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Shelter TAS - Housing and Homelessness Peak
Shelter TAS eNews
Tuesday 5th July 2022

A Message from Shelter Tas CEO

Last month the anniversary of the waiving of Tasmania’s Housing Debt – in September 2019 – passed almost unnoticed. While this success has been somewhat eclipsed by the COVID-19 pandemic, it remains an important reminder of the power of persistence, evidence and systemic advocacy. For over fifteen years, Shelter Tas had called for debt relief, in our budget submissions, meetings with decision makers and media engagements.
We now see the result – instead of a repayment to the Commonwealth Government in 2020-21 of nearly  $15 million, we can now invest those funds in much-needed social housing across Tasmania.
At the same time, we know that more is needed, and Shelter Tas continues to advocate for 10% social housing.  For an effective safety net, we need some emergency options for those who need it, and short to medium-term accommodation while people are waiting for the secure and affordable homes that is the right of every Tasmanian.
Recent AHURI research has pointed out that “the pre-pandemic shortage of affordable housing continues to threaten long term housing outcomes” (read the report here). There are currently 3 373 applications on the waiting list for social housing in Tasmania.

As we look towards economic recovery and the opening of Tasmania's borders, we need to ensure that people’s well being remains a focus. In coming months, whatever else changes, it will remain true that people need secure housing and adequate incomes to live well and participate socially and economically.

Pattie Chugg
Shelter Tas CEO. 
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Housing and Homelessness News

Shelter Tas AGM to be Held on Friday 27th Nov - Save the Date!

In line with COVID-safe protocols, Shelter Tas will be holding a virtual AGM this year. This arrangement will provide a safe environment for our members to participate in the meeting.

The AGM will be held from 3pm - 4pm on Friday 27th November via video link, with an in-person quorum by invitation. Everyone is very welcome to attend the online AGM via a link which will be provided to attendees, so make sure to mark the date in your calendar!

We are expecting the Hon Roger Jaensch MP, Minister for Housing to attend virtually as our guest speaker on the day.

Attendance will be via Eventbrite registration, with details to come. There will also be more information on the Shelter Tas website closer to the date. Please call the Shelter Tas office on 6224 5488 if you have any questions.
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The Tasmania Project PESRAC Survey

The Tasmania Project has launched a survey to help Tasmania recover from COVID-19. The survey is supported by the Premier's Economic and Social Advisory Council (PESRAC) to help inform its thinking about priorities for COVID-19 recovery. This is your opportunity to have a say in Tasmania's recovery by sharing your ideas and priorities with PESRAC.

Tasmanian residents aged 18 years and above are eligible to take part in the survey, which will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. It closes Sunday 15 November. Click here to access the survey.
If you are unable to complete the survey online, please call (03) 6226 7542 and leave your name and phone number. A member of The Tasmania Project team will be in touch to assist you.
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Treasured Lives: Service Provider Focus Groups

Anglicare’s Social Action and Research Centre (SARC) is undertaking research on older Tasmanians who have challenges related to hoarding and maintaining a healthy home, and what’s needed to ensure effective responses.

The team at SARC would like to hear from you if you are a service provider working with this cohort. You may work within aged care, community services, mental health, disability services, housing support or provision.

They are holding a series of focus groups via Zoom from 12 to 2pm between 15th October and 5th November 2020. More details here, or contact Lindsey Fidler, Social Researcher on:
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Award Nomination for CHL's Steve Bevington

Congratulations to Steve Bevington, founder and Managing Director of Community Housing Ltd (CHL), who has been named as a finalist in Victoria's 2021 Australian of the Year Awards.

As a valued Shelter Tas member, we have worked closely with CHL to promote the growth of community housing in Tasmania. CHL now manage over 1 400 properties across the State.
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Anglicare Jobs Availability Snapshot

Anglicare Australia's Jobs Availability Snapshot is a simple test of the labour market as it affects people with the most barriers to securing work in Australia. This most recent report was launched on 14 October 2020, as part of Anti-Poverty Week.

It focuses on jobs that are best suited to people looking for entry-level work, known as Level 5 vacancies. Job seekers who need the most support to find and keep work are classified as ‘Stream C’ in the Job Seeker Classification Instrument.

In Tasmania in 2020,  there are 21 people in Stream C for each entry level job, compared with 13.9 people in 2019. The Tasmanian rate of 21 is almost three times the national rate of 7.8.   

Click here to red the full Jobs Availability Snapshot.

