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Shelter TAS - Housing and Homelessness Peak
Shelter TAS eNews
Wednesday 31st August 2022

A Message from Shelter Tas CEO

Housing is the foundation of jobs
This week will see the National Jobs Summit in Canberra, with hundreds of delegates, including National Shelter and CHIA.  Shelter Tas is the Tasmanian Representative for National Shelter and CHIA, and we will be supporting their work highlighting the essential link between housing and jobs. Shelter Tas has long argued that housing needs to be part of the whole picture of the economy, and for housing in all policies including employment and population.
The Tasmanian Housing Crisis is reflecting in our increasingly challenging level of job vacancies, as having a home is integral to economic participation and taking up employment opportunities.

A new special report by Impact Economics and Policy commissioned by Everybody’s Home, has a focus on northern Tasmania; including Launceston, Scottsdale and Bridport. The report shows that for northern Tasmania:
  • In March 2014, there was more than one rental vacancy for every job available
  • In March 2020 for almost every rental vacancy there were two jobs available; and
  • In March 2022 for every rental vacancy there were over five jobs available.
You can read the report Housing Critical: the role of housing in solving critical skill shortages across the regions here.

Pattie Chugg
Shelter Tas CEO.
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Housing and Homelessness News

Continued Spotlight on Housing and Homelessness in Tasmania

The spotlight on housing and homelessness continues nationally and in Tasmania. Greater Hobart Homelessness Alliance was formed three years ago, to address the increasing crisis of homelessness.

A forum to mark three years of the Alliance was held on 19th August,  including voices of lived experience, services, national peaks and a panel presentation with the Federal Minister, the State Minister and Lord Mayor together on the Hobart Town Hall stage. The three tiers of government presented their commitment to share the vital work of reducing homelessness and delivering safe, secure, affordable and appropriate homes for all Tasmanians.

Shelter Tas supports the call made by Jenny Smith, CEO of the Council to Homeless Persons and Chair of Homelessness Australia, for a housing guarantee for women and children escaping family violence, and a target of halving the number of people returning to homelessness services in the next five years, and halving it again by 2032.

In other significant housing and homelessness news for the State, the legislation for the new Homes Tasmania Statutory Authority has now passed Tasmania’s lower house, and the next step will be review in the Upper House. For details of the legislative process, see

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  

Final 'Opening the Door' Session on Tomorrow

These information sessions and workshops are part of the Opening the Door project being delivered through Rights and Inclusion Australia and National Shelter, with support from Shelter Tas.

The project is trying to help people with disability to make their own choices and take control of their housing options themselves.

The final in-person session for Tasmania will be held on Thursday 1st September from 10:00am - 2:00pm (that's tomorrow!) at the Tramsheds Function Centre in Invermay.

Click here to find out more - the event is free for all people with disability, not just NDIS participants. Please contact with any queries or requests.

Latest Housing Dashboard Update

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

There are 4 419 households waiting for social housing - a decrease of 34 from 4 453 in June, but 179 more than were recorded 12 months ago in July 2021 (4 240).

The time for priority applicants to be housed has increased to 89.8 weeks (monthly figure as of July 2022) from 67.0 in June, and the rolling 12 month average waiting time is 70.0 weeks.

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. 
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Research, Reports & Articles

100 organisations join forces in push for 7-star homes
Renew (Shelter Tas is a signatory to joint statement), 10 August 2022

Housing Critical: the role of housing in solving critical skill shortages across the regions
Prepared by Impact Economics and Policy for Everybody's Home, 24 August 2022
Skyrocketing rents in regional Australia exacerbate job vacancies (audio)
The Examiner, 24 August 2022
How Australia's housing crisis is burning a $2.6 billion hole in the economy
The Mercury, 24 August 2022

Housing shortage creating employment problems in regional Tasmania
ABC News, 24 August 2022

Understanding how policy settings affect developer decisions
AHURI, 25 August 2022
Everybody's Home via Mirage News, July 2022

99 per cent of rentals out of reach for Australians on disability pension, royal commission hears
ABC News, 31 August 2022
The Conversation, 24 August 2022

Housing data shows people are waiting 90 weeks for housing
The Mercury, 28 August 2022

Closing the Gap: states and territories pledge to lift First Nations housing standards

Albanese government urged to freeze rent rises for two years to avoid 'national tragedy'
The Guardian, 25 August 2022
Cold and Costly: Renter researchers' experiences of winter 22
Better Renting, 16 August 2022

People are shivering in cold and mouldy homes in a country that pioneered housing comfort research - how did that happen?
The Conversation, 18 August 2022

'I've never actually met them': what will motivate landlords to fix cold and costly homes for renters?
The Conversation, 18 August 2022
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Media Statements

Guy Barnett, Minister for State Development, Construction and Housing - 25 August 2022
Ella Haddad, Shadow Minister for Housing - 30 August 2022
Guy Barnett, Minister for Energy and Renewables - 24 August 2022
Guy Barnett, Minister for State Development, Construction and Housing - 19 August 2022
Ella Haddad, Shadow Minister for Housing - 18 August 2022

History making milestone to create Homes Tasmania
Guy Barnett, Minister for State Development, Construction and Housing - 16 August 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.

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


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.
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Other News

Have Your Say on the Child and Youth Safe Framework for Tasmania

The Tasmanian Government is seeking contributions to the development of the Child and Youth Safe Organisations Framework, which will promote the safety of children and young people from all forms of harm in institutional settings. 
The Framework will be made up of two parts, both of which will be legally mandated:
  • the Child and Youth Safe Standards — which aims to uphold the right of children and young people to safety in institutional settings.
  • the Reportable Conduct Scheme — which will require leaders of affected organisations to report certain types of conduct related to child abuse to an independent body.
A large range of government and non-government services (including homelessness services), businesses, clubs and associations will be required to comply with the Framework, and you can be involved in the development of the Framework and have your say by:
  1. Going to the project website for more information
  2. Signing up for one of the online statewide forums on Monday 12 September, Wednesday 14 September, and Friday 16 September
  3. Taking this quick survey if you are the leader of an organisation that works directly with children and young people. The survey is designed to measure your confidence and awareness of child safeguarding.  
The project team involved in the development of the Framework welcome any questions. You can reach the team here

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 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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