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30th March 2019     CERT IV IN SOCIAL HOUSING, SWINBURNE
by Council to Homeless Persons (CHP)

Attached is a flyer for Certificate IV in Social Housing course at Swinburne.

The Council to Homeless Persons is to identify practitioners with at least 12 months experience in the SHS who would like to enrol in the course for either this or next semester.

For further information, contact: kjmorris@swin.edu.au

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30th March 2019     SENIOR OUTREACH, SUPPORT AND ADVOCACY WORKER, FLATOUT
by Flatout

Click here for more information about the position: http://www.ethicaljobs.com.au/Members/FlatOut/senior-outreach-support-and-advocacy-worker

How to apply for this job
Please send applications to Kayla Ta, Executive Officer at kayla@flatout.org.au using the subject line: Senior Outreach Support and Advocacy Worker application via EthicalJobs.
Applications should include the following documents:

§ A cover letter addressing the key selection criteria
§ A current CV with three recent referees including most recent line manager

Applicants who do not address the key selection criteria will not be considered.

Please note, there is no closing date. Immediate start required. You should submit your application as soon as possible. more

30th March 2019     GREENLIGHT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING PROGRAM
by Greenlight Partnership

GreenLight Supportive Housing Program,  is a new 2 year state funded initiative, assisting people transitioning from homelessness to long-term housing in the City of Melbourne, City of Yarra and City of Port Philip (either residing in, or having links to services in this area).

People can also be referred by housing providers where the person is in appropriate housing, their tenancy is less than 12 months and tenancy risks have been identified. The GreenLight Housing Support Program prioritises tenancy advocacy and care coordination/collaboration.

Greenlight believe that this approach to housing settlement support will lead to greater outcomes for the people we work alongside. Please see attached brochures for further information about the program, support available and agencies delivering GreenLight support.

Please note that GreenLight will only take on referrals when there is an identified long-term housing option that has been offered and accepted by the client. more

25th January 2019     CONNEXION: SUPPORT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WITH A DUAL DIAGNOSIS
by Connexions

Connexions provides case work and/ or counselling support to complex young people (aged 16- 28) with a dual diagnosis who experience multiple barriers to accessing mainstream services. This support is highly flexible, and can include outreach and a long-term intervention, depending on the needs of the young person. Connexions has two sites servicing Melbourne- one in Collingwood which services the North, East and South, the other in Sunshine, which services the North West. Referrals can be sent to connexions@jss.org.au.

See attached intake form. more

25th January 2019     AFFORDABLE REMOVALIST
by Wombat Housing & Support Service

AMA Multiservices Pty Ltd, based in Werribee.
Charges are $70 per hour for 1 person or $90 an hour for 2 people. Contact: 0437 724 469 or 0481 288 759.

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25th January 2019     ‘CROWDING OUT’ EVIDENCE-BASED POLICY: THE CASE OF NEGATIVE GEARING
by Isla Pawson for the Tax and Transfer Policy Institute

Negative gearing is often cited as a tax concession that inequitably distorts rental housing markets. Yet despite concerns for housing affordability driving a wide array of voices calling for its reform in recent years, negative gearing has remained largely durable throughout. How can we account for the continued inclusion of negative gearing in Australia’s housing tax settings given the wealth of evidence that demonstrates its poor policy record?

It is now widely accepted that negative gearing, as it applies in housing, performs poorly on conventional tests of efficiency and equity. As a housing subsidy, negative gearing is entirely untargeted. While the rationale for negative gearing centres on the claim that it encourages housing investment, the vast bulk of rental property acquisition involves existing properties. In 2017, less than 10 per cent of investor property loans were for newly-built homes. The overwhelming impact of negative gearing is therefore to distort the market by inflating demand for a fixed supply of dwellings, with only a negligible contribution to new housing supply.

Moreover, negative gearing is a highly iniquitous way of supporting the housing market. According to research, those in wealthier occupations are much more likely to access the concessions offered by negative gearing than people on low-middle incomes. The overriding distributional impact of negative gearing is therefore an upward redistribution of income, compounding the regressive tendencies of Australia’s housing tax settings.

