Subject:                                     INFORM 2 March, 2012, Homelessness Australia



Weekly digest from the homelessness and allied sectors in Australia and abroad

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2 March, 2012


ACOSS: $35 a day is not enough!

Lift paltry allowances and help people into paid work

Join our Campaign to raise unemployment allowances such as Newstart and demand better targeted jobs assistance Twitter @ACOSS on hashtag #ImNoBludger.


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:  


End Youth Homelessness

With Virgin Unite, sign the Petition. See the Partners. Watch the Media. Twitter: @EYHAustralia, Facebook.



ASU Training on Negotiating Domestic Violence Clauses


Australasian Housing Institute


Pathways Australia training



Red Roses Musical

Touring nationally, website.


Housing economics for non-economists' lecture series

From Shelter NSW, 4 lectures, Sydney, website.


UN Women Australia Forum

Women’s economic empowerment: an Australian perspective. A panel discussion on gender issues in Australia, Canberra, 6 March, National Press Club.


International Women’s Day

Worldwide, 8 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

Melbourne, 15 March, website.


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

Seminar, Melbourne,15 March, website.


What works to increase Indigenous employment?

AIHW, Canberra, 19 March, website.


Young People from refugee & migrant backgrounds and homelessness forum

Multicultural Youth Affairs Network of NSW is hosting this forum, Sydney, 20 March, website.


Housing First Partners' Conference 2012

New Orleans, 21 - 23 March, website.


ACOSS Media Forum

Sydney, 28 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.


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.



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.


The Australian Regional Women

Leaders Convention 2012

A national event for regional and rural women, Sydney, 3 - 4 May, website.


Reforming Public Services Summit

Melbourne, 7 - 8 May, website.


CLCNSW State Conference 2012

Sydney, 8 - 10 May website.


Community Legal Centres NSW

Pushing the Boundaries, Sydney, 9 - 10 May, website.


Homelessness NSW Conference

Getting Results, Newcastle, 14 - 15 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.


7th Young Children Without Homes National Conference

The only national conference that focuses exclusively on young children and their families who experience homelessness, Boston, USA, 30 May, website.



Crime prevention and communities
Social and environmental strategies for safer neighbourhoods, Sydney, 4 - 5 June, 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

Glasgow, Scotland, 13 - 17 August, website.


Doing Justice for Young People -

Issues and Challenges for Judicial Administration in Australia and New Zealand

Brisbane, 23 - 24 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 7th National Housing Conference

Brisbane, 30 October - 2 November, 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


THANKS to...

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

-ACOSS Media Monitor

-Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse

-Australian Institute of Family Studies

-Australian Policy Online

-Breakfast Politics

-The National Tenant Support Network (National TSN) Email to subscribe

-Twitter and Facebook just for existing!


Changes to the Ministry

Brendan O’Connor moves into Cabinet to take the position of Minister for Small Business, as well as Minister for Housing and Homelessness. Website.


Aged care funding for the homeless

Services that help homeless older people all over Australia have received certainty that their funding will continue for at least another three years. Ageing Australia, 1 March.


Hope for children addicted to gaming

Children addicted to video games are more likely to suffer depression, anxiety and social phobias as a result of their pathological gaming, and may need professional help to recover, a visiting American researcher says. SMH, 27 February.


Anxiety in school children cannot be ignored

When 10-year-old Justin couldn't bring himself to get out of bed and go to school, his father assumed he had a virus. SMH, 27 February.


Finalists announced in inaugural homelessness services awards

24 February, website.



Affordable housing in ACT on the rise

Housing affordability in the capital has improved, so much so that the ACT has recorded one of the biggest jumps in housing affordability in the country. The Canberra Times, 28 February.


Claims young choose rent over food

The Youth Coalition of the ACT is calling for increased rental support for young people already on government allowances, stating that many are struggling to compete in the private market. The Canberra Times, 27 February.



Students find dead homeless man in Domain

Police are hoping an autopsy will help identify a man whose body was found by teenagers in The Domain in Sydney yesterday. SMH, 28 February.


Rough sleeper numbers down in Sydney: council

The City of Sydney is claiming a victory in its efforts to reduce homelessness, recording 25 per cent fewer rough sleepers on city streets in its biannual count this week compared with two years ago. SMH, 24 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



Intervention Mark II remains a mystery in NT, despite consultations

Aboriginal people have little knowledge of the next phase of the Northern Territory intervention, despite the government embarking on a six-week consultation through communities, a Senate Committee has heard. The Australian, 27 February.


Stomp case sparks plea for homeless

A Territory magistrate called for long grassers to be treated as "human beings" after a man took out his anger on a sleeping homeless woman. NT News, 27 February.


Aboriginal alliance backs petrol sniffing controls

An alliance of Aboriginal medical organisations has thrown its support behind proposed legislation to ban sniffable fuel in parts of the Northern Territory. ABC News,1 March.



How developers gagged a frustrated Mt Barker

Documents released by the District Court reveal developers branded the views of Mt Barker residents and the local council "parochial, conservative and emotional" when they sought special Ministerial approval to bypass community concerns and speed up the rezoning. Adelaide Now, 28 February.



Dividing a family in pain

The family of a Warrane man left a paraplegic after a car smash at Otago Bay last year have accused the Motor Accidents Insurance Board and Housing Tasmania of turning their backs on him. The Mercury, 2 March.



Home of light and respite for young mothers

When Emily discovered she was pregnant at 19, she knew she had to escape the unpredictable home she shared with her mother. The Canberra Times, 27 February.


City housing crisis

The Salvation Army has revealed the dire state of Geelong's housing shortage as more than 216 adults and children wait for its crisis accommodation. Geelong Advertiser, 27 February.


