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Shelter TAS - Housing and Homelessness Peak
Shelter TAS eNews
Friday 1st July 2022

A Message from Shelter Tas CEO

Today we are very pleased to release the first installment of new research into the impacts of short-term rental housing on Tasmania’s residential rental market. The independently funded report – Monitoring the Impact of Short-Term Rentals on Tasmanian Housing Markets – was commissioned by Shelter Tas and produced by Emeritus Professor Peter Phibbs, and is available on the Shelter Tas website.
Key findings of the report include:
  • Greater Hobart is overloaded with short-term rental properties, with 6.8 times more short-term rentals (as a proportion of its total private long- term rental market) than Sydney and 4.5 times more than Melbourne.
  • In small markets, such as Hobart, Launceston and Devonport; and tourist hotspots like Stanley, St Helens and Derby - increasing numbers of short-term rental properties have a disproportionate impact.
  • In Hobart City, 47% of Airbnb short-term rental properties had a rental history from the long-term rental market. This data suggests that the growth of the short-term rental market has had a direct impact on the long-term rental market.

This baseline report is the first in a 3 year project, and future reports continuing this research will deliver a series of ongoing ‘real time’ snapshot reports of Tasmania’s short-term rental market and their impact on the overall Tasmanian housing markets.

We know from our members that affordable rentals are incredibly hard to find all across Tasmania, and this report provides evidence that increasing numbers of long-term rental homes being converted to short-stay accommodation is having a significant impact in our state.

This is vital information with very real consequences for over 40,000 renting households across Tasmania, and we hope that future reports will deliver the evidence needed to better manage the State's rental property market.  

Monitoring the Impact of Short-Term Rentals on Tasmanian Housing Markets can be found on the Shelter Tas website, along with our media statement.

Pattie Chugg
Shelter Tas CEO. 
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Housing and Homelessness News

Consultation on the New Housing Tasmania Statutory Body

There is a vital opportunity right now to have your say on the legislation that will establish Housing Tasmania as a new statutory body, which will be responsible for Tasmania’s housing and homelessness services.

This is a very significant change and will affect all our member services, as well as all Tasmanians who need assistance with housing and support. Establishing the new housing authority will be the cornerstone of the Tasmanian Government’s 10-year $1.5 billion housing package to deliver 10 000 new homes by 2032.

As the Peak Body for Tasmania’s housing and homelessness sector, Shelter Tas will be providing a submission to this consultation and we encourage everyone to read the legislation and have your say. Submissions are due on Tuesday 5 July 2022, and you can find out more on the Communities Tas website. For further information on Shelter Tas' priorities, please contact or call Cynthia on 6224 5488.

Homelessness Week 2022

Homelessness Week is fast approaching once again, and will be taking place from Monday 1 to Sunday 7 August this year.

Homelessness Week raises awareness of people experiencing homelessness, the issues they face and the action needed to achieve enduring solutions. Homelessness Week is a national event, with events held across Australia.

We have already started filling the Tasmanian #HW22 Events Calendar on the Shelter Tas website. If you are planning an event, please get in touch and let us know about it so we can promote it alongside the other fantastic events scheduled for the week. There are also resources and information that will come in handy for your event - make sure you check them out!

If you have any questions, please contact Dan at or on 6224 5488 to discuss. 

Latest Housing Dashboard Update

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

There are 4 431 households waiting for social housing (an increase of 49 from 4 382 in April).

The time for priority applicants to be housed has decreased to 72.3 weeks (monthly figure as of May 2022) from 90.3 in April, and the rolling 12 month average waiting time is 66.6 weeks.

New Census Data Available

New national data from the 2021 ABS Census shows the proportion of people who own their own home outright has dropped to 30%, down from 40% in 1996. In the same time period, households with a mortgage increased from 26% to 35%.

Similarly in Tasmania, 37.1% owned their property outright, 33% owned with a mortgage, and 26.4% of the population were renting. 

For more details, you can read the ABS media release or read the Tasmanian stats here
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Research, Reports & Articles

ABC News, 24 June 2022

Give Me Shelter: The long-term costs of underproviding public, social and affordable housing
SGS Economics and Planning, for Housing All Australians, June 2022

The 2021 Australian census in 8 charts
The Conversation, 28 June 2022

Census 2021: Housing stock dries up, millennials overtaking baby boomers, 28 June 2022 Broome to regulate Airbnbs as housing crisis continues to worsen
ABC News, 16 June 2022

Housing push delayed as homeless turn to showgrounds + Push to turn council owned halls into emergency accommodation (subscription content)
The Mercury, 27 June 2022
Examining the Scottish Government's national homelessness strategy - Ending homelessness together
AHURI, 15 June 2022

An obstacle course: homelessness assistance and the right to housing in England
Amnesty International, 7 June 2022

