The proposed 15C (4) -15C (8) subsections of the Federal Financial Relations Act define the conditions under which financial assistance must be provided to states and territories. Assistance must be implemented in accordance with the proposed primary and supplementary housing agreements (subsection 15C (4). Each year, 80,000 clients are supported by NPAH-funded programs to rebuild their lives. Without these programs, many of these clients will not be able to be helped and will remain homeless or become homeless. States and territories must also provide the Minister with all information on housing, homelessness and affordability of housing, which are defined in the primary or supplementary housing contract. This must be done in a specific way and schedule in accordance with the primary or agreeable agreement. [91] According to the ABS definition for homelessness, there are six task groups for the homeless (prices are shown in Table 19A.2). The proportion of homeless people varies in each group. In 2016, about 18.2% of homeless people lived in specialized shelters for the homeless. The majority of homeless people were „people living in very overcrowded housing“ (43.9 per cent) (see section 19.4 for „severely overcrowded“). A similar proportion of homeless people were temporarily in other households (15.2%) pensions (15.0%). Only 7.0 per cent of the homeless were in makeshift housing, tents or sleepers and 0.6 per cent in other emergency shelters on the night of the 2016 census (unpublished). [65].M Perusco and G Johnson, „What the 2017 federal budget means for housing and homelessness,“ ProBono Australia, May 10, 2017.

In their joint presentation to the inquiry, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Social Services sought to allay concerns that states and territories are deprived of the funding needed to provide housing and assistance to the homeless, and explain that the agreement focuses on three key strategies to reduce homelessness: it should be noted that the additional resources allocated to homeless services represent only part of the overall funding , which will be made available as part of the new CNHHA.