Media Release by The Hon Larry Anthony MP

Youth homelessness program renewed

Minister for Community Services, Larry Anthony today reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to tackling youth homelessness by announcing the round one Reconnect services that will be funded for a further three years.

“Through the Reconnect program, young people and their families can access early intervention and prevention programs such as counselling, family mediation and practical support.

“Reconnect services have proven to be a highly effective way of heading off some of the problems that contribute to youth homelessness by assisting young people to reconnect with their families, communities, education, training and employment.

“After an independent assessment confirmed 26 first round of Reconnect Services were operating well. These services will be funded to continue to build on their good work to prevent youth homelessness.

“The Coalition Government made an initial commitment of $60 million in 1999 to fund 100 Reconnect services over four years.

“Since late 1999, Reconnect services have helped over 6,000 young people who were either homeless or ‘at risk’.

“The benefits of the Reconnect program have been seen Australia wide, with around half of all services located in regional, remote and Indigenous communities.

“We recognise that youth homelessness is an important issue and it is crucial to build the capacity of Australian families and communities so they can help their own young people.

“The Coalition Government will continue to form partnerships with young people, families and communities, to more effectively address this damaging social problem,” Mr Anthony said.

Reconnect services receiving funding for a further three years
Reconnect Service Geographical Area Covered by Service
Northern Rivers Social Development Council Inc Tweed Heads, Byron Bay, Ballina, Lismore, Kyogle, Casino, Richmond River, Uralla, Nymboida, Maclean, Grafton
Inner City
Sydney (Mission Australia in collaboration with the Salvation Army and Wesley Mission)
Inner City Sydney, Lower North Shore and Inner West
Burnside Macarthur Care Camden, Wollondilly, Cambelltown
The Twenty Ten Association Inc NSW State-wide gay & lesbian service
Wesley Dalmar Child and Family Services Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Penrith
St Vincent de Paul
Deniliquin Emergency Accommodation Program
Deniliquin, Wakool, Murray, Hay, Windouran, Conargo
Creative Times
(An Inititative of the Samaritan Foundation)
Newcastle, Lake Macquarie
Southern Youth and Family Services Wollongong, Shellharbour, Dapto, Ulladulla, Nowra
Melbourne City Mission Inc Local government area of Maribyrnong, Brimbank and Moree Valley
Central Gippsland Accommodation and Support Services Inc Gippsland (La Trobe Valley and Baw Baw)
Regional Extended Family Services Incorporated (REFS) Local government area of Yarra Ranges, Maroondah, Knox
Eltham Community Health Centre Local government area of Banyule, and Nillumbik
MacKillop Family Services Greater Geelong, Queenscliffe, Surf Coast, Colac-Otway
Colony 47 Inc Greater Hobart including Clarence, Glenorchy, and Brighton
Anglicare Tasmanic Inc. Bridges Project Burnie, Devonport
Mercy Family Services
Inala to Ipswich, Goodna, Brassell, Redbank Plains, Oxley and Riverview
Integrated Youth Service Caloundra City, Kawana and Golden Beach
Roseberry Youth Services Inc Gladstone
Gold Coast Project for Homeless Youth Inc Goldcoast – from Southport to Helensvale and Mudgeeraba
Mercy Community Services Inc
Central North Metropolitan Perth
Agencies for South West Accommodation Inc. Bunbury, Capel, Busselton, Dunsborough, Margaret River, Augusta, Nannup, Collie, Harvey, Donnybrook, Brunswick and Australind
Anglicare Top End Darwin Urban Darwin, Darwin Rural Area
Adelaide Central Mission Inc Local government area of Salisbury
Port Pirie Central Mission Inc Port Pirie, Mt Remarkable, Kanyank, Quorn, Port August and unincorporated Flinders Rangers
City of Port Adelaide/Enfield Local government area of Port Adelaide and Enfield
Mission Australia SA and Southern Junction Youth Services Local government are of Onkaparinga