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Shelter TAS - Housing and Homelessness Peak
Shelter TAS eNews
Friday 2nd December 2022

A Message from Shelter Tas CEO

Shelter Tas AGM 2022: Shelter Tas Policy and Executive Committees, staff and guest speakers - Minister for Housing, the Hon Guy Barnett MP, and Professor Peter Phibbs.
Thank you to everyone who attended the Shelter Tas AGM on Friday 25 November. If you missed it, we elected the new Shelter Tas Executive and Policy Committee for 2022-24 (see below for the latest Committee memberships). Thanks also to our wonderful SPC and Executive members for their commitment and support of Shelter Tas, and we look forward to working with you all over the next year.
We were delighted to welcome Jenny Bertram, CEO of Magnolia Place Launceston Women’s Shelter as a Life Member of Shelter Tas, in recognition of her outstanding contributions to Shelter Tas and the housing and homelessness sector. Jenny is pictured here (L), with Pattie Chugg and Shelter's first Life Member, Belinda Jones.
Released at the AGM, Our Annual Report provides an excellent overview of our members’ achievements, as well as Shelter Tas work over the past year, and is now available online. Click here to read the Shelter Tas Annual Report. Another major piece of work that we recently completed is our annual Submission to the State Government Budget Process for 2023-24, which is an important opportunity to address the chronic shortage of affordable homes and highlight systemic challenges and changes needed in the Tasmanian housing system. Click here to read our Budget Submission for 2023-2024.

The 2022 release of the Rental Affordability Index is now available. The RAI Report is produced by National Shelter and SGS Economics and Planning, and provides an easy-to-understand indicator of rental affordability relative to household incomes, giving Australia-wide results for capital cities and ‘rest of the state’ areas.  Since 2018, both Hobart and the Rest of Tasmania have been the least affordable in the country on the measure of rent to income.

In his address to our AGM, the Hon Guy Barnett, Minister for Housing announced $50 000 funding for Shelter Tas in partnership with Hobart Women’s Shelter to provide a report on women’s housing needs. The report will be a key information resource for the twenty-year Tasmanian Housing Strategy. You can read the Minister's media statement here, and we look forward to this new leading analysis.

The new Homes Tasmania statutory body came into operation on 1 December, and we were delighted that the new Chair, Michele Adair found time to meet with Shelter Tas on that very busy day. The first of many productive meetings!

Pattie Chugg
Shelter Tas CEO

Shelter Tas Policy and Executive Committees 2022-2024

Shelter Tas Executive Committee
Chair - Andrea Witt
Vice-Chair - Jed Donoghue
Treasurer - James Roach
Public Officer - Jenny Bertram
Secretary - Louise Bieser
Policy Committee Rep - Oscar Norton
Shelter Policy Committee
Kim Bomford, Housing Choices Tas (proxy - Sally Pugsley)
Stephen Hill, Launceston City Mission (proxy - Mark Sytsma)
Didi Okwechime, Colony 47 (proxy - Olivia Shekleton) 
James Roach, Hobart City Mission (proxy - Ewan Higgs)
Jed Donoghue, Salvation Army (proxy - Ben Moroney)
James Norman, Centacare Evolve Housing (proxy - Christina Augustine)
John Rowland, Possability (proxy - TBC)
Stacey McDermott, Mission Australia Housing (proxy - Daniel Frost)

They join existing members continuing from 2021 nominations:
Shane Leonard, Youth Family and Community Connections (proxy - Ros Atkinson)
Oscar Norton, Community Housing Ltd (proxy - Narelle Kreutzer)
Jacinta Atkinson, Wintringham (proxy - Trish Gleeson)
Alex Bomford, Tenants' Union of Tasmania
Louise Bieser, Anglicare Tasmania (proxy - Michele Filz)
Andrea Witt, Catholic Care Tasmania (proxy - Denise Leonard)
Jenny Bertram, Magnolia Place - LWS (proxy - Amanda Murphy)
Jane Gaetani-Black, Karinya Young Women's Service (proxy - Patsy Hodges)
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Other Housing and Homelessness News

Congratulations to the new Homes Tasmania Board Members

Congratulations to the recently announced Board of Homes Tasmania - Michele Adair (Chair), Tim Gourlay, Daryl Lamb, Robert Pradolin, Alice Spizzo and Ellen Witte.

The selection provides valuable longstanding experience in the Tasmanian housing and homelessness sector, as well as leadership in the areas of governance, property development, data analytics, legal and planning.

We look forward to working with the new Board on delivering the Government's commitment to 10,000 new social and affordable homes by 2032, and on improving housing outcomes for vulnerable Tasmanians. 

You can read the Minister's media statement on the Board announcement here.

Housing Dashboard Update - October 2022

The October 2022 Housing Dashboard is currently available at the Communities Tas website.

There are 4,534 households waiting for social housing - an increase of 30 from 4,504 in September.

The time for priority applicants to be housed has increased to 105.6 weeks (monthly figure as of October 2022) from 76.5 in September, and the rolling 12-month average waiting time is 74.0 weeks.

Centacare Evolve Housing - Award Winners!

The Centacare Evolve Housing team has been announced as winners of two categories at the PowerHousing Australia National Awards - 
  • the Tenant Engagement and Social Inclusion Award
  • the Government Program Collaboration Award
Congratulations on this well-deserved recognition for your great work!

CHIA Report Highlights Unmet Housing Need

The Community Housing Industry Association (CHIA) has released a national snapshot - Quantifying Australia’s unmet housing need - showing one in fifteen Australian households were experiencing homelessness, overcrowded homes or rental stress on census night in 2021.

Taking into account homelessness, overcrowding and lack of affordability for lower income households, the report forecasts significant and growing unmet need unless there are focused housing system interventions, and suggests a need for 6.5% annual growth in non-market housing to meet demand.