Housing crisis: The 20 regions facing the largest rent hikes
The New Daily, 21 June 2022

Governments housed the homeless in hotels during lockdowns - but now many are back sleeping rough
ABC News, 26 June 2022

Australia has 13 million spare bedrooms. Is there a better use for them?
The Sydney Morning Herald, 16 June 2022

Population boom: why more people are choosing Sorell (subscription content)
The Mercury, 29 June 2022

Applying for Social Housing in Australia - The Centrality of Cultural, Social and Emotional Capital
Taylor & Francis Online, 3 June 2022

3D printers set to disrupt building sector
Crikey, 18 June 2022

Modified apartment with bathroom in lounge room advertised for $400 a week as Adelaide's rental crisis deepens
ABC News, 27 June 2022
The Conversation, 15 June 2022
The Guardian, 19 June 2022
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Media Statements

Rebecca White, Labor Leader - 29 June 2022
New accommodation facility to help North-West youth reach independence
Guy Barnett, Minister for State Development, Construction and Housing - 22 June 2022
Ella Haddad, Shadow Minister for Housing - 20 June 2022

Doorstop Interview - Hobart (transcript)
Anthony Albanese, Prime Minister + Julie Collins, Federal Minister for Housing and Homelessness - 22 June 2022
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Training and Events

Offer of Sponsored Places for People to Attend the National Homelessness Conference - FREE

The National Homelessness Conference 2022, through the generosity of Mission Australia, is offering a limited number of supported registrations, in-person and virtual, for people with a lived experience of homelessness to attend this year’s conference.

Sponsorship for in-person attendance will include travel, accommodation, transfers and full registration for the conference - to be held in Canberra from 8-10 August 2022

If you or a client would like to attend, please complete this form and return by email to Applications will be reviewed by the conference organisers. 

National Homelessness Conference 2022

AHURI, in partnership with Homelessness Australia, will convene the National Homelessness Conference 2022 as a hybrid event this year -  held simultaneously in Canberra and online.

The conference program is now available and outlines all conference sessions across the three days. Some of the key topics include:

  • Are COVID responses the building blocks for a national plan to end homelessness
  • Closing the gap on housing outcomes for indigenous Australians
  • Is the climate crisis an impending homelessness crisis?
  • Unhoused - a game changing media campaign?
There will also be opportunities for in-depth coverage of issues being faced by homelessness service providers including workforce capacity, homelessness in regional Australia, implementation of Housing First, embedding lived experience voices in homeless responses, child protection and many more. Plus, the new Federal Minister for Housing and Homelessness, The Hon Julie Collins MP will deliver the conference's opening address.


Mon 8 - Wed 10 August 2022


National Convention Centre, Canberra + online


In-person: ranging from $340-$910 (early bird: $430-795)
Virtual: ranging from $200-$500 (early bird: $220-$400


Click here to complete your in-person or virtual registration, to access the program and to find out more. 

Lifeline Tas Training Courses

Lifeline's Training & Support team delivers a wide range of training courses to corporate businesses and community groups across Tasmania.

Offering a range of sessions including DV-Alert training, Suicide Intervention Skills and Mental Health First Aid, as well as customised training solutions - you can contact the team at, call 1300 003 313 or go to the Lifeline Tas website for more information.
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Other News

Survey Participation Invite - Wellbeing Among Homelessness Frontline Workers

Do you work with people who are experiencing homelessness in Australia?

If you are over 18, you can take part in a survey about your wellbeing, which will contribute to a study from Swinburne University about the wellbeing of frontline workers in the sector.

Findings from the study may help relevant organisations be more aware of the factors that affect frontline workers’ wellbeing, including during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The survey takes 10 to 15 minutes to complete and is anonymous. Upon completion of the survey, you may enter into a draw to win one of four $50 gift cards. 

Please share the survey with anyone in your network who works directly with people experiencing homelessness, and you can download a poster here to place in your offices, if appropriate. 

You can learn more in this participant information sheet, and you can take the survey here. Please contact with any questions. 

Support for Pet Owners Leaving Family Violence

A reminder that the RSPCA runs the ‘Safe Beds’ program, which provides emergency boarding for pets of families leaving domestic violence. The Safe Beds program is not a long-term solution to the housing of the pet, but it gives people fleeing domestic violence situations peace of mind and allows them to secure their own safety and make arrangements for the future.

In most cases, these animals are referred to the RSPCA from a domestic violence counselling service. For more information email, contact RSPCA through the website or phone (03) 6709 8100.

The Tasmanian Government’s Flexible Support Packages can also assist with interim care and support for pets. The program provides up to $6,000 for victim-survivors of family violence for practical supports to enhance safety and wellbeing when leaving an abusive relationship. Click here to find out more about Flexible Support Packages, or email the Safe at Home Coordination Unit at

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 2021. 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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