05 July 2023



Premier and Minister for the Olympic and Paralympic Games
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk


Minister for Housing
The Honourable Meaghan Scanlon


  • The Palaszczuk Government has purchased an inner-Brisbane hotel for emergency accommodation.
  • It’s part of the $64.3 million investment for emergency accommodation announced in this year’s Budget.
  • The 23-room hotel will provide a safe place to stay for small families who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
  • It builds on a record $5 billion for social and affordable housing – the largest investment in Queensland’s history – to help deliver 13,500 homes.


After locking in $64.3 million to purchase and lease emergency accommodation facilities in Brisbane, the Palaszczuk Government has finalised the purchase of a 23-room hotel in Brisbane.


The accommodation will provide immediate support for people experiencing or at-risk of homelessness.


In 2021-22, the Palaszczuk Government provided almost 200,000 forms of housing assistance to Queensland households, including emergency housing, social housing, and private market assistance and homelessness services.


The purchase is one way the government is tackling housing and homelessness as part of its record $5 billion housing investment, announced as part of the 2023 State Budget.


Quotes attributable to Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk:

 “This purchase is a significant step forward in our government’s plan to tackle homelessness and housing stress.


“We know there are national pressures in the housing sector that are putting strain on vulnerable Queenslanders, which is why we are continuing to pull every lever available.


“The newly acquired property will provide a safe space for many, including those experiencing homelessness or fleeing domestic and family violence.


“My promise is that we will always push forward with innovative solutions to benefit Queenslanders in the short, medium and long term.”


Quotes attributable to Housing Minister Meaghan Scanlon:

“Every Queenslander deserves a roof over their head, and we need to look at all options to support Queenslanders feeling the effects of national housing pressures.


“We know as well many of these families are leaving dangerous situations, so this funding is not just important, it is vital.


“As we build new homes, so too are we providing immediate support for people experiencing or at-risk of homelessness.


“We’re building more social housing, buying houses or other properties where that’s the best option in the local area, and helping people to secure and sustain private rentals.”


Further information:

Anyone who needs housing assistance can contact their Housing Service Centre during business hours or the 24/7 Homeless Hotline on 1800 474 753.


For a list of Housing Service Centres, visit  https://www.qld.gov.au/housing/public-community-housing/housing-service-centre




Media contact: Francis Dela Cruz - 0420 592 078