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Whittlesea Women's Support Group Grants Guidelines
5th August 2013
  by Whittlesea Community Connections

Guidelines for Whittlesea Women's Support Group Grants. Grants up to $4,000 are available to support women's groups in the City of Whittlesea to involve women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Funds can also be used to start new groups.

Ideas for Homeless Person Week 2013
5th August 2013
  by Homelessness Australia

Here are some ideas for the National Homeless Person week 2013.

Changes in the private rental system and the effects of long-term private rental
2nd August 2013
  by AHURI

An increasing proportion of Australians are now renting privately, many for over 10 years or more. Long-term renters experience higher levels of housing stress and are less likely to feel part of the community. Policy-makers need to respond to the needs of long-term renters, especially households with children and those facing retirement.

Link to document: http://www.ahuri.edu.au/publications/projects/p50683

Homelessness prevention for women and children who have experienced domestic and family violence
2nd August 2013
  by AHURI

This research project investigated ‘joined up’ approaches to homelessness prevention for women and children who have experienced domestic and family violence.

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

Locked out: Discrimination in Victoria’s private rental market
1st August 2013
  by Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission

This report highlights the struggles vulnerable Victorians are facing when trying to access the private rental market. It indicates that some people experience discrimination and stereotyping because of race, disability or having children, making it difficult for them to secure a home.

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CHP & DVVic - Community Services in Victoria - Where are we headed? Forum Presentation
31st July 2013
  by Council to Homeless Persons, DV Victoria & Centre for Excellence in Child & Family Welfare Inc

In December 2012, Centre for Excellence for Child and Family Welfare Inc, Council To Homeless Persons and Domestic Violence Victoria held a forum for that provided an overview of the service sector reforms.

Download here (1066kb)
High and Complex Breakfast July Seminar registration form
30th July 2013
  by Crossroads ICMI

Registration form for upcoming July High and Complex Breakfast Seminar

Covering the essentials
30th July 2013
  by Dominic Collins | Good Shepherd Microfinance

Covering the essentials is a report published by Good Shepherd Microfinance aimed at increasing access and affordability of insurance for people on low incomes.

The report shows a high level of latent interest in improving access to insurance for people on low incomes, both within the community sector and the insurance industry. The report makes 26 recommendations in areas such as insurance product design; measures to increase affordability of and access to insurance; increasing financial literacy and understanding of insurance; issues for microfinance providers; & future research and improving understanding of financial exclusion.

Following on from this report, Good Shepherd Microfinance will pursue home contents and motor vehicle insurance products designed specifically for people with modest assets and low incomes. The report also highlights concerns surrounding alternatives to funeral insurance and opportunities to assist people on low incomes with other insurance needs

To download report please click on link below

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FRMP's 6-Month Report Jan-June 2013
23rd July 2013
  by FRMP

FRMP's 6-Month Report Jan-June 2013, including report back from first half of the year and plans for the next 6 months.

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University student finances in 2012 A study of the financial circumstances of university strudents
22nd July 2013
  by Emmaline Bexley, Suzanne Daroesman, Sophie Arkoudis and Richard James

This report provides an evidence based understanding of the financial circumstances of the student population in Australia (both international and domestic) through the collection of quantitative data on: access to income support and scholarships, income from paid employment and the impact of paid work on study, study and living costs and student debt.

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Homelessness prevention for women and children who have experienced domestic and family violence
22nd July 2013
  by AHURI

This research project investigated 'joined up' approaches to homelessness prevention for women and children who have experienced domestic and family violence.

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

Feeling the heat : workers' experiences of job stress in the Victorian community services sector
22nd July 2013
  by Lorraine Harrison

This thesis examines work stress in the Community Services Sector (CSS) in Victoria. Psychological injuries are extremely high in the CSS (WorkSafe Victoria), and yet there has been no research specifically addressing this issue in the sector. Further, there has been little research that examines workers’ perspectives of work stress. The thesis thus focuses on the ‘missing voices’ of workers by outlining what workers have to say about work stress, its causes and its effects. In order to place this research into both its historical and socio-political contexts, the genealogical roots of work in the CSS are examined and the impact of neo-liberalism on the sector critically assessed.

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Changes in the private rental system and the effects of long-term private rental
19th July 2013
  by AHURI

An increasing proportion of Australians are now renting privately, many for over 10 years or more. Long-term renters experience higher levels of housing stress and are less likely to feel part of the community. Policy-makers need to respond to the needs of long-term renters, especially households with children and those facing retirement.

To see more please click on link below

Download here (1130kb)
Economic Abuse: Searching for Solutions
8th July 2013
  by Good Shepherd Youth & Family Service and Kildonan UnitingCare

Good Shepherd Youth & Family Service and Kildonan Uniting Care have released their Economic Abuse: Searching for Solutions. A Spotlight on Economic Abuse Research Report.

Download here (3374kb)
Family Violence Support Groups in the Northern Metropolitan Region (NMR) Term 3, 2013
8th July 2013
  by Women's Health in the North and the Northern Integrated Family Violence Services

This calendar has been collated with information provided by community group work service providers. The aim of the calendar is to assist service providers to support women, children and men to access appropriate family violence support groups. A new calendar is produced to coincide with the school term and will include the most accurate information available.

