Palaszczuk Government delivers more support for women leaving custody

Published Wednesday, 19 April, 2023 at 12:00 PM

Minister for Communities and Housing, Minister for Digital Economy and Minister for the Arts
The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

  • $1.6 million for Next Step Home program to support women leaving custody
  • The program provides critical housing support for women who are on parole or at risk of being remanded in custody
  • More than 200 women have already been supported through the program

The Palaszczuk Government is investing $1.6 million to extend a program that will support vulnerable women leaving custody to rebuild their lives and avoid recidivism.

Contract arrangements have now been finalised with two organisations - Sisters Inside and MARA Project - to provide support for women through the Next Step Home – Women on Parole initiative in South East Queensland and Townsville.

Next Step Home provides critical housing support for women who are on parole or at risk of being remanded in custody.

Through this initiative, women who are leaving custody are supported with a one-year head-leased home, combined with appropriate supports.

Next Step Home has already supported more than 200 women, including 170 in South East Queensland and 35 in Townsville.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Communities and Housing Leeanne Enoch:

“We know having access to stable housing can affect the timing of a woman’s release from custody, her risk of homelessness, her ability to find work and to be reunified with children.

“Next Step Home will work with women exiting custody by providing timely access to safe, secure and appropriate housing, combined with co-ordinated support.

“This initiative will provide stability and access to positive support networks – ensuring women leaving custody have the best possible chance to successfully rebuild their lives.”


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