Monday 23rd March 2015
Housing and Homelessness News

Shelter Tas Welcomes NPAH Funding! 
Shelter Tas welcomes the State and Federal Government announcements of continued funding for the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH) for the next 2 years. Today's announcement has generated a number of media statements which explain the situation in detail. You can view some of them below:
 Reprieve for Tasmania's Homelessness Services - Funding to Continue 
 Media release - Shelter Tas. Click here

• Homeless Funding Agreement
 Media release - Minister for Human Services. Click here

• Coalition reverses Labor's funding cuts on homelessness with $230  million commitment prioritising victims of domestic violence
 Media release - Minister for Social Services. Click here

Homelessness services can continue to change lives for another 2 years
  Media release - Homelessness Australia. Click here
• Scott Morrison gives homelessness groups two-year, $230 million funding extension
 ABC. Click here

• Boost for refuge funding with Scott Morrison overturning Labor’s cuts to program for  battered women and kids
 The Mercury. Click here

Funded Housing Peaks Critical to Consultation Process
National Shelter has continued their campaign to stop Federal Government cuts to the voice of vulnerable people in the housing system by appearing before the Senate Economics Committee earlier this month to stress the importance of funded peaks in strong consultation processes. National Shelter, CHFA and Homelessness Australia all face withdrawal of funding as at 30th June this year. Without funded peaks, people who are vulnerable in, or excluded from the housing system will be without a voice in the housing and homelessness policy decisions which have a fundamental impact on their lives. A national day of action is being planned for the 24th March 2015, and hopefully many others in the sector will join them in stressing the importance of peak voices for marginalised people. Please contact Adrian Pisarski for more information: telephone 0417 975 270 or email Click here to read the media release.

Support for Minimal Standards in the Residential Tenancy Act
Shelter Tas and the Tenants’ Union of Tasmania have sent a joint letter to all members of the Legislative Council encouraging them to support the passage of an amendment that would include Minimal Standards in the Residential Tenancy Act. A copy of the letter can be viewed here. If your organisation would also like to express support for these standards, please feel free to adapt or borrow from this letter.  The Parliament of Tasmania website has a full list of members and contact details. Click here to access this list.

Review of the Federation Issues Paper On Housing and Homelessness - Briefing Paper
NSW Federation of Housing Associations have recently released this briefing paper to provide a summary of issues arising from the current Australian Government review of the Australian Federation. The briefing focuses on the Commonwealth Government's Issue Paper 2 on roles and responsibilities in housing and homelessness, released on 11th December 2014, as one of a series of Issues Papers developed to inform the Commonwealth Government's White Paper on the Reform of the Federation. NSW Federation of Housing Associations note that while the paper does not specifically call for stakeholder submissions (this will be part of the Green Paper later in 2015) it is useful to consider the issues and questions posed in the paper in light of the broader housing policy context, including the recent Commonwealth Government’s decision to defund national housing and homelessness peak bodies, and in parallel with the release of the NSW Social Housing Discussion Paper and the Federation’s Growth Strategy for Community Housing in NSW. The full briefing paper can be downloaded via the NSW Federation's website here. 


Factoid of the Week I Sydney's Homeless Figures up by 5%

The Sydney homeless count for February 2015 shows there are 365 people sleeping rough on Sydney's streets, 5% more than last February.
Sydney Morning Herald, 1st March 2015

Media Releases
Voices of housing stressed converge on Canberra for National Day of Action
National Shelter, Monday 23rd March 2015. Click here.

Federal Minister appoints new Chairman to AHURI Board
AHURI, Friday 6th March, 2015. Click here.

Research and Articles

Reform of the Federation - Housing and Homelessness
Pro Bono News (Adrian Pisarski), March 17 2015. Click here.

Strategies of Australia’s leading not-for-profit housing providers: a national study and international comparison
AHURI, February 2015. Click here.

Changes in the private rental system and the effects of long-term private rental
AHURI, February 2015. Click here.

Panel: Housing Affordability
ABC Radio National, Thursday 12th March, 2015. Click here for audio.

We need to talk about super, not just first home buyers
The Conversation, Friday 13th March, 2015. Click here.

New approach to homelessness offers safe haven for 'car sleepers'
ABC News, Friday 6th March, 2015. Click here.

Farm program getting homeless youth off the streets
ABC Radio, Friday 6th March, 2015. Click here.

Social housing visions: what tenants and front-line workers value in social housing
Shelter NSW, January 2015.  Click here for full report.

Rooming house futures: governing for growth, transparency and fairness
Australian Policy Online, Tuesday 10th March, 2015. Click here.

2015 Intergenerational Report: Australia in 2055
The Treasury, Thursday 5th March, 2015. Click here.

Events and Training
National Housing Conference 2015 - Discounted Registration
The National Housing Conference 2015 is offering discounted registration, which has been specifically created to allow more of the sector’s key not-for-profit organisations to attend this year’s conference. If you register now or before Tuesday 31 March 2015, you will help save your organisation $180 on a full registration.
For all other NHC 2015 details, visit

Community of Practice: Not-for-Profit Finance Officers 
Co-ordinated by TasCOSS, this community of practice will focus on peer mentoring and supporting the sharing of up-to-date information in a confidential and safe space.  Members may choose from a menu of relevant topics
to explore and increase their skills and confidence. Sessions commence on Wednesday 25th March.  To register your interest please contact Dale at TasCOSS:

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. Early bird rates apply for bookings before 7th May 2015. 

More Training Units Available Through Shelter Tas
Units of accredited training from the Centre for Training in Social Housing (CTSH) are still available. They are available to Shelter Tas members from the affordable housing and homelessness sector at a subsidised rate of 80%, supported by Skills Tasmania (the employer contribution is just 20% of the total cost). Units can be taken individually, or as part of the Certificate IV in Social Housing. There are only 12 places available in each unit, so enrol now to make sure you don’t miss out on this excellent opportunity. The next units of study are ‘Establish and monitor a case plan’ (starting 23rd March for 5 weeks, via eLearning) and ‘Undertake case management’ on 21st April in Launceston (venue to be confirmed). All course details and enrolment forms can be found on the Shelter Tas website. Please complete and return enrolment forms to you have any questions, please contact Kevin Saide, CTSH Training Manager on (02) 9281 1744 ext 215 or the Shelter Tas office on (03) 6224 5488.   
Other News
Hesta Community Sector Awards
Know someone in the community sector who deserves an award?
Nominations are now open for one of three categories - Unsung Hero, Organisation or Social Impact. For more information or to nominate an individual or organisation
click here. Nominations close Tuesday 31st March.   

My State Foundation Community Foundation Grants
My State Foundation Community Foundation Grants provide grants to eligible not-for-profit organisations working with young Tasmanians to empower them to be able to recognise and use the opportunities presented to them in life.
The Foundation is looking to support organisations that:
  • Benefit as many young Tasmanians as possible
  • Demonstrate that funds will be retained in Tasmania
  • Meet a need within the Tasmanian community
  • Demonstrate a clear business plan and define their key objectives
  • Demonstrate a measurable long-term benefit and achievable goal
Grants usually range from $1000 to $5000 but special consideration may be given to worthwhile projects of up to $10 000.  For further information click here. Applications close Friday 10th April.

Foundation 49: Men's Health Community Grants
Foundation 49: Men’s Health provide non-recurrent grants to community organisations for Australia-wide men’s health awareness activities held in International Men’s Health Week. Grants of up to $2000 are available with successful recipients announced in International Men’s Health Week 9th - 15th June 2015.  Click here for more information. Applications close Friday 22nd May.
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