$60m in Safe Places grants

Local councils have until 14 February 2020 to apply for $60 million worth of grants for emergency accommodation which the Commonwealth says will provide up to 450 places for women and children experiencing domestic and family violence.

The money will help organisations to construct, repurpose, renovate or purchase new buildings to create additional safe places.

Priority will be given to applicants who can bring forward their additional investment, because it will mean more safe places can be provided to women and children, Assistant Minister for Community Housing, Homelessness and Community Services, Luke Howarth, said

“Unfortunately we know that domestic violence is the leading cause of homelessness for women and children,” he said.

“Specialist Homelessness Services reported supporting more than 121,000 clients who experienced domestic violence during 2017-18.

“We hope this increase in emergency accommodation will help at least 6,500 women and children each year across remote, regional and metropolitan Australia.”