To: The Victorian Government and the Department of Human Services

Provide a safer environment for older Public Housing Tennants

Provide security fencing and gates that can only be opened with key cards or keys on older properties especially those flagged as older tenants housing.

Why is this important?

A safe environment is a basic right for all Australians. Unfortunately if you are and older tenant living in aging housing stock in Victoria basic security measures are not provided, other than cheap security doors. This leads to many people living in a state of fear and impacts negatively on mental and physical well being. The lack of security leads to non residents feeling free to come onto properties to use laundries, break into empty flats, indulge in drug use, attempt to gain entry into occupied flats during the night. Also when challenged these people threaten and even perpetrate violence. I have lived on such a property for some 2 1/2 years. For most of that time, I and many of my neighbours have felt unsafe. Even if you apply to move you face a waiting time of up to nine years. Surely it is not too much to ask that as in newer properties, our property entrances can be made safe and secure so that we tenants can be afforded some peace of mind and safety.