Thursday 22nd January 2015
Housing and Homelessness News

Joint Statement by National Housing Peaks
You may be aware that National Shelter, Community Housing Federation of Australia and Homelessness Australia have been defunded by the Commonwealth Government. The campaign to turn this around is building. At the very end of last year, the housing and homelessness peaks issued a joint statement that can be read here. Please keep alert for any requests to join the campaign to maintain a voice for low-income Australian households.

A Message from Homelessness Australia - National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness Funding
Despite federal funding cuts, Homelessness Australia (HA) is continuing its advocacy to maintain funding for the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH)  from 1 July this year. In its efforts to have the funding for the NPAH renewed, HA is seeking your support in the following ways:
  1. (If you haven’t already) please write to Minister Scott Morrison, letting him know the impact that the loss of NPAH funding will have on consumers of your services.
  2. HA is planning a large ad in the Australian on Monday 9th February (the day Parliament returns). The ad will be in the form of an open letter (click here). HA is seeking your support to:  
    1.  sign on to the letter with name and organisational logo displayed
    2. donate some funding towards the considerable cost of the ad.
  3. Please email Glenda Stevens, CEO HA,, by Monday 2 February, if you are able to take part. Could you please attach your organisation’s electronic logo.
This as an important part of our campaign to continue the vital NPAH funding and I would appreciate your support to HA. 

Glenda Stevens
CEO Homelessness Australia

Reminder! Cert IV Training Units Through Shelter Tas
Don't forget to enroll in the Cert. IV in Social Housing training units, resuming in early February 2015. The next unit, Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework, will be held at the Shelter Tas office on 19 February 2015. Places are limited, so be quick! Go to the 'Events and Training' section of the eNews for more details.  

2015-16 Budget Submissions
Shelter Tas has been invited to put in a budget submission for 2015-16. A letter received from the Treasurer advised that there will be no general 'call for submissions' on the upcoming budget, so if you or your organisation would like to provide input, we would be happy to consider it for the Shelter Tas submission on behalf of our members. Please contact Shelter Tas with any of your ideas by COB Tuesday 27 January (6224 5488).

Factoid of the Week I Private Rental 

Almost one in four Australian households rent their housing in the private rental sector.

Hulse K, Reynolds M and Yates J. 2014. 'Changes in the supply of affordable housing in the private rental sector for lower income households, 2006-11'. Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute. 

Research and Articles

Housing Tasmania's damages costs slashed
The Mercury, Sunday 18 January 2015. Click here. 

The Future of Housing for Older Australians 

Aged and Community Services Australia Position Paper, January 2015. Click here. 

Evidence Review #69 - 2014's most popular Evidence Reviews
AHURI, Wednesday 21 January 2015. Click here.

Can't stand the view? Swap places
The Age, Friday 16 January 2015. Click here.

The rent is too damn high: what we mean when we talk about 'affordable housing'
The Guardian, Wednesday 21 January 2015. Click here.

Events and Training

AHRC Conference Reminder
The Australasian Housing Researchers Conference will be held in Hobart from 18-20 February 2015. Register now to be part of this event, which includes a joint presentation from Shelter Tas' Cynthia Townley and Deb Lewis from COTA Tas - 'Towards age friendly solutions for landlords and renters'. For more information and registration, go to the AHRC website.  

Cert. IV in Social Housing Training Units

The Centre for Training in Social Housing (CTSH) is offering seven units of accredited training for study. The units are available to Shelter Tas members from the affordable housing and homelessness sector at a subsidised rate of 80%, supported by Skills Tasmania (the employer contribution is just 20% of the total cost). Units can be taken individually, or as part of the Certificate IV in Social Housing and a full list of the available units and study details are available on our website. Most units are offered via e-learning, which makes them accessible to anyone, State-wide. Experienced trainers will provide ongoing support for e-learning units. There are only 12 places available in each unit, so enroll now to make sure you don’t miss out on this excellent opportunity. The next units of study are ‘Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework’, scheduled for 19th February 2015 in Hobart and ‘Manage tenancy rent, charges and rental arrears’ via e-Learning starting 9 February 2015 for 4 weeks. Please complete the enrollment form (go to our website) and return it to  If you have any questions, please contact Kevin Saide, CTSH Training Manager on (02) 9281 1744 ext 215 or the Shelter Tas office on (03) 6224 5488. 

