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Shelter TAS - Housing and Homelessness Peak
Shelter TAS eNews
Wednesday 1st June 2022

A Message from Shelter Tas CEO

State Budget and New Federal Government = new opportunities
Last week Shelter Tas welcomed major housing commitments in the Tasmanian State Budget 2022-23. With Tasmanians facing cost of living pressures and escalating housing costs, and over 40,000 households managing the stress of high rents in the tight and competitive private rental market, investment in social and affordable housing is the foundation for building our community.
We are particularly pleased to see the $1.5B package to build and acquire 10,000 homes by 2032, which reflects Shelter Tas’ budget ask for 1,000 homes per year. Shelter Tas hopes this commitment will contribute substantially to boosting the supply of social housing from the current level of 6.2% to 10% of all dwellings, to ensure all Tasmanians have the safe and affordable home they need.
The Budget commits $16M for the establishment of supported accommodation facilities for older Tasmanians in the north and north west. This fills a much-needed gap identified by our members, and will build on the success of the Wintringham aged care model in the south, providing homes for the increasing numbers of older Tasmanians experiencing homelessness.
We know that housing hardship and homelessness are increasing in all regions of the state, so we welcome $2.5M operational funding for the new 8-unit Devonport Men’s Shelter. The Youth2Independence centres in Burnie and Hobart will also receive $3.2M over two years.
We welcome the additional resources for the Safe Spaces announced on Tuesday,  with 11 new accommodation spaces statewide. However, this essential service needs the assurance of long term funding, beyond the 2022-23 financial year, to enable the service to attract and retain professional workers, and to deliver the essential support and accommodation to people experiencing homelessness. You can read more on Shelter Tas' response to the state budget and our comprehensive 2022-23 Budget Submission at these links.

Congratulations to the new Federal Minister for Housing and Homelessness
Shelter Tas welcomes the appointment of the Hon Julie Collins MP as Minister for Housing and Homelessness in the new Federal Labor Government. Having a Tasmanian at the helm of this important portfolio, which has now been promoted to Cabinet, has the potential to pave the way for strong partnerships and positive outcomes for the state. Shelter Tas would also like to acknowledge the Hon Jason Clare MP, for his support and significant contribution as the opposition spokesperson for housing.
The Federal Labor Government has promised to establish a National Housing and Homelessness Plan, a $10B Housing Australia Future Fund which will build 30,000 new social and affordable housing properties in its first five years, and a National Housing Supply and Affordability Council.
We hope to see opportunities for new social housing supply and home ownership products that will boost the existing programs in Tasmania. Ideally, we would like to see the Federal Government match the State Government’s investment in homes for Tasmanians.
We encourage both levels of government to work closely with the community housing providers who will continue to be front and centre of the expansion of affordable rental housing in our state.
Fixing the housing crisis in Tasmania – and nationally - requires action on the rental crisis. Local workers and families need secure affordable and appropriate homes, but too many Tasmanian homes are used by visitors and tourists at the expense of renters. Both social housing and the private rental market have a part to play, and Federal policies and funding need to share the load with the State Government to address this crisis. 

Pattie Chugg
Shelter Tas CEO. 
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Housing and Homelessness News

Request for Grant Proposals – Youth2Independence (Y2I) Homes

A Request for Grant Proposals for the Y2I Homes will be released on Saturday 4 June 2022.

Information will be available in all three Tasmanian regional newspapers and on the Communities Tasmania website at

Parity Magazine Call for Contributions

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

June 2022 - Education and Homelessness: This edition will examine the interconnections between education and homelessness, including a focus on early-years education, compulsory years of schooling, post-compulsory education, and adult education opportunities. Deadline is 10 June.

July 2022 - Pregnancy and Homelessness: For the first time, Parity will focus on pregnant women without a home, in an effort to produce social changes that deliver a new approach to lifting women and their babies out of a cycle of adversity and deprivation. Deadline is 17 June.

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 (03) 8415 6200 if you have any questions, and click here for detailed call for contributions documents for each edition.

