Tuesday 30th June 2015

Housing and Homelessness News

City of Hobart Roundtable on Affordable Housing and Homelessness
The City of Hobart, in collaboration with Shelter Tas, will be holding a round table discussion with a focus on the Council’s role in relation to affordable housing and homelessness. Participants will be invited from the community housing and homelessness sector, along with any other organisation that has an interest in this area. The round table will be held on Thursday 23rd July between 10am and 1pm at the Marina Room, Hobart Function and Conference Centre on Elizabeth Street Pier.

The forum program will be divided into two sessions as follows:

10.00am – 11.40am - Affordable Housing Strategy

11.40am – 12.00pm - Break for refreshments

12.00pm –  1.00pm -  Homelessness Initiatives.

Participants are invited to attend both sessions or alternatively can attend either session. A detailed program is being developed and will be distributed prior to forum. It would be appreciated if you could advise of your interest by emailing or by telephoning 6238 2100.  If you have any queries, please contact Kimbra Parker, Manager of Community and Cultural Programs on 6238 2723.

Reform of the Federation Draft Discussion Paper
The draft Discussion Paper is available here. A timeline for written submissions has not yet been announced, Shelter Tas will keep you informed.

Call for ideas for the Tasmanian Family Violence Action Plan
The Tasmanian Government is leading a new, coordinated, whole-of-government response to family violence which will be known as the Tasmanian Family Violence Action Plan.
The Action Plan will be released in August 2015 and will identify priority actions which focus on:

  1. Addressing attitudinal behaviours that lead to family violence
  2. Ensuring Safe at Home remains the nation’s best response model
  3. Strengthening support for adults and children affected by family violence
  4. Strengthening legal responses to family violence and
  5. Strengthening perpetrator management and rehabilitation.

The Action Plan will include short term (2015/16 Financial Year), medium term (1-2 years) and long term (3-5 years) actions to be undertaken by the Tasmanian Government. It will complement and build on work that is already being done under the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children- 2010-2022 and the Council of Australian Governments agenda.

Have your say
The Tasmanian Government are looking for your input on what they can do differently and what innovative actions can be taken to address family violence. Send your ideas to by Friday 3rd July 2015.

Budget Estimates
Shelter Tas, in collaboration with our members, proposed a series of questions in the State Budget Estimates process. We are grateful to members of the Legislative Council, especially to Ivan Dean, Rosemary Armitage  and Adriana Taylor who asked these questions. Details are in the Hansard, click here.

Anglicare to Take Over West Coast Housing Connect Service
Anglicare will take over the West Coast Housing Connect Service as of 1st July 2015. The West Coast Council will also transfer four properties used for providing emergency accommodation to Anglicare. These properties are under a Community Tenancy lease with Housing Tasmania and this service was not funded by Government. The service will continue to be operated from the West Coast Council offices and the contact number at this stage will be the general Anglicare 1800 243 232 number. New office and contact details will be provided when confirmed. If you have any queries or would like further information, please contact Michael Voumard, State Manager, Integrated Alcohol and other Drug and Children, Families and Community Services, Anglicare on 6213 3553.

Factoid of the Week I Homelessness Funding

Inadequate funding means 423 people are turned away from homelessness services every
night; and at least 2,800 women fleeing domestic violence are turned away each year. 

Homelessness Australia Inform 25 June 2015.

Media Releases

Call for Ideas on Addressing Family Violence
Minister for Women, Friday 19 June 2015. Click here.

New Operation, New Recruits in Stronger, Holistic Response to Ice
Minister for Police and Emergency Management, Thursday 18 June 2015. Click here.

Family Violence Consultative Group
Premier, Wednesday 17 June 2015. Click here.

Research and Articles

Tackling housing unaffordability: a 10-point national plan
The Conversation, 24 June 2015. Click here.

The history of housing bubbles
ABC Radio National, 24 June 2015. Click here.

Older women are the fastest growing group of homeless Australians, 23 June 2015. Click here.

ACOSS inequality report: House prices are making the rich-poor gap worse
The Sydney Morning Herald, 22 June 2015. Click here.

Homelessness should be priority: Turnbull
SBS News, 19 June 2015. Click here.

Five reasons housing is more affordable overseas
The Conversation, 19 June 2015. Click here.

Extra $68m a year needed to house domestic violence victims: Homelessness Australia
The Sydney Morning Herald, 18 June 2015. Click here.

How pop-up stores, origami shelters and bus stop bedrooms are helping tackle homelessness
Junkee, 17 June 2015. Click here.

Housing and homelessness peaks call for “fairer system of housing”
Mozo, 16 June 2015. Click here.

Switching gears: reforming negative gearing to solve our housing affordability crisis
Australian Policy Online, 10 June 2015. Click here.

Housing priorities of people with dementia: security, continuity and support
AHURI, June 2015. Click here.

The voices of mid-life women facing housing insecurity
Australian Policy Online, 29 April 2015. Click here.

