Tuesday 2nd June 2015

Housing and Homelessness News

State Budget 2015
The Treasurer, Hon Peter Gutwein MP, handed down the Tasmanian State Budget on Thursday 28th May 2015.  The following housing and homelessness information was presented:

1. Investing in affordable, safe and sustainable housing for Tasmanians

The State Government has committed a total of $22.96 million for the Housing Tasmania Capital Program in 2015-16. The following major projects are planned:

  • $3.3 million is allocated to complete construction of the Trinity Hill Youth Accommodation and Training facility in the South. This follows from the $7.2 million spent in 2014-15.
  • $1.5 million will be spent in 2015-16 on developing a new youth accommodation facility in the North West. A total of more than $7.5 million is committed to this project, including the allocation from the 2014-15 Budget.
  • $1.3 million will be spent on the upgrade of 13 neighbourhood houses across the State.
  • $1.8 million will support capital projects under the Affordable Housing Strategy.
  • $3.4 million will be spent on increasing the supply of new homes.
  • $7.5 million will be paid to the Australian Government for the repayment of principal on outstanding Commonwealth State Housing Agreement loans.
  • $0.9 million will provide ongoing funding for the National Rental Affordability Scheme.

This program translates to 630 new affordable homes across Tasmania. In 2015-16:

  • 550 new, affordable homes are expected to be built in Tasmania under the National Rental Affordability Scheme.
  • Trinity Hill Youth Accommodation will open providing 46 units for young people.
  • Housing Tasmania will build six new adaptable homes for people living with disability.
  • Housing Tasmania will deliver 15 residential lots on the old Somerset Primary School site.
  • 16 dwellings will be built by Community Housing Organisations under the Better Housing Futures initiative.
For more details on housing services, budget initiatives and priorities, click here.
Shelter Tas congratulates the State Government on its investment in a North West youth facility (see media release below) and will work with its members to fully understand the implications of the budget and provide analysis in the coming weeks. For full details of the State Budget click here.

News Flash - Residential Tenancy Amendment Bill 2014 passed
The Residential Tenancy Amendment Bill 2014 (that includes minimal standards) was passed by the Legislative Council on the 28th May 2015. This is great news and we will provide further details once to hand. 

Report released on inquiry into affordable housing
The Senate Inquiry into Affordable Housing has released its final report. The Committee have recommended that the “Australian Government reinstate funding for the peak bodies that represent and provide advice on homelessness, community housing and housing and tenancy policy” (rec 32). To watch a video of Senator Scott Ludlam’s response to the report click here.
Factoid of the Week I Demand for housing assistance 

Between 2007-08 and 2013-14, the number of public housing households fell from 331,000 to 317,000, while mainstream community housing households rose from 36,000 to 67,000.

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2015

Media Releases

State Budget announces North West youth accommodation
Shelter Tas, Thursday 28 May 2015. Click here

Tax concessions key driver of housing price inflation
National Shelter and ACOSS, Tuesday 2 June 2015. Click here.

Labor's Budget reply looks to the future with innovation
Tasmanian Labor, Tuesday 2 June 2015. Click here.

Greens Budget Alternative for those the liberals forgot
Tasmanian Greens, Monday 1 June 2015. Click here.

Tas Youth Housing and Homelessness Group welcomes youth facility in North West
Tas Youth Housing and Homelessness Group, Thursday 28 May 2015. Click here.

Call to invest in affordable housing
Shelter Tas, Wednesday 27 May 2015. Click here.

Victims of Crime given a voice on Parole Board
Attorney-General, Wednesday 27 May 2015. Click here.
A safe roof essential to recovery from family violence
Shelter TAS, Tuesday 26 May 2015. Click here.

Family Violence
Premier, Monday 25 May 2015. Click here.

Proposals sought to deliver new drug and alcohol rehabilitation beds
Minister for Health, Saturday 23 May 2015. Click here.

Supporting Vulnerable Tasmanians
Premier, Thursday 21 May 2015. Click here.

$3 million to secure North West Coast jobs
Premier & Deputy Premier, Tuesday 19 May 2015. Click here.

