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Human Rights and Domestic Violence POLICE -Fact Sheets
11th November 2013
  by Human Rights Law Centre

Domestic violence is a violation of women’s human rights and governments have an obligation to take reasonable and effective measures to prevent, investigate, punish and redress domestic violence. Human rights arguments and domestic and international complaints mechanisms can be used to advocate for individual women and to support arguments for changes to law, policy and practice.

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Through a Child’s Eyes
11th November 2013
  by Statewide Children's Resource Program

"Through a child’s eyes” has been updated (now has more information on CALD and Aboriginal ) and updated statistics on homelessness and family violence.

Hard Copies are available from Merri Outreach Services or click on attachment below for online copy.

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Human Rights and Domestic Violence - JUSTICE -Fact Sheets
10th November 2013
  by Human Rights Law Centre

Domestic violence is a violation of women’s human rights and governments have an obligation to take reasonable and effective measures to prevent, investigate, punish and redress domestic violence. Human rights arguments and domestic and international complaints mechanisms can be used to advocate for individual women and to support arguments for changes to law, policy and practice.

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Human Rights and Domestic Violence - WORKPLACE- Fact Sheets
9th November 2013
  by Human Rights Law Centre

Domestic violence is a violation of women’s human rights and governments have an obligation to take reasonable and effective measures to prevent, investigate, punish and redress domestic violence. Human rights arguments and domestic and international complaints mechanisms can be used to advocate for individual women and to support arguments for changes to law, policy and practice.

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Housing assistance in Australia 2013
8th November 2013
  by Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Having a safe place to live is important to all Australians. Stable and secure housing contributes to a range of essential benefits including shelter, health, wellbeing, stable employment and financial security for its occupants. Yet not everyone has access to stable and secure housing within their means; housing is one of the highest costs for most Australians, and a large number of Australian households are experiencing housing stress.

Australian governments and many community-based organisations assist households struggling to meet housing costs through a range of programs, collectively referred to as housing assistance. Housing assistance encompasses the provision of housing, rent assistance, home purchase assistance and services that support maintaining tenancies.

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Renovating housing policy
7th November 2013
  by Jane Frances-Kelly - grattan Institute

Housing policy in Australia is overdue for a major renovation. Government tax and welfare policies, by favouring homeowners and property investors over people who rent, are increasing the divide between Australians who own housing and those who do not.

The divide is income-based and it is generational. While home ownership is stable or declining slightly in Australia, there are sharp falls in ownership rates among households with low incomes or aged under 45.

Public housing stock transfers in Australia: past, present and prospective
7th November 2013
  by AHURI

This project investigated stock transfer models in Australia to identify enabling factors and barriers to more substantial transfers to third sector housing providers. This project looked at transfers in three jurisdictions (New South Wales, Tasmania and Victoria) and involved in-depth interviews with stakeholders and focus groups with former public housing tenants that transferred to not-for-profit landlords.

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Community Housing Rent Explained
31st October 2013
  by The Community Housing Federation of Victoria

The Community Housing Federation of Victoria has produced a two page explanation in order to explain how rents are calculated in the community housing sector. You can download a copy by clicking on link below.

Please feel free to distribute, and let us know if it is useful.

Social innovation, public good: new approaches to public sector productivity
27th October 2013
  by David Hetherington - Per Capita

This report argues that rather than outsourcing ever more public services, governments should introduce social impact bond models within the public sector.

In one of his first major steps as Prime Minister, Tony Abbott has delivered on his promise to establish a Commission of Audit into the Commonwealth public sector. The exercise is in the image of similar commissions called by incoming Premiers in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.

Mothers on the margins
27th October 2013
  by Tatiana Corrales, Sarah Wise - Anglicare Victoria

Every year Anglicare Victoria conducts a survey of its Emergency Relief and Financial Counselling clients to assess the level and extent of hardship and to highlight a contemporary problem facing people on low income.

In the light of the Australian Government’s recent decision to move principal parents from parenting support payments to unemployment payments when the youngest child reaches the age of eight (single parents) and six (parents in couple relationships) years, the aim of the 2013 Survey was to record the struggles experienced by women with dependent children who sought assistance from Anglicare Victoria due to financial hardship as well as the challenges they face in moving from welfare to a situation of self-reliance.

The use of guarantees in affordable housing investment - a selective international review
27th October 2013
  by Julie Lawson | Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute

This report provides a contemporary international review of established and emerging practice in Europe and the US concerning the use of guarantees to support long-term investment in social and affordable rental housing.

