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Shelter TAS - Housing and Homelessness Peak
Shelter TAS eNews
Wednesday 15th June 2022

A Message from Shelter Tas CEO

Consultation on new Housing Tasmania Statutory Body
Shelter Tas is very busy this week engaging with our Policy Committee and the wider housing and homelessness sector, including our national network of experts, in response to draft legislation released on 7 June to establish the new Housing Authority. The new body will be responsible for Tasmania’s housing and homelessness services. You can read the draft legislation here
This is a very significant change and will affect all our member services, as well as all Tasmanians who need assistance with housing and support. Establishing the new housing authority will be the cornerstone of the Tasmanian Government’s 10-year $1.5 billion housing package to deliver 10 000 new homes by 2032.

Shelter Tas hopes this new structure will contribute substantially to boosting the supply of social housing from the current level of 6.2% to 10% of all dwellings, to ensure all Tasmanians have the safe and affordable home they need, and will build on the current services and support for people experiencing and at risk of homelessness.

As the Peak Body for Tasmania’s Housing and Homelessness sector, Shelter Tas will be providing a submission to this consultation and we encourage everyone to read the legislation and have your say. For further information on Shelter Tas priorities, please contact
Submissions are due on Tuesday 5 July 2022.

Pattie Chugg
Shelter Tas CEO. 
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Housing and Homelessness News

National Rental Affordability Scheme

As some of you would have seen in Saturday’s Mercury newspaper, Shelter Tas remains concerned about the ending of the National Rental Affordability Scheme, known as NRAS. NRAS provided ten years of security for tenants, but as this comes to an end, we see disruption and hardship for people who cannot afford Tasmania’s tight and competitive rental market.

For many years, in our Budget Submissions, meetings and other forums Shelter Tas has been advocating for the necessary long-term solutions and for an effective response for tenants living securely in NRAS properties.

The expiry of NRAS clearly demonstrates the need to invest in the homes people need for every year of their lives, not just for two years or ten years. Long-term solutions really are best for our community, and provide the best return on public investment. Shelter Tas' Talking Point article can be read here with a Mercury subscription, or click here to read our original submission as a PDF.

New AIHW Homelessness Data

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) Specialist Homelessness Services Collection commenced on 1 July 2011. This longitudinal data includes information about clients receiving homelessness services support from over 1,700 homelessness service agencies on a monthly basis.

The data is analysed to examine service usage patterns and demographics for specific cohorts, and you can find more information and the latest data at the AIHW website.

Parity Magazine Call for Contributions

Parity magazine is the Council to Homeless Persons' national publication, and they are currently seeking contributions for their July and August editions.

July 2022 - Pregnancy and Homelessness: For the first time, Parity will focus on pregnant women without a home, in an effort to produce social changes that deliver a new approach to lifting women and their babies out of a cycle of adversity and deprivation. Deadline is 17 June.

August 2022 - The Future of South Australian Homelessness and Domestic and Family Violence Services: South Australia has a history of leading the development of homelessness frameworks and service responses that influence policy and practice across the country. Thie edition of Parity offers an opportunity for all involved to discuss the issues that have arisen in the and to point to the future directions for "The South Australian Alliance" model and system. Deadline is 5 August 2022. 

All contributions should be submitted as Word documents to Contributions can be up to 1,600 words (double page spread) or 800 words for a single page article. Please contact Parity Editor Noel Murray at or ring (03) 8415 6200 if you have any questions, and click here for detailed call for contributions documents for each edition.
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Research, Reports & Articles

ABC News, 14 June 2022

Brisbane council to hike rates on short-stay rental properties
Brisbane Times, 15 June 2022

Short-term rentals, long-term anguish for Australian towns struggling to find homes for locals
The Guardian, 11 June 2022
ABC News, 4 June 2022

'Incredible struggle': Supply of rental homes halves in two years
Sydney Morning Herald, 6 June 2022
The Guardian, 10 June 2022
The Age, 7 June 2022
50 Lives 50 Homes Program final evaluation, 2022
Single, female and nowhere to go: inside Australia's invisible homeless crisis
Marie Claire, 8 June 2022
The Guardian, 9 June 2022
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Media Statements

New facility to boost young people's access to education and accommodation
Guy Barnett, Minister for State Development, Construction and Housing - 14 June 2022
Ella Haddad, Shadow Minister for Housing - 14 June 2022

Supporting pet owners fleeing family violence
Jacquie Petrusma, Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence - 8 June 2022
Ella Haddad, Shadow Minister for Housing - 7 June 2022
Public invited to have their say on draft Housing Authority legislation
Guy Barnett, Minister for State Development, Construction and Housing - 7 June 2022

Bolstering partnerships to support vulnerable jobseekers
Roger Jaensch, Minister for Skills, Training and Workforce Growth - 8 June 2022
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Training and Events

National Homelessness Conference 2022

AHURI, in partnership with Homelessness Australia, will convene the National Homelessness Conference 2022 as a hybrid event this year -  held simultaneously in Canberra and online.

