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Fuel on the Fire: ACOSS calls for restrictions on negative gearing
23rd April 2015
  by ACOSS

ACOSS is calling for action to restrict tax deductions for negatively geared property investments and the 50% discount on Capital Gains Tax, that are together costing the Budget $7 billion a year and fuelling housing price booms.

The report, ‘Fuel on the fire: Negative gearing, Capital Gains Tax and housing affordability’, dispels the myths that negative gearing makes rental housing more affordable and that the benefits mainly go to ‘mum and dad’ investors on middle incomes.

“Negative gearing and capital gains tax breaks must be front and centre in the tax reform conversation. It’s vital that the Government not rule out necessary reform in this area. This area of tax policy is shrouded in myth and those myths should be dispelled so that a sensible discussion can begin. That’s the purpose of this ACOSS Report,” said ACOSS CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie.

“Negative gearing and the tax break for capital gains don’t improve housing affordability; they make it worse by fuelling home price booms like the one in Sydney right now. Less than one tenth of negatively geared housing investments are for new properties, the other nine tenths bid up the price of existing housing.”

Bright Futures Child Evaluation Form
30th March 2015
  by Merri Outreach Support Services

Merri Outreach Support Services Bright Futures Child Evaluation Form

Bright Futures Child Evaluation Form
30th March 2015
  by Merri Outreach Support Services

Merri Outreach Support Services Bright Futures Child Evaluation Form

Opportunities for earlier intervention in family violence
30th March 2015
  by RMIT Centre for Innovative Justice

This report calls for earlier and more proactive intervention in family violence, arguing that while family violence has finally come to attention as a systemic wrong in need of a National Plan, a significant gap exists in our collective response.

Executive summary

This report turns the spotlight on perpetrators of family violence. In doing so, it calls for earlier and more proactive intervention - explaining that, while family violence has finally come to attention as a systemic wrong in need of a National Plan, a significant gap exists in our collective response. Equally, while victims of family violence must remain our priority, these victims will also remain at risk unless we step back and widen our gaze.

In other words, until we adjust the lens and bring those who use violence and coercion more clearly into view - until we intervene at the source of the problem - the cycle of this violence will simply roll on. This may manifest in assaults against the same or subsequent partners, in the damaging effects we know are experienced by children, in the behaviour of adolescents, or in the tragic escalation that can devastate an entire community. Either way, it will manifest as core business in our courts and as an ongoing drain on our economic and social wellbeing.

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Merri Outreach Support Services Childrens Feedback Survey
30th March 2015
  by Merri Outreach Support Services

Merri Outreach Support Services Childrens Feedback Survey Form

A closure evaluation form for children anf young people

Kids Business Information for children who use the Specialist Homelessness Sectot
30th March 2015
  by North and West Regional Childrens Resource Program

Kids Business Information for Kids who use the Specialist Homelessness Sector

Rooming House Standards Taskforce: Chairperson's Report
13th March 2015
  by Victorian Government

The establishment of the Rooming House Standards Taskforce in 2009 as part of the State Government’s strategy to take “action on those predatory operators of intentionally sub-standard rooming houses who prey on some of the most vulnerable members of
our community”.

The report outlines the rooming house sector in Victoria, the profile of residents, the problems
with private rooming houses and describes a plan for action in the rooming house industry around the key
terms of reference of the Taskforce which were:
• Standards
• Compliance and Enforcement
• Registration and
• Supply.

The Cost of Youth Homelessness in Australia Study
17th February 2015
  by Swinburne University; UWA Centre for Social Impact; Charles Sturt University

This longitudinal study "attempts to understand both the experience and impact of homelessness on young people and its personal and societal costs.

Nearly 400 young Australians (most of whom were homeless or at very high risk of homelessness) have been interviewed over a three year period.

This first report explores the experiences of young people who are homeless.

The report finds:
* Over half of young people under 25 who are supported by homelessness services slept rough at least once before they were 18.

* 63% of those young people who were homeless had been in some form of out of home care before they were 18.

* 39% of those young people who were homeless said that the police had come to their house at least once as a result of family violence.

