Friday 18th December 2015
Shelter Tas Management Committee and staff would like to thank members for all your support in 2015, and look forward to working with you in the coming year. We wish you a happy and restful festive season and every success in 2016.

The Shelter Tas office will be closed from COB Wednesday 23rd December - 9.00am Monday 18th January 2016.

Housing and Homelessness News

Shelter Tas Budget Submission 2016 - 2017
Shelter Tas made our annual Submission to the State Government Budget Process 2016-2017. Thanks to Shelter members for their input. The Budget Submission acknowledged this year's release of the Tasmanian Affordable Housing Strategy 2015-25 and Action Plan 2015-19. Some of the key recommendations from the Budget Submission calls are:
   - Adequate recurrent funding for the Affordable Housing Strategy Action Plan
    - Continuation of the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness
    - Transitional and emergency accommodation for dads and kids in the North West of the State
    - Funding for a consumer engagement strategy for people with lived experience of homelessness
    - Funding for a tenancy tribunal.
Click here for a copy of the Shelter Tas Budget Submission 2016-2017

Other Resources from Shelter Tas
A reminder that you can find the following useful documents on the Shelter Tas website:
    - Shelter Tas' 2015 Annual Report
    - Dr Cameron Parsell's presentation notes from the 20115 AGM
    - Rental Affordability Index report and related media from National Shelter and Shelter Tas. 

Report - Specialist Homelessness Services 2014-15
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released its annual report on the use of Specialist Homelessness Services that provide data to the Specialist Homelessness Information Platform (SHIP).
The longer report provides an overview of the number of people supported by specialist homelessness services in 2014/15, their demographics, their support needs and the extent to which these were able to be met.
State and Territory level data is provided in supplementary tables that are separate to the larger report.

To read the national report, please click here.
To download the supplementary tables, please click here.

Homelessness Australia
Homelessness Australia (HA) recently notified its members that it is preparing to decommission the HA office and continue as an unfunded peak body, through the work of its three founding councils (Women's Services Network, Council for Homeless Persons Australia and National Youth Coalition for Housing). The decision to decommission the office is a response to the Federal Government's defunding of the organisation, as the federal grant ceased on 1st July 2015, HA is no longer able to operate its staffing and infrastructure. Shelter Tas thanks Glenda and the HA staff for their support and collaboration over the years and wishes them the very best in the future.
Go to the 'Research and Articles' section of the eNews to read HA CEO Glenda Stevens' opinion piece, 'Are homelessness services essential services?'.

Young Australian of the Year Awards
Congratulations to Zac Lockhart, who has been named the 2016 Tasmanian Young Australian of the Year and is a finalist in the national awards, to be announced in January 2016 in Canberra. Following his personal experience of homelessness, Zac is now working to promote a positive message and reduce the stigma associated with homelessness and is an ambassador for young people in Tasmania who are experiencing homelessness or mental health issues. Some of you may know Zac through his involvement with the Tasmanian Youth Housing and Homelessness Group. Congratulations Zac! 
Factoid of the Week

2.35 million Australians have been homeless in their lifetime.

RMIT University

Media Releases

Affordable housing at Macquarie Point, yes please! (Shelter Tas)
Shelter Tas, 14 December 2015. Click here.

Reprofiling public housing stock a key plank of our Affordable Housing Strategy
Minister for Human Services, 15 December 2015. Click here.

Research and Articles

Making space for all Tasmanians (Shelter Tas)
Talking Point, The Mercury, 2 December 2015. Click here.

Homelessness peak prepares to close its doors
Pro Bono News, 15 December 2015. Click here.

Are homeless services essential services?
Opinion, Pro Bono News, 15 December 2015. Click here

Tasmania has third highest rate of homelessness in Australia, report finds
ABC, 11 December 2015. Click here.

Homelessness amongst Australians on the rise: report (audio) 
ABC AM, 11 December 2015. Click here.

The cost effectiveness of sustaining tenancies of formerly homeless clients with high needs
AHURI, November 2015. Click here.

Housing decisions of Older Australians
Productivity Commission, 1 December 2015. Click here.

Thousands of Australians still turned away from homeless services
The Guardian, 11 December 2015. Click here.

Domestic and family violence and homelessness 2011-12 to 2013-14
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare web report, 8 December 2015. Click here.

How do we create liveable cities? First, we must work out the key ingredients
The Conversation, 7 December 2015. Click here.

How are leading not-for-profit housing providers adapting their organisations to new challenges?
AHURI, November 2015. Click here.

Tasmanian Auditor General to conduct Common Ground housing probe
The Mercury, 27 November 2015. Click here.

Common Ground head welcomes audit of housing project
The Mercury, 28 November 2015. Click here.

Events and Training

National Housing Conference 2015 - Conference Downloads
The National Housing Conference was held in Perth from 28-30 October 2015 and all
 speaker presentation slides are now available. In addition, video recordings from plenary sessions are available to view on the website. This includes keynote addresses from Hon Christian Porter MP, Dr David Paul Rosen and Professor Gavin Wood. You can also watch the closing Q&A session with Tony Jones or view the performances by Merindas and Static Crew. 

SDOH Bridges out of Poverty Workshops
As part of the Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) capacity building project, Primary Health Tasmania has announced two Bridges out of Poverty workshops - 9 &16 March 2016 in Brighton and 18 & 25 May 2016 in Launceston.
The two day workshops will facilitate understanding of the challenges faced by poverty and how it shapes the interactions and experiences of a person's everyday life, and includes strategies for changing program design, policies and procedures to improve outcomes for all.
For more information, please contact Jackie Grimsey on 6425 8500, or visit

Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Council 2016 Conference
The Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Council (ATDC) will hold their 2016 conference on the 12th and 13th May 2016. Please save the following dates:
    - Register before 20 December 2015 to go into the draw to win a $100 Myer voucher
    - Submit abstracts before 5 January 2016 to go into the draw to win a FREE conference registration.
A 'program at a glance' is now available for download here.

Other News

Tasmania Report 2015
Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has partnered with TasCOSS and Saul Eslake to produce the Tasmania Report, released recently. The Report combines social and economic indicators to promote a broader and deeper understanding of Tasmania’s strengths and weaknesses. The Report’s purpose is to inform community and government goals, seeking to improve the well being of all Tasmanians. 
Click here to read the full report.

Seize the Day Awards Scholarships 2016
Cancer Council Tasmania is offering a total of $30,000 in post-secondary education/training scholarships for young Tasmanians whose lives have been affected by cancer directly, or through an immediate family member. 
The awards are part of the cancer+ program that supports families of children, adolescents and young adults with cancer, survivors of childhood cancer and the professionals who care for them.
Applicants must be 16-25 years of age, have had a diagnosis of cancer or been affected by cancer through an immediate family member (sibling, parent/guardian, spouse or child). Additional criteria also apply.
Contact Karen Rogers for more information and application forms on 6212 5716 or Applications close 5 January 2016.

New Website for Mental Health Consumers is a new website created by and for Australian mental health consumers. Registration is free and only available to people who identify as mental health consumers or similar and provides the opportunity for members to have a say in discussion forums, vote on decisions, contribute to the diversity, strength and influence of membership, connect with other consumers across the country and join a collective voice for change. Go to the website to find out more.
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