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10 February, 2012


Australians for Affordable Housing

Nearly one in ten Australian households are in housing stress. A startling 460,000 households spend more than half of their income on housing costs. It’s time to make some noise about housing affordability. Website. Facebook:  

Latest media:

-450,000 renters deserve better

-On Hold, Ten News

-Memo to banks: all we want is a fair go for all, great Dear four banks letter!

-Community and Industry come together to demand this year’s Budget deliver for those in housing stress
-AAH Budget submission

Fyi: Homelessness Australia is on the steering committee for AAH and supports the work of AAH


At the Crossroads

Do you think every homeless youth deserves the chance to build an outstanding life? Website.


Five in Five

Five in Five is a campaign which encourages single people to pledge to go on five dates in five weeks, raising money for the urban poor in our community, website.


Healthy Bears

“We’re looking at four different issues — domestic violence in same-sex relationships, street safety, alcohol and other drugs, and sexual health,” website.


Stop the loss

High loss poker machines are known to be addictive and Australia has the fastest, highest loss machines in the world, website.


St Vincent de Paul Doorknock in Feb.


Street by Street Is a national neighbourhood support program that links people who live in the same street or nearby, website.



Youth-led Constitutional Recognition Forum wants you!

We’re looking for 96 young Indigenous Australians, 12 from each state and territory, to join us at the NCIE in March for the Constitutional Recognition Forum for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, apps close 27 Jan, website.


ASU Training on Negotiating Domestic Violence Clauses



Safe in Oz

Addressing specialist mental health issues through training workshops and consultancy services, website.


Red Roses Musical

Seeking sponsors, touring nationally website.


Yfoundations Policy Forum

The forum will host the NSW Ombudsman's Office to discuss the right & benefits of complaints & LegalAid to cover the changes to work & development orders, Sydney, 14 February, website.


3rd Australasian Ethics Network (AEN) Conference

Brisbane, 16 - 17 February, website.


Parental alienation, contact problems and the Family Justice System

Seminar, Melbourne, 20 February, website.


Pathways through the maze

National Hoarding and Squalor Conference, Sydney, 21 - 22 February, website.


Women and Homelessness in Ireland

Dublin, 23 February, website.


2nd World Conference of Women’s Shelters

Scholarship applications are now open. Washington DC, 27 February - 1 March, website.


CSW 56

NGOs that are accredited to and in good standing with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, may designate representatives to attend the annual sessions of the Commission on the Status of Women. New York, 27 February to 9 March, website.



Identifying the Hidden Disaster: The First Australian Conference on Natural Disasters and Family Violence

Melbourne, 9 March, website.


Concentrations of social disadvantage in Australia's cities: key questions and hypotheses

Canberra, 14 March, website.


Housing and social wellbeing: new AHURI research

15 March, Melbourne, website.


Seeking asylum in Australia - mental health and human rights of children and families

Seminar, Melbourne, 15 March, website.


ACOSS Media Forum

Sydney, 28 March, website.


ACOSS National Conference

The ACOSS Annual Conference is a premier national event for policy-makers, researchers and those engaged in social services or advocacy in Sydney, 29 - 30 March, website.


Housing First Partners' Conference 2012

New Orleans, 21 - 23 March, website.


New approaches to Indigenous housing

This AHURI Housing Research Seminar will present the findings from two new AHURI research projects. 

Adelaide, 28 March, website.



The Big Issue Street Football Festival

The festival with corporate, government, junior events & National Championships of The Big Issue’s Community Street Soccer Program.

Cockle Bay, Sydney, April 11-22, website.


The inaugural Third Sector Expo

Free-to-attend two day professional development conference and exhibition, Melbourne, 16 - 17 April, website.


Homelessness Research Conference

From AHURI and RMIT University, Melbourne, 19 - 20 April, website.



The Connecting Up Conference

Sydney, 1 - 3 May, website.


CLCNSW State Conference 2012

Sydney, 8 - 10 May, website.


ACTU Congress

Sydney, 15 – 17 May, website. 


National Rural and Regional Law and Justice Conference

Coffs Harbour, 18 - 20 May, website.


Specialist Homelessness Services Conference

Leading the Road Home, Perth, 28 - 29 May, website.