* 20% of young women who were homeless said they had attempted suicide or deliberately hurt themselves in a way that could kill them, in the past 6 months.

A second report will be released later in 2015 exploring the economic cost of youth homelessness.

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Inter relationship between structural factors and individual factors in explaining homelessness
4th February 2015
  by Guy Johnson, Rosanna Scutella, Yi-Ping Tseng and Gavin Wood

This research project will examine how housing and labour markets, social deprivation and other area-level factors interact with individual risk factors to influence housing instability. It will provide new insight into ways to prevent homelessness and help vulnerable households remain housed. -  

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Homelessness Australia Information Sheet on Housing Outcomes for Groups vulnerable to homelessness
15th January 2015
  by Homelessness Australia

Homelessness Australia has developed the attached information sheet summarising the findings from an Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s research project.

The project tracks the housing outcomes of nearly 95,000 of the almost 423,000 clients of Specialist Homelessness Services (SHSs) during a 30-month period from the commencement of the Specialist Homelessness Services Collection (SHSC).

The research reaches significant conclusions about four vulnerable client groups and the support that SHSs provide them.

London Homelessness Social Impact Bond: Qualitative Evaluation
2nd January 2015

The London Homelessness Social Impact Bond (‘the SIB’) was launched in November 2012. It was designed to bring new finance and new ways of working to improve the outcomes for a cohort of rough sleepers whose needs were not being met by existing services and who were not being targeted by other interventions.

This is the first interim report from the qualitative evaluation. An economic impact evaluation is being undertaken internally at DCLG. The qualitative and impact strands will be brought together in a synthesis evaluation in 2016.

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Services Connect Progress Report
22nd December 2014
  by Department of Human Services

The Department of Human Services has released the attached report on the progress of Services Connect implementation.

This follows the announcement of the eight new sites for Services Connect implementation across the State:

  • Hume Moreland Services Connect Partnership, led by Kildonan UnitingCare
  • Outer Eastern Melbourne Services Connect Partnership, led by Anglicare Victoria
  • Outer Gippsland Services Connect Partnership, led by Gippsland Lakes Community Health
  • Southern Melbourne Services Connect Partnership, led by Youth Support and Advocacy Service & Connections UnitingCare
  • Brimbank Melton Services Connect Partnership, led by MacKillop Family Services
  • Loddon Services Connect Partnership, led by Haven; Home, Safe
  • North East Melbourne Services Connect Partnership, led by the Children’s Protection Society and Berry Street
  • Barwon Services Connect Partnership, led by Glastonbury Community Services.

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Pamphlet: Information on Mental Health Community Support Services
18th December 2014
  by Mental Health Area Planner

The attached pamphlet outlines access to Mental Health Community Support Services in Melbourne's north and west.

Information Sheet: New access arrangements for Community Mental Health and AOD services in the West
17th December 2014
  by Sarah Langmore

The Department of Human Services recently re-commissioned the provision of Alcohol and Drug Treatment Services (AOD) and Community Mental Health Services across Victoria. In both cases new service delivery models have been introduced.

The attached document provides a summary of the key changes. Access to both service system is now through centralised Intake and Assessment services.

Homelessness Services Guidelines and Conditions of Funding 2014
10th December 2014
  by Department of Human Services

The November 2014 "Asylum Seekers and Homelessness: Living in Limbo" edition of Parity‏
14th November 2014
  by Council to Homeless Persons

The Call for Contributions for the November 2014 "Asylum Seekers and Homelessness: Living in Limbo" edition of Parity.

AHURI Report: 30 years of public housing supply
11th November 2014
  by AHURI

No. 231: Thirty years of public housing supply and consumption: 1981–2011 [ 71% ]

This report provides data on some of the major changes in, and major issues around, the Australian public housing system over recent decades.

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The 9th edition of Good Practice: a statewide snapshot
20th October 2014
  by Department of Human Services

The publication describes innovative practice approaches and enables practitioners to share the complexity and depth of their work and inspire others in the field. It is also being used as a teaching resource for undergraduate social work and psychology students. The 2014 snapshot focuses on a number of key themes including: children and families living in rural Victoria; therapeutic interventions changing lives for children and families living with a disability; collaborating to address family violence and celebrating great outcomes in residential care.

