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On 29 May 2023 the NSW Government announced the extension of existing contracts for Specialist Homelessness Services and Homeless Youth Assistance Program services by two years. This will bring the current contract term to five years, ending on 30 June 2026.

During this period, DCJ will work with the sector, peaks and other stakeholders to shape the strategic direction for a new five year contracting period from 1 July 2026.

Responses to some of the frequently asked questions are provided below. If you have any further questions, please email

Which contracts are being extended?

The extension applies to Specialist Homelessness Services and Homeless Youth Assistance Program contracts.

The approach for other homelessness programs and services currently under contracts to 30 June 2024 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Will indexation be applied during the extension?

Yes. Indexation will continue to be applied each year and paid in quarterly instalments.

Will the Commonwealth wage supplement be available during the extension?

The Commonwealth wage supplement (formerly the Social and Community Services – Equal Remuneration Order or SACS-ERO supplement) will be paid to eligible services for 2023/24 through the extension of the National Housing and Homelessness Agreement to 30 June 2024. Payments beyond 2023/24 will depend on the terms of the future federal funding arrangements.

When will the consultation on future service design start?

DCJ received the final report by Ernst and Young on the evaluation of the SHS program in late 2023 and are working towards publishing on the DCJ website in early 2024. The evaluation will provide the basis for initial consultation on future service design.

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Last updated: 06 Feb 2024