Monday 9th May 2016

Housing and Homelessness News

Federal Budget 2016
National Shelter has responded to this week's federal budget announcement’s with a media release, 'Budget ignores housing affordability'. This statement highlights sector concerns and funding omissions, including failure make changes to negative gearing and capital gains tax, no increase to public housing funding, no new money for rental affordability incentives, no addition to homelessness responses or inclusion of National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness funding beyond 2016/17, and no increase to Commonwealth Rent Assistance.
Naturally, there has been a significant amount of media and comment around the 2016 Budget announcement, a selection of these is included below:
National Shelter media release - 'Budget ignores housing affordability'
ACOSS media release - 'Some positive directions, but budget locks in harsh cuts - with more likely to come'
Infographic: Budget 2016 at a glance (The Conversation)
Federal budget synopsis from Shelter WA
'Essay: a sober, responsible budget, but negative gearing a blind spot' (
Saul Eslake in The Conversation)

Anglicare Rental Affordability Snapshot
The Rental Affordability Snapshot is designed to highlight the lived experience of looking for housing while on a low income and is conducted in April each year.   A rental property is deemed affordable if it takes up less than 30% of a household’s income. It focuses on the Australian population who earn the least income who are Commonwealth benefit recipients and minimum wage earners.  Anglicare Australia's 2016 Rental Affordability Snapshot finds low income earners are unable to afford to rent privately, and even more Australians are being pushed out of the housing market. Over the first weekend in April, the Anglicare member network surveyed 75,410 rental properties across Australia and found just 21 properties were affordable for single adults living on Newstart, and only one was suitable for young people living on Youth Allowance. And despite the higher level of pensions compared to allowances, affordable rentals were extremely limited for a single person living on any government payment. Click on t he links below to read further:
Anglicare's Rental Affordability Snapshot report
Rental Affordability Snapshot summary for Tasmania
Anglicare's media release - 'Rental shortage pushes Tasmanians into hardship'
Shelter Tas' media release - 'Report highlights crisis facing Tasmania's low income renters'

Minister for Human Services' media release - 'Rental affordability'.
You can find all these documents on our website,

Tenants' Union News
'Rent Rant' provides regular news from the Tenants' Union of Tasmania. Click here to read the latest edition of 'Rent Rant' or find an back issue from the archive.

New AIHW Report - Youth Justice in Australia  2014-15
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has released a new report, Youth justice in Australia 2014-15, on 27 April 2016.
According to the report, there were about 5,600 young people (aged 10 and older) under youth justice supervision in Australia on an average day in 2014-15, due to their involvement, or alleged involvement, in crime. This number has decreased by 23% over the 5 years to 2014-15. Around 4 in 5 (82%) young people under supervision on an average day were male. Most (85%) young people were supervised in the community and the remainder were in detention. Although rates of supervision decreased over the 5 year period for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous young people, the level of Indigenous over-representation increased.
Click here to purchase the report.
Related AIHW media release - 'Fewer young people under youth justice supervision, but Indigenous young people are still over-represented'.
Click here to view the AIHW webpage. 

Research Project - Building the Extreme Weather and Disaster Resilience of the Homeless Community
Every year, thousands of people are affected by extreme weather and natural disasters. Those affected first and worst are often people at risk of or experiencing homelessness. The Australian Red Cross and Central Queensland University are developing extreme weather and natural disaster preparedness materials and education for people at risk of and experiencing homelessness. They need your thoughts, experiences and ideas. If you work in the housing and homelessness services, please complete this short survey on client's preparedness, response and recovery in extreme weather and natural disasters. Click here to complete the survey. If you would like to be involved as an interviewee for the project, please contact Dr Danielle Every on or 0434 217 883. The survey and interviews, together with field observations and workshops, will be the first Australian evidence-base of the economic, social and health impacts of extreme weather on people experiencing homelessness. It will inform new preparedness education materials specifically adapted for the homeless community.
Factoid of the Week

In 2011-12, 5% of Australians aged 55-64 were be renting with a state or territory housing authority, which makes this cohort more likely than any other age group to be renting from the social housing sector.

AIHW Australia’s welfare 2015 in brief p. 34. 

Media Releases

Homes Bill passes Parliament
Minister for Human Services, 26 April 2016. Click here.

Heating investment for social housing welcome before winter
Minister for Human Services, 26 April 2016. Click here.

Red tape cut to deliver savings for 3000 community organisations
Minister for Building and Construction, 27 April 2016. Click here.

Research and Articles

Snapshot highlights rent struggle
The Examiner, 21 April 2016. Click here.

Home Truths: What happened to the great Australian dream? (video)
ABC - 4 Corners, 2 May 2016. Click here.

Housing groups call for new vacancy tax to fund family violence programs
The Age, 16 April 2016. Click here.

