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26th June 2015     VICTORIAN ABORIGINAL CHILD CARE AGENCY- PRESENTATION
by VACCA

The Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) is the lead Aboriginal child and family welfare organisation in Victoria, protecting and promoting the rights of Aboriginal children and young people. We provide programs and services to reinforce Aboriginal culture and encourage best parenting practices, and advise government in relation to child abuse and neglect in the Aboriginal community. VACCA recently presented an overview of their organisation and services provided at a Community Sector Forum more

24th June 2015     TACKLING HOUSING UNAFFORDABILITY: A 10-POINT NATIONAL PLAN
by The Conversation

The Conversation reports on a 10 point plan, developed by seven academics, working on housing issues, to address the housing crisis in Australia.

They identify that public awareness and concern about the current housing market is significant but that it occurs at a time when the Federal Government has no Minister for Housing "and just last month Government senators dismissed calls for renewed Commonwealth housing policy leadership recommended by the Senate’s extensive (2013-2015) Affordable Housing Inquiry." more

5th June 2015     ABORIGINAL FAMILY VIOLENCE HELP CARDS
by Northern Integrated Family Violence Service Coordination Team

The Aboriginal Family Violence Help Cards have recently been updated through consultation with Aboriginal services in the northern metropolitan region.

The cards provide information about family violence support services that are available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and men.

Help Cards have also been translated into 14 community languages and are now available to order.

To order cards, please fill out this form and forward it to info@whin.org.au more

5th June 2015     FUNDS FOR SCHOOL CAMPS, SPORTS AND EXCURIONS FOR ELIGIBLE YOUNG PEOPLE
by Childrens Resource Workers NWMR

The Victorian Government has announced funds for school camps, sports and excursion for eligible children.

This funding is given to the schools but is tied to individual children to pay for sports, camps and excursion. Eligibility criteria similar to EMA recipients. Check out the links below. $125 for primary, $225 secondary. Forms are at the bottom of the second link

 http://www.education.vic.gov.au/Documents/about/programs/health/csefflyer.pdf

 

http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/health/Pages/csef.aspx?Redirect=1

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5th June 2015     ONLINE INTERVENTION ORDER APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE IN YARRA
by Womens Health in the North

The Neighbourhood Justice Centre (NJC) in Collingwood  has turned the existing paper application for Family Violence Intervention Orders (FVIOs) into an easy-to-use, secure, online version. All Yarra residents over the age of 18 can use the online application system. more

5th June 2015     THE CHEAPEST WAY TO END HOMELESSNESS IS RIDICULOUSLY SIMPLE, ACCORDING TO THE LARGEST-EVER US STUDY
by Buisness Insider Media

The Economic Roundtable in the United States has released its findings on the largest study on homelessness in American history.

The focus was on Santa Clara County, California, home to the extreme wealth of Silicon Valley and the highest percentage of homelessness in the entire United States.

The methodology is enough to make a social scientist swoon: researchers analysed information about everyone in Santa Clara County who had been homeless between 2007 to 2012 — a full 104,206 people. more

5th June 2015     WOMENS HEATH IN THE NORTH SUBMISSION TO VICTORIAN ROYAL COMMISSION INTO FAMILY VIOLENCE
by Womens Health in the North(WHIN)

Womens Health in the North(WHIN) submission identifies key issues and challenges related to family violence, as identified by WHIN and its regional partners, the submission highlights effective or promising solutions to those issues, and makes suggestions for action required to support and further develop the solutions. 

WHIN consulted with more than 60 regional partners in the development of the submission to ensure the incorporation of input that reflects the experiences of organisations involved in the NIFVS partnership and the NMR Preventing Violence against Women Committee. The recommendations reflect many suggestions made by partners in our work in the northern metropolitan region(NMR).

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28th May 2015     PRECARIOUS HOUSING CAREERS: THE QUIET REVOLUTION IN AUSTRALIAN HOUSING
by Brotherhood of St Laurence Research and Policy Centre

Brotherhood of St Laurence Lunchtime Seminar 
by Professor Gavin Wood

12:00 to 13:00

Location: Father Tucker's Room, Brotherhood of St Laurence, 67 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

 

A quiet revolution in home ownership and housing finance is ushering in a new era for the Australian housing system. The old era was characterised by a relatively risk free housing pathway – departure from the family home was followed by a short period renting during which a deposit is saved, before a home is purchased with the aid of a mortgage. Typically a household’s mortgage was paid off while working so that in retirement couples and singles could live comfortably on the age pension because housing costs were zero. For the small numbers of disadvantaged Australians that could not attain ownership, public housing offered a secure refuge.

This secure pathway has been eroded and most low income households in the early stages of their housing careers are now facing an uncertain housing future.  This seminar will document how we have reached this point, and the wider ramifications for the Australian welfare state. It will conclude by exploring policy initiatives that could address emerging issues in the contemporary Australian Housing System.

 

Gavin Wood is Emeritus Professor of Housing and Urban Studies at RMIT University and Guest Professor, Faculty of Architecture and Built Environment, TU Delft. Netherlands. He also holds and Adjunct Professor position in the School of Economics, Finance and Property Studies, Curtin University, Western Australia. He previously held positions in the economics departments of Murdoch University (Western Australia), the University of Glasgow and University of Aberdeen (Scotland).

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22nd May 2015     'THE LINE' RELAUNCHED
by Children's Resource Workers

The Line is a primary prevention behaviour change campaign for young people aged 12 to 20 years. The Line encourages healthy and respectful relationships by challenging and changing attitudes and behaviours that support violence.

Click here: http://www.theline.org.au/ more

23rd April 2015     LIGHTHOUSE FOUNDATION VIDEO ON OUT OF HOME CARE SYSTEM AND MOVES TOWARDS THERAPEUTIC CARE
by Lighthouse Institute

The Lighthouse foundation in partnership with with Creativa videos  recently launched  an animated video that  explores the shocking reality as well as the cost of youth homelessness in Australia, the way young people have been cared for over the year in the out of home care system, and the move towards therapeutic care which will provide young people hope for a better future.

Please take the time to watch and share this poignant and thought provoking video.  more

23rd April 2015     EMERGENCY RELIEF PROGRAM FOR THE ABORIGINAL COMMUNITY IN THE NORTH
by VACCA

VACCA is one of the successful services to be providing Department of Social Services funded Emergency Relief in your area.

Our Emergency Relief program provides a culturally respectful service to help the Aboriginal Community to address immediate basic needs in times of financial crisis. Emergency relief is a safety net for people experiencing financial distress or hardship and who have limited means or resources to help them alleviate their financial crisis. more

23rd April 2015     YOUTH HOMELESSNESS MATTERS DAY - MEDIA IN WYNDHAM
by Star Observer

Please find attached an article from the Star Observer reporting on youth homelessness in Wyndham and the work of the H3 alliance to lobby for a crisis intervention faclity for single people and families who are homeless in Wyndham. more

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

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