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13th April 2015     $572M OVER TWO YEARS TO ENACT ROYAL COMMISSION RECOMMENDATIONS
by Premier of Victoria

This $572 million statewide funding boost over two years in the 2016/17 Victorian Budget responds to Royal Commission recommendations that must be done now – including more housing and crisis refuges, more counsellors, more prevention programs and more support for children who are victims of family violence.

This package begins to deliver 65 of the Royal Commission’s most urgent recommendations and is the first step in the long-term process to fix our broken system and change attitudes towards women.

The Labor Government’s family violence package, which puts victims at the heart of our reforms, includes:
• $152.5 million to begin a housing blitz to shelter more victims so they don’t have to choose between homelessness and returning to an abusive relationship. Work will commence on building and redeveloping family violence refuges, expanding crisis accommodation, and rapidly funding up to 130 new social housing homes. Victims will also be kept safe at home through innovative options such as help accessing the private rental market.

See the attached press rellease for further information. more

10th April 2015     SUPPORTING YOUNG CHILDREN'S RIGHTS: STATEMENT OF INTENT (2015-2018)
by Early Childhood Australia and the National Children's Commissioner

Supporting young children’s rights: Statement of Supporting young children’s rights: Statement of intent (2015–2018) provides high-level principles and areas for collective work, advocacy and action by Early Childhood Australia (ECA), its members and the National Children’s Commissioner in relation to the rights of young children—including children from birth to primary school age—over the next three years. more

10th April 2015     NEW LOOK NORTHERN INTEGRATED FAMILY VIOLENCE SERVICES WEBSITE
by Northern Integrated Family Violence Services NIFVs

Introducing  the new-look Northern Integrated Family Violence Services website (nifvs.org.au).


The website is a hub of information for workers supporting women’s and children’s safety in Melbourne’s northern metropolitan region.


The website features a service directory with details of family violence and other services in the region—including crisis, intake, therapeutic, Aboriginal, CALD and legal services. It also features family violence sector news, events and training relevant to those working in the northern region.

You will also find intake pathways for clients in the northern region and resources for working with particular client groups on the new website.


By visiting the website, you can find out more about the NIFVS partnership and how to become involved in the work of family violence integration.

It is anticipated that the new website will be a useful tool in supporting integration across the region. more

30th March 2015     NORTHERN INTEGRATED FAMILY VIOLENCE SERVICES WEBSITE
by NIFVs

Northern Integrated Family Violence (NIFVs) are introducing  the new-look Northern Integrated Family Violence Services website (nifvs.org.au).

The website is a hub of information for workers supporting women’s and children’s safety in Melbourne’s northern metropolitan region. Its is hoped that the new website will be a useful tool in supporting integration across the NMR region.

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27th March 2015     MENTAL HEALTH COMPLAINTS COMMISSIONER
by HomeGround

The Mental Health Complaints Commissioner is an independent voice working for positive change in Victoria’s mental health system and Lynne Coulson Barr is the first ever Mental Health Complaints Commissioner. At a  forum held  in Yarra last week she made it clear that she is interested in hearing about systemic problems and barriers for certain groups (like people experiencing homelessness). http://mhcc.vic.gov.au/commissioner.htm more

23rd March 2015     TWO YEAR NPAH FUNDING EXTENSION OFFER
by Western Homlessness Network Coordinator

The Abbott government will extend homelessness funding for another two years, providing $230 million for the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness.  If States and Territories agree to the offer, this will extend homelessness funding until 30 June 2017.

The Department of Social Services has announced that priority will be given to services assisting women and children experiencing family violence and young people who are homeless. However, States and Territories have still hold responsibility for determining allocation of the funds. more

18th March 2015     RESPONDING TO SEXUAL ASSAULT TRAINING
by CASA House

Wednesday, 18 March, 2015 in Melbourne CBD.

The workshop will assist those working with victim/survivors of sexual assault who have not had the opportunity to access training previously. It is also suitable for students. more

12th March 2015     'HOW I CAN STOP SMOKING": NEW PRINT RESOUNCES
by Quit Victoria

Quit Victoria has drawn on its work with homelessness agencies to inform new print resources for helping clients to stop smoking:

* ‘How I can stop smoking’ wallet sized card (for clients of social services, and to prompt a conversation between clients and workers), and

* a short booklet version with more in-depth information. To order free copies of the wallet card or the booklet please visit: http://quit.org.au/resource-centre/resources/

More information: Ben.O'Mara@cancervic.org.au more

12th March 2015     OLDER WOMENS'S PATHWAYS OUT OF HOMELESSNESS IN AUSTRALIA: REPORT
by Mercy Foundation

The Hon. Anna Bligh, CEO YWCA NSW and Dr Maree Petersen, University of Queensland launched the report "Older women's pathways out of homelessness in Australia". 

There is strong anecdotal evidence that a growing group of people becoming homeless in Australia are women aged over 55.

The Mercy Foundation commissioned a research report from the University of Queensland to investigate this issue and look at possible solutions to the problem. Dr Maree Petersen and Dr Cameron Parsell undertook the research. Dr Petersen will be present at the official launch. more

12th March 2015     NEW AP TO BLOCK BULLYING
by Kerrys Computer Inc

A new app designed to stop and report bullies is set to take off on mobile phones around the world.