Shelter Tas has contributed funding to this important piece of research, prepared for CHIA by the University of New South Wales, and you can read the summary report and related media statement here.

Parity Magazine - Call for Contributions

Parity magazine is the Council to Homeless Persons' national publication, and they are currently seeking contributions for their March 2023 edition - Safe at Home.

This edition will discuss how Safe at Home responses support life outcomes for victim-survivors of family violence, including how principles are put into practice and how this is measured.

All contributions should be submitted as Word documents to Please contact Parity Editor Noel Murray at or ring 0466 619 582 if you have any questions, and you can read the call for contributions hereDeadline for submissions is COB Monday 10 March 2023. 
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Research, Reports & Articles

Important Reports and Research just released:
Shelter Tas, 2021-2022
Shelter Tas, 2023-2024

Rental Affordability Index
SGS Economics & Planning, National Shelter, Beyond Bank, and Brotherhood of St Laurence, 29 November 2022

Annual Report
National Shelter, 2021-2022

Quantifying Australia's unmet housing need - a national snapshot
Community Housing Industry Association. et al., November 2022

Young, in love and in danger: Teen domestic violence and abuse in Tasmania
AIHW, 24 November 2022
Moving On: how do tenancies end in the private rental market?
Shelter SA & Uniting Communities, November 2022

Annual Youth Survey (+ state sub-reports)
Mission Australia, November 2022

Urgent action needed on rents, as pressure grows on sector

640,000 Australians in housing stress (audio)
ABC News, 22 November 2022

A bird? A plane? No, it's social housing
Pro Bono Australia, 21 November 2022

Specialist Homelessness Services: monthly data The Conversation, 18 November 2022

'Do we just make a tent city?': the councils grappling with an influx of homeless Australians
The Guardian, 20 November 2022, 19 November 2022
Pro Bono Australia, 16 November 2022
Hobart homes listed under $600k have fallen sharply since Covid start, 18 November 2022
Financial Review, 30 November 2022
Uncovering the hidden face of homelessness
Pro Bono Australia, 16 November 2022

The health cost of homelessness: the case for supported housing
The Lighthouse, Macquarie University, 5 October 2022
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Media Statements

Shelter Tas and SGS Economics & Planning - 29 November 2022
Guy Barnett, Minister for State Development, Construction and Housing - 1 December 2022

Big drop in building approvals adds to housing pressures
Ella Haddad, Shadow Minister for Housing - 30 November 2022

Rental affordability crisis requires urgent intervention
National Shelter et al. - 29 November 2022
Incentives on offer to Tasmanian property owners to provide more rentals
Guy Barnett, Minister for State Development, Construction and Housing - 29 November 2022

Tasmanian renters continue to suffer under Liberals
Ella Haddad, Shadow Minister for Housing - 29 November 2022

Liberals must act on soaring rents
Cassy O'Connor, Greens Leader and housing spokesperson - 29 November 2022

Partnering to better understand housing challenges faced by Tasmanian women and children
Guy Barnett, Minister for State Development, Construction and Housing - 26 November 2022
Guy Barnett, Minister for State Development, Construction and Housing - 23 November 2022
CHIA & UNSW City Futures Research Centre - 22 November 2022
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Other News

Grant Opportunities for 2023

Essential Community Services Fuel Relief Program for Community Service Organisations
The Tasmanian Government has established the Essential Community Services Fuel Relief Program as a relief package for not-for-profit organisations to help ensure essential support services for Tasmanians in need can continue, uninterrupted.

Under the Program, eligible organisations will receive $20 for every $100 spent on fuel costs for essential community services, with a maximum amount of $1,000 available per applicant. Funding is provided on a first come-first served basis.

For further information, please contact Community Grants by email at or phone on 1800 204 224. Closing date extended until 31 December 2022.

International Women's Day Small Grants Program 2023
To celebrate and promote the contribution of Tasmanian women to their communities, the Tasmanian Government is funding grants of up to $2,000 for each application ($20,000 total) to support International Women’s Day (IWD) events run by local organisations across the State.

Organisations can apply for the grant to hold events that:
  • support women’s equality, including women’s economic security, leadership and participation, safety, and/or health and wellbeing.
  • celebrate and promote the contribution of Tasmanian women to their communities.
For further information, please contact Community Grants by email at or phone on 1800 204 224. Closing 2:00pm Friday 23 December 2022.

2023 Youth Week Tasmania Grants Program
Youth Week Tasmania will be held from Monday 1 May – Sunday 7 May 2023. The theme for Youth Week Tasmania 2023 is Acceptance. The slogan is: Be Bold. Be You.

Grants of up to $2,000 are available to organisations to support Youth Week Tasmania 2023
events, activities, or projects to:
  • Showcase the talents and skills of young people;
  • Celebrate the contributions of young people in communities, in education and in the workforce; and
  • Build the capacity of young people to engage with the broader community and develop practical skills through their involvement in planning and delivering Youth Week Tasmania events or activities.
For further information, please contact Community Grants by email at or phone on 1800 204 224.​ Closing 2:00pm Thursday 23 February 2023.

COVID-19 Support and Information

For the most up-to-date COVID-19 information, support and advice, please go to or call the Tasmanian Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.

The Tasmanian coronavirus website also has a number of factsheets available that provide the latest information on the management of COVID-19, such as best practice guidance for high-risk settings, including ‘Homeless and Specialty Housing Services’.

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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Access the new report - Monitoring the Impact of Short-Term Rentals on Tasmanian Housing Markets - commissioned by Shelter Tas and produced by Emeritus Professor Peter Phibbs here.

You can also find our
 2023-24 Budget Submission and 2022 Annual Report via these links.
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