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VACCA recently provided a submission to the National Housing and Homelessness Plan. Housing is a human right, in alignment with this view, our submission takes a right-based approach centred in Aboriginal self-determination, to respond to the consultation questions and makes recommendations for key reforms.

Click here to read our submission.

VACCA provided a submission to the Inquiry into the rental and housing affordability crisis in Victoria, which will investigate the challenges facing Victorian renters and factors causing the crisis, including the low availability and high costs of rental properties, insecurity, affordability issues and the adequacy of regulation. VACCA’s submission takes a right-based approach centred in Aboriginal self-determination and makes recommendations for reforms and investment to respond to the housing crisis.

Click here to read our submission.

VACCA provided input into the newly announced 10-year strategy for social and affordable housing in Victoria in April, 2021. Our submission seeks to advocate for the housing and social needs of Aboriginal peoples whilst reinforcing the important role of Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs) within the social housing sector.

You can read VACCA's submission here.

Following a referral from the Minister for Families and Social Services, Senator the Hon Anne Ruston, and the Assistant Minister for Community Housing, Homelessness and Community Services, the Hon Luke Howarth MP, the Committee resolved on 11 February 2020 to conduct an inquiry into homelessness in Australia.

Victoria has the highest and fastest rising rates of Aboriginal people contacting homelessness services in Australia. Almost half of those presenting to such services are already homeless. Our submission is based on our unique position as an ACCO providing a suite of child and family welfare services across Victoria. It highlights some of the pressures which lead to the over-representation of Aboriginal children, young people and families in rates of homelessness in Victoria and the key role safe and secure housing has on successful outcomes in education, health, justice, child protection, family violence and employment.

Read VACCA's submission for the Inquiry into Homelessness in Australia to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs.

Aboriginal children and young people are significantly over-represented in rates of out of home care and are extremely vulnerable to homelessness.

VACCA's Submission highlights the correlation between housing and homelessness with the high rates of Aboriginal children in out of home care. 

VACCA's submission to Legal and Social Issues Committee: Inquiry into Homelessness in Victoria is available to read here.

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