Media Releases by The Hon Brendan O'Connor MP

More than 8,600 affordable homes built across Australia

More than 8,600 affordable rental homes have been built across the nation under the Gillard Government’s National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) – with about 1,150 of them in South Australia. Minister for Housing and Homelessness Brendan O’Connor today released the… Continue reading

More support for affordable housing in Queensland

Minister for Housing and Homelessness Brendan O’Connor today launched a federally-funded online tool to help south east Queenslanders make a more informed decision about housing. Mr O’Connor unveiled the My Home, My Suburb Affordability Calculator, funded through the Gillard Government’s… Continue reading

Delivering essential Social Housing for Victoria

The Gillard Government has exceeded its target of delivering more affordable rental homes for vulnerable Australians under its Social Housing Initiative (SHI) with 17,800 homes now available across the country – 340 more than originally promised, and with more on… Continue reading

Delivering essential social housing for Tasmania

The Gillard Government has exceeded its target of delivering more affordable rental homes for vulnerable Australians under its Social Housing Initiative (SHI) with 17,800 homes now available across the country – 340 more than originally promised, and with more on… Continue reading

Minister to sleep rough for homelessness

Minister for Housing and Homelessness Brendan O’Connor will join business, government and community leaders to sleep rough for one night next week to raise funds in support of Vinnies homelessness services. Mr O’Connor will take part in the Vinnies CEO… Continue reading

Households receive $1 billion in assistance

More than $1 billion in household assistance payments has been delivered to about 5 million Australian families and pensioners since the roll out began almost a month ago. The Gillard Government is delivering household assistance to help people on low… Continue reading

Draft Homelessness Bill Released for Comment

The Gillard Government has released draft legislation which will provide greater recognition of the needs of people who are homeless or sleeping rough, one of the recommendations of the White Paper on Homelessness. Minister for Housing and Homelessness Brendan O’Connor… Continue reading

Conference to bring homeless sector together

Homelessness service providers and peak bodies from across Western Australia will come together today to share experiences and ideas at a conference in Perth. Minister for Housing and Homelessness Brendan O’Connor said the Leading the Road Home conference provided an… Continue reading

ACT Affordable housing project nationally recognised

Minister for Housing and Homelessness Brendan O’Connor and Member for Fraser Andrew Leigh today congratulated the Bonner Residential Estate project on being a finalist in tomorrow night’s 2012 Property Council of Australia awards. The Bonner Residential Estate was nominated in… Continue reading

Innovative Gillard Government projects recognised nationally

Five Gillard Government-supported projects have been nominated for tomorrow night’s 2012 Property Council of Australia awards, Minister for Housing and Homelessness Brendan O’Connor said today. Mr O’Connor congratulated the nominees for their outstanding work and commitment to delivering more affordable… Continue reading

Homelessness support for young people in Melbourne

A new social enterprise café in Flemington is providing homeless young people with training, work experience and a pathway to a career in hospitality. Minister for Housing and Homelessness Brendan O’Connor today opened the new STREAT café, which gives young… Continue reading

Putting a spotlight on support for homeless people

Homelessness service providers and peak bodies from across New South Wales today met in Newcastle to share experiences and examine the progress being made to reduce homelessness across the state. Minister for Housing and Homelessness Brendan O’Connor and Federal Member… Continue reading

New Research Sheds Light on Housing Stress

Three research papers presented at an Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) seminar in Melbourne this week have provided important insights into the challenges facing home owners in Australia, Minister for Housing and Homelessness Brendan O’Connor said. Sustaining home… Continue reading