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Shelter TAS - Housing and Homelessness Peak
Shelter TAS eNews
Wednesday 25th January 2023

A Message from Shelter Tas CEO

Welcome back to the Shelter Tas eNews for 2023!
Happy New Year and Lunar New Year - I hope you all have had a chance for some sunshine, rest and celebration over the last month.

Once again the housing and homelessness sector is looking forward to another busy year, as the new Homes Tasmania is bedded in, Housing Connect Reform continues, and the Tasmanian Housing Strategy is completed mid-year.
Shelter Tas is already busy at work with responses to the Planning System reform, Population Strategy and regular annual events such as Homelessness Week coming up in August.

As always, our key priority is advocating for much-needed supply of well-targeted and located social and affordable housing, together with support where it is needed, so all Tasmanians can be safe and secure at home.

It’s not just bricks and mortar - we need to build homes and communities that meet people’s needs. In 2023, let’s see Tasmanians come together with an inclusive and welcoming approach to people from all walks of life, all income levels, and in all neighbourhoods and communities.

Pattie Chugg
Shelter Tas CEO
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Housing and Homelessness News

Employment Opportunity at Shelter Tas

Shelter Tas is seeking to fill a casual vacancy for an Administration and Project Coordinator role between now and 30 June 2023, at our office in Hobart, at SCHADS level 5.
If you are looking for some additional flexible hours or a rewarding short-term role, and you have excellent administrative skills, please get in touch ASAP! For more information and to express interest in this opportunity, please contact Pattie at or call 6224 5488.

Request for Grant Proposal – Campbell Street Supported Accommodation Facility, Hobart

The current Grant Deed and Residential Management Agreement for the Campbell Street Supported Accommodation Facility (SAF) is due to expire on 30 June 2023. To ensure the ongoing delivery of supported accommodation to current and new residents, a Request For Grant Proposal (RFGP) for a suitably qualified service provider will be advertised on Saturday, 4 February 2023.

The RFGP is now listed in current and upcoming EOI and RFGP.

A virtual pre-proposal briefing will be held on Wednesday, 15 February 2023, 11:00-12:00pm (AEST) via Microsoft Teams. Confirmation of attendance is required by close of business, Tuesday, 14 February 2023 by emailing

The RFGP will be available on the Homes Tasmania website under news and announcements on Saturday, 4 February 2023.

Housing Dashboard Update - November 2022

The November 2022 Housing Dashboard is currently available at the Homes Tasmania website.

There are 4,598 households waiting for social housing - an increase of 64 from 4,534 in October 2022.

The time for priority applicants to be housed has decreased to 101.1 weeks (monthly figure as of November 2022) from 105.6 in October, and the rolling 12-month average waiting time is 77.4 weeks.

Parity Magazine - Call for Contributions

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

Safe at Home (March 2023) - this edition will discuss how Safe at Home responses support life outcomes for victim-survivors of family violence, including how principles are put into practice and how this is measured. Deadline for submissions is COB Monday 10 March 2023, find the call for contributions here.

Towards a New Child and Youth Housing and Homelessness Plan (April 2023) - this edition is an opportunity to clearly articulate to the Australian Government the range of outcomes-focused solutions to child and youth homelessness that could be adopted in a standalone National Child and Youth Housing and Homelessness Plan to end homelessness for unaccompanied children and young people in Australia. Deadline for submissions is COB Friday 17 March 2023, find the call for contributions here.

All contributions should be submitted as Word documents to Please contact Parity Editor Noel Murray at the same email or call him on 0466 619 582 if you have any questions.
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Research, Reports & Articles

ABC documentary, 16 January 2023
Peter Mares for Inside Story, 22 January 2023

The housing wealth gap between older and younger Australians has widened alarmingly in the past 30 years. Here's why
The Conversation, 12 January 2023

Predicting risk to inform housing policy and practice
AHURI, 22 December 2022

New ROGS data reveals Australia's low income private renters are on the brink
The Mandarin, 24 January 2023

Growth in rental yields on West Coast outstrips Tasmania's capital
The Mercury, 19 January 2023

Rental market at 'fever pitch' as 6600 homes exit affordability scheme
The Sydney Morning Herald, 9 January 2023

NDIS report lays bare supported accommodation failures

The rent crisis is set to spread: here's the case for doubling rent assistance The Conversation, 11 January 2023
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Media Statements

Guy Barnett, Minister for State Development, Construction and Housing - 24 January 2023
Cassy O'Connor, Greens Leader and housing spokesperson - 24 January 2023

Tasmanian housing falls further into crisis
Ella Haddad, Shadow Housing Minister - 25 January 2023

Delivering more homes to meet the needs of regional Tasmanians
Guy Barnett, Minister for State Development, Construction and Housing - 20 January 2023
Cassy O'Connor, Greens Leader and housing spokesperson - 11 January 2023

Tasmanian rental crisis continues to worsen
Ella Haddad, Shadow Housing Minister - 11 January 2023
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Other News

Clarence Community Shower Facilities

Clarence City Council, in partnership with Orange Sky Laundry and Thread Together will be operating the Community Shower project every Monday between 12:30pm and 2:30pm, starting 30th January.

Located at the Clarence District Cricket Club Pavillion (between the pavillion and Rosny College), the service is available to those people otherwise unable to access shower facilities. 

Orange Sky Laundry will be on site every week, and Thread Together will be there every 3-4 weeks to supply new clothing to people in need, free of charge - so people can have a shower, grab something new to wear and have a chat while their old clothes are washed and dried. There also be packs of toiletries and supplies available on request in the near future.
Contact Liz Selkirk from Clarence City Council at  or phone 6217 9596 for more information.

Grant Opportunities for 2023

Essential Community Services Fuel Relief Program for Community Service Organisations
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 Program will provide a reimbursement that covers twenty per cent 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.

For further information, please contact Community Grants by email at, phone 1800 204 224, or click hereClosing 31 January 2023.

2023 Youth Week Tasmania Grants Program
Youth Week Tasmania will be held from Monday 1 May – Sunday 7 May 2023. The theme for Youth Week Tasmania 2023 is Acceptance. The slogan is: Be Bold. Be You.

Grants of up to $2,000 are available to organisations to support Youth Week Tasmania 2023
events, activities, or projects to:
  • Showcase the talents and skills of young people;
  • Celebrate the contributions of young people in communities, in education and in the workforce; and
  • Build the capacity of young people to engage with the broader community and develop practical skills through their involvement in planning and delivering Youth Week Tasmania events or activities.
For further information, please contact Community Grants by email at or phone on 1800 204 224.​ Closing 2:00pm Thursday 23 February 2023.

2022-23 Community Support Levy Grants Round

Tasmanian community organisations are invited to apply to the 2022-23 Community Support Levy (CSL) Grants Round. The theme for this round is ‘preventing and reducing harm from gambling’.

Community organisations that deliver projects that aim to prevent gambling harm, reduce the impacts of gambling, or address the social, environmental and/or health issues associated with gambling are encouraged to apply.

To understand your organisation’s eligibility or how to apply for a grant please read the 2022-23 CSL Grant Round Guidelines: Closing Tuesday 28 February 2023.

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 first Progress Report on Monitoring the Impact of Short-Term Rentals on Tasmanian Housing Markets (Dec 2022), commissioned by Shelter Tas and produced by Emeritus Professor Peter Phibbs, is available here.

You can also find our
 2023-24 Budget Submission and 2022 Annual Report via these links.
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