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Shelter TAS - Housing and Homelessness Peak
Shelter TAS eNews
Wednesday 26th October 2022

1M New Homes: Positive News from 2022 Federal Budget

Yesterday's Federal Budget announcement has shown national leadership with a major housing package - an important step towards addressing Australia's rental housing crisis. This includes a new National Housing Accord, which will include a target of building 1 million well-located and energy-efficient homes within 5 years, starting from 2024. This announcement has been met with a positive response from our national housing and homelessness colleagues.

We hope that the National Housing Accord will be a game-changing agreement between all governments, investors and the construction sector. The Commonwealth will contribute $350M over five years to support 10,000 homes, matched by a commitment of 10,000 affordable homes from the states and territories.

Shelter Tas welcomes this news of the Housing Accord, which is a great start towards improved housing outcomes for Australians in desperate need of quality, affordable housing, and we look forward to seeing a significant increase in the number of social houses integrated across all communities. These announcements are a much-needed long-term plan, but it is still concerning that Australia's first 'wellbeing budget' has not increased Commonwealth Rent Assistance, to help alleviate those currently facing housing stress and hardship.

We look forward to receiving more details on the type and location of this new housing, and working with our national peaks in the planning and implementation of these announcements. You can read the budget responses from our national colleagues, Community Housing Industry Association, Everybody's Home and National Shelter.
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Other Housing and Homelessness News

Shelter Tas AGM - Save the Date!

The Shelter Tas AGM will be held on Friday 25th November 2022 at the Salamanca Inn - 10 Gladstone St, Hobart, from 3:30pm to 4:30pm.

There will be two guest speakers on the day:
  • The Hon Guy Barnett MP, Minister for Housing, will speak about affordable housing and homelessness responses in Tasmania; and
  • Professor Peter Phibbs will discuss his research project 'Monitoring the Impact of Short Term Rentals on Tasmanian Housing Markets', and the latest findings for regional Tasmania.

There will be light refreshments to follow the meeting, please RSVP by Friday 18 November to Helen at or call 6224 5488. All welcome!

National Social Housing Survey

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has released the findings of the 2021 National Social Housing Survey.

The survey of almost 9,000 social housing tenants looks at the experiences of tenants in public housing, community housing, and state-owned and managed Indigenous housing (SOMIH) across a range of indicators. These include tenant satisfaction with services, maintenance, amenities, and location of their home.

High level findings include:
  • Almost three-quarters (73%) of social housing tenants across Australia were satisfied with the services provided by their housing organisation in 2021, similar to results from the 2018 survey.
  • Nationally, tenants in community housing had a higher satisfaction rate (76%) than public housing (72%) and SOMIH (65%) in 2021. 
  • In 2021, around 81% of tenants reported benefits across all life domains – economic, social and health.
  • Most social housing tenants reported satisfaction with emergency repairs (75%), but satisfaction with day-to-day maintenance was lower at 67%.
(via National Shelter).

Housing Dashboard Update - August 2022

The August 2022 Housing Dashboard is currently available at the Communities Tas website.

There are 4,455 households waiting for social housing - an increase of 36 from 4,419 in July.

The time for priority applicants to be housed has decreased to 73.6 weeks (monthly figure as of August 2022) from 89.8 in July, and the rolling 12 month average waiting time is 71.2 weeks.

Parity Magazine November Edition

Parity magazine is the Council to Homeless Persons' national publication, and they are currently seeking contributions for their November edition - The Role of Information Technology in Responding to Homelessness.

This edition will examine two main themes in the role and function of new information technologies in the response to homelessness: first, the role of IT in better understanding homelessness; and second, the role of IT in the lives of people experiencing homelessness.

All contributions should be submitted as Word documents to Please contact Parity Editor Noel Murray at or ring 0466 619 582 if you have any questions, and you can read the call for contributions hereDeadline for submissions is COB Friday 11 November 2022. 
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Research, Reports & Articles

The Mercury, 12 October 2022

The market has failed to give Australians affordable housing, so don't expect it to solve the crisis
The Conversation, 14 October 2022
Housing scheme to help most vulnerable deserves long-term support
The Age, 9 October 2022

Grim warning to Aussie renters as record rise set to increase
The Australian, 5 October 2022

Vulnerable women and children waiting longer than ever for housing
The Age, 2 October 2022

Hobart rents tip scales at $500 per week, 6 October 2022

Private sector involvement in social and affordable housing
AHURI, 13 October 2022

The impact of the pandemic on the Australian rental sector
AHURI, 20 October 2022
ABC RN, 3 October 2022
Pro Bono Australia, 14 October 2022
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Media Statements

Guy Barnett, Minister for State Development, Construction and Housing - 26 October 2022

Liberals' "fast-track" Huntingfield housing process stalls
Ella Haddad, Shadow Minister for Housing - 19 October 2022

Rent stress confirms need for Liberals,Labor to support Greens' Bill
Cassy O'Connor, Greens Leader and Housing spokesperson - 13 October 2022

Rental crisis requires urgent action
Ella Haddad, Shadow Minister for Housing - 13 October 2022

More action to help Tasmania's young people avoid homelessness
Guy Barnett, Minister for State Development, Construction and Housing - 10 October 2022

Next step in delivering programs for young people with complex needs
Roger Jaensch, Minister for Education, Children and Youth - 8 October 2022
Innovative housing solution to help Tasmanians into homes faster
Guy Barnett, Minister for State Development, Construction and Housing - 8 October 2022
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Other News

Survey from Centre for Action on Child Abuse

This survey aims to inform the National Centre for Action on Child Sexual Abuse's understanding of the learning, training and development priorities for practitioners and organisations who work with children, young people or adults who have experienced or been impacted by child sexual abuse and harmful sexual behaviours.
It is designed to be completed by anyone who directly provides services and supports to children, young people or adults, extending to those who have a responsibility for protecting children and young people from harm.
The information gained through the survey will inform the development of learning and development activities and opportunities offered by the National Centre. It takes roughly 10 minutes to complete and closes Friday, 4 November 2022You can find the survey link here.

Pharmacist After Hours Advice Line

The Pharmacist After Hours Advice line - 1300 742 769 - is a new service, supported by the Tasmanian Government.

It is FREE for all Tasmanians and operates from 6pm to Midnight, 7 days a week.
Registered and experienced Pharmacists provide support, referral and a follow-up service if required.

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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