Wednesday 8th February 2017
Housing and Homelessness News
Consumer Engagement for Tasmanian Homelessness Services 'How-To' Guides Now Available
Shelter Tas strongly supports consumer engagement in service delivery and has developed the 'how-to' guides as a result of the  'Tasmanian Housing and Homelessness Workforce Symposium', held in 2016. The set of 5 guides was developed in consultation with services providers, consumers and Housing Tas - with the assistance of a consultant, and were funded by the Workforce Development Project. You can find these guides on the Shelter Tas website.
We are asking organisations to use these guides and provide any feedback (what you find useful and any changes that you feel would improve their functionality)
 that you may have to Shelter Tas, as they will be reviewed at a follow-up consumer engagement Symposium in 2017. Please contact Shelter Tas on 6224 5488 or if you wish to discuss the 'how-to'guides with us.

Shelter Tas Submsission - Response to Family Violence Consultation Paper, Feb 2017
Family and domestic violence is a major cause of homelessness. 33% of female clients and 17% of all males clients seeking support from homelessness services in Tasmania were experiencing domestic violence. In our submission, Shelter Tasmania urges the Department to identify and address any gaps in the system, and to ensure that sufficient resources are available to enable those experiencing violence to access the services and safe housing they need. Go to the Shelter Tas website to read the full submission.

National Disability Insurance Scheme to be Reviewed
The Australian Government has recently announced a Productivity Commission review into the National Disability Insurance Scheme costs. A Position Paper will be released for comment in May, with a Final Report due in Sept 2017. Click here for more information. 

House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics Inquiry into Home Ownership
In December the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics reported on the findings from its Inquiry into Home Ownership. It found that government policy should focus on boosting supply (a State Government responsibility) and does not support increases to capital gains tax or the removal of negative gearing. There were two dissenting reports (from the ALP and Greens).
Shelter Tas will continue to advocate for housing affordability through taxation reform, increasing supply and better protections for tenants. The final report is available here.
Fact of the Week

There has been a 7% increase in the number of people using homelessness services in Tasmania since 2014-15. Over 7,800 people used services in 2015-16 (an increase of 500 people).

Media Releases

More support to tackle youth homelessness
Minister for Human Services, 24 January 2017. Click here.

Great Southern Pram Push 
Minister for Human Services, 16 January 2017. Click here.

Research and Articles

How do housing and labour market affect homeless entry and exists
RMIT Uni, Centre for Urban Research, 22 January 2017. Click here.

Sensible reform to finance affordable housing deserves cross-party support
The Conversation, 2 February 2017. Click here.

What is a bond aggregator and how does it help build affordable housing?
AHURI brief, February 2017. Click here.

Make housing affordable and cut road congestion all at once? Here's a way
The Conversation, 2 February 2017. Click here.

Transferring public housing to build more homes
AHURI News, 31 January 2017. Click here.

Household financial comfort report
Australian Policy Online, 5 February 2017. Click here.

Some rough sleepers are attracting tourists with their street art
The Conversation, 30 January 2017. Click here.

Innovative Financing Models to Improve the Supply of Affordable Housing
Aust. Government Affordable Housing Working Group, October 2016. Click here.

How is family housing property reshaping welfare regimes?
The Fifth Estate, 23 January 2017. Click here.

A housing affordability crisis in regional Australia? Yes, and here's why
The Conversation, 27 January 2017. Click here.

Recent housing transfer experience in Australia: implications for affordable housing industry development
AHURI Research, 30 December 2016. Click here.

Ban on sleeping rough does nothing to fix the problems of homelessness
The Conversation, 23 January 2017. Click here.

Events and Training

Australasian Housing Institute (AHI) Professional Excellence in Housing Awards
A reminder that nominations for the 2017 AHI Professional Excellence in Housing Awards close at the end of February.
The Awards provide an opportunity to showcase social housing success stories, formally recognise and reward excellence in professional practice, from the grass roots to the most senior levels. They promote to colleagues and the wider community the difference that social housing professionals make to people's lives.
The 2017 AHI Awards Program features eight categories: two individual awards, five team awards and one tenant award.

A category winner will be selected in each Australian jurisdiction and in New Zealand. Awards receptions will be held in all Australian jurisdictions and New Zealand in April - October 2017. Finalists from each jurisdiction will automatically be entered in the Australasian Awards. The Australasian Award Winners will then be announced at the Awards Gala Dinner during the National Housing Conference 2017 in Sydney on the 29th of November 2017.
How do I enter? Download the information pack or nominate online.