This report is provided at a time when Australia and Europe are facing long-term infrastructure investment needs to support more sustainable and inclusive development. There are mounting demands by key stakeholders to design appropriate instruments and intermediaries to channel investment towards necessary infrastructure, including affordable housing. Government and sector based guarantees are a rapidly emerging area of policy interest and international innovation.

Link to document: http://apo.org.au/research/use-guarantees-affordable-housing-investment-selective-international-review?utm_source=Australian+Policy+Online+Weekly+Briefing&utm_campaign=d5defcbb22-APO_Weekly_Briefing_3

Australian mothers' participation in employment
24th October 2013
  by Australian Institute of Family Studies

In 2009/10, almost two-thirds of Australian mothers of children aged under 15 years were employed. This employment rate remains below that of many other OECD countries, indicating that there may be potential for increases in maternal employment in Australia.

This paper explores the characteristics of employed and non-employed mothers, to identify the factors that contribute to differing employment levels.

Using data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey, it examines birth and work history, labour force characteristics, socio-demographic characteristics (e.g., education, number and age of children, and health status), and self-perceptions and values among lone and couple mothers.

In particular, it examines whether non-employment is due to a preference to be at home or due to barriers to employment imposed by personal or family characteristics.

To read online click here

Link to document: http://www.aifs.gov.au/institute/pubs/rp52/index.html

DHS Annual Report 2012-13
15th October 2013
  by Department of Human Services

The 'Annual report 2012–13: Victorian Department of Human Services' was tabled in Parliament on Tuesday 15 October 2013.

The report is available on the department’s website at www.dhs.vic.gov.au/annualreport or by clicking on attachment below

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Poverty, social exclusion and disadvantage in Australia
12th October 2013
  by Ben Phillips, and others - National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling

This report shows an increase in overall poverty between 2000-01 and 2011-12 in spite of a strongly growing Australian economy. The report details poverty rates by a range of important household types such as family type, state, unemployed households and the age of the youngest child in a household. The report also finds that children in some regions have fallen behind with significant disadvantage experienced in many Local Government Areas of Australia.

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Human Rights and Domestic Violence HOUSING Fact Sheet
11th October 2013
  by Human Rights Law Centre

Domestic violence is a violation of women’s human rights and governments have an obligation to take reasonable and effective measures to prevent, investigate, punish and redress domestic violence. Human rights arguments and domestic and international complaints mechanisms can be used to advocate for individual women and to support arguments for changes to law, policy and practice.

Download here (1517kb)
Trends in drug use and related harms in Australia
10th October 2013
  by Amanda Roxburgh, Alison Ritter, Tim Slade, Lucy Burns - National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre

This document collates various data sources that document trends in alcohol and other drug use and harms in Australia.

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Housing Occupancy and Costs 2011-12 Report ABS
9th October 2013
  by ABS

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released a new Publication titled Housing Occupancy and Costs 2011-2012. This publication presents data from the Survey of Income and Housing (SIH) on Australian housing occupancy and costs, and relates these to characteristics of occupants and dwellings such as tenure, family composition of household, dwelling structure, age, income and main source of income. It also includes value of dwelling estimates, and information on recent home buyers

To download report click on attachment below

Link to document: http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Latestproducts/4130.0Main%20Features22011-12?opendocument&tabname=Summary&prodno=4130.0&issue=2011-12&num=&view=

Gentrification and displacement: the effects of a housing crisis on Melbourne's low-income residents
30th September 2013
  by Sally Weller, Andrew van Hulten | Urban Policy and Research

Recently released as open access, this 2012 article examines gentrification processes in the context of a policy-induced housing crisis. It describes the effects of the crisis on Melbourne's inner western suburbs and documents the consequences for low-income residents. The article presents quantitative and qualitative evidence to show that the housing reallocation process has brought more affluent residents to the inner western suburbs and displaced low-income residents, pushing them into more affordable suburbs further from the city centre. This evidence exposes some of the limitations of the existing quantitative approaches to the study of displacement. We argue that the displacement effects of gentrification depend on pace of neighbourhood housing reallocation processes and housing affordability in adjacent neighbourhoods. The article concludes that planning, housing and population policies need to be better coordinated to prevent further erosion of the housing standards of low-income households and dissolution of their local communities

Please click on website link below for full report

Link to document: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/08111146.2011.635410

Managing Money: Every Woman’s Business
23rd September 2013
  by Women's health in the North

Guide to increasing women’s financial capability
Download Women's Health in the North's new guide Managing Money: Every Woman’s Business, to help increase newly-arrived and migrant women's financial capability with gender-specific, culturally-targeted and sensitive, information and training.

