Published: 10 December 2015
The Victorian Government has released an Aboriginal Affairs Report 2014/2015 with the Hon. Natalie Hutchins, MP, Minister for Aboriginal Affaiors, stating "much needs to be improved." Homelessness is recognised because of the importance of sustainable housing. The report notes: "Census data shows that Aboriginal Victorians experience homelessness at over five times the rate of non-Aboriginal people and the Report on Government Services (ROGS) shows that Aboriginal Victorians access homelessness services at almost eight times the rate."
The Report notes that DHHS administrative data indicates that the proportion of Aboriginal households in public housing increased in the two years to June 2015 from 2.8 per cent to 3.3 per cent of all tenancies and that the number of Aboriginal households on the public housing waiting list increased from 1594 to 1859 households.
The Report notes that DHHS is developing options to improve the service response to people experiencing homelessness and housing need. It is noted that greater self-determination over Aboriginal housing is a goal and that DHHS is currently working to review properties and assess the implications of any potential staged transfer of title.
Proportion of Aboriginal Victorians who are homeless
Table 28: Aboriginal people that are homeless (Victoria)
Source: ABS Census of Population and Housing: Estimating Homelessness, 2011.
Note: ABS Census data is based on self-reported information.
Table 29: Proportion of Aboriginal clients accessing homelessness services (Victoria)
Source: Report on Government Services.