Hobart Women's Shelter International Women's Day Event
Come together with women, men and children of all ages and backgrounds to celebrate the amazing contribution women have made to our communities this International Women's Day.
On 8th March, the Hobart Women's Shelter (HWS) will host an afternoon of gorgeous music, amazing food, speakers and heaps of prizes to celebrate the achievements of the HWS. Click here to find out more and get your free tickets.

AHURI Conference - Homelessness and Housing Solutions
This conference will present the latest AHURI evidence on the homelessness system in Australia, examples of housing solutions for formerly homeless people or those at risk of homelessness and a big picture examination of the support services required to create housing stability for low-income Australians. View the conference program for an overview of the days sessions. 
Who should attend?
This is a national conversation, and policy-makers and practitioners from across Australia are encouraged to attend, including:
  • Federal and state/territory government policy-makers from the housing, social policy and human service sectors
  • Social/community housing and homelessness practitioners and service providers
  • Charities, not-for-profit organisations, peak bodies and tenant groups
  • Community service providers across a range of relevant sectors - Indigenous, youth, disability, aged care and more.
The details
When: Friday, 31 March, 2017 8:00 AM – 4:15 PM
Where: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
Merivale St & Glenelg Street, South Brisbane, Queensland 4101, Australia
Cost: $375 AUD (including GST) which includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.
Information/Registration: visit the conference website

Jobs Australia Modern Award Review Update
This session updates the state of play for community sector awards in 2017, and explains in detail what has already changed and needs to be implemented now.  A package of further changes currently being negotiated for the SCHADS award will also be discussed.
When: Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Time: 1:00 - 4:30 pm
Where: The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel
Cost: $130 Jobs Australia members/$170 non-members

Registration: Click here.

Other News

Employment Opportunity: Community Garden Project Co-ordinator
Deloraine House has a vacancy for a Community Garden Project Officer, short-term (five-month contract), part time (10 hours per week), Level 5, Grade 1, SCHCADS. Click here for more details.
Closes 5.00pm, Friday 10 February
More information: 6362 2678,

All Round Health and Community Care - Hep C Clinics
These Hapatisits C clinics are run by Dr Liz Webber who provides a confidential and professional service, they are also bulk billed. For more information, or to book an appointment, call 1300 309 599 or go to

International Women's Day Fundraiser - Busting Out!
Come and celebrate International Women's Day with a fun night filled with fabulous music, dancing and fundraising! Organised by Women’s Health Tasmania, all funds raised will go towards the State-wide 'Encore' program, which is an exercise program for women recovering from breast cancer.
When: 2nd March 2017
Where: Moonah Arts Centre
Time: From 7.00 pm

Cost: $25/$20 with the option to gift a ticket
Bookings: or Tel. 6231 3212
Drinks and BBQ food for sale at the event.

Have an opinion on how to improve things for children and young people in Tasmania?
Apply now to be on the Commissioner for Children and Young People's Advisory Council in 2017!
Members are sought from all around the State to reflect the diversity of experiences and backgrounds of children and young people in Tasmania. Those under the age of 18 with a keen interest in issues affecting children and young people are encouraged to apply.
Advisory Council members meet directly with the Commissioner for Children and Young People, Mark Morrissey. Meetings are held regularly throughout the year in each of the three major regions. Members provide advice to the Commissioner on a range of issues that affect children and young people in Tasmania.
More information on the Advisory Council and application forms for membership are available by visiting the CCYP's website here. Applications close Friday 10th March 2017. 

Grant Alert
Tasmanian Community Fund
Grant Round 34 of the Tasmanian Community Fund opened at 8.00am on 28 January 2017.
Stage 1 applications for large programs based grants ($100 000 to $500 000) close at 5.00pm on 1 March 2017.
Applications for small grants (up to $20 000) close at 5.00pm on 15 March 2017.
Applications for medium grants (between $20 001 and $90 000) close at 5.00pm on 5 April 2017.
Additional information and a copy of the Guidelines can be obtained from the Tasmanian Community Fund website. The Tasmanian Community Fund can also be contacted by email: or by phone on 6232 7269 if further assistance is required.

Hobart City Council Community Development Grants Program
The Community Development Grants Program provides financial assistance for eligible community groups and organisations through three funding streams: Community, Creative Hobart and Events.
The links on the website give you more information about the Council's specific grant programs. Each page contains Grant Program Guidelines and Application Forms for the relevant grant streams and includes program objectives, eligibility information and assessment criteria for potential applications. Closes 6th March 2017.
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