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The role of informal community resources in supporting independent housing for young people recoveri
16th September 2013
  by AHURI

This project analysed housing policy interventions that help young people in recovery from mental illness. In particular, it examined the way independent housing assists them access informal resources (e.g. family, peer and social networks such as sporting, church, cultural and community groups) at a local community level, and how this might promote other outcomes such as social inclusion, employment and better health.

Link to document: http://www.ahuri.edu.au/publications/projects/p50682

Implementing the Outcomes Star
4th September 2013
  by Dr Lisa Harris and Dr Sharon Andrews & Salvation Army

Lisa and Sharon have been commissioned by the Salvation Army Melbourne Central Division Research and Advocacy portfolio to undertake two action-research projects. The aim of this first project was to provide a robust implementation strategy for the Outcomes StarTM that would be of use to social service networks within the Salvation Army and other community service organisations. The second project will explore, over time, the use of data from the Outcomes StarTM in professional practice, individual and team supervision, program design, organisational accountability and structural advocacy

Assessing Children & Young People experiencing family violence – practice guide
2nd September 2013
  by Human Services

This practice guide aims to support family violence professionals to assess the safety and needs of unborn children, infants, children and young people affected by family violence

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Unfinished Business: Koori women and the justice system
30th August 2013
  by The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission has recently completed research into the experiences of Koori women in the justice system. The research found that offending and imprisonment patterns for Koori women differ from those of Koori men. They also differ from those of other women, noting that Koori women’s health and wellbeing depends on a strong connection to culture. Thus, connection to culture is a crucial protective factor and must lie at the heart of any intervention.

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Processes for developing affordable and sustainable medium-density housing models
19th August 2013
  by AHURI

This project will develop a new integrative development model for greyfields that can contribute to affordable housing provision. It will do this through case study research into housing associations' developments, surveying public housing land holdings and developing and testing design propositions for the redevelopment of this land.
To see more please click on link below

Link to document: http://www.ahuri.edu.au/publications/projects/p52012

Homelessness prevention for women and children who have experienced domestic and family violence
19th August 2013
  by AHURI

Two case studies from England and Australia were compared to investigate ‘joined up’ approaches to preventing homelessness in women and children who have experienced domestic and family violence. The approaches consist of housing, judicial and support systems and services working together to help the women and children stay in their homes.

To read full report please click on link below

Link to document: http://www.ahuri.edu.au/publications/projects/p50602

Homelessness in Australia - A snapshot
12th August 2013
  by Homelessness Australia

 On any given night in Australia 1 in 200 people are homeless.

To view or download Homelessness Australia's latest Fact Sheet on Homelessness in Australia please click here

Homelessness In Victoria - A snapshot
12th August 2013
  by Homelessness Australia

22,773 people are experiencing homelessness in Victoria.

To view or download a copy of Homelessness Australia's latest fact sheet on Homelessness in Victoria please click here

Boost Program Evaluation
9th August 2013
  by AHURI

This report presents findings from an evaluation of the Boost Enhanced Youth Refuge Response Initiative (Boost), located at Hope Street Youth and Family Services (Hope Street). Boost provides assistance to young people at risk of homelessness through the provision of a short stay refuge bed and outreach support.

Invisible care
8th August 2013
  by Carers Victoria

Invisible care: access to Carer Payment and Carer Allowance by Victorian carers of a person with a mental illness.

To address the considerable challenges faced by those caring for a person with a psychiatric disability, this report follows a study into access to Carer Payment and Carer Allowance by carers of a person with a mental illness. Invisible Care provides detailed analysis of the experiences of carers and their patterns of access to these important payments. The report goes on to develop recommendations that are relevant to Federal and Victorian government departments.

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No longer just an inner city issue: meeting the demand for needles, syringes and Opioid Replacement
6th August 2013
  by Heathwest Partnership

No longer just an inner city issue: meeting the demand for needles, syringes and Opioid Replacement Therapies (ORTs) across Melbourne's western suburbs

Sufficient access to needles, syringes and opioid replacement therapies (ORTs) across the western suburbs of Melbourne is an important health issue for the people who require these services, the organisations that support their health and welfare and the communities they live in.

This document outlines current issues with access to these services in the western metropolitan region and makes recommendations for action.

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