Industry Working Groups

Hoarding and squalor is now considered to be one of the most complex and stigmatised issues we face as a nation. Managing situations of hoarding and squalid living in Australian communities is estimated to be a $1.8 billion issue, with costs expected to rise if no adequate funding or support is provided. Research into effective, collaborative
intervention is vital.

Collaboration from community service providers, government agencies, emergency services, mental health providers and many other service providers is needed to develop effective support. A number of industry working groups and task forces are working to develop a framework for service responses that will ensure services providers and government agencies work collaboratively and effectively.

NSW Hoarding and Squalor Taskforce

This taskforce was convened by Catholic Community Services in 2012 to identify what is needed to better understand the causes of hoarding and squalor, its prevalence and social impact and how to more effectively deliver treatment and help to people in NSW affected by situations of hoarding and squalor.

Taskforce members

Catholic Community Services

Sydney Local Health District – Concord Repatriation General Hospital

South Eastern Sydney Local Health District

NSW Ministry of Health – Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Office

NSW Trustee and Guardian

Housing Policy and Homelessness Directorate, Housing NSW

City of Sydney Council


NSW Fire and Rescue

University of Sydney, School of Psychology

University of NSW, School of Social Sciences

Mental Health Coordinating Council

Local Government NSW