Thursday 16th July 2015

Housing and Homelessness News

Employment Opportunity at Shelter Tas
We are looking for an Administration and Finance Officer to join us at Shelter Tas. This is a permanent Hobart-based position, working 14 hours/week (with the possibility of extra hours until June 2016).
If you are a motivated and resourceful person who can take responsibility for the day-to-day financial and administrative duties of the organisation, we would love to hear from you.
The successful applicant should possess:

  • skills and experience in office management (including payroll, MYOB and accounts) and preparation of forward budgets
  • Highly developed computer literacy and communication skills
  • An understanding of relevant financial and legal requirements and compliance with funding agreements.

Further information about this position (including selection criteria and position description) can be found at our websitePlease call Pattie Chugg on (03) 6224 5488 if you have any further questions.
Applications must be received by 9.00am Monday 20th July. Please note that only applications which address the selection criteria will be considered.

Shelter Tas Membership 2015/16
Shelter Tas has now sent out membership renewal notices for the coming year. Once you have received your membership renewal, we ask that you take a moment to complete our annual membership survey and update your details if necessary. Shelter Tas staff and management would like to thank all our members for your continued support of the organisation. 

Homelessness Prevention Week 2015 - Reminder
What event is your organisation planning for Homelessness Prevention Week (HPW) 2015?
HPW is only a fortnight away, but there is still time to mark this important week with a special event. Please send details of your event to Shelter Tas so we can help promote it in our special HPW 2015 eNews (please send details to by COB 30 July 2015).

The H.E.L.P (Homelessness: Every Life is Precious) film festival will be held on Monday 3rd August from 6.00pm at CMAX cinema in Devonport. H.E.L.P is a high school and college film festival organised by Youth, Family and Community Connections, and will be showing short films focusing on the issues of homelessness in the community. Prizes will be awared on the night and and a number of guest speakers will be attending also. Please contact Tania at YFCC on 6423 6635 or to RSVP (by Friday 24th July).

Tasmanian Planning Scheme Feedback
The State Government is currently seeking feedback on the draft legislation for the Tasmanian Planning Scheme. Beginning in 2014, the Tasmanian Planning Scheme is part of a suite of reforms designed to provide a faster, fairer, cheaper and simpler planning system for the State. The Planning Scheme is a significant reform in order to deliver a high level of consistency in the planning controls across the State, providing greater certainty to investors and the community. If you would like to provide comment on this matter, it should be provided to the Department of Justice by Monday 10 August 2015. Please go to the Department of Justice website to find contact details and more information on the Tasmanian Planning Scheme. 

Human Services Progress Chart
Click here to download the latest Human Services Progress Chart, information on housing can be found on pages 2-4. The related media release can be found here, or below in the 'Media Releases' section.

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.

ATDC/Shelter Tas Methamphetamine (ICE) Training
The Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Council and Shelter Tas recently held methamphetamine (ice) training sessions in both Devonport and Hobart. We have had some very positive feedback from participants so far, but please take the time to complete the evaluation forms for the day when you receive them. As not everyone was able to attend the training due to the overwhelming interest in the course, Shelter Tas will consider planning another training day later in the year, depending on the outcome of the evaluations, so please let us know what you thought!

Factoid of the Week I Older People and Homelessness

More than 2,000 people over the age of 75 are homeless on any given night in Australia.

Homelessness Australia, Mythbusting our Homeless.

Media Releases

Coalition governments sign up for National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness
Minister for Social Services, 6 July 2015. Click here.

Homeless funding extension a win for our most vulnerable Tasmanians
Acting Minister for Human Services, 6 July 2015. Click here.

Progress on rebuilding our human services

Acting Minister for Human Services, 10 July 2015. Click here.

Massive interest in Methamphetamine (ICE) training
Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs Council, 8 July 2015. Click here.

New grassroots mental health initiative to provide community-based support
Minister for Health, 8 July 2015. Click here.

Research and Articles

Disadvantaged places in urban Australia: residential mobility,place attachment and social exclusion
AHURI, July 2015. Click here.

Switching gears: reforming negative gearing to solve our housing affordability crisis
McKell Institute, June 2015. Click here.

No home at the end of the road
Swinburne Institute for Social Research, October 2011. Click here.

Concerns Fed Govt will hand homelessness to the states
ABC Radio National, 9 July 2015. Click here.

Charities blamed for homeless problem
Pro Bono News, 9 July 2015. Click here.

The 10 steps needed to fix housing affordability, 4 July 2015. Click here.

'If you are a woman looking for a bed tonight, you are on a wild goose chase'
The Sydney Morning Herald, 5 July 2015. Click here.

Mouldy rentals are no place to raise kids. Why isn't housing a scandal?
The Guardian, 4 July 2015. Click here.