The conference program is now available and outlines all conference sessions across the three days. Some of the key topics include:

  • Are COVID responses the building blocks for a national plan to end homelessness
  • Closing the gap on housing outcomes for indigenous Australians
  • Is the climate crisis an impending homelessness crisis?
  • Unhoused - a game changing media campaign?
There will also be opportunities for in-depth coverage of issues being faced by homelessness service providers including workforce capacity, homelessness in regional Australia, implementation of Housing First, embedding lived experience voices in homeless responses, child protection and many more.


Mon 8 - Wed 10 August 2022


National Convention Centre, Canberra + online


In-person: ranging from $340-$910 (early bird: $430-795)
Virtual: ranging from $200-$500 (early bird: $220-$400


Click here to complete your in-person or virtual registration, to access the program and to find out more. 

Funded Places in Cert IV in Training and Assessment Available

TasCOSS, funded by the Department of State Growth, are offering places in Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40116). This qualification will develop the skills and knowledge needed to understand the VET sector, design learning to meet the needs of learners and enterprises, deliver training and plan and conduct assessments. It will also help ensure the community services industry has the skilled workforce it needs.

To find out more about this exciting training opportunity, please attend one of the online information sessions that will run from 30 May—3 June 2022, and EOIs will close on 17 June 2022.

For more information and to register to attend an information session, go to the TasCOSS website.

Lifeline Tas Training Courses

Lifeline's Training & Support team delivers a wide range of training courses to corporate businesses and community groups across Tasmania.

Offering a range of sessions including DV-Alert training, Suicide Intervention Skills and Mental Health First Aid, as well as customised training solutions - you can contact the team at, call 1300 003 313 or go to the Lifeline Tas website for more information.
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Other News

Support for Pet Owners Leaving Family Violence

A reminder that the RSPCA runs the ‘Safe Beds’ program, which provides emergency boarding for pets of families leaving domestic violence. The Safe Beds program is not a long-term solution to the housing of the pet, but it gives people fleeing domestic violence situations peace of mind and allows them to secure their own safety and make arrangements for the future.

In most cases, these animals are referred to the RSPCA from a domestic violence counselling service. For more information email, contact RSPCA through the website or phone (03) 6709 8100.

The Tasmanian Government’s Flexible Support Packages can also assist with interim care and support for pets. The program provides up to $6,000 for victim-survivors of family violence for practical supports to enhance safety and wellbeing when leaving an abusive relationship. Click here to find out more about Flexible Support Packages, or email the Safe at Home Coordination Unit at

Relationships Aust. Reconnect Program

Reconnect services provide counselling, group work, mediation, and practical support to the whole family, to help break the cycle of homelessness. This service is for young people aged 12-18 in the north of Tasmania.
The Reconnect practitioners are committed to providing early intervention support for youth and their families, to stabilise their housing situation and improve their level of engagement with family, education, training, employment, and local community.

Outreach services are provided to Launceston and surrounds, as far as St Helens, Campbell Town, Deloraine, Georgetown, Bridport, Scottsdale, and Flinders Island; and Reconnect can also provide schools and youth organisations with the Lovebites respectful relationships program, as well as targeted group work to promote self-care and positive mental health (or identified needs within your school or organisation).
For more information, email, call 1300 364 277 or go to the Reconnect page on the Relationships Aust. website.

SCHCADS Industry Award

The Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services (SCHCADS) Industry Award 2010 updated pay table sets out the rates of pay and allowances that apply from the first full pay period commencing on or after 1 July 2021. Provided by Jobs Australia, via TasCOSS.

View the latest SCHCADS Industry Award 2010 pay tables here
View the SCHCADS Industry Award 2010 here 
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Find our 2022-23 Budget Submission and 2021 Annual Report here.
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