Homelessness Legal Rights Project

Project Partners Homeless Persons Legal Clinic, Victoria
Contact Faculty of Law
University of New South Wales
Sydney NSW 2052
Ph: +61 (08) 9355 1180 / +61 418 851 014
Fax: 61 2 9385 1175


The Homelessness Legal Rights Project concluded in January 2008.


Homelessness is a major human rights issue for Australia, with an estimated 100,000 people experiencing some level of homelessness at any given time. The Homelessness Legal Rights Project aimed to disseminate the growing body of knowledge about the legal and human rights of people facing homelessness and how people might use the law as a tool for change. The Project had a focus on both domestic and international law, particularly international human rights law. Each source of law was seen as a potential resource for people in their advocacy and social justice endeavours.

The Project had a number of components. The Project administered the Homelessness, Human Rights and the Law Email List and published the Homelessness, Human Rights and the Law Resource Bulletin. The Resource Bulletin provided updates on programs and services, campaigns and advocacy initiatives, research and publications, case-law and international developments.

In addition, the Project maintained the Homelessness, Human Rights and the Law Resource Page and, within available resources, provided Campaign and Research Support to a range of local, regional and national initiatives.

The Project was a collaborative endeavour. It’s Project Partner was the Public Interest Law Clearing House Homeless Persons’ Legal Clinic based in Melbourne, Victoria. In addition, the Project had a broad-based Advisory Group to assist the Management Group for the Project.

Funded by the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law and the Law and Justice Foundation of New South Wales, with in kind contributions from key supporters, the Project commenced its pilot phase in July 2003.