Monday 7th September 2015

Housing and Homelessness News

Australia's Welfare 2015
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare recently released its report Australia’s Welfare 2015.
In relation to housing and homelessness, the report found:

  • The proportion of households who own their own home outright has fallen from 42% to 31% over the past two decades
  • The proportion of people in home purchase (with a mortgage) has increased from 30% - 37% during the same period
  • The proportion of households in private rental has increased from 18% to 25% over the past two decades
  • The proportion of households living in public housing in Australia has fallen from 5.1% to 4% over the past two decades
  • The most significant fall in rates of home purchase was amongst people aged 25 – 34 from 61%, 30 years ago to 47% in 2011
  • The median house price across Australia is 7 times median annual income, up from 4.7 times in 2001
  • The number of people supported by specialist homelessness services across Australia increased slightly during the reporting period to just over 254,000 in 2013/14.

Chapter 5 includes a feature on ‘the changing face of home ownership’ which suggests that while the proportion of Australians who own or are purchasing a home has only fallen slightly over the past two decades, people are taking longer to pay off their homes as indicated by the increase in the proportion of people aged 40 -54 living ‘with a mortgage’ and the decline in the proportion who own their homes outright.
The decline in home purchase rates is most acute for people aged 25 – 34 but the report notes much of this decline occurred prior to the early 1990s and since that time has been less pronounced.
Nonetheless, the report finds “…There is evidence, however, that younger Australian households on single or low-to-moderate incomes ‘are being progressively pushed out of the home purchase market…’
You can download the brief report  by
clicking here, or the full version here.

Call for Contributions - HousingWORKS/Parity October 2015
The Australasian Housing Institute and the Council to Homeless Persons are again combining their resources to publish a joint edition of their two publications. This will be the October 2015 edition of HousingWORKS and Parity, 'The Role of Community Housing in Responding to Homelessness'.This edition is devoted to the examination of the key issues and questions concerning the role of community housing in responding to homelessness. The central aim of the edition is to give all stakeholders the opportunity to participate in this examination, and to set out their views and vision for the place and role of community housing in responding to homelessness in Australia and New Zealand. 
Contributing to this edition of Parity/HousingWORKS -
Deadline: all contributions need to be submitted by COB Friday October 2nd 2015.
Submissions: all contributions should be submitted as Word attachments to an email addressed to AHI contributors should submit their contributions to
Word length: contributions can be up to 1600 words. This equates to a double page spread. Single page articles can be up to 800 words in length. 
Read the Contribution Guide here.

National social housing survey: detailed results 2014
This is the most recent in a series of surveys of social housing tenants and their experiences. The majority of respondents (73%) indicated that overall they were satisfied with the services provided by their housing organisation and, for both public housing and community housing tenants, this has increased since 2012. Click here to read the full report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. 

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Factoid of the Week I Home Ownership

The proportion of Australian households that owned their homes outright fell from 42% in 1994-95 to 31% in 2011-12.

AIHW Australia’s welfare 2015 in brief p. 28

Media Releases

New homes, jobs and opportunities - facility to deliver for North West
Minister for Human Services and Minister for Education and Training, 1 September 2015. Click here.

Housing key to achieving National Reform Summit aims
National Shelter, 26 August 2015. Click here.

Salvation Army to deliver 12 new residential rehabilitation beds on North West
Minister for Health, 3 September 2015. Click here.

Project Plan approval gives certainty for homelessness initiatives
Minister for Human Services, 19 August 2015. Click here.

Research and Articles

$7 million housing project to benefit homeless youth in Tasmania's north-west
ABC News, 1 September 2015. Click here.

New beds in the fight on drugs
The Mercury, 4 September 2015. Click here.

Raiding super 'not the answer' to affordable housing
The New Daily, 1 September 2015. Click here.

National social housing survey: detailed results 2014
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 28 August 2015. Click here.

Older Australian women increasingly vulnerable to homelessness (video)
The Feed (SBS), 24 August 2015. Click here.

The Federation Review, housing policy and the national interest (presentation notes)
Dr Ian Winter (AHURI), 6 August 2015. Click here.

Shortage of affordable private rental housing increasing
AHURI - Issue Paper #195, August 2015. Click here.

Literature review on the impact of demand-side housing subsidies on the housing market
AHURI, February 2015. Click here.

Events and Training

National Housing Conference 2015
The National Housing Conference will be taking place in Perth from 28-30 October 2015. Here are the top 5 reasons why you should attend:
  • Network with your peers – more than 700 key decision-makers from all levels of government, not-for-profits, peak industry bodies, and the private sector
  • expand your knowledge through a full program that includes 150 speakers, 40 sessions and 4 site tours
  • help guide the national dialogue on priority housing and homelessness issues
  • critique and workshop new ideas, drive discussion and engage in debate
  • discover examples of best practice from across the country and internationally.
If you still need convincing, click here to see the program and speakers (you can register here also).

Engaging Men in Family-Based Programs
Groupwork Solutions will run an 'Engaging Men in Family-Based Programs' workshop on Wednesday 14th October in Campbell Town. This workshop allows workers, organisations or networks of services to provide more effective programs to men and families. The workshop will explore the importance of the father's role in family services and how programs can engage and support this opportunity. Click here for more information and to register.

ICT Training Information Session
OAK Training and Development Services, in partnership with Huon LINC, is offering fully-funded positions in Certificate II in Information, Digial Media and Technology (ICT20115).
This training is for job seekers who wish to increase their knowledge of basic computer operations. Trainees must be residents of the Huon Valley.
For more information, call Graeme Finlayson on 6208 0600 or email

Mental Health First Aid
Partners in Recovery will run free Mental Health First Aid courses in North West Tasmania shortly.
Burnie: 8 and 9 September at the Burnie Art & Function Centre (77/79 Wilmot St, Burnie)
Ulverstone: 28 and 29 September at the Ulverstone Neighbourhood House (8 Lugana Cres, West Ulverstone).

Both courses will run from from 9.00-5.00 are an opportunity to learn more about providing initial support to people who are developing a mental illness or experiencing a mental health crisis.
RSVP (by 23 September) to Catherine Hayden on 6213 3592 or Also go to for more information.

Other News

Grant Alert - Tasmanian Community Fund 
Applications for medium grants between $10,001 and $90,000 are now invited to Grant Round 31 of the Tasmanian Community Fund. Grants are available to fund community organisations that make a difference by enhancing wellbeing and improving the social, environmental and economic outcomes for the Tasmanian community. Applications close on 23 September 2015.
Guidelines and application forms are now available from the Tasmanian Community Fund website.
The next round of the Tasmanian Community Fund will open in January 2016.

Anti-Poverty Week 2015
This year, Anti-Poverty week will take place from 11-17 October.
The main aims of Anti-Poverty Week are to strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty; and to encourage research, discussion and action to address these problems.
Poverty and severe hardship affect more than one million Australians, and throughout the world, more than a billion people are desperately poor. Everyone is encouraged to help reduce poverty and hardship by organising an activity during the Week or taking part in an activity organised by others. Go to to organise or advertise your activity, and get resources and information.

Roads to Recovery
As part of Mental Health week 2015, Mental Health Carers Tas and the City of Hobart invite you to join them on 10 October to celebrate health and wellbeing by walking from the Hobart Regatta Grounds to Parliament House lawns. There will be free activities, entertainment, food and information.
Meet at the Regatta Grounds, the walk will start at 11.00am and activities at Parliament House lawns will begin at 11.30am.
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