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A journey home: what drives how long people are homeless?
16th October 2014
  by Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research

This paper uses survival analysis to model exits over time from two alternative notions of homelessness. We are unique in being able to account for time-invariant, unobserved heterogeneity. We find that duration dependence has an inverted U-shape with exit rates initially increasing (indicating positive duration dependence) and then falling. Like previous researchers, we find results consistent with negative duration dependence in models which ignore unobserved heterogeneity. Exit rates out of homelessness fall with age and with the education level of mothers. Women are more likely than men to exit homelessness when it is broadly conceived, but appear to be less likely to exit when it is narrowly defined. Finally, higher paternal education and exemptions from welfare-related activity requirements due to either mental or physical health conditions are all associated with higher exit rates.

Poverty in Australia 2014
16th October 2014
  by Australian Council of Social Services

This report argues that poverty is growing in Australia, with an estimated 2.5 million people or 13.9% of all people living below the internationally accepted poverty line.

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Housing assistance in Australia 2014
15th October 2014
  by Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report presents information on trends and issues in housing policy, housing affordability and housing assistance provided to populations with special needs.

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Strengths of Australian Aboriginal cultural practices in family life and child rearing
6th October 2014
  by Shaun Lohoar, Nick Butera, Edita Kennedy

This paper explores some of the characteristics of traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural practices that contribute to effective family functioning, and how these practices can have positive effects on children and communities. The approach is to gather the views of Aboriginal families and compare these perspectives with supporting evidence drawn from the literature. The findings suggest that, provided the necessary social conditions are in place, culture can be a protective force for children, families and communities.

Break the Silence Report
6th October 2014
  by InTouch

Over the last three years InTouch have been working with the Croatian, Indian, Sudanese and Vietnamese communities to raise awareness on gender equality and respectful relationships. Together with the facilitators and task force committee members they have engaged members of the respective communities through various activities and would like to share their findings and experiences.

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Addressing spatial concentrations of social disadvantage
6th October 2014
  by AHURI

This Multi-Year Research Project (MYRP) is focussing on the role of housing policies and programs in meeting the challenges presented by spatial concentrations of disadvantage.

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Social housing exits: analysing incidence, motivations and consequences
6th October 2014
  by AHURI

This project explored the factors influencing tenant choices to remain in or depart from public housing. The research found that a small but significant cohort of social housing tenants who are in paid employment and pay full market rent, would consider exiting the sector at their own initiative to become home owners, but not private renters.

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Housing outcomes for groups vulnerable to homelessness: 1 July 2011 to 31 December 2013
2nd October 2014
  by Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Examines the housing outcomes of over 94,000 clients in four groups known to be vulnerable to homelessness: those experiencing domestic and family violence, young people presenting alone, people with problematic drug and alcohol use, and those with a current mental health issue.

Hoarding Training Outline
22nd September 2014
  by Dr Chris Mogan

Hoarding Training Program outline for upcoming training to be run by CoHealth

Information on Mental Health Community Services Sectorþ
22nd September 2014
  by Neami National

Information on Victoria's new Intake and Assessment Service for the Mental Health Service System

Marginal rental housing and marginal renters: a typology for policy
18th September 2014
  by AHURI

Increased demand from students, retirees and families excluded from private rental have put new pressures on marginal rental accommodation. However residents—especially those with high needs—remain vulnerable in this tenure and often experience poor management, lack of safety and low quality or expensive housing. Better regulation and governance of the sector, licensing of operators and effective outreach programs to relocate the most vulnerable to more secure accommodation are required to address these problems.

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Wellbeing outcomes of low-income renters: a multilevel analysis of area effects
18th September 2014
  by AHURI

A key assumption behind area-based policies such as urban renewal and 'tenure mix' is to foster greater 'social mix' of communities to offset adverse consequences of concentrations of social disadvantage. This project sought to use statistical techniques to identify whether concentrations of social housing, diverse tenure mix or type or density of dwellings has effects on social wellbeing.

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