The National Homelessness Research Agenda

The White Paper on Homelessness, The Road Home, was released by the Australian Government in December 2008. It identified the need for a long-term research strategy to address significant research gaps and build on existing research and data collection efforts.

The National Homelessness Research Agenda 2009-2013 was released on 20 November 2009. The Agenda provides a guiding framework for building a cohesive evidence base for preventing and responding to homelessness. It clearly reflects the Government’s strategic research priorities and lists key research questions for the development of the evidence base that will drive reforms.

The Agenda responds to the Government’s commitment to improve the evidence on which our response to homelessness is based. It reflects the Government’s strategic research priorities and lists key research questions for the development of the evidence base that will drive reforms.

The Australian Government has allocated $11.4 million over the next four years to meet the priorities in the Agenda. This initial research investment balances the need for long-term research requiring detailed analysis with short-term projects that allow for innovative research proposals to emerge from a range of organisations interested in homelessness research.

You can view or download a copy of the National Homelessness Research Agenda by clicking here:

Australian Housing & Urban Research Insititute

The Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) is a national not-for-profit independent network organisation that funds, conducts, disseminates and tailors high quality research on:

housing, homelessness & cities

to inform the policies and practices of governments, industry and the community sector, and to stimulate debate in the broader Australian community.

You can visit the AHURI website by clicking here

Notable AHURI researchers include:

Professor Paul Flatau is Director of the AHURI Research Centre—University of Western Australia and Director of the UWA Business School Centre for Social Impact.

Paul has published across a broad range of social policy fields with a focus on housing and homelessness as well as in labour economics and the history of economic thought. He has built up a strong portfolio of research in the housing and homelessness space. His early work in this field involved the measurement of poverty taking into account owner-occupied housing wealth.

In the early 2000s Paul focused on a number of housing topics including the role of housing assistance in influencing non-shelter outcomes, Australian housing careers and a micro-simulation model of the housing market. In 2005 Paul completed a major study on Indigenous access to mainstream public and community housing and has completed an AHURI study on sustaining Indigenous tenancies. His focus is in the area of homelessness where he has conducted studies on the cost-effectiveness of homelessness programs and integration of homelessness, services and systems. He is engaged in a study on intergenerational homelessness.

Australian Homelessness Clearinghouse

The Australian Homelessness Clearinghouse is a website for sharing information and good practice solutions for the homelessness sector in Australia.

The Australian Homelessness Clearinghouse is a tool for the homelessness sector to better communicate information about homelessness issues in Australia. It is funded by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) to be a resource for the homelessness sector, and will evolve with time, need and input.

It contains a range of homelessness and housing related research reports.

You can visit the Australian Homelessness Clearinghouse by clicking here 

NWHN Document Libary

We regularly upload housing and homelessness related research & reports (and other research on a broad range of topics) onto the the NWHN Documents page.

Please click here to visit the Documents page. You can use the filters at the top of the page to refine your search.

Research Edition of Parity - October 2011

If you would like to download the Research edition of Parity please click here:

Swinburne Institute for Social Research

The Swinburne Institute for Social Research (The Swinburne Institute) is one of the largest social sciences and humanities research centres in Australia, with an international reputation for independent, innovative and excellent research.

To visit the Swinburne website please click here

Notable Homelessness researchers at Swinburne include:

Professor Terry Burke is Acting Director of the AHURI Research Centre—Swinburne University of Technology and Professor of Housing Studies at Swinburne’s Institute for Social Research (ISR) for which he was the founding Director. He is also the Director of the Sustainable Cities program area of the ISR. Terry holds a BEc (Hons) and Masters of Economics from Monash University, and a Masters of Social Science (Urban Studies) from Birmingham University.

Terry's research interests are lower income housing (public and private rental), housing management and administration, housing and planning and comparative studies. Current research is focused on lower income home ownership, housing affordability and local area housing analysis. Terry is the convenor of the suite of the flexible delivery housing courses (Grad Cert, Grad Dip, Masters) at Swinburne and is the Deputy Chair of the Asian-Pacific Housing Researchers Network (APNHR). He has been recognised for the applied and policy relevant nature of his research by appointment to many housing committees including ministerial advisory committees, and review committees.

Associate Professor David MacKenzie - Before coming to Swinburne in early 2003, David taught youth workers and other students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels for nearly 15 years at RMIT University, and was the foundation director of RMIT's Centre for Youth Affairs Research and Development. In 2001, David was the leader of the team that won the 2000 Higher Education Quality Award at RMIT as well as an award in 2001 for research excellence.

David has a strong record of research and development expertise in public policy, applied social research and evaluation, especially on youth policy and homelessness. Areas of expertise include policy and practice on marginalised young people; the youth work profession; drug issues; crime prevention; cross-cultural diversity; and social capital. He is the director of the ISR's Youthworx project, co-author of the influential book Youth Homelessness: Early Intervention and Prevention (1998) and the writer of many other papers and reports.

The University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne has a strong global reputation for high quality research and research training, and rates highly in international rankings across all major discipline areas.

Click here to visit Melbourne University's Research page 

Notable homelessness researchers at Melbourne University include:

Dr Shelley Mallett - Dr Shelley Mallett is an Honorary Senior lecturer at the Centre for Women’s Health, Gender and Society at the University of Melbourne and has worked extensively in academia and within the Community sector. Shelley has led and collaborated on a wide range of research projects and evaluations including Project I, the first cross-national longitudinal study of homeless young people to be conducted in Australia. Shelley sits on a number of government and sector reference groups, serves as a board member on The Council to Homeless Persons and is a member of the Victorian Drug and Alcohol Prevention Council. 


As an internationalised university of technology and design, RMIT brings unique capabilities and solutions to research through a transdisciplinary approach that considers both the technological and social dimensions of the work at hand.

Research at RMIT is particularly focused on solving the critical global problems affecting communities and the environment.

You can visit the RMIT Research webpage here

Notable Homelessness researchers at RMIT include:

Professor Chris Chamberlain is an expert on homelessness. He is the joint author of Youth Homelessness: Early Intervention and Prevention (1998), Counting the Homeless 2001 (Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2003) and Counting the Homeless 2006 (Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2008). Chris was invited to attend the 2020 Summit in Parliament House, Canberra because of his expertise on homelessness.

In 2009, Chris completed reports on homelessness for each state and territory government. These reports provide information about the social characteristics and geographical distribution of homeless people at the local level. All state and territory governments use these reports to make decisions about the allocation of resources in their state. Chris’s other research interests include an ARC Linkage project on Homeless Pathways (with Dr Guy Johnson). The industry partners are the Salvation Army Crisis Services and Homeground Services. Chris also has an interest in young people and substance abuse.

Dr Guy Johnson is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, at RMIT University. He has been involved in the area of homelessness for almost two decades, initially as a practitioner and more recently as a researcher. Guy has extensive knowledge of existing homelessness research, current homelessness policies, and is well acquainted with the homelessness service system. Guy has published extensively on homelessness is a co-author of ‘On the Outside: Pathways in and out of homelessness and ‘Young People leaving state out-of-home care: Australian policy and practice’. Guy is currently involved in three longitudinal studies.