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Tackling homelessness in Australia

A bold new approach to social impact

Across Australia, homelessness has grown by 14% in the past five years and it’s not just those sleeping in public spaces, much of it is disguised as couch surfing or renters living in fear of not being able to maintain their tenancy. PwC Australia is working with NGO’s, philanthropists and the private sector to collectively change the system.

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Setting the scene

PwC Australia is taking a bold new approach to social impact. By focusing our efforts on a few big issues and working together with other organisations we know we’ll have greater impact.

As part of this new strategy we’re shining a spotlight on homelessness by bringing together NGO’s, philanthropists and the private sector to collectively change the system. That way, we can scale well beyond what anyone of us might achieve alone.

Why homelessness?

We asked our people at PwC and they identified homelessness as an issue that needs to be addressed and the data backs it up. Across Australia, homelessness has grown by 14% in the past five years and it’s not just those sleeping in public spaces, much of it is disguised as couch surfing or renters living in fear of not being able to maintain their tenancy.

How we are helping

To address some of these systemic issues PwC Australia joined ‘The Constellation Project’ as a founding partner along with Mission Australia, The Red Cross and the Centre of Social Impact (CSI) with a vision to end homelessness in a generation.

CEO Luke Sayers sees enormous promise in the new approach.

“If we can have that blend of different experiences and different people from a broader cross-section from the community then I think there is a greater potential to look at the problem differently and then to potentially solve that problem going forward.” he said.

PwC’s The Impact Assembly (TIA) sits at the core of PwC’s new strategy and will form the backbone role of 'The Constellation Project'. In the coming months TIA will facilitate sessions with the founding partners and others across various sectors to focus the work and strategy around homelessness.

The Constellation Project will work across policy, community, business as well as the service landscape to mobilise capital, drive digital solutions and change rules that perpetuate Australia’s growing homelessness problem.

We are also intensifying our efforts to activate our people. The introduction of a special utilization code for Social Impact Time is helping us develop new ways for people across the business to contribute their skills, time and networks to drive change on this important social issue.


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Rosalie Wilkie

Rosalie Wilkie

Partner, Social Impact, PwC Australia

Tel: +61 2 8266 8381

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Tracey Capper

Global Corporate Responsibility Senior Manager, PwC Australia

Tel: +61 8603 3346

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