Media Releases by The Hon Mark Butler MP

Affordable housing in St Kilda

Minister for Housing and Homelessness Mark Butler today joined Federal Member for Melbourne Ports Michael Danby to visit a new affordable housing complex recently opened as part of the Gillard Labor Government’s $4.5 billion National Rental Affordability Scheme. During the… Continue reading

More funding for affordable housing

The Gillard Labor Government will continue its commitment to affordable housing by doubling the number of homes to be built through the ‘shovel ready’ round under the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) to 2,000 homes. NRAS offers annual financial incentives,… Continue reading

Homelessness research helps guide Government response

The Australian Government is investing $3.3 million to continue its successful long-term homelessness research approach, and extend the Journeys Home study. Minister for Housing and Homelessness Mark Butler and Parliamentary Secretary for Homelessness and Social Housing Melissa Parke announced the… Continue reading

Newman Government must fund critical tenant services

The Gillard Government today announced a $2.5 million life-raft to the Queensland Government to continue critical advice and advocacy services to vulnerable tenants for another six months. Treasurer Wayne Swan said the Government funding offer, if accepted by Premier Newman,… Continue reading

$1 billion for 10,000 new affordable rental homes

The Gillard Government today opened a new round of incentives worth $1 billion over 10 years to build 10,000 new affordable rental homes under the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS). “We know that housing affordability is a concern for many… Continue reading

Mackay Agency Wins National Homelessness Award

Community Accommodation & Support Agency (CASA), of Mackay, was today awarded a National Homelessness Services Achievement Award in recognition of its tireless work to prevent and tackle homelessness. Minister for Housing and Homelessness, Mark Butler and Parliamentary Secretary for Homelessness… Continue reading

Brisbane NGO Wins National Homelessness Award

Micah Projects and Mater Health Services were today awarded a National Homelessness Services Achievement Award in recognition of their tireless work to prevent and tackle homelessness. Minister for Housing and Homelessness, Mark Butler and Parliamentary Secretary for Homelessness and Social… Continue reading

SA charity wins Homelessness Award

Catherine House, Adelaide, was today awarded with a National Homelessness Services Achievement Award in recognition of its tireless work to prevent and tackle homelessness. Minister for Housing and Homelessness, Mark Butler and Parliamentary Secretary for Homelessness and Social Housing, Melissa… Continue reading

Homelessness services recognised for outstanding work

Seven community organisations from across Australia were today recognised for their outstanding work to prevent and tackle homelessness as recipients of National Homelessness Services Achievement Awards. Minister for Housing and Homelessness, Mark Butler and Parliamentary Secretary for Homelessness and Social… Continue reading

NSW charity wins Homelessness Award

The Samaritans Brokerage Support Service, of Broadmeadow, NSW, was today awarded a National Homelessness Services Achievement Award in recognition of its tireless work to prevent and tackle homelessness. Minister for Housing and Homelessness, Mark Butler and Parliamentary Secretary for Homelessness… Continue reading

Victorian charity wins Homelessness Award

Sacred Heart Mission, of St Kilda, Victoria, was today awarded a National Homelessness Services Achievement Award in recognition of its tireless work to prevent and tackle homelessness. Minister for Housing and Homelessness, Mark Butler and Parliamentary Secretary for Homelessness and… Continue reading

NT project wins Homelessness Award

Larrakia Nation’s Watch House in Darwin, was today awarded a National Homelessness Services Achievement Award in recognition of its tireless work to prevent and tackle homelessness. Minister for Housing and Homelessness, Mark Butler and Parliamentary Secretary for Homelessness and Social… Continue reading

WA Charity Wins National Homelessness Award

Anglicare WA was today awarded a National Homelessness Services Achievement Award in recognition of its tireless work to prevent and tackle homelessness. Minister for Housing and Homelessness, Mark Butler and Parliamentary Secretary for Homelessness and Social Housing, Melissa Parke today… Continue reading

Funding for new affordable rental homes announced

Minister for Housing and Homelessness Mark Butler today met with tenants benefiting from more affordable rentals under the National Rental Affordability Scheme to officially open a new dedicated round of funding for ‘shovel-ready’ NRAS projects. “We know that housing affordability… Continue reading

Newman Government to leave tenants out in the cold

If there was any doubt about the callous approach of the Newman Government to vulnerable Queenslanders, those doubts have dissipated today as they cancelled funding agreements with organisations supporting vulnerable housing tenants like the elderly and people living in caravan… Continue reading

$320 million deal of homelessness services

The Australian Government today announced a $320 million agreement with the states and territories which ensures the continued provision of vital homelessness services. The Federal Government made $159 million available in early March, conditional on the states and territories agreeing… Continue reading

$159 million for national homelessness agreement

The Australian Government today announced up to $159 million for states and territories to continue vital services that tackle homelessness. Federal Minister for Housing and Homelessness Mark Butler called on the states to match this funding injection to ensure that… Continue reading