Media Releases by The Hon Brendan O'Connor MP

Support for Young Homeless People in Perth

A new project to support young people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in Perth will help break the cycle of homelessness, Minister for Housing and Homelessness Brendan O’Connor said today. Mr O’Connor inspected progress on the… Continue reading

New affordable homes being built for UWA students

Minister for Housing and Homelessness Brendan O’Connor has inspected progress on 1,000 new student homes which are being built at the University of Western Australia (UWA) under the Gillard Government’s $4.3 billion National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS). Nine studio and… Continue reading

Homelessness Research to Improve Programs

The results of five new research projects under the Gillard Government $11.4 million National Homelessness Research Agenda will help shape homelessness policy, Minister for Housing and Homelessness Brendan O’Connor said today. The research will contribute to the Government’s understanding of… Continue reading

National Housing Supply Council Reappointments

Four members of the National Housing Supply Council have been reappointed for a further two years, Minister for Housing and Minister for Homelessness Brendan O’Connor announced today. Mr O’Connor said he was pleased that Council Chair Dr Owen Donald and… Continue reading

First results of homelessness study revealed

A new Gillard Government study that follows the lives of more than 1,600 Australians who are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless will help shape future policy, Minister for Housing and Minister for Homelessness Brendan O’Connor said today.… Continue reading

Funding for homelessness services extended

The Gillard Government has extended funding for more than 100 services for young homeless people with a $24 million investment in the Reconnect Program. Minister for Housing and Minister for Homelessness Brendan O’Connor made the announcement while visiting Brisbane’s Career… Continue reading

61 affordable housing units in North Eveleigh

Federal Minister for Housing and Homelessness Brendan O’Connor and NSW Minister for Planning and Infrastructure Brad Hazzard today announced $7.2 million for 61 new affordable housing dwellings in North Eveleigh. The North Eveleigh housing project will be fully supported through… Continue reading

More support for vulnerable Victorians

The Gillard Government is investing $14 million in projects to help Victorians who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, Minister for Housing and Homelessness Brendan O’Connor said today. Mr O’Connor said the 10 Innovation Action Projects, jointly funded… Continue reading

$2.17 million for social housing in Marysville

Minister for Housing and Homelessness Brendan O’Connor today welcomed the opening of a $2.17 million social housing development in Marysville, replacing two public housing estates lost during the Black Saturday bushfires. “The residents of Marysville lost so much on Black… Continue reading

New figures shine light on homelessness

The release of the Specialist Homelessness Services Collection: first results provides a valuable insight into the challenges of homelessness, Minister for Housing and Minister for Homelessness Brendan O’Connor said today. The report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare… Continue reading

Homelessness services recognised for outstanding work

Seven community organisations from across Australia have been recognised for their work in preventing and addressing homelessness at the inaugural National Homelessness Services Achievement awards in Canberra today. Minister for Housing and Homelessness Brendan O’Connor said the awards were a… Continue reading