New homelessness report shows the cost of waiting for early intervention
The Conversation, 28 April 2016. Click here.

Affordable, sustainable, high quality urban housing? It's not an impossible dream
The Conversation, 22 April 2016. Click here.

Attracting large institutional investors for affordable housing developments
AHURI Policy Issue, April 2016. Click here

To get young people out of nursing homes, we need to back up the NDIS with housing - here's how
The Conversation, 3 May 2016. Click here.

Housing assistance need and provision in Australia: a household-based policy analysis
AHURI, May 2016. Click here.

Where do record rental prices leave low-income earners?
The Conversation, 21 April 2016. Click here.

Should you rent or buy? Here's the definitive answer, 2 May 2016. Click here.

The cost of youth homelessness in Australia
Shelter WA Housing Hub, April 2016. Click here.

Homes for Homes (video)
The Big Issue, September 2015. Click here.

In the lead-up to the Federal budget and upcoming election, there has been significant media coverage around negative gearing and capital gains tax. We have collected a selection of these articles below. The first report written by John Daley and Danielle Wood from the Grattan Institute, seeks to generate a more informed debate:

Negative gearing windbacks could deliver $5.3bn a year: Grattan
The Conversation, 26 April 2016. Click here.

Umpire calls time on negative gearing and voters should listen
Sydney Morning Herald, 26 April 2016. Click here.

PolicyCheck: Negative gearing reform
The Conversation, 3 May 2016. Click here.

The Project's Waleed Aly believes negative gearing needs to go (video)
The Project, Channel 10, 27 April 2016. Click here.

Rent, buy, or do both: the perversion of negative gearing
The Conversation, 26 April 2016. Click here

Events and Training

Implications of the 2016 Federal Budget - Public Forum Invitation
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has moved the Federal Budget to 3 May, amid a conversation about tax policy which has ebbed and flowed and a deficit which stretches far into the future. This is the Prime Minister and Treasurer Scott Morrison's first budget, and their last opportunity to carve out the economic territory for the Government before the election campaign.
A panel of experts and community leaders will discuss the implications of the 2016 federal budget and the alternative policy programs being promoted by political parties contesting this year's federal poll. The discussion will move beyond the national commentary to assess the implications of proposed budget policies on the Tasmanian community. Panellists will be: 
Saul Eslake - independent economist and former Chief Economist of the ANZ Banking Group and Bank of America Merrill Lynch Australia
Kym Goodes - CEO of TasCOSS
Michael Bailey - CEO of Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Prof. Richard Eccleson - Director, Institute for the Study of Social Change
Chaired by Associate Prof. Dennis Grube, Principal Research Fellow, Institute for the Study of Social Change.
When: Tuesday 10 May, 6.00pm
Where: Stanley Burbury Theatre, UTas Sandy Bay campus
Register: or 6226 1587.

Tasmanian Youth Fourm (TYF) Housing and Homelessness Forum – Friday 13 May
The Tasmanian Youth Forum (TYF) Housing and Homelessness Forum is for all young people aged 12 to 25 in Tasmania.
The Forum will focus on providing the opportunity for young people to share their ideas about how they can be better supported in relation to these issues and plan for their future. Participants will also be able to learn more about housing and homelessness through a range of activities and from our guest speaker, Zac Lockhart, who was awarded Tasmanian Young Australian of the Year for 2016 for his work in sharing his own experience of homelessness to break the stigma associated with young people experiencing housing and homelessness issues.
The Forum will be on Friday 13 May from 10:00am to 3:15pm at the Door of Hope, Launceston.
This is a free event with lunch provided for participants. There will also be a bus coming from the North-West and South of the State to provide some free transport options for participants (contact Tegan for more information)
Registration is essential and can be done online at or by contacting Tegan on 6223 5511 or at

National Policy Forum
Registrations are now open for the National Policy Forum, 'A Fair Go for All: Addressing Scoial and Health Inequalities in Australia and Internationally'.
Keynote speakers include Dame Professor Margaret Whitehead and Professor Ronald Labonte. The forum is hosted by the Centre for Research Excellence on the Social Determinants of Health Inequities.
Thursday 12th May 2016
9.00am - 5.00pm
University House, Australian National University
More information and registration.