Lighthouse Foundation Mother and Baby Home Program Brochure
8th July 2013
  by Lighthouse Foundation

Program brochure Lighthouse Foundation's Mother and Baby Home Program.

Indigenous Family Violence Primary Prevention Framework
8th July 2013
  by INDIGENOUS FAMILY VIOLENCE REGIONAL ACTION GROUPS

This Framework meets the commitment made to develop an Indigenous specific prevention framework for family violence identified in Strong Culture, Strong Peoples, Strong Families: Towards a safer future for Indigenous families and communities Ten Year Plan

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Victorian Indigenous Family Violence Strategy Community Initiative Fund Guidelines &Application Info
8th July 2013
  by INDIGENOUS FAMILY VIOLENCE REGIONAL ACTION GROUPS

Guidelines and application information for applying for Victorian Indigenous Family Violence Strategy Community Initiative Fund.

Victorian Indigenous Family Violence Strategy Community Initiative Fund Application Form
8th July 2013
  by INDIGENOUS FAMILY VIOLENCE REGIONAL ACTION GROUPS

The application form for the Victorian Indigenous Family Violence Strategy Community Initiative Fund.

Elder Abuse Prevention and Response e-­Newsletter
3rd July 2013
  by Domestic Violence Victoria

The June edition of the DV Vic Elder Abuse Prevention and Response e-newsletter.

Wellbeing outcomes of low-income renters: a multi-level analysis of area effects
2nd July 2013
  by AHURI

The proposed research aims to provide a multi-level analysis of the wellbeing outcomes of low-income renters living in socially diverse locations. It combines HILDA, ABS, and ATO data to isolate area-based level from household level effects across time. The research helps to inform area-based policies on social mix and affordability.

Link to document: http://www.ahuri.edu.au/publications/projects/p53001/

Scholarship application form for DHS Student Scholarship Program 2014
28th June 2013
  by Kids Under Cover

Scholarship application form for DHS Student Scholarship Program 2014

Information for nominating teachers for DHS Student Scholarship Program 2014
28th June 2013
  by Kids Under Cover

Information for nominating teachers for DHS Student Scholarship Program 2014

Homelessness 2011-12: Comparing performance across Australia
5th June 2013
  by COAG Reform Council

In this fourth report the COAG Reform Council find good progress in reducing the number of rough sleepers in Australia. However, the overall level of homelessness has risen, driven by increased numbers of people living in supported accommodation and severely crowded houses. Homelessness among Indigenous Australians remains higher than for non-Indigenous Australians but they found that there has been improvement in some locations and for certain types of homelessness.

Link to document: http://www.coagreformcouncil.gov.au/reports/housing-affordability/homelessness-2011-12-comparing-performance-across-australia

CHP Consultation Paper on VHAP and Sector Reform
30th May 2013
  by Council to Homeless Persons

CHP are currently developing their policy positions for the coming year, including CHP’s response to the Victorian Homelessness Action Plan Reform Project. CHP are keen to be informed about key issues in the sector, and directions for reform. CHP has developed a consultation paper to inform these discussions.

Crossroad ICMI Breakfast Seminar: Youth Refuge-Enhanced Models - 28th May 2013
28th May 2013
  by Crossroads ICMI

Confused about the new youth refuge enhanced model?? Come prepared to find out about and ask questions on these 2 new models.

CHRIP Training Calendar 2013
27th May 2013
  by The Centre for the Human Rights of Imprisoned People

The Centre for the Human Rights of Imprisoned People (CHRIP) is running it’s 4th annual Effective Advocacy and Activism Training Program in 2013. The program is open to all legal and non-legal advocates and community members, and has a focus on individual and systemic advocacy around prison human rights issues.

New Family violence referral protocol between DHS and Victoria Police
27th May 2013
  by DHS and Victorian Police

The Family violence referral protocol between the Department of Human Services and Victoria Police 2012-14 provides guidance on how Victoria Police, the Department of Human Services and the service agencies it funds can work together to strengthen the collective response to family violence.

Service Sector Reform: Reflections on the consultations.
27th May 2013
  by Professor Peter Shergold AC

Professor Peter Shergold AC, the independent project leader for the Service Sector Reform Project, has released his interim consultation feedback report, Service Sector Reform: Reflections on the consultations. The report provides an overview of the perspectives shared in both submissions and consultation forums held across Victoria in response to Professor Shergold’s discussion paper and the questions presented for discussion at the consultation forums. It also provides his reflections on the major themes that have emerged and some of their implications.

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A Review of Victorian Education Initiatives Relating to Youth Homelessness
27th May 2013
  by Associate Professor David MacKenzie, Dr Monica Thielking and Ms Chantal Chauvet-Allen

The purpose of this report is to outline what has been done and what is being done in the education sector to engage in 'early intervention' for young people at-risk of homelessness or experiencing homelessness in Victoria.

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