Red Tape Mythbusters
Volunteering Tas have gathered a team of experts to help navigate the red tape minefield in the areas of Working with Children registrations, insurance, Work Health and Safety requirements and discrimination.
When: 24th February in Prospect Vale - 25th February in Somerset - 26th February in Hobart
Where: Tyler Village, 320 Westbury Rd, Prospect Vale - Southern Cross Care/Yaraandoo, 1a Cardigan Street, Somerset - Sustainable Learning Centre (Hobart College grounds), 50 Olinda Grove, Mt Nelson.
Time: 9.15am - 4.00pm.
Cost: $150.00.
Registration: Go to the Volunteering Tas website to register, RSVP details and more information on the speakers.

Registrations Open for Shelter NSW Conference
Registrations are now open for this year’s Shelter NSW conference. The conference, Housing Wellbeing and the City, will be held on Thursday 23 April 2015, 9.15am - 4.30pm (at the Auditorium, NSW Teachers Federation Conference Centre, 37 Reservoir Street, Surrey Hills, Sydney). The keynote speaker will be Professor Bill Randolph, Director of the City Futures Research Centre at the University of NSW. A full program will be available soon. You can register on-line now. Early bird discounts are available.

Expressions of Interest for Leadership and Change Program - Closing Soon!
For the first time in Tasmania, National Disability Services is offering the popular 'Designing and Implementing Organisational Change Strategies' program, in partnership with Service Quality Australia. This popular, hands-on program has been developed specifically for organisational leaders in the disability sector wanting to be well prepared for the implementation the NDIS. The program consists of 10 half-day sessions, from February to August 2015, and you can find out more about the course content by  clicking here.
Early bird registration for this program is now open. Minimum numbers are required for this program to go ahead. Contact Lyndell George on 6212 7300 or for more information.

Other News

Position Vacant - Rural Outreach Worker (N & NW Tas)
Rural Alive and Well Inc. (RAW) is a community not-for-profit organisation providing early intervention outreach support services to rural communities with the aim of preventing suicides, improving community well-being and building community resilience. A RAW Rural Outreach Worker will provide support to individuals and rural communities using a diversity of skills and networks. RAW would encourage applicants with a range of qualifications and experience to apply. RAW are seeking two Outreach Workers (one based in the North and one in the North West) on a full time contract basis until 30 June 2016, but may be extended depending on future funding arrangements. 
For more information and a copy of the position description, please call Danial Rochford on 6254 1092. Applications (responding to the selection criteria) must be received by COB 30 January and addressed to the CEO, MR Danial Rochford at

Australia’s Charities and Not-for-Profits Consultation Report Released
Earlier this year, the Minster for Social Services, the Hon Kevin Andrews MP, released the Australia’s Charities and Not-for-Profits Options Paper, outlining the proposed replacement arrangements for reporting obligations of charities following the abolition of the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC).
This consultation report provides a summary of consolidated feedback as it relates to the four elements outlined in the Options Paper:
  • Self-reporting requirements to ensure public accountability for charities’ operations.
  • Returning determination of charitable status to the ATO with a framework in place to ensure independence of decision making.
  • An appropriate compliance framework that would leverage existing powers.
  • Appropriate transitional arrangements to provide certainty for the sector.
The full report can be downloaded via the DSS website.

2015 International Women’s Day Big Breakfast
Including guest speaker, Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner AM, Governor of Tasmania. All funds raised support local health and medical research.
Date: Wednesday 11 March 2015
Time: 6.30am for 7.00am
Location: Tasman Room, Wrest Point
Tickets: $50 each or $450 for a table of 10
RSVP: Wednesday 4 March 2015
Bookings: or phone 6166 8088.

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