Events and Training

Treating Alcohol & Drug Addictions in the Community
Join the Mental Health Professionals Network and guest speaker Dr David Jackson, a GP and Fellow of the Australian Chapter of Addiction Medicine. Dr Jackson runs a specialist Addiction Clinic at Murray Street Clinic in Hobart and is the medical officer for The Hobart Clinic Association. The session will be held at 6:30pm on Tuesday 7 July 2015 at the Murray Street Clinic Hobart, 8/39 Murray St. Light refreshments will be provided. RSVPs close on Thursday 2 July 2015. Click here to register. 

Engaging Fathers in Family Based Programs - Workshop 
This workshop allows workers, organisations or networks of services to provide more effective programs to men and families. The workshop explores the importance of the fathers’ role in family services and how programs can engage and support this opportunity. The workshop will be held from 9:30am to 4:30pm at Zeps Cafe, 92-94 High St, Campbell Town on Wednesday 14 October 2015. Morning tea and lunch will be provided. To register or for more information click here. Early bird discounts apply if you register before Thursday 17 September 2015.

Trauma Informed Groupwork with Vulnerable Communities - Workshop
This 2 day workshop will be held from 9:30am to 4:30pm on Monday 24 August and Tuesday 25 August 2015 at Zeps Cafe, 92-94 High St, Campbell Town. The workshop aims to develop the necessary skills for group leaders to facilitate creative group work and covers the principles of using creative group work techniques and tools. The focus includes changing group dynamics, increased understanding of motivational group work models for change and the use of practical creative exercises. For more information or to register click here.

Other News

Position Vacant - Focus on Futures Supervisor
Youth, Family & Community Connections Inc. is a North-West based Not-For-Profit Community Organisation that facilitates a range of services designed to support and assist youth, families and individuals to develop knowledge and skills to enable them to participate within the community. The Focus on Futures project provides opportunities for Work for the Dole participants to be engaged in meaningful projects in the community while gaining work ready skills. YFCC are currently seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified individuals for three Supervisor positions.  These positions will be based in Devonport and work throughout the Mersey Leven region.
To be considered for the position applicant must provide:
1.       Current CV/Resume- including 2 referees
2.       Signed YFCC Privacy Statement
3.       Complete YFCC Application Form
4.       Address the following selection criteria, demonstrating the experience in each of the following:
·         Ability to engage and supervise job placement participants (groups of up to 15 participants)
·         Practical skills in (some of) the following-horticulture/gardening, minor construction (i.e. welding, woodwork, cementing) understanding /use of small motors, power tools and other equipment, general ‘handyman’ skills.
·         Understanding of Safety/Risk and WHS Legislation
·         Demonstrated linkages and networks which support the aims of the project
·         Demonstrated ability to collect data, maintain files/store information, produce reports as required.
Applicants must be willing to undergo a police check, and a pre-employment medical, and are required to clearly address the above criteria to be considered for an interview. Further information about the position can be obtained by contacting the Team Leader, Janine Phillis on 0458 059 814 or
. Application packs can be obtained by emailing the QHRI Manager, Anne Heath on or phone 0418 238 532. Applications will be accepted up until 9am on Monday 6th July 2015.
Laurel House 1800 MY SUPPORT
From 1 July 2015 the Laurel House After Hours Crisis Number will change to 1800 MY SUPPORT - 1800 697 877. This number will apply to both the North and North West of Tasmania. Previous after hours numbers will not be in use from this date. Day service numbers will remain the same, North: 6334 2740, North West: 6431 9711.

Beanie Day - Helping the Homeless
Wear your favourite or craziest beanie and make a donation on Friday 7th August (or any day during Homelessness Prevention Week 3-9 August) to support the City Mission Winter Appeal and Homelessness Prevention Week.
To register, contact City Mission on 6335 3000 or  

Hobart Women's Shelter - Expressions of Interest for Board of Management
The Hobart Women’s Shelter is seeking expressions of interest from dynamic and enthusiastic women to join its volunteer Board of Management, who have experience, knowledge and skills in one or more of the following areas;
  • Homelessness and/or family violence
  • Community services sector
  • Governance, quality and risk management
  • Financial management
  • Work, health and safety
  • Public relations and marketing
  • Alternative income generation sources 
Expressions of Interest are to be sent to by Friday 3 July 2015.

Management Support Online: 20% discount
BNG is offering a 20% discount on new subscriptions to Management Support Online (MSO). A one-year subscription gives you access to more than 400 downloadable resources: policy and procedure templates, information sheets, videos, Good Practice Guides and more. The resources cover a range of topics relevant to not-for-profits: governance, management, operations and administration. It also includes a complementary advice service, should you need to problem-solve a particular issue in your organisation. Email BNG at or click here for more information or to subscribe. Offer closes Friday 10 July 2015.


Violence Against Women is Unacceptable

Daisy is a free app that easily connects you to a wide range of family violence services in your State and local area. Download via the App Store (Apple) or Google Play (Android).
1800RESPECT is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.
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