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Shelter TAS - Housing and Homelessness Peak
Shelter TAS eNews
Friday 15th July 2022

A Message from Shelter Tas CEO

You may have seen Shelter Tas in the media last week, following the release of the report Monitoring the Impact of Short-Term Rentals on Tasmanian Housing Markets

Click on the report title to access the full report, and you can see some of the media coverage in response to the report's release in the media section below.
We have been advocating for a Tasmanian Women’s Housing Strategy for some years now, and together with Hobart Women’s Shelter, we are escalating this work. 
  • The Hobart Women’s Shelter has turned away 1,759 women and children since July 2020, which equates to 8 out of 10 of the women and children who have made contact seeking crisis accommodation.
  • Women in Tasmania form 72% of people who are turned away from specialist homelessness services (AIHW 20/21). This represents the highest proportion of women who are unassisted in any state in Australia.

The CEO of Hobart Women's Shelter and I recently met with the Ministers for Housing, Women and Family Violence, where we advocated strongly for the need to develop a strategy that responds to the housing needs of women specifically, and we have submitted a proposal to develop this strategy.

This week we have continued our work with stakeholders from the sector and government on the Tasmanian Housing Strategy. Shelter Tas joined the Premier, Jeremy Rockliff; Minister for State Development, Construction and Housing, Guy Barnett; and Parliamentary Secretary, Lara Alexander for the first meeting of the Ministerial Reference Group on Monday 11 July. Stay tuned for  the opportunity to have your say on the Tasmanian Housing Strategy, a discussion paper will be out for consultation soon. Shelter Tas made a substantial submission on the legislation to establish the new Housing Authority, which you can read here.

And don’t forget Homelessness Week commences in just over 2 weeks, running from August 1-7 2022. To find out more and see what events are planned around Tasmania, go to the Shelter Tas website, or read the Homelessness Week section below.

Pattie Chugg
Shelter Tas CEO. 
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Housing and Homelessness News

Great Response to the Release of the Short-Term Rental Baseline Report

The world-leading report commissioned by Shelter Tas and produced by Prof Peter Phibbs - Monitoring the Impact of Short-Term rentals on Tasmanian Housing Markets - has received significant local attention as well as from national and international academics. The report provides important evidence to the debate on short stay accommodation, which is having increasing impacts on communities around Tasmania.

Hobart City Council Vote on Short Stay Accommodation

On Monday, Hobart City Council voted to support a proposal to stop more entire homes in Hobart from being turned into short stay accommodation. The proposal will go to the Tasmanian Planning Commission for another round of scrutiny and approval. If the Commission approves the proposal, it would restrict new whole-house short-stays in areas marked as General Residential Zones, Inner Residential Zones, and Low Density Industrial Zones in the Hobart City area.

For more background about the impact of Short Stay accommodation on Tasmania’s housing crisis, see our recent report - Monitoring the Impact of Short-Term rentals on Tasmanian Housing Markets.

Homelessness Week 2022

Homelessness Week is fast approaching, 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.

The Tasmanian #HW2022 Events Calendar on the Shelter Tas website is taking shape nicely, with all kinds of events planned by a range of organisations right around the state. Make sure you check it out!

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 on the Shelter Tas website.

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

Let’s TURN TASMANIA PURPLE to raise awareness during Homelessness Week!

For the first time in 2022, a number of councils will be lighting up local buildings and landmarks purple - so be on the lookout around Hobart, Launceston, Devonport and Ulverstone.
Or you could wear purple during Homelessness Week and encourage your work team or school to get involved and give visibility and support to this critical issue.

Sharing the Couch (NT Shelter)

NT Shelter have launched an initiative called Sharing the Couch – a series of conversations with thought leaders and those making an impact in the housing and homelessness sector. Guests discuss their experiences in the sector, their thoughts about prospects and opportunities from here, and some of the important things they’re working on at the moment.

Recent episodes include Adrian Pisarski, former National Shelter Executive Officer; Michael Fotheringham, Managing Director of AHURI; and Brent Warren, Deputy CEO of Housing Operations in the Department of Territory Families, Housing and Communities.