Negative gearing is also expensive. Together with associated Capital Gains Tax relief for rental investors, negative gearing costs Australian taxpayers nearly $12 billion per year. Its continued inclusion in the housing tax system sits uncomfortably alongside longstanding commitments to deficit reduction.

Click here for the full article: http://www.austaxpolicy.com/crowding-evidence-based-policy-case-negative-gearing/ more

25th January 2019     MISSION AUSTRALIA YOUTH SURVEY 2018 RESULTS
by Mission Australia

A record number of 28,286 young people between the ages of 15 to 19 from right across Australia took part in Mission Australia’s Youth Survey 2018.

The results show that the number of young people reporting mental health as the most important issue in Australia today has risen by 10% in one year. Four in ten (43%) young people identified mental health as the top issue facing Australia today – up from 33% in 2017 and doubling since 2016.

This is the first time that mental health has topped the list of most important national issues in every state and territory, as well as for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people.

The top three personal concerns at the national level this year were coping with stress (43%), school or study problems (34%) and mental health (31%). In previous years, the third most cited item was body image (30%), which moved to the fourth spot in 2018. Each of the top four personal concerns have strong links to mental health.

The full report and state by state breakdowns are free to access here: https://www.missionaustralia.com.au/what-we-do/research-impact-policy-advocacy/youth-survey and here https://www.missionaustralia.com.au/publications/research/young-people

Mission Australia's media release can be accessed here: https://www.missionaustralia.com.au/news-blog/news-media/immediate-action-needed-as-concerns-around-mental-health-rise-by-10-in-one-year more

24th January 2019     HOMELESS 'EMERGENCY': 40% OF THOSE NEEDING HELP HOUSING TURNED AWAY
by Sydney Morning Herald, reported by Council to Homeless Persons

Almost 40 per cent of people who were homeless or at risk of homelessness in Victoria were refused when seeking help last year, as the state’s social housing shortage grew more acute.

New figures reveal the Andrews government failed to increase the size of Victoria’s social housing stocks in its first term, instead overseeing a small decline in the amount of social housing across the state.

The Productivity Commission’s Report on Government Services, published on Tuesday, reveals that Victoria has the second worst record in the country for failing to meet the housing needs of vulnerable people, behind NSW.

It also reveals that the state went backwards in tackling the problem during Labor’s first term.

Click here for the full article: https://www.smh.com.au/politics/victoria/homeless-emergency-40-percent-of-those-needing-housing-help-turned-away-20190122-p50sy9.html?csp=2b987c428f642d2625ad6c56f35adecf more

24th January 2019     RESOURCES FOR LGBTI PEOPLE
by LGBTI Homelessness and Family Violence Project Worker

This website is a great resource for LGBTI clients and also has information for service providers. Links to LGBTI housing, such as the Queer Housing Melbourne Facebook group, can be found at the bottom of this page. 

http://www.lgbtihomeless.org.au/resources/for-lgbti-people/ more

24th January 2019     680 NEW RENTAL PROPERTIES THROUGH NEW RENTAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
by Victorian Government

Acting Minister for Housing, Lily D’Ambrosio has announced that 680 new rental properties would be the first project delivered as part of the $1 billion Social Housing Growth Fund – which will add at least 2,200 new social housing properties across the State over the next five years.

Under the Fund’s New Rental Development Program, 680 rental properties will be leased from the private sector by experienced housing agencies this year, to increase the availability of social housing rental stock and facilitate investment in new social housing for the rental market.

Common Equity Housing, Haven Home Safe, Housing Choices and Housing First have been chosen as the successful agencies that will deliver the first round of the New Rentals Development Project. more

24th January 2019     SECTOR SLAMS SOCIAL HOUSING SPENDING AT ALL LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT
by Pro Bono

Victoria spends less than any other state in Australia on social housing, new research shows, with the community housing sector labelling the figures a “damning insight” into years of neglect on the issue from both state and federal governments.

On Tuesday, the Australian Productivity Commission released the Report on Government Spending (RoGS), with key findings revealing Victoria spent just $530 million on social housing, behind New South Wales ($1.37 billion), Queensland  ($629 million) and Western Australia ($829 million). 

