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Shelter TAS - Housing and Homelessness Peak
Shelter TAS eNews
Thursday 15th September 2022

A Message from Shelter Tas CEO

Two good news stories and two reminders

First, Shelter Tas is delighted with the announcement of the expansion of Queens Walk in Hobart, building on one of the success stories of community housing in Tasmania. The development will deliver an additional 65 units - well-located and modern homes that will be managed by valued Shelter Tas member Housing Choices Tasmania.
Second, the Tasmanian Housing Strategy has reached a milestone with the announcement of the consultation on the Discussion Paper for the twenty-year Strategy. 

You can read the Discussion Paper and have your say on housing priorities, initiatives and solutions via this link, and consultation is open until the 21st October 2022.

October is Worksafe month, so make sure you and all your workplace colleagues stay safe and well. Click here for the program of free training sessions for both mental and physical safety and wellbeing. Sessions are available both online and in-person.

And as the season for AGMs and Budget Submissions is upon us, remember to send us your budget ideas to, and please note that the Shelter Tas AGM is on 25th November 2022 - save the date!

Pattie Chugg
Shelter Tas CEO.
Due to the upcoming national public holiday to acknowledge the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, the Shelter Tas office will be closed on Thursday 22nd September and will reopen at 9am on Friday 23rd September 2022.

If you require emergency housing assistance, please call Housing Connect on 1800 800 588 during this time.
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Housing and Homelessness News

SHS Employment Opportunities for Women

On-call Support Worker - Launceston Women's Shelter
The advertised position includes working 7 nights per fortnight from 5:15pm - 8:15pm from own home, responding to phone calls and callouts from the after-hours mobile phone provided. Relief daytime shifts will also be available.

Requirements include a relevant degree or diploma qualification and/or experience as outlined in the selection criteria. A current driver's license, police check, WWVP card and first aid certificates are also essential. For further information and selection criteria, phone 6344 5322 9am - 4pm weekdays or email

Applications addressing the selection criteria must be received by 19th September 2022 to Launceston Women's Shelter has an exemption to recruit and appoint women only.

Family Services Manager - Hobart Women's Shelter
The Family Services Manager will lead the Family Support and Programs Teams and will be responsible for overseeing the delivery of programs and managing the delivery of services to assist women and children accommodated at Hobart Women's Shelter (HWS) in accordance with the Program and Practice Frameworks. The successful applicant will support and contribute to a harmonious and productive working environment.  

The position is 30 hours per week (Monday to Thursday), and HWS has an exemption to recruit and appoint females only. Salary packaging is available, as well as access to pro-rata Long Service Leave after 5 years.
Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Janet Saunders, CEO, Hobart Woman’s Shelter by telephone on (03) 6273 8455 to discuss the requirements of the position before applying.

You can find all the position's details at the HWS website - Applications addressing the selection criteria must be received by Wednesday 21st September 2022.

Casual Relief Support Worker - Launceston Women's Shelter
The advertised position includes working day shifts as relief for the permanent Children’s and Women’s Support workers when they are on leave.

Requirements include a relevant degree or diploma qualification, as outlined in the selection criteria (applications are also open to Social Work students). A current driver's license, police check, WWVP card and first aid certificates are also essential. 

For further information and selection criteria, phone 6344 5322 9am - 4pm weekdays or email

Applications addressing the selection criteria must be received by COB Monday 3rd October 2022 to Launceston Women's Shelter has an exemption to recruit and appoint women only.

2023-23 Budget Consultation

Submissions to the 2023-24 State Budget Consultation are due on 14 October, noting that Treasurer Ferguson has advised that submissions made after that date will still be considered.

Shelter Tas will be making a submission on behalf of the housing and homelessness sector. Please send any suggestions and ideas to  

Parity Magazine Call for Contributions

Parity magazine is the Council to Homeless Persons' national publication, and they are currently seeking contributions for their October edition - Towards a New National Homelessness Strategy.

This edition represents an opportunity to clearly articulate to our new National Government the range of outcomes-focused solutions to homelessness that could be adopted in a National Strategy to end homelessness in Australia.

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 0466 619 582 if you have any questions, and click here for the detailed call for contributions document. Deadline is COB Friday 21 October 2022. 

Film Screening and Fundraiser

HOMESICK Understanding the connection of Homelessness and Mental Health
A safe home supports our mental health. The housing crisis and limited housing affordability has seen an increase in homelessness and mental health issues in the Launceston community. But it doesn't need to be this way. 

Launceston Benevolent Society, the Salvation Army and St Vincent De Paul Society are partnering to host the film Some Happy Day, an Australian film portraying the reality of homelessness and the strain this has on the mental health of those experiencing it.

They will bring together local businesses to share ideas for solutions to this issue. The event includes light refreshments and hearing the real life stories of local people who are currently dealing with mental health and homelessness.

