$23 Million Boost to Homelessness Services

It’s a great day for our members working in the Social and Community Services SACS) Industry with the welcomed announcement this morning by the Labor Miles Government of a 20% increase in funding for the State’s homelessness services.

Watch Premier Miles’ announcement here.


This WIN has been by our SACS members through their campaign to Strengthen Queensland Community Services!

The announcement of a $23 million increase for the two-worker model is in support of what TSU members and peak organisations have been calling for.

The much-needed increase will stabilise the current system for homeless and especially at-risk young people. This investment will also provide safe, secure jobs, and increase the capacity of services, including the ability to operate a two-person worker model particularly in after-hours specialist homelessness services.

In addition, our members have told us that having a second staffer to work with will ensure there is enough time for client care and engagement as well as making safer workplaces. This funding will also mean our members can develop and maintain a greater rapport with their clients to help them into long term accommodation.

Listen here to Minister for Housing, Local Government and Planning and Minister for Public Works, Meaghan Scanlon MP, SACS Member and Executive Director of the Queensland Housing Coalition, Lorraine Dupree and TSU Executive President, Jennifer Thomas explain what this great announcement will mean for workers, their clients and services.

This is just the first part of the Miles Government’s $390 Homes for Queenslanders strategy of additional funding for homelessness services.

We know from experience that it’s only a Queensland Government that will work closely with our members to deliver such outcomes.

Listen to what Treasurer Cameron Dick has to say.

Our Union looks forward to hearing more good news as the Miles Government rolls out the rest of its strategy to tackle homelessness and the housing crisis.

Read our media release here.

Thank you to all our members for this monumental WIN!


Above: Minister for Housing, Local Government and Planning and Minister for Public Works Meaghan Scanlon, Premier Steven Miles, TSU Executive President Jennifer Thomas, Treasurer and Deputy Premier Cameron Dick and Assistant Minister for Housing, Local Government, Planning and Public Works Ali King.