Tuesday 29th September 2015

Tasmanian Affordable Housing Strategy

The Tasmanian Affordable Housing Strategy 2015-2025 was launched in Hobart last week.
The Strategy provides a ten year plan to improve access to affordable, safe and appropriate homes for all Tasmanians and is supported by an Action Plan containing an immediate investment of $13.5 million in new initiatives. This is new money that is in addition to the $9.3 million in new projects and $3.3 million allocated for Trinity Hill already contained in this current year’s Budget.
This investment will see almost 1600 vulnerable Tasmanian households housed over the next four years, which will be supported by the construction of over 900 new homes, and support for access to existing homes.
This Strategy is the culmination of 12 months consultation with stakeholders across the government, community and private sectors. Click the links below to view the following documents:

Housing and Homelessness News

Letter to the Prime Minister Calling for an Assistant Minister for Homelessness and Housing
Homelessness Australia has written a letter to the Prime Minister, calling for an Assistant Minister for Homelessness and Affordable Housing. Shelter Tas joined more than 70 advocates and community organisations who signed on to pledge their support.
The letter highlighted a number of issues which will have an impact on on the sector, such as the Reform of the Federation, expiry of the National Affordable Housing Agreement, 2016 Census and the next Federal election. Click here to read the letter.

New Social Services Minister
Shelter Tas congratulates Christian Porter on his appointment as Social Service Minister in Malcolm Turnbull's cabinet. Below are 2 articles, which provide a little more information about the new minister:

Council to Homeless Persons - Good Practice Guides to Housing
The Council to Homeless Persons (CHP) has launched a collection of Good Practice Guides to Housing Focused Support, designed for and by the homelessness sector. To develop these guides, CHP brought together local and international evidence in a literature review, and consulted with consumers and workers. The Guides document the activities and Specialist Homelessness Sector (SHS) workers undertake to help consumers gain and sustain a home. The five guides are an excellent resource for new and current workers in the SHS sector, covering: 

  • An overview of homelessness
  • Engagement and building rapport
  • The role of assessment in housing-focused support
  • Supporting consumers to access housing
  • Supporting resettlement and stabilisation.
For more information and to download the Guides, visit the CHP website.

National Shelter - Rent Setting Report
National Shelter has released its report on rent setting, 'Equity, Efficiency and Employment: Setting Social Housing Rents'. The report gives a comprehensive summary of rent policy as a key aspect of managing social housing and affordability  for tenants. The report highlights the negative impact of market rent for low income households, as has been considered by the Federal Government. By clicking on the following links, you can view the National Shelter Report, or the related media release.

Tasmanian Planning Scheme Factsheet
The Planning Reform Taskforce has released a factsheet, providing information on the Tasmanian Planning Scheme. Click on the following link to view the factsheet.

New Staff at Shelter Tas
Shelter Tas welcomes Sue Lush-Saunders, who has taken up the position of Administration and Finance Officer. Sue comes to Shelter Tas with a wealth of knowledge after many years' experience working in admin/finance roles.
We are very happy to have Sue working with us, welcome to Shelter Tas! 
Factoid of the Week I Increasing Rent

The proportion of Australian households paying more than 30% of their income on rent increased from 35% in 2007-08 to 41% in 2011-12.
AIHW Australia’s welfare 2015 in brief p. 29

Media Releases

Tasmania takes the lead in affordable housing
Shelter Tas, 23 September 2015. Click here.

Clear plan needed for housing refugees
Shelter Tas, 9 September 2015. Click here.

Sleeping out for the Salvos
Minister for Human Services, 24 September 2015. Click here.

Affordable Housing Strategy welcomed by community services, building industry
Minister for Human Services, 24 September 2015. Click here.

More social housing to give homes to Tasmanians in need
Minister for Human Services, 23 September 2015. Click here.

New homes boost to assist those in need
Minister for Human Services, 21 September 2015. Click here.

New affordable units opened in Riverside
Minister for Human Services, 21 September 2015. Click here.

Tasmanian Government to act immediately on refugee crisis
Acting Premier, 9 September 2015. Click here.

Research and Articles

Tasmania's first centre for homeless fathers 'to promote stronger family bonds'
ABC news, 27 September 2015. Click here.

Shelter Tasmania calls for more detail on how refugees will be housed
The Mercury, 9 September 2015. Click here.

Talking Point: Housing reform a huge win for the vulnerable
Greg Barnes in The Mercury, 28 September 2015. Click here.

How do you end family homelessness? Try rent subsidy, experts say
The Age, 15 September 2015. Click here.

Addressing concentrations of disadvantage in urban Australia
AHURI, September 2015. Click here.

Is de-concentrating social housing a useful policy to promote wellbeing?
AHURI, September 2015. Click here.

Turnbull does not mean easy ride for social sector
Pro Bono News, 15 September 2015. Click here.

Tasmanian Government unveils four-year strategy for affordable housing
The Mercury, 24 September 2015. Click here.

