Housing Forum

Homeless service highlight  - Breakfast Stop

Regional Housing Limited and the Rapid Relief Team have recently started Breakfast Stop. Breakfast Stop is for those that are experiencing homelessness or are in need. The breakfasts are held the first Wednesday of each month from 7am - 8.30am in the Regional Housing Limited car park at 30 Tantitha Street Bundaberg.


Bundaberg Housing and Homelessness Forum

What is the forum?

The Bundaberg Housing and Homelessness Forum aims to provide an open forum for workers, government and other interested parties to come together to discuss the changing environment and concerns of the Housing and Homelessness sector.

The forum works to:
  • Promote effective collaboration across the sector
  • Increase connections and partnerships with others in the community sector
  • Increase the communities awareness and understanding of homelessness
  • Develop creative solutions in an interactive manner
  • Operate for the benefit of those who access services and support them irrespective of gender, age, country of birth, language, cultural, sexual orientation or religion.


  • To create better outcomes for clients
  • To work more cohesively and efficiently together
  • Keep the big picture knowledge to understand how the smaller picture works eg NRAS and housing demands in social housing

Meetings Dates:

The Bundaberg Housing and Homelessness Forum meet every 3 months:

  • February
  • May
  • August
  • November

Smaller working groups also operate outside these times to work on specific joint projects and initiatives.

Initiatives and resources

Homelessness flow chart

Over the last 6 months a small working party have been developing a new resource for workers in the homelessness sector but also for those that may be facing the possibility of losing their home. 

The flow chart has been designed for easy use and provides a path for the those who need it to be more aware of the places that they can access help and support from.

The new Homelessness Flow Chart was launched on Tuesday 7 September as part of Homeless Persons Week activties at Ozcare Mens Hostel.

Hoarding & Squalor Resource Kit

The hoarding and squalor resource kit has been produced by Partners in Recovery. Council supports this with the availability of this recourse to our community from this webpage.

Who is the resource for?

  • Workers engaging clients who present with hoarding/or squalor issues
  • Carers of people living with hoarding and/or squalor
  • anyone who believes they may be living in a hoarding and/or squalor situation

Where can you obtain copies of this resources?

  • Bundaberg Regional Council - Contact our Community Development Unit: 4130 4150
  • Fraser Coast Council
  • Wide Bay Partners in Recovery (via Primary Health Care Network Central QLD Sunshine Coast)
  • My Community Directly
Current activities and projects

Keep an eye out for activities occurring during August 2016 for Homeless prevention Week.

Youth Homlessness Matters Day

YHMD occurs every year in April and coincides with National Youth Week. On Wednesday 13 April 2016 saw an activity developed by the working group occur. The activity involved schools, homelessness services and the wider community to get involved. High Schools and local youth service providers decorated cardboard houses that were put on community display across the region showing young peoples ideas of SAFE - SECURE - SUITABLE housing. Displays occurred in Bundaberg, Childers and Gin Gin.

Below are some youth homelessness figures. Information was provided from the ABS from the 2011 Census Figures.

  • 105 237 people were homeless in Australia in 2011
  • 19 838 people were homeless in QLD in 2011
  • 8 075 young people under 24 years of age were homeless in QLD in 2011

Of this 8 075 young people:

  • 3 428 were under 12 years of age
  • 2 023 were 12-18 yaers of age
  • 2 623 were 19-24 yaers of age


youth development YHMD

Bond Loans and Rental Grants Eligibility tool

You can now access an eligibility tool for bond loans and rental grants provided by the QLD Government Housing and Public Works - Housing Services. 

Special days/weeks of observance:

  • Youth Homelessness Matters Day - April each year (coincides with National Youth Week)
  • Homelessness Prevention Week - August each year
  • World Homeless Day - 10 October each year

What is the definition of homelessness

Definitions of ‘homelessness' are the subject of ongoing debate. Some will focus on the standard or the nature of a person's accommodation while others focus on the issue of safety and security.

A Definition of Homelessness

The most commonly accepted definition of homelessness is Mackenzie and Chamberlain's (1992) definition which categories homelessness into three broad areas: 

Primary homelessness is experienced by people without conventional accommodation (e.g. sleeping rough, squatters, using cars etc or in improvised dwellings).

Secondary homelessness  is experienced by people who frequently move from one temporary shelter to another (e.g. emergency accommodation, youth and women refuges, ‘couch-surfing').

Tertiary homelessness  is experienced by people staying in accommodation that falls below minimum community standards (e.g. boarding houses, caravan parks, and forced share arrangements).

This definition was adopted by the Commonwealth Advisory Committee on Homelessness in 2001 and is widely used in the community sector

We must see ‘Homelessness' as much more than ‘houselessness'

Many of us don't just think of our home as merely a place of shelter, usually a ‘home' is not just a house it represents family, friendships and social connections with others.

A homeless person could even be someone who does have a home, but whose home is unsafe, for example where there's the threat of violence, conflict or family breakdown.

Being homeless is not always just about housing. It's also about missing a stable connection to a network of friends, family and the community.

Links to services and information on housing and homelessness

Peak bodies

Homelessness Australia: www.homelessnessaustralia.org.au

Australian Council of Social Service: www.acoss.org.au

Mental Health Council of Australia: www.mhca.org.au

Government Bodies - Federal

Centrelink: www.centrelink.gov.au

Department of Health and Aging: www.health.gov.au

Government Bodies - State

Qld Government: www.qld.gov.au

Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services: www.communities.qld.gov.au

Department of Housing and Public Works:  www.communities.qld.gov.au/housing/housing-services

HACC (Home and Community Care): www.health.qld.gov.au/hacc/

Research and information

National Homelessness Information Clearinghouse: www.homelessnessinfo.net.au

Youth Homelessness

Y Foundations: www.yaa.com.au


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