Fusion Student Household
Years of Operation1995 - ongoing
Role Of FacilityDescribed in 1995 as providing up to 4 long-term accommodation and support placements to young students aged 15-17 years in the Victoria Park area.
Described in 2001 as providing long-term accommodation and support services for school students who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and who are willing to continue schooling and who want to continue a relationship with their parents.
Sponsoring AgencyFusion Australia
Address(es)Victoria Park, Bentley and Booragoon
AliasesFusion Student Household Service
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].
In 1995, Fusion Australia’s Funding Agreement with the Department outlined the purpose of the funded services, the service objectives and performance indicators:
The purpose of the Fusion Student Household was to “provide long-term accommodation and support in Victoria Park and adjacent areas to young people aged 15-17 years who are willing to continue schooling and who want to continue a relationship with their parents.”
Service Objectives:
“Young people have a secure place of residence.
Young people maintain regular school attendance and participation or are participating in determining alternatives.
Young people communicate with their parents where possible and strive to improve the quality of their relationship.
Young people strive to develop their own self worth and potential and attempt to change their behaviours and attitudes towards love, truth,creativity and self determination.
Young a people develop inter-personal and general life skills.
On leaving the Service, young people have a satisfactory living arrangement either with their family or independently.” (Funding Agreement between Fusion Australia 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).
In 2001 the service had the capacity to accommodate up to six young people requiring accommodation.
The service’s two homes were located in Bentley and Booragoon. Two additional units at the rear of the Bentley property were used to provide an interim exit point for students prior to moving to independent accommodation. (Service Agreement with the Department for Community Development).
RecordsDepartmental case records for young people referred by the Department may reside with the Department for Child Protection.
It is unknown whether any other records are still in existence.
The Department may be able to assist people wishing to contact Fusion Australia to see if they hold case records or other information that may be useful to people.
AccessWhile access to records is restricted to protect the privacy of individuals, people are encouraged to enquire.
Contact DetailsFreedom of Information
Department of Communities
Locked Bag 5000, Fremantle WA 6959
Telephone: (08) 6217 6888
Country free call: 1800 176 888