New local government report on housing and homelessness

A ground-breaking new report, focusing on the unique experiences, expertise and knowledge of local government to address Australia’s housing and homelessness crisis, is now available.

Developed by the Council of Capital City Lord Mayors (CCCLM) and Local Government Professionals Australia (LG Pro), the Local Government Community of Practice: housing and homelessness report was based on an inaugural national event in Melbourne on 7-8 August this year.

With more than 120 participants from around 40 councils and 15 allied associations including ALGA, the event was the first time Australian local government practitioners, from capital cities, urban, regional and rural locations came together at an event to share knowledge, information and best practice about housing and homelessness responses.

Focusing on the unique experience of local government, the event provided an opportunity for leaders and practitioners working across diverse roles to present, share their experiences and knowledge and plan for future action.

Participants also considered what action and steps local governments councils can take in in their own areas as well as how, as a group, the sector to influence state and national policy and practice.

Importantly, the event took a vital first step towards establishing a national community of practice, focused on the unique role that local government can play to end homelessness in Australia.

The report is available here.