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Media Statements

Roger Jaensch, Minister for Housing, 15 October 2020
  Roger Jaensch, Minister for Housing, 10 October 2020
  Alison Standen, Shadow Housing Minister, 17 October 2020
  Rosalie Woodruff MP, Greens Justice Spokesperson, 14 October 2020
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Research, Reports & Articles

Tasmania Talks, feat. Julia Verdouw - UTas, 12 October 2020

Renting in the time of COVID-19: understanding the impacts
AHURI, 15 October 2020 House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs, October 2020

Understanding responses to homelessness during COVID-19: an examination of Australia
Cameron Parsell, Andrew Clarke & Ella Kushkoff, 5 October 2020

COVID spurred action on rough sleepers but greater homelessness challenges lie ahead
The Conversation, 19 October 2020

Safety Net to Poverty Trap? The twentieth-century origins of Australia's uneven social security system
Brotherhood of St Laurence Working Paper, 24 September 2020

Pathways to regional recovery from COVID-19
AHURI, 4 October 2020
  Domain, 14 October 2020

Discarded: the Australian women over 50 left to languish in poverty
The Guardian, 10 October 2020

Federal Government urged to invest more in social housing (audio)
ABC AM, 28 September 2020 The Conversation, 7 October 2020

Social housing left high and dry in 2020 budget
Pro Bono Australia, 7 October 2020

Social housing was one hell of a missed budget opportunity, but there's still time
The Conversation, 8 October 2020

Next wave of home value growth could kick off in the north, 9 October 2020
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Training and Events

Upcoming AHURI Webinar

Integrating housing support for vulnerable families
How can housing support for vulnerable families be best integrated with other types of support, to enhance safety and wellbeing? 

This webinar will present findings from a new AHURI research project which investigated how housing support for vulnerable families experiencing domestic and family violence can be best integrated with other types of support to enhance safety and wellbeing.

The presentation will be followed by a discussion with AHURI’s Executive Director and audience Q&A.


Thursday 29 October
11am - 12:30pm




Click here to register for the webinar.
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National Homelessness Conference 2020

Registrations are now open for the National Homelessness Conference 2020, to be run completely online over two afternoons this year.

A program has been developed that will examine the impacts on the homelessness sector from the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic, as well as the catastrophic climate disasters of last summer.

The program will also cover the major challenges and opportunities in homelessness policy and practice that were in play before and will continue to be important after the pandemic.
Click here to view the program and find out more about the conference.


Tues 1 December & Wed 2 December
1:00pm - 5:00pm


Full access - $250
1 day only - $140
Student/conc. - $80
St./conc. 1 day - $50 


Click here to register.
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Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) Workshops

MVP gives us the skills to help end violence in our communities by helping us learn how to be effective and proactive bystanders, who can confront, interrupt, or prevent violence.

The workshop is for the general community, community workers and post-secondary students; and will be run by the Hobart Women’s Shelter, Women’s Health Tasmania, Engender Equality and the Women’s Legal Service.

These workshops are free and lunch is provided. Future workshops will also be scheduled for Devonport and George Town. Please call (03) 6231 3212 if you have any questions or difficulties registering.


Tuesday 27th Oct
9:30am - 2:30pm
Kingston Neighbourhood House
Click here to register.


Tuesday 17th Nov
9:30am - 2:30pm
Hobart Town Hall
Click here to register.
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CORES Suicide Prevention Training

This FREE training offered by CORES is designed to provide individuals and organisations with essential skills and resources to identify and respond to a person at risk of suicide, as well as supporting the person at risk to access appropriate services.

East Devonport:

Tuesday 27th October
9:00am - 4:30pm
East Devonport Community House
Enquiries to
Register here


Wednesday 11th November
9:00am - 4:30pm
Windsor Community Precinct
Enquiries to
Register here 

Rosny Park:

Thursday 26th November
9:00am - 4:30pm
26 Bastick St
Enquiries to
Register here 


Friday 4th Dec
9:00am - 4:30pm
Launceston Town Hall
Enquiries to
Register here

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COVID-19 Updates for the Sector

COVID-19 Resources and Information

COVID-19 factsheets, checklists and general information about infection control and safety:
Rent relief and landlord support:
Factsheets and application forms are available at

In line with the COVID-19 Safe Workplaces Framework, all workplaces are now required to have a COVID-19 Safety Plan that complies with minimum COVID-19 safety standards:
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Other News

Human Rights Awards 2020

Every year the Human Rights Commission holds the Human Rights Awards. It is a chance to acknowledge, celebrate, congratulate and share the important work that goes on across Australia.   

This year, the awards will showcase the human rights heroes of 2020 in a new online campaign, which will launch in the lead up to Human Rights Day on the 10th December. The campaign will recognise and showcase the work of people who have made a contribution to human rights in Australia this year, with a particular emphasis on the 'unsung heroes'.

If you know a person, group, organisation or community 'Human Rights Hero', please fill out the quick submission form (2 mins) and explain who they are and what makes them a human rights hero. 

If you have any questions or would like to be more involved, contact the engagement team at Submissions close Friday 30 October 2020.

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Workshop - Getting Ready for Grants

Business Tasmania is holding workshops for Tasmanian businesses and community groups to help build skills in grant writing.

The free 1.5 hour workshop is an introduction to grant writing, and covers:

  • the Tasmanian Government’s business grants writing handbook
  • how to find grants you're eligible for
  • what's involved in putting together an application
  • how to make your application stand out

Workshops will be delivered in various locations all around the State during October and November, please go to the Business Tasmania website for all the details. Call 1800 440 026, or email for any enquiries.

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SCHCADS Industry Award

The Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services (SCHCADS) Industry Award 2010 updated pay table sets out the rates of pay and allowances that apply from the first full pay period commencing on or after 1 July 2020. Provided by Jobs Australia, via TasCOSS.

View the latest SCHCADS Industry Award 2010 pay tables here
View the SCHCADS Industry Award 2010 here 
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