Thursday 27th October 2016
Housing and Homelessness News
An Invitation to Shelter Tas' AGM - Friday 25th November 2016
Please join us for our 2016 AGM, to be held at:
The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, Riverview Room
(Lower Domain Road, Hobart) 
Friday 25th November
3.30pm - 4.30pm
Our guest speakers this year are:
  • Minister for Human Services, the Hon. Jacquie Petrusma MP - speaking about housing and homelessness issues in Tasmania
  • Marcus Spiller of SGS Economics & Planning (Vic) and co-author of National Shelter's Rental Affordability Index - "The role of planning in addressing housing affordability".
We will also be discussing amendments to Shelter Tas' Constitution at this meeting.
Please join us for light refreshments at the conclusion of the AGM. 
RSVP by 18th November - p: 03 6224 5488 e:

National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH)
Federal, State and Territory housing ministers will be meeting on 4th November to consider the future of the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness which contributes significant funding for the provision of services for people who are experiencing or are at risk of homelessness. The current Agreement is due to expire in June 2017. Shelter Tas is joining with national partners to lobby for renewal of this critical Agreement. We will be issuing a special edition eNews next week dedicated to this topic. Watch this space!

Launch of Tasmanian Youth Forum Housing and Homelessness Report
The Tasmanian Youth Forum's Housing and Homelessness Report was launched by the Minister for Human Services at Parliament House recently. The Report is the result of a statewide consultation process with young people earlier this year, and shows that young Tasmanians are concerned about the impact of homelessness in the community, and want to take action to prevent it.
You can view the full report at the Youth Network of Tas (YNOT) website. 

Family and Domestic Violence – Its Impact upon Children and Young People in Tasmania
The Final Report from the Commissioner for Children Tasmania’s inquiry into the impacts of family and domestic violence on children and young people has been released and is available at the link provided below.  Most of what Shelter Tas submitted has been included in the Report, as well as a couple of extracts from the submission. A number of our members contributed to the submission (available on the Shelter website) – thanks for your efforts.
Commissioner for Children and Young People website
Shelter Tas' Submission to the Commissioner for Children om Child and Family Domestic Violence.

Reforms to Domestic Violence legislation
The Tasmanian Government is seeking feedback on the draft Family Violence Reforms Bill 2016 (comments due Monday 31st October) and the consultation paper Family Violence: Strengthening Our Legal Responses (comments due 6th Feb, 2017). The consultation paper has seven issues for discussion as options to strengthen legislative frameworks to hold perpetrators of family violence to account and to improve the safety of victims of family violence. They are:
  • breaches of protection orders by protected persons
  • mandatory reporting of family violence
  • definition of ‘family relationship’
  • law of self-defence in the context of family violence
  • effects of tendering no evidence in family violence cases
  • persistent contraventions of family violence order - perpetrator declarations
  • consequences of a persistent perpetrator of family violence declaration.
The documents are available at:
Fact of the Week

A 2013 survey assessed 360 international housing markets for housing affordability across nine countries: Melbourne is ranked as sixth least affordable city in the cohort with Sydney ranked fourth.

Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey results for the third quarter of 2013.

Media Releases

Housing affordability needs sophisticated approach
National Shelter, 24 October 2016. Click here.

Level playing field for Affordable Housing
Minister for Human Services, 11 October 2016. Click here.

New youth accommodation on the way for Devonport
Minister for Human Services, 26 September 2016. Click here.

New guidance for charities engaging with vulnerable people
ACNC and FIA, 10 October 2016. Click here.

Research and Articles

Coalition's housing affordability inquiry scrapped amid growing market fears
Sydney Morning Herald, 25 October 2016. Click here.

Productivity Commission stance could hold potential for social housing gains
The Conversation, 27 September 2016. Click here.

Social support through housing
The Examiner, 1 October 2016. Click here.

Supportive housing is cheaper than chronic homelessness
The Conversation, 27 October 2016. Click here.

If you don't own a home by 45, you probably never will, says report
The Guardian, 10 October 2016. Click here.

Ex-prisoners left homeless in Tasmania after housing help program axed, documents reveal
ABC News, 10 October 2016. Click here.

Solutions beyond supply to the housing affordability problem
The Conversation, 24 October 2016. Click here.

Housing and the social security system
Aust. Parliamentary Library research paper (in Aust. Policy Online), 12 October 2016. Click here.

Housing: the hidden health intervention
The Conversation, 21 October 2016. Click here.

An efficient and responsive housing market for sustainable urban growth and social inclusion
AHURI, September 2016. Click here.

Can the private rental sector provide a secure, affordable housing solution?
The Conversation, 19 October 2016. Click here.

Security in Retirement - the impact of housing and key critical life events
Swinburne University (in Aust. Policy Online), October 2016. Click here.

How the housing boom is remaking Australia's social class structure
The Conversation, 17 October 2016. Click here.

First home buyer error that may have changed history, 6 October 2016. Click here.

Homelessness tackled ‘Head On’ With 30,000 New Homes in Vic Strategy
Pro Bono, October 2016. Click Here.