Taking population growth into account, Victoria’s spend per person on social housing was $82.94 in 2017-18, compared to the national average of $166.93. more

24th January 2019     ARDOCH SCHOOL COSTS GUIDE
by Ardoch School

The attached Ardoch School Costs Guide is intended to support parents, carers and those who care about children’s education and ensuring that they have everything they need to learn and
realise their potential. more

24th January 2019     MATERIAL AID GUIDE
by North and West Children's Resource Coordinators

See the attached guide to some material aid options in Melbourne. more

24th January 2019     HOUSING AFFORDABILITY IN VICTORIA
by Dr Kate Raynor for the Parliament of Victoria

This paper has been produced for the Parliament of Victoria to outline the impact of a changing housing market is impacting on the way Victorians live. 

This paper provides insights into housing affordability and housing stress in Australia, and specifically in Victoria, over the last decade.

In particular:

  • Victoria's population is growing rapidly and is increasingly urbanised;
  • More people are renting;
  • Fewer young people are entering home ownership and they are doing it later;
  • Housing is becoming more unaffordable; and
  • More people are experiencing housing stress and taking on greater debt burdens.
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24th January 2019     WALK IN HER SHOES TOUR

The 'Walk in her Shoes' tours aim to provide participants with a sense of the experience of applying for an intervention order and the court process involved, including an understanding of the support services available at court. Tours are being offered at the Melbourne Magistrates' Court and the Sunshine Magistrates' Court. Bookings are essential.

Melbourne Magistrates' Court dates:
5th Feb, 5th Mar, 9th Apr, 7th May, 4th Jun, 9th Jul, 8th Aug,
3rd Sep, 8th Oct, 12th Nov, 3rd Dec
Contact Emma Taylor on 9628 7774 or Emma.Taylor@courts.vic.gov.au

Sunshine Magistrates' Court dates:
15th Feb, 5th Apr, 21st Jun, 16th Aug, 25th Oct, 6th Dec
Contact Karen Field on 9300 6274 or karen.field@courts.vic.gov.au more

24th January 2019     NEW SPECIALIST HOMELESSNESS SERVICES TRAINING CALENDAR
by Wodonga TAFE

The new CHP/Wodonga Tafe training schedule for the homelessness sector has been released.

Here is a link to all new training courses/dates:
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/o/wodonga-institute-of-tafe-2440708194 more

24th January 2019     FAMILY VIOLENCE AND CHILD INFORMATION SHARING SCHEMES – MARAM

Attached is a summary and update on the Family Violence and Child Information Sharing Schemes and on the Multi Agency Risk Assessment and Management Framework. 

Specialist homelessness funded services defined  as “State-funded homelessness accommodation or homelessness support services (providing access point, outreach and accommodation services)” are listed under Phase 1, and therefore commenced as prescribed sector on 27 September 2018.  - https://www.vic.gov.au/infosharing/about-the-reforms.html

Phase 2 commences in 2020 and will incorporate:

  • Disability services,
  • Aged care services
  • Hospitals
  • Ambulance Vic
  • Midwives
  • Community health services,
  • Community housing associations
  • Allied health services
  • Schools
  • Early childhood services
  • Local councils.

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24th January 2019     HOARDING AND SQUALOR RESOURCES
by Maroondah Hoarding and Squalor Network

Below is a link to a hoarding and squalor resource put together by Maroondah Hoarding and Squalor Network. Their website, while focused on services in the east, has some useful information and links as well:
http://www.hoardingsqualormaroondah.org.au/ more

24th January 2019     ORGANISATIONAL READINESS: CHILD AND FAMILY VIOLENCE INFORMATION SHARING SCHEMES
by Victorian Government

Attached is a checklist for organisations to assist in managing the new Child and Family Violence Information Sharing Schemes. more

24th January 2019     NEW RESOURCE REGISTER CATEGORIES
by Western Homelessness Networker

DHHS has added several new categories of resources to the Resource Register including: head leasing and early intervention.

The Northern and Western Homelessness Networks will shortly be offering Resource Register training to specialist homelessness funded services. 

Contact Sarah, Western Homelessness Networker (sarah@wombat.org.au) or Meredith, Northern Homelessness Networker (meredith.gorman@launchhousing.org.au) for more information.  more

Events

2019July
2 SHS Team Leadership Training - 2 & 3 July
2019August
27 National Housing Conference
2019October
14 Victorian Homelessness Conference