, providers and services who work with older people, even those that are not specialised in providing services to people experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness.  A PDF of the professionals and providers survey is available here so that you can prepare your answers before opening the survey.  You are able to edit your survey responses until you submit the final question.

Respond to survey for older people by 8 February 2019

Link to survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/homelessness_action_plan_older_people_survey
We want to hear from you have, or someone you know has, tried to get, or received, aged care services while experiencing any of the following:
-  Rented a home with no guarantee of staying in that home long term

-  Renting a home that is too expensive, in poor condition or not suitable for ageing
-  Lived with friends or family because no other options available or suitable
-  Lived somewhere that was not safe and secure, for example due to threats and violence
-  Lived in housing that is meant to be temporary, like a boarding house, shelter or hostel
-  Lived in a house that was overcrowded and privacy an issue
-  Lived in housing that was inadequate, like a caravan
-  Not had a place to stay and slept in a car or on the streets

You can get a friend, family member, support worker or anyone else to help you fill in this online survey.  If you want to prepare your answers before typing them in online,  a PDF of the survey for older people is available here

We appreciate you forwarding these surveys to everyone who may be interested in your mailing and contact lists.  A Word document with email/newsletter text you can edit can be downloaded here.

About the Reference Group

The members of the Reference Group were self-nominated at a Think Tank in August 2018 hosted by the Diversity Sub-group to commence the development of the Homelessness Action Plan and are:

  • Dr Debbie Faulkner, University of Adelaide
  • Jeff Fiedler, Action Plan Project Supervisor, Housing for the Aged Action Group and the Aged Care Sector Committee Diversity Sub-group
  • Michael Fotheringham, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute
  • Bryan Lipmann, Wintringham and the Aged Care Sector Committee Diversity Sub-group
  • Cherylee Treloar, Footprints
  • Ms Mary Patetsos from the Federation of Ethnic Communities Council and the Aged Care Sector Committee Diversity Sub-group
  • Representative to be confirmed, Homelessness Australia

The Reference Group's advice on the content of the Homelessness Action Plan will be considered by the Diversity Sub-group who are responsible for finalising the Action Plan and seeking endorsement from the full Aged Care Sector Committee.

Any questions?

If you have any questions about the Homelessness Action Plan, please contact the Project Manager Dr Sandra South on 0427 662 687 or at sandra.south@oldertenants.org.au.