COVID-19 Vaccination Reminders and Updates

Please go to for up-to-date COVID-19 information and resources. You will find assistance with COVID-19 testing, RATs, vaccination information, community safety and procedure for positive cases etc. There is also a separate page for emergency accommodation support.
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Research, Reports & Articles

The Conversation, 26 May 2022

Tasmania's public housing plan is 'a cruel lie', Greens say (subscription content)
The Mercury, 31 May 2022
'They're held over a barrel': in the overheated rental market, tenant vetting can go too far
The Guardian, 29 May 2022
ABC News, 26 May 2022

Managing Access to Social Housing in Australia: Unpacking policy frameworks and service provision outcomes
Hal Pawson and David Lilley, UNSW City Futures Research Centre, 14 May 2022
ABC News, 24 May 2022
The Mercury, 30 May 2022
AHURI, 26 May 2022
How do you solve a problem like homelessness?
Pro Bono Australia, 23 May 2022
Michael Pascoe, for The New Daily, 28 May 2022
Housing is a right, not a luxury
In Daily, 30 May 2022
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Media Statements

Budget paving the way to continue major investment in homes for Tasmanians
Shelter Tas State Budget response - 26 May 2022

Additional Safe Spaces to provide more support during winter
Guy Barnett, Minister for State Development, Construction and Housing - 31 May 2022
Ella Haddad, Shadow Minister for Housing - 31 May 2022

$204 million to deliver more homes for Tasmanians this coming year alone
Guy Barnett, Minister for State Development, Construction and Housing - 30 May 2022
Partnerships key to delivering record infrastructure and housing program
Guy Barnett, Minister for State Development, Construction and Housing & Roger Jaensch, Minister for Skills, Training and Workforce Growth - 30 May 2022
Cassy O'Connor, Greens Leader and housing spokesperson - 30 May 2022

Delivering for all Tasmanians by boosting housing supply
Guy Barnett, Minister for State Development, Construction and Housing - 28 May 2022

National Rental Affordability Scheme
Guy Barnett, Minister for State Development, Construction and Housing - 26 May 2022
Ella Haddad, Shadow Minister for Housing - 25 May 2022

Historic social and affordable housing program for Tasmanians
Guy Barnett, Minister for State Development, Construction and Housing - 26 May 2022

National housing peak welcomes incoming Albanese government and solutions to housing
National Shelter - 22 May 2022
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Training and Events

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.


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
Early bird registrations closing this Friday 3 June!


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

Funded Places in Cert IV in Training and Assessment Available

TasCOSS, funded by the Department of State Growth, are offering places in Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40116). This qualification will develop the skills and knowledge needed to understand the VET sector, design learning to meet the needs of learners and enterprises, deliver training and plan and conduct assessments. It will also help ensure the community services industry has the skilled workforce it needs.

To find out more about this exciting training opportunity, please attend one of the online information sessions that will run from 30 May—3 June 2022, and EOIs will close on 17 June 2022.

For more information and to register to attend an information session, go to the TasCOSS website.
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Other News

Employment Opportunity at YFCC

Youth, Family & Community Connections Inc. (YFCC) is a not-for-profit community organisation providing a range of services for young people, families and communities throughout north and north west Tasmania, and are seeking applications for 4 part-time Youth Coach positions.

Working within the Youth Accommodation Support Services Team, the position will be based at the Youth At Risk Centre (YARC) in Launceston. The facility is due for operational commencement in September 2022, with the Youth Coach roles commencing in July (with some flexibility).

The role will provide trauma informed coaching and case management practice, within a strengths based, Advantaged Thinking framework for young people (aged 12-15) in residence at the facility.

For more information on the position, employment requirements and remuneration, go to the YFCC website. Contact Shane Leonard, Accommodation Services Team Leader at  for further enquiries and a copy of the position description and selection criteria. Applications close 9am Monday 13th June 2022.

Relationships Aust. Reconnect Program

Reconnect services provide counselling, group work, mediation, and practical support to the whole family, to help break the cycle of homelessness. This service is for young people aged 12-18 in the north of Tasmania.
The Reconnect practitioners are committed to providing early intervention support for youth and their families, to stabilise their housing situation and improve their level of engagement with family, education, training, employment, and local community.

Outreach services are provided to Launceston and surrounds, as far as St Helens, Campbell Town, Deloraine, Georgetown, Bridport, Scottsdale, and Flinders Island; and Reconnect can also provide schools and youth organisations with the Lovebites respectful relationships program, as well as targeted group work to promote self-care and positive mental health (or identified needs within your school or organisation).
For more information, email, call 1300 364 277 or go to the Reconnect page on the Relationships Aust. website.

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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