Research and Articles

Demand for housing assistance grows; more seeking rent assistance and social housing waiting lists remain long
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 29 May 2015. Click here.

Without affordable housing, we won’t have a society worth living in
The Conversation, 28 May 2015. Click here.

High Rate of Homelessness Among ex-Prisoners
Pro Bono News, 28 May 2015. Click here.

NW youth housing support welcomed
The Advocate, 28 May 2015. Click here.

Marginalised Living on $18 a Day - Salvos
Pro Bono News, 27 May 2015. Click here.

Australian demographic trends and their implications for housing subsidies
AHURI, May 2015. Click here.

Identifying effective arrangements for managing remote Aboriginal tenancies
AHURI, May 2015. Click here.

Advisory Panel to Reduce Violence Against Women Named
Pro Bono News, 19 May 2015. Click here.

Events and Training

Practice, Service, System & Community Transformation Conference 2015 - REMINDER TO REGISTER!
Partners in Recovery Tasmania invite all people living with mental illness, families and friends, community members who care, community groups, service providers (from across a range of service responses including disability, housing, alcohol and drug), policy makers and others to attend their 2015 conference to be held on Monday 15th June - Wednesday 17th June at the Tailrace Centre in Riverside, Launceston. The conference will provide an opportunity for people from all walks of life and support areas with broad experiences to come together to consider and contribute to ‘how we can be the best we can be’. Together we will be responding to the needs of, and building capacity with people with mental illness, families, services and communities. Click here to register. Attendance is free.

Lifeline DV-alert (Domestic Violence Response Training) 
DV-alert is Lifeline's accredited training program that aims to build the knowledge and capacity of community frontline workers to provide appropriate support to women and children experiencing violence. A two-day workshop will be held on Thursday 23rd July and Friday 24th July from 9am - 5pm at The Old Woolstore, 1 Macquarie St, Hobart. Training is free for  health, allied health and community frontline workers and some participant expenses may also be covered. For more information visit

Vinnies CEO Sleepout
The annual Vinnies CEO Sleepout will be held on Thursday 18th June at Aurora Stadium, Launceston. Go to to register or to make a donation.

National Housing Conference 2015
The National Housing Conference 2015 will be held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre from Wednesday 28th October - Friday 30th October. The program is continuing to take shape with a number of new speakers announced. For more information visit the website

Homelessness Prevention Week 2015 - Step Up
Homelessness Prevention Week (HPW) will be held from Monday 3rd August - Sunday 9th August. How will you 'Step Up' to end homelessness in Australia?
  • Raise community awareness and understanding of homelessness?
  • increase community connections for those who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness?
  • recognise the individuals and groups who help those experiencing, or at risk of homelessness?
  • increase community understanding and connections for those working in the homelessness sector?
Please have a think about how you can engage with your community and how you can 'Step Up'.
To download the sponsorship package click here, or for more information email If you are holding an event for HPW, please let Shelter Tas know so we can promote it in the eNews.

Other News

Tasmanian Community Achievement Awards
Nominations are open for The 2015 Tasmanian Community Achievement Awards. Categories include:

  • Sustainability
  • Health Achievement
  • Agriculture
  • Outstanding Achiever
  • Innovation in Safety
  • Community Group of the Year
  • Environment
  • Disability Achievement
Click here to recognise an individual, organisation or group that is making a difference in your local community and State. Nominations close on Friday 21st August 2015 with finalists and category winners announced on Friday 4th December 2015.

The National Dental Foundation (NDF) Dental Rescue Days
NDF Tasmania offers basic dental treatment to people genuinely in need of dental care at no cost to the patient. The aim of the program is to assist clients to access dental health services by providing care co-ordination with volunteer practices and dentists.  Volunteer dentists and support staff donate their time and skills to provide treatment at no cost to clients. The NDF are currently looking to expand their 'Dental Rescue Days' across Tasmania and charitable organisations are aksed to refer clients who will benefit from a positive dental intervention. For more information visit the NDF website
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