Love Your Tender Webinar Series
Discover how to develop and present grant applications and tender proposals that give you the best chance of success in a competitive funding environment. The State Councils of Social Service (COSS) are partnering to deliver a webinar series to uncover what every not-for-profit organisation needs to know about effectively responding to government procurement processes delivered in four one hour webinar sessions, starting 12th May.
Total cost to attend all four sessions of Love Your Tender:
$165 (incl GST) non-members
The four, one-hour webinar sessions will run from 10.30am-11.30am starting on 12 May.
Register now
More information:

2016 Affordable Housing Conference – July 28, 29
What would it take to create 100,000 wonderful new affordable homes in NSW?
Registrations are now open for the 2016 Affordable Housing Conference. See the conference website for more details. More information about speakers, the program, awards and the PAYCE conference app will be released soon.  International speakers who are attending the conference include:
Piers Williamson - has been the Chief Executive of The Housing Finance Corporation (the leading profit-for-purpose lender to UK Housing Associations) for the last thirteen years
Prof. Geoff Meen - Head of Economics, University of Reading. Prof. Meen specialises in research into housing markets at different spatial scales from the local to the national 
Prof. Suzanne Fitzpatrick - has been involved in international collaborations on a broad range of housing-related issues and is also part of a network of academics across North America, Europe and Australia.
Conference details  are updated regularly, so check the website soon for more information.

Other News

Grant Alert - Community Sector Banking Social Investment Grants
This year Community Sector Banking’s Social Investment Grants Program will focus on reducing homelessness.
Funded directly by contributions from Social Investment Deposit Account holders and Community Sector Banking profits, the grants create real impact through everyday, not-for-profit banking.
The 2016 Social Investment Grants Program will open for applications on Monday, 2 May 2016. 
A total of $200,000 across three grant categories will be made available to not-for-profits with innovative homelessness programs or projects. To learn more about the Social Investment Grants Program, click here.
If you would like a media & communications pack sent to you to help promote the 2016 Social Investment Grants, please email

Consultation Sessions  - Youth at Risk Strategy
The Department of Health and Human Services has commenced the development of a Youth at Risk (YaR) Strategy which will provide Government with a strategic direction for responding to the safety and rehabilitative needs of vulnerable young people.
To assist in the development of this strategy DHHS – Children and Youth Services (CYS) will develop an Options Paper (with Noetic Solutions) to develop an on custodial youth justice models, which will provide a detailed analysis of identified opportunities for cost effective and therapeutic custodial youth justice services.
Noetic will be engaging widely to understand the range of current positive interventions, challenges and the differing perspectives of various stakeholders groups. This will include those with experience in the youth justice sector together with Tasmanian government agencies, youth justice NGOs, service providers, children and young people and their families who are in contact with the youth justice system, and other interested members of the community. Consultations will be held across the State, with session 2 details as follows (session 1 has been completed):
16th May, 9.00 - 12.00 at St Johns Park Bowls Club in Hobart
18th May, 9.00 - 12.00 at the Latrobe Memorial Hall
19th May, 9.00 - 12.00 at Wellers Inn in Burnie
20th May, 9.00 - 12.00 at the Silverdome auditorium in Launceston.
Any questions, RSVP’s or written submissions should you be unable to attend a scheduled session should be directed to the Manager, Youth at Risk Strategy (Mark Mason) at Email for a full consultation timetable also.

HESTA Community Sector Awards
The annual HESTA Community Sector Awards recognise outstanding contributions to the community sector across a broad range of social services.
This is a fantastic opportunity to acknowledge the excellence of an individual or team that you know. Winners shre in a prize pool of $30,000 (courtesy of awards sponsor, ME).
Click here for more information or to nominate now.

Employment Opportunity - Team Leader, Hobart Women's Shelter
Hobart Women’s Shelter is seeking an experienced and motivated Team Leader, to be based at their Glenorchy administration office to coordinate safe, emergency accommodation and support to women who are affected by family violence and those who are homeless.
Duties include but are not limited to:
  • Leading the family support team to deliver high-quality services
  • Providing client management and on call support where required
  • Liaising with stakeholders and building on strong relationships with key agencies
  • Contributing to HR and WHS management
Experience preferred in service coordination and managing a team, excellent communication, interpersonal and conflict resolution skills and be flexible, independent and enthusiastic. Salary and conditions of employment will be in accordance with the SCHADS Award Level 6 salary range, 37.5 hours per week, plus superannuation and salary packaging.
If you have a genuine passion and commitment to improving the lives of women and children in crisis, please phone Janet on 6273 8455 or email for an application package.
Applications close COB Friday 13 May 2016.
Hobart Women’s Shelter encourages women* from diverse backgrounds, including culture, age, sexuality, and women living with a disability to apply. *Exemption under the Anti-Discrimination Act (1998)”.

Employment Opportunity - Sector Capacity Building Project Officer, ATDC
The Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs Council (ATDC) is currently advertising to fill the position of Sector Capacity Building Project Officer. This position is funded through the Australian Government Department of Health Substance Misuse Service Delivery Grants Fund.
Read the position description here.
Applications should be marked confidential and will be accepted by;
Fax: 03 6231 6099
Post: PO Box 4702, Bathurst Street Post Office, Hobart TAS 7000
Applications close 5.00pm 23 May 2016.
Only applications addressing the selection criteria and including your resume will be considered. For further information email your query and  daytime contact details to
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