Leading homelessness expert Ian Cox has been appointed to a new role to drive reforms to improve homelessness services in South Australia. Mr Cox, who has been the driving force behind the Hutt Street Centre for more than 16 years and has worked in the homelessness sector for more than 25 years, will bring vital skills and experience in innovative practice in the homelessness sector to his new role as Head of Homelessness Sector Integration.

Mr Cox will oversee the establishment of a new Office of Homelessness Sector Integration, which will work closely with the non-government sector to implement homelessness reforms. He will play a significant role in driving the homelessness reforms that are identified in the new State Housing and Homelessness Strategy, set to be released by the end of 2019. He will begin a three-year appointment on 21 October.

He is highly regarded in the homelessness sector, and has a broad range of skills and experience to work with government agencies and services across the state to transform the current service model. This will include how we assist people to transition to affordable housing, how we provide emergency accommodation and how we help the homeless during extreme weather.

Substantial reform in the homelessness sector has not happened for about 10 years, and it is clear that we need a partnership-based approach that looks at the homelessness system as a whole, aiming to address gaps and barriers within the system.