Supply shortages and affordability outcomes in the private rental sector: short and longer term trends
AHURI, June 2015. Click here.

Australians love tiny houses, so why aren't more of us living in them?
The Conversation, 10 July 2015. Click here.

Govt urged to act on housing affordability
SBS News, 8 July 2015. Click here.

TasCOSS Outcomes Measurement Survey Report
TasCOSS, July 2015. Click here.

Events and Training

2015 Conference on Ending Homelessness 
The Council to Homeless Persons' (CHP) 2015 conference on ending homelessness will be held in Melbourne on 
17 and 18 September 2015 at the Melbourne Town Hall. The conference offers practitioners, researchers, policy makers and consumers the opportunity to come together to share ideas, showcase their successes and hear from a range of outstanding speakers. Over two days, local and international experts will highlight the solutions to making homelessness rare, brief and one off. Go to the CHP conference website for more details. Hurry - early bird registrations close tomorrow!

Tasmanian Youth Conference - 'Celebrate, Innovate, Create'
The Tasmanian Youth Conference (TYC) is a biennial event which celebrates and explores what it means to be a young person in Tasmania. TYC is open to young Tasmanians aged between 12-25 years of age who are, or want to be involved in their community. 
TYC provides the opportunity for young people to get together with the wider youth sector and initiate projects, learn skills, hear from dynamic speakers and engage with interactive workshops on a wide range of subjects. It also provides an excellent chance to increase the social capacity and engagement of a broad range of young people.
TYC will be held on 6 and 7 August 2015 at the Launceston Conference Centre. To find out more, go to the TYC webpage.

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.

Working with Potential for Violence
Groupwork Solutions are delivering workshop on Working with the potential for violence on Wednesday, 26 August from 9.30am to  4.30pm at Riverview Room, Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, Queens Domain, Hobart. This workshop looks at a variety of practical, common sense principles for the prevention and diffusion of violence against community welfare workers in a variety of community based settings. While it is clear that organisations must confront, understand and do all they can to prevent violence and its consequences, it is inevitable that community welfare professionals will often have to deal with situations where violence is a possibility or a fact.
Cost:  Early Bird (before 20 July) $242.00+GST.  After 20 July: $297.00 (incl GST) 
Morning tea and lunch are provided. 
More information and to register.

ACNC Charity Registration Webinar
Charities must register with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) before they can receive charity tax concessions from the Australian Taxation Office, amongst other benefits. If you have registered recently with the ACNC, this webinar will help you gain an understanding of your obligations, when you are required to take action and report to the ACNC. Click here for more information.

Other News

Positions Vacant at COTA Tas
Project Officer Positive Ageing (Elder Abuse Prevention)
COTA is seeking a Project Officer who will be responsible for managing projects that underpin the delivery of the State Government’s Elder Abuse Prevention Action Plan 2015-2018 together with other projects undertaken by COTA Tasmania.
This is a permanent part time position working 30 hours per week reporting to the Operations Manager. 
Further information about this position including selection criteria and position description can be found at Applications close Sunday, 19 July.

Project Officer Peer Education
COTA is seeking a Project Officer Peer Education who will be primarily responsible for managing the development, delivery and monitoring of the peer education program; a state-wide information program for older Tasmanians by older Tasmanians. The role includes recruitment, training and support of volunteer Peer Educators.
This is a permanent part time position working 14 hours per week reporting to the Operations Manager. 

Further information about this position including selection criteria and position description can be found at Applications close Sunday, 19 July

For more information on either of these roles, call Deb Lewis Deb Lewis, Operations Manager on 6231 3265 or email

New SCHCADS Pay Table
The new SCHCADS pay table is now available, and took effect from the first full pay period commencing on or after 1 July 2015. You can find a copy of the new pay table on the TasCOSS website.

Future 2 Make the Difference! Grants Program
The 2015 Future 2 Make the Difference! grants are now open to applications from community not-for-profits with programs to support socially and financially disadvantaged young Australians between 12 and 25 years of age.
Eligible grant applicants:
  • charities with Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status
  • registered charities, or
  • not-for-profit organisations.
Types of grant:
Applicants may apply for two types of grant:
  • a short-term grant of up to $10,000 in one year
  • a multi-year grant with total value up to $30,000 over three years
Projects funded:
Future2 seeks to support programs that address the needs of disadvantaged young Australians through:
  • Education, including skills training and leadership development
  • Engagement, including mentoring and juvenile justice programs
  • Employment, including work experience and job readiness training
  • Well-being, including remedial programs for drug and alcohol dependence
  • Independent living, including addressing social exclusion and homelessness.
For more information, visit the Future2 Make the Difference! Grants website at
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