Tuesday 20th October 2015

Housing and Homelessness News

Reminder - Shelter Tas Annual General Meeting
A reminder that you are invited to join us at Shelter Tas' AGM on Friday 20th November 2015 from 3.00pm - 4.00pm at Salamanca Inn (Gladstone Street, Hobart).
This year our guest speakers will be Human Services Minister, Jacquie Petrusma and Dr Cameron Parsell from the University of Queensland.
Please go the the 'Other News' section of this eNews for all the details, and you can email if you have any further questions.

Council Exploring Affordable Housing at Macquarie Point
After ongoing  discussions, the Hobart City Council have kept the door open on their decision regarding affordable housing at Macquarie Point and will vote on this issue in November.
Shelter Tas has been involved in a number of media opportunities regarding this issue, an example of the print items are listed below:
Plea for affordable housing as part of Macquarie Point development (The Mercury Oct 6)
Call for affordable housing at Macquarie Point (Shelter Tas media release Oct 5).

Treasurer Recognises Importance of Affordable Rental Accommodation
Treasurer Scott Morrison recently spoke at a press conference in Sydney on the Council of Federal Financial Relations. Amongst other things, the Treasurer said: “But housing affordability is just not about purchase affordability. Thirty per cent of people in this country rent – they rent – and rental affordability matters.” He also noted, “...retaining our absolute commitment to issues such as universal access and equity and fairness and the effectiveness of delivery of these very important services that Australians will always rely on.”
You can view the full transcript of the press conference by clicking here.

AHURI 'My House - My Home' Project
The Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI)  are collecting images of homes, neighbourhoods and communities across Australia for their new website. They are asking people to share their photos for the chance to see them on the new AHURI website. Click here to find out more.

Factoid of the Week I Housing Assistance

About 15-20% of Australian households receive some form of housing assistance with the most common being Commonwealth Rent Assistance, which has 1.3 million recipients.

AIHW Australia’s welfare 2015 in brief p. 29

Media Releases

Call for Affordable Housing at Macquarie Point
Shelter Tas, 5 October 2015. Click here.

Old school redevelopment to deliver new affordable homes, 120 jobs
Minister for Human Services, 16 October 2015. Click here.

Planning reform vital for unlocking our economic potential and creating jobs
Premier, 12 October 2015. Click here.

Safe Haven Enterprise Visa program begins
Premier, 10 October 2015. Click here.

Research and Articles

Talking Point: So important to ease housing stress
The Mercury, by Shelter Tas, 6 October 2015. Click here.

Plea for affordable housing as part of Macquarie Point development 
The Mercury, 6 October 2015. Click here.

Childhood homelessness makes for adult unemployment: study
The Conversation, 15 October 2015. Click here.

The opportunity of of unlisted wholesale residential property funds in enhancing affordable housing supply
AHURI, October 2015. Click here.

Homeless children missing out on basic health care, with long-term effects, Flinders University researchers say
ABC News, 3 October 2015. Click here.

More than a million Aussies forced to sleep rough
Pro Bono News, 6 October 2015. Click here.

Malcolm Turnbull's economic talks end with pledge to listen to all sectors
The Guardian, 1 October 2015. Click here.

What's the social cost of high house prices? (audio)
ABC Radio National, 2 October 2015. Click here.

Anglicare State of the Family Report - Living standard trends in Australia
September 2015. Click here.

The role of single-site supportive housing in addressing homelessness
AHURI, September 2015. Click here.

Parliament question time: questions over public housing giveaway
The Mercury, 13 October 2015. Click here.

Events and Training

National Housing Conference 2015
The National Housing Conference is nearly here! It will be taking place in Perth from 28-30 October 2015 and a new NHC speaker has been announced. The Hon Christian Porter MP, Minister for Social Services will deliver the opening keynote address.
There is still time to register - got to for more information.

