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Shelter TAS - Housing and Homelessness Peak
Shelter TAS eNews
Friday 12th August 2022

A Message from Shelter Tas CEO

Thanks everyone for all the work you have done throughout Homelessness Week 2022 to raise awareness of the impact of homelessness in Australia, with a focus on Tasmania, and the importance of affordable and safe housing for all.

We hope one day, we will not need to dedicate a week to homelessness in Australia! But that day is still a long way off.

The Tasmanian theme for Homelessness Week 2022 has been Housing Ends Homelessness, and Shelter Tas and all our members will keep working throughout the year ahead to assist people experiencing housing stress and homelessness, and advocating for the solutions that will make experiences of homelessness rare, brief and non-recurring.
Photos top left to bottom right: Wintringham morning tea, purple lights at Burnie Council, decorated houses at Hobart City Mission Safe Night Space open day, YFCC luncheon.  
This year there were even more events than previously, with so many showing impressive innovation and imagination. Some of the great events held across the state this year were: services hosting open days, students making houses to illustrate what home means to them, film screenings, the launch of a new knitting group to make blankets for donation, local landmarks illuminated in purple (the colour of homelessness awareness), displays, an awareness-raising walk, plus breakfasts, barbecues and morning teas with everyone participating - from clients, residents, people with lived experience and workers to state and federal Ministers!

The big system change we need to see is a boost to the level of social housing, where rents are based on household income, so people can live securely in a home that stays stable and affordable in the long term. We welcome the State Government’s commitment to build 1,000 homes each year for 10 years, as a great start to meeting the housing need across the state.
Photos top left to bottom right: Hobart City Council 'I am Somebody' film launch, CatholicCare morning tea, Central Coast Council lights at Leven Bridge, Clarence City Council's 'Off the Couch'.  
Social housing is needed in every part of Tasmania, so that everyone can have the opportunity to live well and participate in work, education and community. All neighbourhoods across Tasmania need an inclusive and welcoming approach to people of all income levels. Let’s all say 'Yes in My Backyard', and get behind the target of 10% of Tasmanian dwellings to be social and affordable housing.

A great big thank you to everyone who organised and participated in events for Homelessness Week 2022. You can still find all the #HW2022 information on the Shelter Tas website, in case you'd like to go back and look over individual events or review any resources provided.

Pattie Chugg
Shelter Tas CEO. 
Photos top left to bottom right: CatholicCare 'YIMBY' house display, Hobart City Council lights in Franklin Square, Shelter Tas Staff celebrate #HW2022, Anglicare NW college awareness sessions.  
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Housing and Homelessness News

EOI for Homes Tasmania Board Members

Expressions of interest are now being sought for Board members of the new statutory authority, Homes Tasmania.

Collectively, the Board directors will need the relevant knowledge and skills to ensure that the functions and powers of Homes Tasmania are performed and exercised appropriately. This includes commercial skills and experience, and skills and experience in community development or welfare. 

If you have the relevant skills and knowledge and a passion for Tasmania and improving our housing outcomes, please contact Watermark Search International by emailing EOIs close Sunday 21 August 2022.

Click the following link for more information, in the media statement Plan to deliver more housing for Tasmanians takes next step.

COVID-19 Factsheet Now Available

There is a new COVID-19 fact sheet available, which provides best practice public health guidance on COVID-19 workplace safety, specifically for homeless and specialty housing services. Click here to access the factsheet

There are also new factsheets providing the latest information on the management of COVID-19, best practice public health guidance for employers (including risk assessments), and use of individual controls (facemasks, vaccination, ventilation, physical distancing, hygiene and cleaning). These resources are available at Resources | Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

New Shower Facility in Launceston

With the assistance of the City of Launceston, the Launceston Benevolent Society have opened new shower facilities for people experiencing homelessness in Launceston.

The service will operate Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 9am to 11am at the YMCA building at 8a Blaydon Street, Kings Meadows.
Towels and toiletries will be provided, and anybody in need of a safe and comfortable shower is welcome. No bookings required.

Q Shelter Report - Go 4 Gold: A social inclusion legacy for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Queensland Shelter have released a new report, ‘Go 4 Gold: A social inclusion legacy for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games’, which focuses on housing and homelessness outcomes, as well as employment and social procurement opportunities in relation to the 2032 Olympic & Paralympic Games.

The report warns that large scale events like the Games will cause displacement of existing populations without early interventions to prevent rising rental costs and ensure adequate housing supply, but also includes a range of measures to ensure that the many economic and social benefits of the Games also flow to vulnerable Queenslanders, including people experiencing homelessness, unemployment and disability.

