Bunbury Youth Accommodation Project was an agency that opened in 1983 to coordinate emergency and medium term supported accommodation services for young people aged 16-24 years in the Bunbury region of Western Australia. By 1989 young people aged 14-25 years were accommodated. From 1993 Bunbury Youth Accommodation Project was renamed Bunyap Inc.
In the early 1980s in Western Australia, a community group in Bunbury was interested in addressing the needs of young people who were unable to live at home. In 1983, the Department for Community Welfare funded the group to develop Bunbury Youth Accommodation Project, which was then funded through the Youth Supported Accommodation Program (YSAAP). Some young people may have been referred by child welfare authorities, but self-referrals were possible under this funding program.
At first, Bunbury Youth Accommodation Project found places for young people aged 16-24 years in hostel or refuge-type accommodation in Bunbury. The service focused on young people could not live at home, and who could not afford to board or rent privately.
On 11 November 1987, Bunyap became incorporated in the State of Western Australia, as the Bunbury Youth Accommodation Project Inc. On 25 November 1993 the service changed its name to Bunyap Inc.
1983 - 1993 Bunbury Youth Accommodation Project
1993 - 1997 Bunyap Inc.
1997 - 2011 Agencies for South West Accommodation
2011 - AccordWest
Sources used to compile this entry: 'About us: Annual Report 2012-2013', accordwest, Accordwest, 2012, http://www.accordwest.com.au/; Information Services, Department for Community Development, Signposts: A Guide for Children and Young People in Care in WA from 1920, Government of Western Australia, 2004, https://signposts.communities.wa.gov.au//pdf/pdf.aspx; Department for Child Protection and Family Support, internal document 'Country Family Group Homes - All Items' received 7 March 2014.
Prepared by: Leanne Howard and Debra Rosser
Created: 15 March 2011, Last modified: 2 September 2014