Media Releases by The Hon Brendan O'Connor MP

Study into the homeless away from home in South Australia

Minister for Housing and Homelessness Brendan O’Connor today released a new study into the nature and extent of seasonal homelessness experienced by Aboriginal people moving between remote and rural communities in South Australia. The University of South Australia’s Centre for… Continue reading

Study counts the cost of homelessness

Intervening early to stop children and young people becoming homeless could save taxpayers millions of dollars in health, legal and custodial services, new research has found. Releasing the research to mark Universal Children’s Day, Minister for Housing and Homelessness Brendan… Continue reading

Government targeting older homelessness

One-fifth of homeless Australians are aged 55 and over and many more are living in precarious housing circumstances, new Government-funded research has found. Releasing the study on International Day of Older Persons, Minister for Housing and Homelessness Brendan O’Connor said… Continue reading

Homelessness services to be recognised with awards

Australia’s hard-working and dedicated homelessness sector will be recognised with the second National Homelessness Services Achievement Awards, Minister for Housing and Homelessness Brendan O’Connor announced today. Mr O’Connor launched the 2013 Awards today to mark World Homeless Day. “Both World… Continue reading

Emergency Funding for Queensland Tenant Advice Service

The Gillard Government will provide $3.3 million in emergency funding for the Queensland Tenant Advice and Advocacy Service (TAAS), a service scrapped by the Newman Government. The TAAS offers essential advice and advocacy services to tenants across Queensland, providing assistance… Continue reading

NT Youth Workers Recognised for Their Commitment

Minister for Housing and Homelessness Brendan O’Connor today met Anglicare staff in Darwin who work with vulnerable young people across the Northern Territory. Mr O’Connor dropped into the Anglicare NT Youth Services Planning and Development Day, where staff and volunteers… Continue reading

$3.9 million for new homes in Bendigo

One hundred new homes will be more affordable in Bendigo thanks to funding received under the Gillard Government’s Building Better Regional Cities program. The City of Greater Bendigo will receive $3.9 million to help reduce the cost of building local… Continue reading

Delivering affordable housing in Tasmania

The Federal Labor Government’s unprecedented investment in affordable housing is having a significant impact in Tasmania, a new report released today shows. Minister for Housing and Homelessness Brendan O’Connor and Senator for Tasmania Carol Brown today welcomed the launch of… Continue reading

Minister opens 7th National Homelessness Conference

Minister for Housing and Homelessness Brendan O’Connor today opened Homelessness Australia’s seventh National Homelessness Conference in Melbourne. Mr O’Connor said the three-day conference was an opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences, debate approaches and look ahead to addressing the future… Continue reading

Homeless fathers suffer when cut off from children

New Government-funded research has found a need to provide better support for fathers who are homeless so they can remain part of their children’s lives. Releasing the study on Father’s Day, Minister for Housing and Homelessness Brendan O’Connor said the… Continue reading

Housing and Homelessness Ministers to meet in Perth today

New research released ahead of today’s meeting of housing and homelessness ministers has highlighted the difficulty in accurately identifying what services exist for homeless Australians and whether they are effective or not. Minister for Housing and Homelessness Brendan O’Connor said… Continue reading

NT acting on housing supply and affordability plans

Minister for Housing and Homelessness Brendan O’Connor today welcomed the release of a new report which recommends ways to enhance housing supply and affordability. The Housing Supply and Affordability Reform (HSAR) report, by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG), recommends… Continue reading

WA acts on housing supply and affordability

Minister for Housing and Homelessness Brendan O’Connor today welcomed the release of a new report which recommends ways to enhance housing supply and affordability. The Housing Supply and Affordability Reform (HSAR) report, by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG), recommends… Continue reading

Queensland acts on housing supply and affordability

Minister for Housing and Homelessness Brendan O’Connor today welcomed the release of a new report which recommends ways to enhance housing supply and affordability. The Housing Supply and Affordability Reform (HSAR) report, by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG), recommends… Continue reading

NSW acts on housing supply and affordability reform

Minister for Housing and Homelessness Brendan O’Connor today welcomed the release of a new report which recommends ways to enhance housing supply and affordability. The Housing Supply and Affordability Reform (HSAR) report, by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG), recommends… Continue reading

SA acts on housing supply and affordability

Minister for Housing and Homelessness Brendan O’Connor today welcomed the release of a new report which recommends ways to enhance housing supply and affordability. The Housing Supply and Affordability Reform (HSAR) report, by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG), recommends… Continue reading

Housing builds a community in Brisbane

The Minister for Housing and Homelessness Brendan O’Connor and the Member for Griffith Kevin Rudd today officially opened Brisbane Common Ground, an innovative development providing supportive housing to those in need.Brisbane Common Ground projects aim to break the cycle of… Continue reading

World-first study into homelessness released

Minister for Housing and Homelessness Brendan O’Connor today welcomed the initial findings of what is thought to be a world-first study tracking the lives of more than 1,600 homeless or vulnerable Australians for almost two years. Journeys Home: Longitudinal Study… Continue reading

Innovative scheme combines art and shelter

Minister for Housing and Homelessness Brendan O’Connor has visited an innovative homelessness project in Berlin which is providing housing and support to some of Germany’s most vulnerable people. Mr O’Connor said the Haus Schoneweide project, also known as Reichtum 2,… Continue reading