Media Release by The Hon Tanya Pibersek MP

$11.4 million in funding for homelessness research

The Australian Government is inviting applications from researchers wishing to undertake research into homelessness.

The National Homelessness Research Agenda commits funding of $11.4 million over four years to improve the evidence base for preventing and responding to homelessness.

Researchers from a range of disciplines can apply for funding for projects which address the Australian Government’s three research objectives:

  • Improve data and measurement of homelessness;
  • Inform and improve the service system and practice; and
  • Increase our understanding of the causes and dynamics of homelessness.

The Rudd Government’s research investment balances the need for long term strategic research with short term research projects.

The Rudd Government is seeking to develop multi-year Research Partnership Agreements with a small number of research centres as well as directly funding small scale research projects through competitive funding rounds.

The National Homelessness Research Agenda will increase the evidence base around homelessness and support the implementation of the Government’s White Paper on Homelessness.

It will give organisations an opportunity to develop high level, strategic policy research projects investigating homelessness, disadvantage and emerging social and housing policy issues.

Information about how to apply for National Homelessness Research Agenda funding will be advertised on FaHCSIA, GrantsLink ( and in national newspapers from 21 November 2009.

Application packs will be available on the FaHCSIA website.

Applications close on 13 January 2010.