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QMHC Ordinary Report

Social housing: Systemic issues for tenants with complex needs

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ISSR Review of systemic issues for social housing clients with complex needs

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ISSR research

Review of systemic issues for social housing clients with complex needs

Media Release Three strikes policy must consider tenants with complex needs

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Three strikes policy must consider tenants with complex needs

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Estimates

Read the 2015 Estimates extract about the Ordinary Report

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Implementation progress

2017 report on progress towards the Ordinary Report’s 12 recommendations.

Ordinary Report

In 2015 we prepared the Ordinary Report Social Housing: Systemic issues for tenants with complex needs.

The report examines the impact of the implementation of Queensland’s Anti-social behaviour management policy (known as the three strikes policy) on social housing tenants who are experiencing mental illness, mental health difficulties and substance use problems.

The report makes 12 recommendations to address systemic issues and help people with complex needs to keep their social housing.

Progress

All 12 recommendations of the Ordinary Report were either accepted or supported by the Department of Housing and Public Works, the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, and Queensland Health.

Significant steps have been taken by government agencies to address the recommendations, including:

  • significant policy changes including replacement of the former Anti-social behaviour management policy (three strikes policy)
  • implementation of a two-year Mental Health Demonstration Project that provides integrated support
  • delivery of enhanced capability training for Department of Housing and Public Works and partner agency staff.

Download the Implementation Progress report (PDF, 232KB) for more information.

What is an Ordinary Report?

An Ordinary Report is a report prepared by the Commission under the Queensland Mental Health Commission Act 2013.

It is different from other reports in a number of ways including that:

  • it must be tabled by the Minister for Health in the Queensland Parliament
  • State Government agencies have to respond to the report’s recommendations in writing. These responses must be reported in the Commission’s annual report.

The Minister for Health tabled the Social Housing Ordinary Report in the Queensland Parliament on 30 June 2015.

Why report on social housing?

A place to call home is fundamental to the wellbeing of all of us.

Every person has the human right to an adequate standard of living, including access to safe and secure housing. Social housing plays a very important role for people who cannot afford to rent or buy their own home. It is essential to the recovery for many who live with mental illness, mental health difficulties and problems with alcohol and drug use.

On 1 July 2013 a new Anti-social behaviour management policy (the ASB policy), also known as the ‘three strikes’ policy was introduced in Queensland.

We had concerns that the policy might lead to people with complex needs such as those experiencing mental illness, mental health difficulties and alcohol and other drug use problems, losing their social housing because of the policy.

The research behind the report

To inform the development of the report and its recommendations, the Commission engaged The University of Queensland’s Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) to research social housing for individuals with complex needs, including mental health and problem alcohol and other drug use.

The ISSR’s research ‘Review of systemic issues for social housing clients with complex needs’ gathered information from social housing tenants with complex needs, their families and supporters, as well as people working to support them in their housing. Officers from the Department of Housing and Public Works and the Department of Health have also provided information to assist the research project.

For more information about the University of Queensland’s Institute for Social Science Research visit www.issr.uq.edu.au


Last updated 11 April 2017


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