Morgan Stanley says Australian housing boom has peaked
Sydney Morning Herald, 22 September 2015. Click here.

Rising rates of homelessness continue to plague the developed world (audio)
ABC RN Breakfast, 16 September 2015. Click here.

Call to make smart, affordable housing top priority of new-look Federal Government
Herald Sun, 23 September 2015. Click here.

Events and Training

National Housing Conference 2015
The National Housing Conference will be taking place in Perth from 28-30 October 2015. Here are the top 5 reasons why you should attend:
  • Network with your peers – more than 700 key decision-makers from all levels of government, not-for-profits, peak industry bodies, and the private sector
  • expand your knowledge through a full program that includes 150 speakers, 40 sessions and 4 site tours
  • help guide the national dialogue on priority housing and homelessness issues
  • critique and workshop new ideas, drive discussion and engage in debate
  • discover examples of best practice from across the country and internationally.
If you still need convincing, click here to see the program and speakers (you can register here also).

Colony 47 Panel Discussions - Anti Poverty Week 2015
Colony 47 will be holding 2 panel discussions, as part of Anti Poverty Week. These are a public exchange of ideas, giving panellists, experts and audience members the chance to discuss and highlight issues of poverty and hardship in Tasmania. Light refreshments are included.

Growing Youth Attainment and Employment in Tasmania
Friday 16th October 2015 from 1.00pm - 2.00pm
Parliament House Reception Room.

Panelists: Minister for State Growth, Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Tas Greens. 
Please RSVP for catering purposes by Monday 12th October to Crystal Morris at or call 6214 1311.

Gender Inequality and its Relationship to Poverty
Thursday 15th October 2015 from 1.00pm - 2.00pm
Parliament House Reception Room.
Panelists: Minister for Human Services, Shadow Minister for Human Services, Leader of the Tas Greens.

Please RSVP for catering purposes by Monday 12th October to Crystal Morris at or call 6214 1311.

RAW Fundraiser with the Gourmet Farmer
Rural Alive and Well (RAW) will host its annual fundraising lunch from 12.00pm to 2.30pm on Friday 23rd October at the upper level of the Main Grandstand, Hobart Showgrounds, Elwick. The Keynote speaker will be Matthew Evans, SBS Gourmet Farmer. Cost is from $50 per person. The ticket includes a two-course meal, wine on arrival, a ticket to win the lucky door prize and the opportunity to bid on auction offers.
For more information or to donate a suitable item for auction or raffle, please contact Kristy Mayne on 6254 1092 or Click here to RSVP.

Other News

Shelter Tas AGM - Save the Date
The Shelter Tas AGM will be held on Friday 20th November 2015 at 3.00pm.
Salamanca Inn - Gladstone Street, Hobart.
Guest speakers will be Human Services Minster Jacquie Petrusma and Dr Cameron Parsell from the University of Queensland.
You are invited to stay for nibbles and drinks after the meeting.
More details to come soon. Please contact the Shelter Office on 6224 5488 for more information.

DSS Settlement Resources Available for Humanitarian Entrants
The Department of Social Services have released resources relating to settlement policies, programs and services available for humanitarian entrants as well as settlement data for 1 July 2014-30 June 2015. Please click on the links below to access these documents.
Anti-Poverty Week 2015
This year, Anti-Poverty week will take place from 11-17 October.
The main aims of Anti-Poverty Week are to strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty; and to encourage research, discussion and action to address these problems.
Poverty and severe hardship affect more than one million Australians, and throughout the world, more than a billion people are desperately poor. Everyone is encouraged to help reduce poverty and hardship by organising an activity during the Week or taking part in an activity organised by others. Go to to organise or advertise your activity, and get resources and information.

Roads to Recovery
As part of Mental Health week 2015, Mental Health Carers Tas and the City of Hobart invite you to join them on Saturday 10 October to celebrate health and wellbeing by walking from the Hobart Regatta Grounds to Parliament House lawns. There will be free activities, entertainment, food and information.
Meet at the Regatta Grounds, the walk will start at 11.00am and activities at Parliament House lawns will begin at 11.30am.

Grant Alert - Small Grants for Rural Communities - Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal
The Small Grants for Rural Communities is a collaborative program supported by various partners, which addresses issues that make a difference to the sustainability of rural, regional and remote communities. Grants of up to $5,000 are available for projects and activities that offer clear public benefit for communities in rural, regional or remote Australia. Priority is given to communities of 10,000 or fewer. The program funds a wide range of projects such as:
  • Repair and maintenance of small to mid-scale community infrastructure, such as public halls and recreation reserves.
  • Providing communications equipment and enhancing infrastructure and systems, especially for emergency services organisations.
  • Community events and capacity building, such as volunteer training, support and development.
Applications can be made by not-for-profit community organisations that have an ABN or Incorporation Certificate. Projects must be for a charitable purpose and benefit the whole community.
Further information and assistance can be obtained either by phoning 1800 170 020 during office hours to discuss your project idea, or by visiting
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