Q Shelter's media release and a link to the report are available here.
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Research, Reports & Articles

The Guardian, 9 August 2022

Podcast project shows human cost of hotel program
Pro Bono Australia, 3 August 2022

Mayor says community wants parks and roads over homelessness action (subscription content)
The Mercury, 28 July 2022

Federal minister urges Australians to help tackle homelessness 'in their backyard'
The Guardian, 8 August 2022
Calls for an overhaul of the government's rental assistance scheme (video)
ABC 7:30, 1 August 2022

Solving housing crisis 'good for business'
The Urban Developer, 13 July 2022
2021 Census reveals fewer social housing households across Australia
AHURI, 22 July 2022

Ending homelessness in Western Australia
The Western Australian Alliance to End Homelessness, August 2022

'I left with the kids and ended up homeless with them': the nightmare of housing wait lists for people fleeing domestic violence
The Conversation, 5 August 2022

'If you don't like it, leave': renters priced out of their homes as landlords pass on costs of RBA rate hikes
The Guardian, 4 August 2022
ABC News, 2 August 2022

'Suburban, normal' women becoming homeless
The Canberra Times, 18 July 2022

Tenants squeezed as rents rise at fastest pace in seven years
The New Daily, 15 July 2022

If you're in a rental: do. not. move (subscription content)
The Australian, 5 August 2022
Mission Australia, 26 July 2022

RBA increases to interest rates man home buyers who bought at the peak are facing rapidly rising mortgage repayments
ABC News, 2 August 2022
The Advocate, 9 August 2022
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Media Statements

Guy Barnett, Minister for State Development, Construction and Housing - 5 August 2022
Cassy O'Connor, Greens Leader and housing spokesperson - 10 August 2022

Housing support for older Tasmanians
Guy Barnett, Minister for State Development, Construction and Housing - 5 August 2022
Sarah Lovell, Shadow Minister for Community Services and Development - 7 August 2022
Guy Barnett, Minister for State Development, Construction and Housing - 2 August 2022

Expanded No Interest Loans Scheme to help Tasmanians secure rental housing
Nic Street, Minister for Community Services and Development - 2 August 2022
Guy Barnett, Minister for State Development, Construction and Housing - 1 August 2022
Ella Haddad, Shadow Minister for Housing - 30 July 2022

Plan to deliver more housing for Tasmanians takes next step
Guy Barnett, Minister for State Development, Construction and Housing - 30 July 2022

$500 million project a major boost for State's housing stock
Guy Barnett, Minister for State Development, Construction and Housing - 28 July 2022
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Training and Events

National Webinar Series: Housing First Principles for Australia

Homelessness Australia will host a free fortnightly webinar series about the Housing First principles for Australia. 

Dedicated Australian Housing First expert practitioners will introduce each principle, explore what they look like in practice and reflect on some of the challenges in delivering Housing First programs. The sessions will include time for Q&A.

You can register for one or all of the sessions which will be held every fortnight starting on Tuesday 2 August 2022, from 1.30pm (AEST). See the flyer for more information and to register.

CHIA Affordable Housing Development and Investment Summit

Driving greater innovation within funding and housing models to deliver affordable homes 
Australia’s shortage of social and affordable housing has reached a crisis point and the lack of affordable rental housing is having a direct impact on economic outcomes across cities and regions.  

Cracking Australia’s affordable housing crisis requires priority attention within the new government’s agenda for 2022 and beyond. Building Back Bigger and Better – Aventedge and the Community Housing Industry Association's Affordable Housing Development & Investment Summit – will bring together housing, finance government and property experts to explore scalable solutions, leveraging private capital and the role governments need to play. 


15 – 16 September 2022 (plus pre-summit workshop - 14 Sept)


Crown Conference Centre, Melbourne


$1,899 - $3,199
Early bird discount may apply


Click here to complete your registration and 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.
Lifeline are also offering ASIST - Suicide Intervention Training - for men only, from August 31-September 1 2022 at the Royal Tasmanian Botanica Gardens. Participants will undertake suicide first-aid training and will learn to recognise when someone may be at risk of suicide. There are also subsidised places available.

For more information, please call 1300 003 313 or email
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Other News

Clarence City Council Grants Program

The Clarence City Council Grants program is now available to not-for-profit groups and organisations for projects that benefit the Clarence community.

Community Support Grants - for amounts up to $1,500 - closing 15th September 2022

Partnership Grants - for amounts up to $15,000 - closing 1st October 2022.

Application forms and guidelines are available at t or contact

International Overdose Awareness Day

Drug overdose continues to impact many Tasmanians. In the past five years, more Tasmanians died from unintentional drug overdose than in car crashes. 

The Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Council (ATDC) is asking Tasmanians to fold origami cranes for International Overdose Awareness Day on 31st August 2022.

According to Japanese tradition, if you fold 1,000 origami cranes you will be granted a wish. The ATDC is calling on members of the Tasmanian community to help fold Japanese origami cranes to contribute to artworks across the state raising awareness of overdose and to wish for an end to overdose in our community.

For more information on how you can get involved, loads of resources and events to attend, go to the ATDC website, or contact Ruzina at 6231 5002.

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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Find our 2022-23 Budget Submission and 2021 Annual Report here.
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