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Armadale Youth Accommodation
Years of Operation1989 - ongoing
Role Of FacilityDescribed in 1989 as providing emergency services for young people with 24 hour access and rostered staff, and in 1994 as providing “adequate, appropriate, transitional, safe and secure accommodation for 14-18 year old homeless youth.” The service could accommodate up to 6 emergency and 4 medium term admissions.
Sponsoring Agency1989 - Aug 2002 (Armadale Youth Accommodation Service)
Sept 2002 - Oct 2003 (Anglicare)
Nov 2003 - Aug 2007 (Great Mates)
Aug 2007 - current (Anglicare)
Address(es)317 Railway Avenue, Armadale
AliasesGreat Mates - Armadale Youth Crisis Accommodation
Brief HistoryFunding for this service was originally provided through the Youth Supported Accommodation Program, which was a sub-program of the Commonwealth/State funded Supported Accommodation Assistance Programme (SAAP). From 2009, funding continues to be provided through the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA). [For notes on this program see the section on NAHA/SAAP at the beginning of Signposts].
The Department noted in its Annual Report of 1989 that Armadale was one of a number of emergency services for young people in outlying metropolitan suburbs that was “being well used, enabling young people to stay in their local environment.”
In 1995, Armadale Youth Accommodation’s Funding Agreement with the Department outlined the purpose of the funded services, the service objectives and performance indicators:
The purpose of the service was “to help all young people, regardless of ethnicity, gender or religion, who are homeless as a result of crisis, move to independent living away from SAAP.”
Service Objectives:
“To provide adequate, appropriate, transitional, safe and secure accommodation for 14-18 year old homeless youth.
Young people will have a case plan developed with them to enable them to move on to independent living.
To enable residents to reconcile with their families, where it is appropriate.
To assist residents to identify and use community resources.
The Department for Child Protection will be notified of any young person under sixteen years old in need of accommodation and support.” (Funding Agreement between Armadale Youth Accommodation Service and Family and Children’s Services 1995, as reported in the Out of Home, Preventative and Alternative Care Services Review, “Terms of Reference”, Family and Children’s Services, 1995).

This service closed in 2002. It was temporarily run by Anglicare [see entry] between September 2002 and October 2003. The Department contracted a new service agreement with Great Mates [see entry] in November 2003. From August 2007, the service is being provided by Anglicare.
RecordsDepartmental case records for young people placed by the Department may reside with the Department for Child Protection.
It is unknown whether any other records are still in existence.
AccessWhile access to records is restricted to protect the privacy of individuals, people are encouraged to enquire.
Contact DetailsFreedom of Information
Department for Child Protection
PO Box 6334, East Perth WA 6892
Telephone: (08) 9222 2555
Facsimile: (08) 9222 2776
Country free call: 1800 000 277
Email: foi@dcp.wa.gov.au
Website: www.childprotection.wa.gov.au
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