Shelter NSW Conference:

Explorations in nonprofit housing: models vicissitudes resurgence

Sydney, 14 June, website.


Australian Suicide Prevention Conference

Cairns, 13 - 15 June, website.


International Women's Conference: 
Connecting for Action in the Asia-Pacific Region

Cairns, 14 - June, website.



Australasian Conference of Child Trauma

Gold Coast, 4 - 6 July, website.


Missing People: Issues and Implications Conference

Brisbane, 5 - 6 July, website.


12th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference

Melbourne, 25 – 27 July, website.


3rd National Affordable Housing Exchange

Australia Technology Park, Sydney, 26  - 27 July, website.



8th World Congress on Active Ageing

Abstract deadline is 31 Jan. Glasgow, Scotland, 13 - 17 August, website.



7th National Homelessness Conference: “Making It Home” the real issues in homelessness

Homelessness Australia’s 7th conference, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 5 - 7 September 2012, website.



The 21st Century Approach to Mental Health

Perth, 17 - 19 October, website.



The National Housing Conference

Brisbane, 30 October – 2 November 2012, website.


3rd International Conference on Survivors of Rape

Galway, West Ireland, 9 - 10 November, website.


No To Violence (NTV) Conference

Melbourne, 14 - 16 November, website.



Sector related awareness days and weeks see webpage.


Youth week is 13 - 22 April

Youth Homelessness Matters Day (YHMD) day is 18 April


Homeless Persons Week 2012

Monday 6 August – Sunday 12 August



Housing & Homelessness Services jobs in Australia


Part-time GPs required (ongoing)

Mobile GP is a non-government agency providing health services to the homeless and marginalised. For further information, please call Stephanie Dunstan on 0457 925 357 or email




School system punishes poor, says report

A competitive school market is segregating students by ability, socio-economic background and ethnicity with profound effects on education outcomes, states a report by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. SMH, 10 February. OECD report.


Sex changes for young children if legal bid goes through

The Daily Telegraph, 10 February.


Greens to push for flexible working hours

The Age, 10 February.


Law reform bid to protect migrant women

Australia needs new immigration laws to protect migrant women fleeing family violence, according to the Australian Law Reform Commission. SMH, 9 February. ALRC report.


Post-stroke care less likely for Aborigines – study

Indigenous people who suffer a stroke are less likely to receive life-saving care than non-indigenous people treated in the same hospitals, a national audit has found. SMH, 9 February.


It's win-lose for Australian women

Australian women are healthier and better educated than their male counterparts, but earn less and are much less likely to hold senior positions in business, politics or law.  SMH, 8 February.


What Does Equal Pay Mean Now?

On 1 February, Fair Work Australia awarded community workers pay rises of between 19 and 41 per cent. They got "equal pay". New Matilda, 8 February.


Transport, childcare, and violence are key reasons for joblessness: study

The Australian, 7 February.


Reform housing sector, experts say

Governments need to reform Australia's housing sector to make it more affordable and accessible, property experts say. Nine News, 7 February.


Detention centre 'should be shut immediately'

ABC News, 7 February.         


Amnesty visits Australian detention centres

ABC News, 6 February.


Government considers reverse mortgage scheme to fix aged care funding

The Daily Telegraph, 5 February.


Revenge and despair place children at risk

SMH, 4 February.


Recognising the First Peoples: small step, long journey

ABC, The Drum, 3 February.


Minister for Housing and Homelessness

The Honourable Robert McClelland MP, media releases.


Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and the Minister for Disability Reform

The Honourable Jenny Macklin MP, media releases.


Minister for Community Services, Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development and Minister for the Status of Women

The Hon Julie Collins MP, media releases.


Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers

Senator the Hon Jan McLucas, media releases.



It's win or lose on capital property

The Canberra Times, 8 February.



Coffs' housing proving popular

The Coffs Coast Advocate, 8 February.


Glebe public housing plan comes under fire and before planning committee

Central Sydney, 8 February.


Care Connect (Ongoing)

Service to help At Risk of Homelessness in Inner West Sydney. Care Connect’s Community Options Program (Housing Support) provides short-term to medium-term support services to people who are at risk of being homeless or being marginally housed. The Program has vacancies now. Please contact Lisa Clarke, Intake Case Manager on (02) 9830 8903 or



Musicians drum up attendance in NT schools

ABC News, 9 February.