Find Sharing the Couch on YouTube to listen to these fascinating conversations!
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Research, Reports & Articles

Selection of media responses to Shelter Tas' short-term rental report:
Damning study tracks the impacts of Airbnb on Hobart rentals (subscription content)
The Mercury, 2 July 2022

Almost 50pc of Hobart's short-stay accommodation used to be long-term rentals, report finds
ABC News, 1 July 2022

Imposed caps to limit  the growth of short-term holiday rentals
The Examiner, 1 July 2022
Advocates call for stronger regulation on short stays like Airbnb, as rental vacancy plummets
ABC News, 7 July 2022

Social housing stock barely changes as waiting lists blow out and rental stress rises across Australia
The Guardian, 29 June 2022
Assisting first homebuyers: an international policy review
AHURI, 7 July 2022

Rents are on the rise. What are your rights if your landlord wants to increase yours?
SBS News, 4 July 2022

A long-term plan to provide homes for all
Pro Bono Australia, 7 July 2022

More rented, more mortgaged, less owned: what the census tells us about housing
The Conversation, 6 July 2022

Interest rate hikes may send about 200,000 more households into mortgage stress, says analyst
The Guardian, 6 July 2022
Housing All Australians' Synopsis, June 2022

A bitter winter and nowhere else to go: Hobart housing crisis forcing people to live in tents
The Guardian, 3 July 2022

The Stats Guy: We need (much) more public housing in Australia
The New Daily, 18 June 2022

The Choice: Violence or Poverty
Dr Anne Summers - University of Technology Sydney, 2022

Co-housing project in Hobart offers affordable rentals and a sense of community
ABC News, 6 July 2022
The Guardian, 4 July 2022
The Guardian, 2 July 2022
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Media Statements

Nic Street, Minister for Community Services and Development - 13 July 2022

Collaboration critical to achieve better housing outcomes for Tasmanians
Jeremy Rockliff, Premier; Guy Barnett, Minister for State Development, Construction and Housing; Lara Alexander, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for State Development, Construction and Housing - 11 July 2022
Cassy O'Connor, Greens Leader and housing spokesperson - 5 July 2022
Delivering more safe, secure and affordable housing for vulnerable Tasmanians
Guy Barnett, Minister for State Development, Construction and Housing - 3 July 2022

More North-West land for affordable home ownership
Guy Barnett, Minister for State Development, Construction and Housing - 2 July 2022
Cassy O'Connor, Greens Leader and housing spokesperson - 1 July 2022

Together, we'll help you buy a home with MyHome Shared Equity Program
Guy Barnett, Minister for State Development, Construction and Housing - 1 July 2022
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Training and Events

New AHURI Webinar

People with disabilities have diverse housing needs and are one of several groups at heightened risk of poor housing outcomes. With changing community attitudes and expectations, living options for persons with disabilities, including those with intellectual disabilities and high support needs, have evolved too. 

The next AHURI Research Webinar will present the findings from the recent AHURI report, Accommodating adults with intellectual disabilities and high support needs in Individual Supported Living arrangements


Wed 20 July 2022


10:00 - 11:30am AEST, online




Click here for more information and to register.

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 - Less Than 4 Weeks to Go!!

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. 

DV-Alert Training with Lifeline

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

Scoping the State Planning Provisions Review - Consultation Extended

The consultation period for the State Planning Provisions Review has been extended by two weeks, and will now close on 12 August 2022.

The SPPs Review Scoping Paper has been prepared to assist you with providing feedback. The Scoping Paper and a range of other information can be viewed via the 'Have Your Say' area at

Written submissions can be made until close of business on Friday, 12 August 2022 via email to, or by post to (address available on the website).

Enquiries can be directed to or call 1300 703 977.

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. 

International Overdose Awareness Day

Drug overdose continues to impact many Tasmanians. In the past five years, more Tasmanians died from unintentional drug overdose than in car crashes. 

The Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Council (ATDC) is asking Tasmanians to fold origami cranes for International Overdose Awareness Day on 31st August 2022.

According to Japanese tradition, if you fold 1,000 origami cranes you will be granted a wish. The ATDC is calling on members of the Tasmanian community to help fold Japanese origami cranes to contribute to artworks across the state raising awareness of overdose and to wish for an end to overdose in our community.

For more information on how you can get involved, loads of resources and events to attend, go to the ATDC website, or contact Ruzina at 6231 5002.

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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Find our 2022-23 Budget Submission and 2021 Annual Report here.
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