BullyBackOff is a password protected mobile phone app with built in settings to block and report messages classed as threatening. It sends out a strong message that the threatening behaviour will not be tolerated.

Versions are available for adults and children. more

27th February 2015     NATIONL SHELTER PEAKS CAMPAIGN
by National Shelter

Funded housing peaks critical to consultation processes  

National Shelter are continuing their campaign to stop federal government cuts to the voice of vulnerable people in the housing system. They recently appeared before the Senate Economics Committee to stress the importance of funded peaks in strong consultation processes.

National Shelter, CHFA and Homelessness Australia all face withdrawal of funding at 30 June this year. Without funded peaks, people who are vulnerable in or excluded from the housing system will be without a voice in the housing and homelessness policy decisions which have fundamental impacts on their lives.
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27th February 2015     NEW IPHONE APPLICATION TO HELP YOUNG PEOPLE UNDERSTAND RESPECTFUL RELATIONSHIPS
by The Age Newspaper

There is a new free  iPhone app  called imatter  which was created by Doncare to help young people understand respectful relationships and provides information and support to young people around family violence. 

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27th February 2015     WOMEN'S HOMELESSNESS PREVENTION PROGRAM: WEEKLY OUTREACH CLINIC
by Homeless Law

Homeless Law is commencing a weekly outreach clinic for women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness on:

8 April 2014. Free call 1800 606 313 for legal assistance.

The Women’s Homelessness Prevention Project (WHPP) is an initiative of Justice Connect's
Homeless Law service.

WHPP provides a weekly outreach clinic, staffed by pro bono lawyers at a central CBD location on Tuesdays.  more

23rd February 2015     SINGLE SESSION FAMILY CONSULTATIONS AND SINGLE SESSION WORK WITH YOUNG PEOPLE AND FAMILIES - MELBOURNE
by Family Reconciliation Mediation Program (FRMP)

FRMP is very pleased to be able to offer this training to the homelessness sector, in partnership with the Bouverie Centre, on single session work with young people and families. This training will be offered three times in Melbourne and five times in rural Victoria, with eight reflective practice sessions offered as follow up for training participants. Learnings from the training will be consolidated at the next FRMP Conference, currently scheduled for March 2015. more

13th February 2015     WOMENS' EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAM IN THE WEST
by VincentCare

The Women's Early Intervention Program offers case managed support to single women over 18 who are at risk of losing their tenancy. 


The person may present with a range of issues including:
Multiple and complex needs such as:
•Alcohol and Other Drugs
•Mental Health
•Legal
•General health
•Emotional Wellbeing
•Breakdown in coping skills threatening their capacity to live independently more

10th February 2015     INFORMATION FOR SEPARATING PARENTS
by Family Dispute Resolution

Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) can help families who are separating and want to resolve issues around arrangements for their children by creating opportunity for parents to discuss how they can best continue to parent while maintaining a focus on their child or children’s best interests. more

23rd January 2015     MULTIPLE FAMILIES LIVING TOGETHER BECAUSE THEY CAN'T AFFORD THE RENT
by The Age

Multiple families are cramming into single homes in Melbourne's suburbs because they cannot afford the rent by themselves.

This comes as a rising number of Victorian renters worry about losing their homes, in a real estate market where the median metropolitan rent has hit $365 a week.

In the past financial year, about 30,000 private renters asked the state's homelessness agencies for financial help to stay in their home – an annual increase of almost 30 per cent, the Council to Homeless Persons said.
Click on the attached link for more information

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/multiple-families-living-together-because-they-cant-afford-the-rent-20150120-12tjgp.html more

21st January 2015     CHP MEDIA RELEASE
by Council to Homeless Persons (CHP)

CHP Media release

High rents pushing more renters to brink of homelessness Wednesday 21 January http://chp.org.au/news-and-events/media-releases/21-january-high-rents-pushing-more-renters-to-brink-of-homelessness/ more

15th January 2015     REFORM OF FEDERATION ISSUES PAPER 2: ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES IN HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS
by Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

The Australian Government would like as many people as possible to think about how our federal system of government can be improved, particularly in relation to roles and responsibilities in housing and homelessness. To this end  Reform of Federation Issues paper 2: Roles and Responsibilities in Housing and Homelessness has been developed.

This paper is one of several issues papers that will inform the Green and White Papers on the Reform of the Federation. more

23rd December 2014     HOMELESSNESS AUSTRALIA AND OTHER PEAK BODIES DEFUNDED AFTER 30 JUNE 2015
by Western Homlessness Network Coordinator

News has just broken that our National Peak Bodies (Homelessness Australia, National Shelter, Community Housing Federation Australia and Financial Counselling Australia) have been advised this week that they will lose their funding from 30 June. 

The Electoral Office phone number for the new Minister for Social Services, Scott Morrison is 02) 9523 0339.

Sad news just before Christmas, significantly reducing our capacity to represent the voices of people who are homeless and/or experiencing family violence at the federal level. more

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