Tuesday 31st March 2015

Housing and Homelessness News

Shelter Tas Management Committee and staff wish you a safe and happy Easter. The Shelter Tas office will be closed from 5pm Thursday 2nd April - 9.00am Wednesday 8th April 2015.


National Plan to Tackle the Housing Affordability Crisis

A number of peak community and housing groups have called on the Commonwealth Government to work with them in developing a national housing strategy to address the worsening housing affordability crisis in Australia.
The groups, including  National Shelter, Homelessness Australia, the Community Housing Federation of Australia, Australian Council of Social Services, and the National Association of Tenant Organisations released ‘An Affordable Housing Reform Agenda’ during a national day of action on 24th March 2015. The strategy outlines reform priorities to achieve an efficient and affordable housing system that strengthens productivity and participation.
Priorities include:
  • Reforming the tax treatment of housing to remove distortions and improve affordability
  • Public and private investment in new affordable housing stock to address the shortfall in affordable housing stock
  • Reform of urban planning, land and building regulation to retain, promote and create affordable housing      
  • Increasing the maximum rate and improving indexation of Commonwealth Rent Assistance to relieve rental stress
  • Reforming tenancy protections to provide more security for renters; and
  • Adequate and consistent funding for homelessness services to ensure we meet our goal of halving homelessness by 2020.
Downloads of the full paper and a summary can be accessed via the ACOSS website using the links below:
Summary - An Affordable Housing Reform Agenda
Full Paper - An Affordable Housing Reform Agenda

ALP Discussion Paper on Housing Affordability
The ALP has released their discussion paper on housing affordabilty and are seeking submissions, with a closing date of 1st May 2015. Labor's Housing Affordability Strategy Discussion Paper can be accessed at here and submissions can be emailed to

Shelter WA - Reform of the Federation

Shelter WA's Senior Research and Policy Officer, Shae Garwood, gives her Reflections on the Reform of the Federation following Shelter WA's participation in the roundtable discussion, on 18th February 2015, which formed part of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet's consultation on the Reform of the Federation Housing and Homelessness Issue Paper. 

Donations to Shelters

Shelter Tas would like to acknowledge and thank two local companies for their recent generous donations. Hadleys Hotel has donated a number of pillows, and Beauty and the Bees continues to provide soap and shampoo bars. These items are being distributed to SHS services across the State.

A Little Easter Treat

No, it's not chocolate, but we thought you might like a little something to start off the holiday mood

Factoid of the Week I Domestic and Family Violence

Nearly a quarter of the 244,000 people who sought assistance from a homelessness service in 2012-13 did so because of domestic and family violence.
Homelessness Australia, 'Mythbusting Our Homeless - why they're not who you think they are'. 2014.

Media Releases

Tasmanian Government Action Secures Legal Assistance Sector Funding

Attorney-General, Thursday 26th March 2015. Click here.

Research and Articles

Feds Renew Homelessness Program Funding

Pro Bono News, 23 March 2015. Click here.

Public stock transfers to community housing the best option for a sustainable and financially supportable housing system

AHURI, February 2015. Click here.

Australian suburban house building

AHURI, February 2015. Click here.

NFP Affordable Housing Reform Agenda Released

Pro Bono News, 24 March 2015. Click here.

Rooming house families

ABC Lateline, 17 March 2015. Click here.

Scott Morrison says he's found funding in the budget for homelessness

ABC AM, 23 March 2015. Click here.

Events and Training

CHFV Conference 2015 - View to a Room: Planning the Future of Community Housing

This one-day program, to be held on Thursday 21st May 2015 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, offers the best view to the future of social housing delivery in Victoria. The program will present an exciting mix of content including political and academic perspectives as well as practical viewpoints to challenge your thinking and expand your knowledge. Martin Foley, Minister for Housing, Disability & Ageing, will deliver his first major speech on his vision for social housing under a Labor Government. To register click here, or download the program. Early bird rates apply for bookings before 7th May 2015. 

Other News

City of Hobart Volunteer Recognition and Best Practice Awards

The City of Hobart invites all community organisations that operate in the Hobart municipal area to nominate for a Volunteer Recognition Award. Two volunteers from each nominated community organisation are invited to a Volunteer Recognition Reception to receive an award on behalf of all volunteers in their organisation. All organisations co-ordinating voluntary work within the Hobart municipal area are also invited to nominate for the Award for Best Practice in Volunteer Management. This award recognises best practice in the co-ordination, training, support and recognition of volunteers, in the following categories:
  • organisations with less than 20 volunteers
  • organisations with 20 volunteers and more
  • corporate volunteering programs
  • community events.
For more information visit the City of Hobart website or phone Joel Winter 6238 2413.

The City of Hobart - Community and Cultural Grants

The City of Hobart is offering a one-off round of small grants up to a maximum of $3,000 for community and cultural activities which:
  • occur between June and November 2015; and
  • are undertaken or offered within the Hobart municipal area.
Incorporated, not-for-profit organisations or auspiced individuals or groups that are not incorporated are eligible to apply.
Projects will be assessed in terms of their capacity to:
  • align with the City's Creative Hobart Strategy or Social Inclusion Strategy
  • respond to demonstrated aspirations, needs or concerns of the community
  • enhance opportunities for equity and access
  • produce innovative, quality outcomes that benefit the community
  • demonstrate wide community support.
Grant Applications open to public: 25 March – 15 April 2015. For more information please visit the City of Hobart website at:
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