Home is where the heart aches

Ms Anderson said she had seen a financial counsellor and was paying off $100 a fortnight, but her clinical depression and physical disabilities made it hard to pay more. Sunshine Coast Daily, 10 February.


Suncorp urged not to export 2000 Queensland jobs

Speculation that Suncorp is poised to send 2000 jobs overseas has prompted a call from the State Government to support local workers. Courier Mail, 10 February.



Rising cost of living takes toll in SA

Falling food prices and wage rises outstripping increases in the cost of living have been flagged as reasons for no change to interest rates. Adelaide Now, 8 February.



Tassie joins pay rise bid

More than 6000 Tasmanian aged-care workers are hoping for a pay rise as their industry and unions join forces in a bid to lift their income above the minimum wage. The Mercury, 9 February.



Poker machine regulator barely more than a rubber stamp

The Age, 9 February.


Long waits for public housing

LaTrobe Valley Express, 9 February.


No taunts of abnormal at safe, same-sex formal

The Age, 6 February.



First Western Australia arrest under laws on alcohol-free homes

The Australian, 8 February.


Mentally ill living in tents

The West, 7 February.




Calgary homeless count not expected to show a decline

Calgary Herald, 3 February.


Canada #Homeless & Poverty News



Most EU Member States Fail to Ensure the Right to Housing

FEANTSA, 6 February.



Call for affordable housing

New Era, 8 February.



More quake homes beyond repair

Shocked homeowners are calling for support after getting the news their earthquake-damaged Christchurch properties are irreparable. NZ Herald, 10 February.


Jobs growth remains feeble

Employment growth remained feeble over last year's final three months. NZ Herald, 10 February.



Repossessions 'lowest since 2007' as councils handed new 'safety net' cash

24 Dash, 9 February.


Suicide Recommendations Lead To Drop In Suicides Across England And Wales

Medical News Today, 3 February.



California Homeless Crisis Grows As State Is Reluctant To Use Powerful Law

Huffington Post, 9 February.


Montclair clergy asks council to help them resolve homelessness in town

North Jersey News, 7 February.


America is becoming a nation of renters

The Bottom Line, 31 January.


Stripping the stigma from student homelessness

The Baltimore Sun, 30 January.


Family Homelessness

Here in Washington state, thousands of families with children worry about where they will sleep at night. It’s within our reach to reduce family homelessness.

Gates Foundation.



Australian Scholarships Foundation

It is the first-ever Fulbright Scholarship specifically for the Not-for-Profit (NFP) sector in Australia.


Queensland Alliance for Mental Health

Resilient Places Project: Micro-grants, round 1.


Victorian Women’s Governance Scholarship Program 2012. This program is aimed at increasing the skills and qualifications of women on not-for-profit boards and committees.


THANKS to...

The journalists and media who write and report on the homelessness, housing and support sector.


The National Tenant Support Network (National TSN) is an independent, unincorporated not-for-profit initiative delivering a range of services to social and affordable rental housing stakeholders throughout Australia and New Zealand. Email to subscribe:


-Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse

-Australian Institute of Family Studies

-Australian Policy Online

-Breakfast Politics

-Twitter and Facebook just for existing!


(Research, publications, audio, vision & social media)

8th Annual Demographia

International Housing Affordability Survey



4125.0 - Gender Indicators, Australia, Jan 2012  


4519.0 - Recorded Crime - Offenders, 2010–11



The ACNC Discussion Paper has been released to seek feedback on the functions and operations of the ACNC. Closing date for submissions: Monday, 27 February 2012



Investments in energy efficiency will benefit low income households and social services


Policy priorities for 2012: jobs and services, ABC, The Drum



What’s new



Consolidation of Commonwealth Discrimination law - domestic and family violence



The role of ‘assertive outreach’ in addressing primary homelessness



Life around here: Community, work and family life in three Australian communities


Results of the Clearinghouse Consolidation Survey


Protecting children: Evolving systems



Comorbidity of mental disorders and physical conditions 2007


Juvenile detention population in Australia 2011


Tell us what you think about Australia's welfare 2011—complete our two-minute survey!