Held on Wednesday 28 September in Launceston, tickets cost $30 and all funds raised will go towards services and support for this cause - it will be a night not to be missed! Get your tickets here. 
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Research, Reports & Articles

Crikey, 15 September 2022
'Unprecedented': Housing crisis gets even worse as affordability plunges
The New Daily, 14 September 2022

Rent is skyrocketing in Australia. Is Airbnb responsible for driving up prices?
The Guardian, 12 September 2022

Filtering as a source of low-income housing in Australia: conceptualisation and testing
AHURI, 15 September 2022
The Guardian, 15 September 2022

Call for more Safe Space shelters in suburban Hobart, as housing crisis worsens and homelessness grows
ABC News, 3 September 2022
AHURI Brief, 13 September 2022

'Worse before it gets better': Renters face stiff competition for homes
Domain, 5 September 2022

'A necessity': housing prices force more Australians into share homes in midlife
The Guardian, 10 September 2022

Will 7-star housing really cost more? It depends, but you can keep costs down in a few simple ways
The Conversation, 9 September 2022
The Conversation, 4 September 2022

How affordable is social housing in Australia? (audio)
ABC RN, 14 September 2022
If your landlord wants to increase your rent, here are your rights
The Conversation, 9 September 2022
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Media Statements

Elise Archer, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice - 13 September 2022
Population strategy success calls for fresh look
Guy Barnett, Minister for State Development, Construction and Housing - 12 September 2022

Have your say on Tasmania's  housing needs as we plan for the future
Guy Barnett, Minister for State Development, Construction and Housing - 8 September 2022
First of a kind development improves housing security for older Tasmanians
Guy Barnett, Minister for State Development, Construction and Housing - 7 September 2022

Significant family violence reforms pass Parliament
Elise Archer, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice - 6 September 2022
Ella Haddad, Shadow Minister for Housing - 5 September 2022

Boost to social housing takes step forward
Guy Barnett, Minister for State Development, Construction and Housing - 5 September 2022
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Training and Events

National Webinar Series: Housing First Principles for Australia

The Brisbane 2032 Olympics and Paralympic Games are ten years away but planning for them has already commenced. Queensland Shelter has delivered a report called Go for Gold, encouraging a comprehensive suite of solutions to housing supply and affordability. A Legacy Learning Series has also been developed to accompany the report.

The next session on 21 September will be on 'liveable higher density social and affordable housing'. The session on 19 October presents the housing legacy and intentional approaches to inclusion in employment through Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Click on the event dates above to find out more.

AHURI Webinar YouTube Playlist

Have you missed any of the AHURI webinar series, or do you want to share a presentation with a colleague? Then visit AHURI's YouTube Research Webinar playlist to find recordings from all their past webinars that you can watch whenever is convenient for you!

Lifeline Training Available

As part of Lifeline's DV-Alert training package, the 1-day DV-Aware workshop offers domestic and family violence response training for frontline workers.

Led by experienced trainers dedicated to reducing violence against women and their children, the DV-Aware interactive workshop provides a safe space to learn, connect, and be empowered to recognise and respond confidently to those in crisis.

Available and FREE to individuals and organisations, go to to enrol in an upcoming session, or email for more information.
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Other News

Essential Community Services Fuel Relief Program

The Tasmanian Government has established the Essential Community Services Fuel Relief Program as a relief package for not-for-profit organisations to help ensure essential support services for Tasmanians in need can continue, uninterrupted.

The total funding pool available for eligible organisations under Round Two of the Program is $135,000; with each eligible organisation able to apply for a maximum of $1,000.

The Program will provide a reimbursement that covers twenty percent of eligible fuel costs for the period from 1 July to 31 October 2022. Under the Program eligible organisations will receive $20 for every $100 spent on fuel costs for Essential Community Services, with a maximum amount of $1,000 available per applicant.

Funding is provided on a first come-first served basis. For further information, please contact Community Grants by email at or phone on 1800 204 224.

Care Finders Tender Information Sessions

Primary Health Tasmania will open a tender for the delivery of the Care Finders Program, which aims to help older people who have significant difficulty accessing aged care services and are at risk of ‘falling through the cracks’.

Care finders will be a new aged care workforce that will connect these older people with the services they need.

Primary Health Tas will be holding information sessions on 21 and 23 September for service providers who may be interested in tendering to deliver services under this program. Click this link to find out more and register for a session.

Anti Poverty Week 2022

Anti-Poverty Week is in its 20th year, and community service organisations are being asked to lend their support around events and initiatives.

If you and your organisation would like to engage with and support Anti-Poverty Week, to be held between 16 and 22 October this year, you can:

  • Sign-up to Anti-Poverty Week newsletters
  • Pledge to halve child poverty
  • Urge all parliamentarians you engage with to commit to halving child poverty by 2030
  • Use the hashtags #EndChildPoverty, #APW22, #AntiPovertyWeek and share relevant content on social media
  • Nominate a direct contact in your organisation to liaise with the Anti-Poverty Week committee, who can join the group of communicators to stay in the loop on Anti-Poverty Week activities. To do so, please email
  • Share your logo with APW so that they can include it on their website and acknowledge your organisation as a supporter.

Read more and get involved via the Anti-Poverty Week 2022 website -

COVID-19 Support and Information

For the most up-to-date COVID-19 information, support and advice, please go to or call the Tasmanian Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.

The Tasmanian coronavirus website also has a number of factsheets available that provide the latest information on the management of COVID-19, such as best practice guidance for high-risk settings, including ‘Homeless and Specialty Housing Services’.

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 2022. 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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Access the new report - Monitoring the Impact of Short-Term Rentals on Tasmanian Housing Markets - commissioned by Shelter Tas and produced by Emeritus Professor Peter Phibbs here.

You can also find our
 2022-23 Budget Submission and 2021 Annual Report via these links.
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