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Reform of Intimidation Points Briefing Paper February 2024

This briefing paper updates Housing Rights' position on intimidation points.

February 2024
  • Homelessness

Housing Rights believe a blanket removal of points would not provide adequate protection to those in crisis whose lives are under threat.

While Housing Rights does not support the blanket removal of intimidation points, it is our view that there are issues with the current system. Housing Rights believe a robust verification process designed in collaboration with people with lived experience and relevant advocacy groups would help ensure that people whose lives are under threat are prioritised under the Housing Selection Scheme. This prioritisation should adequately reflect the level of need of the applicant.

The scope of prioritisation should be widened to include those who intimidation points do not account for, including victims of domestic violence.