Events and Training

Networking Event: Lunch with Hon. Jacquie Petrusma MP and Peter White
The Australasian Housing Institute (AHI) invites you to a networking lunch with Jacquie Petrusma (Minister for Human Services and Minister for Women) and Peter White (Chief Executive, Housing and Disability Reform, Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services), who will share their vision for social housing in Tasmania and answer questions from the audience.
The event will also provide an opportunity to hear directly from the AHI President Andrew Davis. Andrew will explain the role of the Institute and share the AHI’s plans for 2017. He will also explain the benefits on why becoming part of the professional association for social housing workers is important. This is a wonderful opportunity to share your views on how the AHI can support you in your housing career.
The event is free for AHI members, but you will need to RSVP, $20.00 for non-members.
Venue: Hadley's Hotel, 34 Murray St, Hobart
Date: 2 November 2016, 11.00 am - 1.00 pm
Cost: $20.00 (Free for AHI Members, but you must RSVP)
Register: Click here

Domestic Violence Awareness – ‘DV Aware’
Lifeline Tasmania invites you to participate in this valuable 1 day training program.
DV Aware is funded by the Department of Social Services and is delivered by Lifeline Tasmania on behalf of Lifeline Australia.
Where: Lifeline Tasmania, Level 4, The Quay Building, 31 Cambridge Road Bellerive.
Date: Tuesday November 1, 2016
Time: 9.00am -5.00pm
Questions: contact Lorette Venables on 6282 1500 or email Lorette on  
Click this link to register for the training.

Financial Literacy Education Skills Training
The Hobart Women's Shelter, in partnership with Impact Communities, will offer training to assist sector staff to support women experiencing homelessness and/or domestic violence to make effective financial decisions.
9:00am-3:00pm, Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th October
313A Main Road, Glenorchy
RSVP: Josie Young, Community Engagement Officer,, 0400 131 826 or 62738455.

An Introduction To Working With Individuals Who Have Self-Destructive Behaviour
Safe in Oz, in partnership with Australian Red Cross, will present this 2-day workshop on 10th and 11th November.
Cost: $440 [Incl GST]
Thursday 10th and Friday 11th November
6/28 Greenpoint Rd, Bridgewater LINC
Registration form and details
Further information: Annie, (03) 5176 2616, (Office hours Tuesday to Thursday 9am-4pm).

Technology Safety Summit - Sydney, 21st November 
The Women's Services Network (WESNET) is hosting Australia's inaugural Technology Safety Summit in Sydney on 21st November. This is the only conference in Australia that looks specifically at the intersection of technology and violence against women. The Summit will bring together domestic and family violence practitioners, legal and justice, government and corporate technology companies to hear about how technology is being misused by abusers, how women can harness technology and how we can use technology to help women.   
This one-day conference is the first of it's kind in Australia and is supported by Telstra and the U.S. National Network to End Domestic Violence. The speakers are technology safety experts from the USA and Australia.  
Places are strictly limited. For more information sign up for the email newsletter here

Affordable Housing Australia Conference - Melbourne, 14th – 16th November
The conference will create a one stop shop for all stakeholders to discuss and deliberate on the challenges they are facing and brainstorm innovative ideas by generating sustainable practices that are proven in the development of housing. Click here.

TasCOSS Conference, 23-24 November - 'Everyone a Leader'
TasCOSS's biennial conference brings together Tasmania's community services sector to think, learn, challenge and lead on issues that affect our families, communities, workplaces and government.
This year's theme, Everyone a Leader, invokes the need for citizen-led change in our State to stop the cycle of doing things over and over the same way without achieving real change. Click here for more information and registration.

Other News

Employment Opportunity - Health Promotion Worker, NWRADS
Youth, Family & Community Connections Inc. (YFCC) is a North-West based not-for-profit community organisation that works with young people, families and individuals to help them reach their full potential in a healthy and supportive community.
YFCC are seeking a qualified and experienced worker to work across the North-West and West Coast to fill a 0.6 FTE alcohol & drug specific health promotion position, providing:
  • information, education and health promotion activities on ATOD and co-morbidity related issues to  individuals, community, schools and services
  • access and referral pathways to counselling/support for ATOD and co-morbid clients and their significant others
  • community awareness/knowledge sessions on co-morbidity and ATOD related issues
  • collaborative working relationships with other existing services
  • support programs at the Burnie and Devonport junction HUBs.                                                    
For further information and an application package: Melissa Blake, Executive Assistant,, 6423 6635.   
Applications close 5pm, Friday, 4 November.

'Healing Voices' Documentary
Flourish and sponsor, The Richmond Fellowship, will host the Tasmanian premiere of  “Healing Voices”, an award winning documentary that goes a long way to healing our fear of people whom society commonly labels as ‘schizo’, ‘mad’ or ‘crazy’. The message in this film is that understanding, rather than fear, is what people who have experienced these conditions need.
18th November 2016
Woolstore Apartments, 64 Macquarie St, Hobart.
Click here to book your ticket.

Langford Art Competition
The ‘Living My Life My Way’ Art Competition is an opportunity for artists with lived experience of disability, mental illness and trauma to contribute art work for the organisation to promote the principles of individual choice and personal development. The prize value is $1,000.
All entrants must:
  1. have a lived experience of mental illness, disability or trauma. This includes family, friends and carers.
  2. be living in Tasmania
  3. deliver all artwork by COB on the 17th of November 2016 to the Langford offices in Moonah.
Call Kate on 6228 9099 or email for more information and full entry details.
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