TasCOSS State Budget Consultation Session
TasCOSS is holding a special drop-in State Budget submission consultation session from 3.00pm-5.00pm on Wednesday 21 October in meeting room 2, McDougall building, Ellerslie Rd, Battery Point.
A similar event may also be held in the North/North West if there is sufficient interest. Please contact TasCOSS to let them know if so. For more information, please call Kath McLean, Senior Policy and Research Officer on 6231 0755 or

Workshop - Building Resilient Workers
Resilience has been described as the capacity to adapt well in the face of adversity and to 'bounce back' from difficult experiences including significant sources of stress. In the face of the specific challenges for people in the helping professions, there is growing recognition of the need for workers to develop skills and practices that enhance well-being. Building Resilient Workers aims to strengthen workers by building their understanding of the potential impact of working in the helping professions, and inviting participants to explore self care and workplace practices known to increase personal and professional resilience. Building Resilient Workers will be held on Wednesday 11 November 2015 in Hobart. Click here for more information.

Way to Go Forum: Understanding and Planning End of Life Care
Following the success of their Hobart forum held in April this year, COTA will hold additional Way To Go Forums in Launceston on October 22.
COTA strongly encourages older people and their family members to join them for this valuable discussion. Hear from experts in the field, enjoy a light meal and join in the dinner table conversations. Take home a show bag of resources to share with family and friends. 
12pm-2pm, Thursday 22 October
Meeting Room, Queen Victoria Museum, Launceston
2 Invermay Rd, Invermay
RSVPs essential: 6231 3265 or

TYF Learning and Education Statewide Youth Forum
The Tasmanian Youth Forum's (TYF) Learning and Education Statewide Youth Forum is an opportunity for all young people aged 12 to 25 in Tasmania.
The Forum enables young people to contribute their ideas and solutions about different ways of learning and different types of education, as well as the opportunity to learn about different training and education pathways. This includes a range of activities and discussion groups that young people can participate in to share their ideas and connect with people working in the education and community sectors from across the State.
Wednesday 4 November, 
10.00am - 3.15pm.
Door of Hope, Glen Dhu St, Launceston
This is a free event with lunch provided and some free transport options are available for participants. Registration is essential.  
For more information: Tegan, 6223 5511 or
Click here to register .

Information Night for Parents and Carers - Drugs, alcohol, mental health and risk taking
Due to increasing concern from parents and carers of young people, members of Youth Action Network of Glenorchy (YANG) have organised an evening session where parents and carers will have the chance to engage with local services that provide supports to young people and parents.
The session will cover concerns that parents may have around:
- mental health of their children
- drug and alcohol use
- other risk taking behaviours.
The information session will involve addressing these issues, talking about the facts (dispel any myths) and making people aware of the support services available. 
Wednesday 4th November 6.30pm - 8.00pm
Glenorchy LINC (library)
For more information and to RSVP, please email

Other News

Shelter Tas AGM - Save the Date
The Shelter Tas AGM will be held on Friday 20th November 2015 from 3.00pm - 4.00pm.
Salamanca Inn - Gladstone Street, Hobart.
Guest speakers will be:
- Human Services Minister, Jacquie Petrusma; 'The Tasmanian Government's plan for increasing affordable housing and reducing homelessness
- Dr Cameron Parsell, University of Queensland; 'Ending homelessness: research and practice'.
You are invited to stay for nibbles and drinks after the AGM.
Please contact the Shelter Office on 6224 5488 or for more information.

City of Hobart Community Development Grants Program 2015/2016
Closes 2 November 2015.
The Hobart City Council invites applications for financial assistance under the Community Development Grants Program for projects and activities from the following categories:
Creative Hobart Grants, comprising:
- Quick Response Grants (available year round)
- Small Grants
- Medium Grants
- Major Cultural Organisation Grants
Community Grants, comprising:
- Quick Response Grants (available year round)
- Small Grants
All submissions must meet eligibility requirements, be submitted on the appropriate form and will be assessed against set criteria. For Grant Guidelines and Application Forms please go to
For any enquiries or to have the guidelines posted to you, please telephone 03 6238 2770 or email

Standards & Performance Pathways (SPP) Resource: The Reading Room
SPP's new Reading Room puts all the tools, templates, evidence guides and other resources available on SPP in one spot for quick and easy access. You can browse resources by topic and subtopic or search across the entire library. Once you’ve found what you’re after, just click to download and it's yours to use.
Topics include: Organisation Foundations, Governance & Management, Planning, Development & Performance, Human Resources, Finance & Asset Management, and Services & Activities.
Members can access the Reading Room from the top navigation menu.
For more information, contact or (02) 9569 1704.
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