Police to revamp training for handling mentally ill

All operational police and new recruits are to receive special coaching to deal with the mentally ill after an internal review found previous training was flawed and increased the risks of violent confrontations. The Age, 25 February.


Public housing an issue for whole community

Public housing in Victoria (and elsewhere around Australia) is in a state of crisis. For at least the last two decades, successive state governments have failed to meet the challenge of providing public housing to all who need it. Green Left, 25 February.



Evictions increase under 3-strikes

The Department of Housing has almost doubled the number of evictions of public housing tenants under its three-strikes policy in the past 13 months. The West, 27 February.


Work-for-the-dole 'paid to prisoners'

Leaders in Balgo allege people not living in the remote Kimberley community, some even in jail, have been recipients of the local Aboriginal work-for-the-dole program. The Australian, 25 February.




Fears Housing NZ changes will hurt vulnerable families

There are fears that Housing New Zealand's move to shut its offices to clients and only talk to them through a national call centre will hurt those most in need. TV NZ, 28 February.


Sleeping rough is street legal

"I'm sick of the fluffy bullshit and the niceness," sighs Corie Haddock, who runs an innovative, well-regarded Auckland homelessness charity, Lifewise, a $1 million-turnover operation that receives "not a single cent" from government. "It's time to be controversial." Stuff NZ, 26 February.



Government project refuses to help rough sleeper in McDonalds

Claimant turned away from £20m scheme to keep people off the streets because he was inside a public building. The Guardian, 24 February.



With spotlight on homeless kids, parents get short shrift

Guilford County Schools reports 1,895 homeless youth (1,552 of whom are housed, just not in a home their parents own or lease). News-Record, 27 February.


Plan to End Chronic Homelessness Touts Progress

In late 2010, a group of business leaders from the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce teamed with the United Way of Greater L.A. to tackle homelessness in the region. LA Downtown News, 24 February.


Report: 5-Year Plan to End LA Homelessness

The "Home For Good" report touts successes and highlights shortcomings for a region called LA's "homeless capital", NBC Los Angeles, 24 February.


VA Committed to Ending Veteran Homelessness in Five Years

The Department of Veterans Affairs is taking decisive action to end Veteran homelessness in five years.



Risk Factors in Homelessness Programs and Interventions

Managing Homelessness Services Survey, a collaboration between Flinders University and the South Australian Council of Social Service, funded by FaHCSIA under the national Homelessness Partnership.


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.


Survey of household energy use and affordability



Australian Scholarships Foundation

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


Energy Efficiency Information Grants

For information on how to apply see: Energy Efficiency Information Grants Program Round One.


Mental Health Conference Funding Program

The Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing funds the Mental Health Conference Funding (MHCF) Program to provide limited financial assistance to support conferences and events in related areas. Website.


Queensland Alliance for Mental Health

Resilient Places Project: Micro-grants, round 1.


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


1350.0 - Australian Economic Indicators, Mar 2012  


8731.0 - Building Approvals, Australia, January 2012


6302.0 Average Weekly Earnings, Australia, Nov 2011



National debate about ‘fair’ sharing of Australia’s wealth long overdue


ACOSS 2012 Media Internship Program now open!



Submission in response to the Fair Work Act Review Background Paper


Submission to Consolidation of Commonwealth Anti-Discrimination Laws Discussion Paper


What’s new



Sex Discrimination Commissioner welcomes new Gender Equality Bill


Commission welcomes steps towards better monitoring of places of detention



No. 184: Policy shift or program drift? Implementing Housing First in Australia


No. 183: Developing sustainable affordable housing: a project level analysis


The role of ‘assertive outreach’ in addressing primary homelessness



Children’s exposure to domestic violence in Australia



The many facets of shame in intimate partner sexual violence


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



Comorbidity of mental disorders and physical conditions 2007


Juvenile detention population in Australia 2011



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



Shellie Morris

Quiet possibly the hardest working Indigenous entertainer in Australia is Shellie Morris. Shellie tirelessly spends no less than 9 months of each year on the road. Her work is divided up between her music, community development, as an educator and mentor. AWAYE, 18 February.


Young city couple starts a new life in the country

ABC Rural, 29 February.


Australian Homelessness Clearinghouse



9 Ways Board Members Can Raise Money Without Fundraising



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



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


Council to Homeless Persons

CHP e-news subscription


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



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


Closing the Gap Prime Minister's Report 2012



Another European Parliament Call for an EU Homelessness Strategy: When Will EU Action Come?


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



Cloud Computing Explained

Australian Businesswomen’s Network



Mental Health Resource Centre


Mercy Foundation

Small Grants Open

Flick’s Housing & Homelessness Blog



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



All babies count: prevention and protection for vulnerable babies



Mental Health and Work, Sick on the Job? Myths and Realities about Mental Health and Work


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


Parity 2012

Parity publication commences in April: Philanthropic, Corporate and Private Sector Responses to Homelessness edition. May edition is on: Policing Homelessness. Contact Noel Murray: Back issues.


Parliament of Australia

Inquiry into the prevention and treatment of problem gambling


Reconciliation Australia

Relationships key to creating sustainable opportunities


Shelter NSW

Dwelling with visual and acoustic privacy



How to be Ethical in Social Media

Australian BusinessWomen’s Network


Claire Wardle on Social Media, 10 February.



Our 400th edition!


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


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



Human First – A Homelessness Documentary


Homeless Has A Name





Women With Disabilities Australia: Submission to the United Nations Thematic Study on Violence Against Women With Disabilities, December 2011

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