Consultation period

30 January 2023 - 9:00 am To 10 March 2023 - 11:59 pm

Safe Places Emergency Accommodation Program – Inclusion Round


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On 3 November 2022, the Australia Government announced $100 million over 5 years (2022-23 to 2026-27) to continue the Safe Places Emergency Accommodation Program (Safe Places) for women and children leaving family and domestic violence (FDV).

The continuation will be a second round of funding under Safe Places and will be known as the Safe Places Inclusion Round (Inclusion Round). This is a measure under the 2022-23 Women’s Safety Package and the National Plan to End Violence against Women and Children 2022-32.

The Inclusion Round will focus on improving access to appropriate emergency accommodation for:

  • First Nations women and children;
  • Women and children from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds; and
  • Women and children with disability.

Funding for the Inclusion Round will be delivered via an open and competitive grants process, with preference given to applications that increase accessibility by meeting the needs of women and children identified in the Inclusion Round.

The Inclusion Round: Program Design Discussion Paper seeks feedback and asks questions about the design of the Inclusion Round. An Easy Read version of this Discussion Paper is available. An Easy Read version of this Discussion Paper and an Auslan translation video are available.

Your feedback will be part of broader consultation to help inform the design of the Inclusion Round. In addition to this discussion paper, consultation activities will include:

  • Jurisdictional workshops with key stakeholders and other subject matter experts;
  • Engagement with specialist sector stakeholders focused on ensuring the program design supports First Nations women and children, women and children from CALD backgrounds, and women and children with disability; and
  • A dedicated engagement with victim-survivors who have lived experience of emergency accommodation services.

Dedicated engagement with victim-survivors who have lived experience of emergency accommodation will be conducted by an external researcher with appropriate expertise. If you are a victim-survivor of FDV with lived experience of using emergency accommodation services and are interested in participating in this engagement activity in April or May 2023, please contact the Director of the Cultural & Indigenous Research Centre (CIRCA): Lena Etuk, 02 8585 1330,

How can I make a submission?

Submissions can be provided online via DSS Engage. You will be asked to specify whether you would like your submission to be made publicly available, including on the department’s website ( Submissions will not be published without your agreement and the department will de-identify any published submissions as much as possible. For further information on privacy, please see the Privacy Collection Notice and Section 1.1 of the Discussion Paper.

Alternatively, you may send us a written submission via post:

Housing and Homelessness Program Delivery Branch
GPO Box 9820
Department of Social Services
Canberra ACT 2601

Submissions to the Discussion Paper close 10 March 2023.

Help and Support

Violence against women and children can be hard to discuss and reading this document may cause distress.

Help is available. If you or someone you know is experiencing or at risk of experiencing, domestic, family or sexual violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit

If you or someone close to you is in distress or immediate danger, please call 000.

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