Monday 30th November 2015

Shelter Tas AGM

Thank you to everyone who came along to Shelter Tas' AGM, which was held on Friday 20th November at Salamanca Inn, Hobart. The support of our members is greatly appreciated, particularly in 2015, as we celebrated Shelter Tas' 40th birthday!
Guest speakers were Human Services Minister, Jacquie Petrusma and Dr Cameron Parsell from the University of Queensland. You can find the notes from Dr Parsell's presentation, 'Ending Homelessness: research and practice' on our website.
The Shelter Management Committee was elected at the meeting, and our SMC for the coming year is:
    > Jenny Bertram - Magnolia Place, Launceston Women's Shelter (proxy Amanda Henri)
    > Sally Pugsley - Housing Choices Tas (proxy Rana Havard)
    > Belinda Jones - Anglicare (proxy Louise Bieser)
    > Ria Brink and Tash Blyth - Karinya Young Women's Service
    > Michael Douglas - Colony 47 (proxy N'didi Okwechime)
    > Melissa Palframan - Community Housing Ltd (proxy Leonnie Hyde)
    > Stephen Hill - Launceston City Mission (Mark Sytsma)
    > Andrea Witt - CatholicCare (proxy Jacinta Atkins)
    > Shane Leonard - Youth, Family and Community Connections (proxy Ros Atkinson)
    > Jed Donoghue - Salvation Army (proxy David Priddle)
    > Meredith Barton - Tenants' Union of Tasmania (proxy TBC)
    > John Stubley - Hobart City Mission (proxy Annette Clark).
The Executive committee will be voted on shortly, and we will provide an update on the outcome.
If you would like a copy of the Shelter Tas 2015 Annual Report, please go to our website and download a copy there, or call 6224 5488 to request a copy to be sent out to you.
Our thanks once again for your support of Shelter Tas throughout the year and we look forward to working with you all in 2016.

Top: preparing for our 40th birthday AGM, SMC and staff dinner. Bottom: Dr Cameron Parsell, Minister Jacquie Petrusma.

First Ever Rental Affordability Index Released 24th November

Report dispels the myth of cheap rents in Tasmania
For some time, the discussion on housing in Australia has focussed on the increasing cost of purchasing a home. Importantly, focusing on housing affordability through the lens of home ownership does not provide insight into the households that are struggling with housing affordability most - those in the rental market.
National Shelter, Community Sector Banking and SGS Economics and Planning have formed a partnership to develop the Rental Affordability Index (RAI). The RAI, which was released last week, examines rental affordability for all renting households in each State of Australia by postcode or suburb, and will be produced quarterly. The RAI examines affordability trends in the rental market, with a particular focus on low income households.
The RAI fills a gap in knowledge about the private rental market which connects income to the cost of living, which makes the report relevant to Tasmania where there is a myth that housing is very affordable here. In fact, as incomes are on average $100 per week less than other states, housing is far from affordable to many low income renters in Tasmania.
If click on the links below if you would like to find out more:
    > Go to the National Shelter website to read the report, media release and access associated links
    > Go to the Shelter Tas website to read our media release
    > Click here to read the ABC news story about the report.

Forum - Supporting Families and Keeping Children Safe

Dr Maria Harries (Chair of the Child Protection Redesign Reference Group) and Mark Morrissey, Tasmanian Commissioner for Children invite you to participate in a Tasmanian Supporting Families and Keeping Children Safe forum on 17 December 2015.
The Child Protection Redesign Reference Group has been established to provide expert advice on the redesign of the Child Protection Service. This also includes the development of a reform plan for the broader system to better protect children and support families.The aim of this forum on 17th of December is to harness the expertise of a wide range of professionals who are working with children and families.
By participating in this important forum your input and expertise will inform and guide the Reference Group’s report to Government. The forum will consider approaches to supporting families and keeping children safe in Tasmania. You will be asked to help think about how to do this important work more effectively, as well as identifying any barriers that need to be overcome in doing so.
The following will be considered:
What does the ideal system look like?
What is in place now and what are the problems with it?
What do we need to do?
What might get in the way?

Date: Thursday 17 December 2015
Time: 1.00pm – 4.00pm (Please note change of time)
Venue: Tailrace Centre, 1 Waterfront Drive, Riverside Launceston
RSVP: by Friday 11 December 2015
***Please note this forum is for those working in the Community Sector only.
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