Family Violence and Commonwealth Laws Report



Position Paper on Homelessness of Asylum Seekers Living in the Community


Destitute and Uncertain: the reality of seeking asylum in Australia


Australian Homelessness Clearinghouse


BBC News Magazine

Why do some people never get depressed?


Calgary Homeless Foundation


Centre for Multicultural Youth

CMY’s Sector Development and Policy team has produced a series of five Good Practice Guides


Coalition for the Homeless

Record Homelessness in the Spotlight, But With Little Focus on the Root Cause


Department for Child Protection (WA)

Opening Doors to address homelessness, Western Australian State Plan


Department of Human Services

A guide to Australian Government payments


Education Tax Refund

The Education Tax Refund provides up to 50% back on a range of children's education expenses


Facebook sites

Homeless No More (Aus)


Homeless Directions (Aus)



Consultations concerning a National Quality Framework for the Provision of Services to People who are Homeless or at Risk - Stage 2 Report


2012 FaHCSIA Ministers


Better Start KPMG report, on review of evidence for the effectiveness of early intervention for children with a range of developmental disabilities,19 Dec.



Quality of Social Services from the Perspective of Services Working with Homeless People


Flying Solo

Introduction to cloud computing


Health and Ageing

A New Ten Year Plan for Mental Health

PDF printable version of A New Ten Year Plan for Mental Health (PDF 17 KB) 


The Australian Government is seeking public opinion on the draft Ten Year Roadmap for National Mental Health Reform (PDF 2156 KB) (the Roadmap) via an online survey


Home Instead (USA)

10 Warning Signs That Seniors Need Help



Mental Health Resource Centre



Psychosis in Indigenous populations of Cape York and the Torres Strait


Mental health of Indigenous Australians: a review of findings from community surveys


Targeted primary care-based mental health services for young Australians


National Alliance to End Homelessness (USA)

The State of Homelessness in America 2012


The Emergency Solutions Grant, Recommendations From The Alliance


National Coalition for the Homeless


Hate Crimes against the Homeless

Violence Hidden in Plain View


National Housing Supply Council

The National Housing Supply Council's 3rd State of Supply Report was released in December 2011



Equity and Quality in Education - Supporting Disadvantaged Students and Schools


Create Your Better Life Index, an interactive website


Divided We Stand: Why Inequality Keeps Rising



Homelessness requires focus and commitment


Reconciliation Australia

Relationships key to creating sustainable opportunities


Shelter NSW

Mixed communities
This research paper places the debate in a broader context, looking at issues of social mix across all locations and tenures. In particular, it reviews the way planning policies are being and could be used to create a social mix of people in a neighbourhood.


The Centre for Independent Studies

Do Not Damage and Disturb: On Child Protection Failures and the Pressure on Out-of-Home Care in Australia


The Homeless Hub (Can)

Homelessness curriculum for teachers and students


The Treasury (Aus)

Consultation Paper - A Definition of Charity


United Nations

World Youth Report


The eight Millennium Development Goals


UN Women

Progress of the World’s Women, factsheet


Urban Institute (USA)

Vulnerability, Risk, and the Transition to Adulthood


University of Calgary (Can)

Housing Subsidies and Homelessness: a simple idea



State Homeless Resources Map


Vic Health

Sharing the evidence: Preventing violence against women


Victoria Online

Victorian Homelessness Action Plan 2011-2015



Life Matters

- Women and finances, 10 Feb

-Aged parents and the family home, 8 Feb


-Agenda 2012 Health Reform



Inception of the London Pathway


Good Samaritan Shelter Night Of Awareness Promo


Just our Plan to Help the Homeless in Orlando, St Cloud, Kissimmee and other major cities.






NSW LGBTIQ relationships survey 2012


The S.W.A.S.H (Sydney Women and Sexual Health) Survey 2012

Between Sunday 12 - Sunday 26 February 2012, website.


Help shape the Victorian Whole-of-Government Alcohol and Drug Strategy forum and survey.


This survey is seeking information about the circumstances of low-income households as they pay rising electricity and gas bills, the amounts of income needed to pay energy bills, and the relationship between energy use and housing conditions.


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