Subject:                                     INFORM 24 February, 2012, Homelessness Australia. 



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

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24 February, 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:  

Latest media:

- Queensland’s Housing Stress: Top 5 housing stressed regions revealed

- 450,000 renters deserve better


Activism 101: 16 Striking Campaigns for the Cause to End Violence Against Women


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 Professional development portal



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.



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.


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.


CLCNSW State Conference 2012

Sydney, 8 - 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.



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


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!



Rental discrimination

With the rental crisis in our cities getting worse, agents and landlords have made a hit-list of the first people dismissed as potential tenants. Today Tonight, 23 February.


Review calls for school spending overhaul

ABC News, 20 February, Breakfast. SMH, 24 February.


Super tax benefits help rich get richer and leave poor with nothing, says ACOSS

SMH, 20 February.


Why Australia’s ranking as one of the world’s most expensive cities means next to nothing

Smart Company, 20 February.


Pension age would rise under business council's austerity plan

SMH, 20 February.


Union push for uniform unfair dismissal laws

SMH, 20 February.


Minister for Housing and Homelessness

The Hon Robert McClelland MP, media releases.


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

The Hon 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.



Mirvac to focus on medium density housing

Property developer Mirvac Group has returned to first half profitability, adding it will continue to cater for an increasing demand for medium-density housing. The Canberra Times, 21 February.



Mental health patients lose out under new funding plan

Mental health patients would be seriously disadvantaged under hospital funding arrangements to be introduced in July, health authorities have warned. SMH, 23 February.


Campbelltown Council to report on boarding houses in area

Staff from Campbelltown Council are preparing a report on the regulation of boarding houses in the Campbelltown local government area. Macarthur Chronicle, 20 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



Aboriginal leaders reject NT intervention

Aboriginal community leaders and advocates have rejected federal government plans to extend the Howard-era Northern Territory intervention policy, saying they haven't been properly consulted. SMH, 21 February.


Inquiry investigates rate of child suicide in NT

Northern Territory leaders are warning that silence is no longer an option to deal with the rising rates of child suicide. ABC News, 21 February.


NT intervention hearings hit road

Aboriginal community groups are expected to voice their opposition to the federal government's planned next phase of the Northern Territory intervention, during parliamentary hearings this week. SMH, 20 February.



Queensland town struggling after major employer shuts its doors

The town of Childers in southern Queensland is feeling the impact of the collapse of its biggest employer, tomato grower SP Exports. Bush Telegraph, 22 February.


FIFO inquiry

Dysart residents hope today's Moranbah sitting of the federal inquiry of fly in, fly out workforce practices is not simply a token gesture to satisfy the growing concerns of a community in crisis. Central Queensland News, 22 February.



Tough ask but a gran job

Grandmother Gaylene Farnell has been looking after her granddaughter Jasmine, 14, since she was a baby. The Mercury, 24 February.



Debt collectors demand $38,000 from tenants

Hawthorn pair Ursula Noye and Ben Corbett were horrified to learn of a little-known clause in the Land Tax Act letting the State Revenue Office chase them for the money. Herald Sun, 24 February.


No longer home sweet home

House prices in Melbourne have increased 147 per cent in the past decade, and the cost of renting continues to soar. Melissa Cunningham spoke to one family who found themselves unable to pay for a roof over their heads. Casey Weekly, 23 February.


Homeless flood into hospitals

Emergency departments are struggling to cope with growing numbers of homeless people seeking shelter and assistance because of a lack of emergency accommodation. The Age, 22 February. Council to Homeless Persons Letter to the Editor.


Park closure highlights housing pressure

The closure of a Bairnsdale caravan park has highlighted housing pressure and the long waiting list for public housing in East Gippsland. ABC Gippsland, 21 February.


Rental prices in inner north on up, and up, and up

Thornbury renters have felt the pinch of rent increases more than most other places in Australia over the past 12 months, according to a new survey. The Melbourne Times Weekly, 21 February.



Wages fall for first time in a decade

Average wages across WA have fallen for the first time in more than a decade in a sign the big pay rises in the mining sector are yet to filter through to the rest of the workforce. The West, 24 February.


Broome stoush over hostel land continues

Broome Shire President Graeme Campbell has demanded answers from the Department of Housing after it pulled out of negotiations to build an Aboriginal itinerant hostel in the town after years of wrangling over a site. The West, 20 February.




Law and disorder: What Bill C-10 could mean for Canada’s native people

By his own reckoning, John Findlay has spent 25 of the past 33 years in jail. The Globe and Mail, 17 February.



Housing NZ axes home rental help

Housing New Zealand is axing a service which has worked with other agencies to find private rental homes for people who can't get state houses. NZ Herald, 20 February.


Protesting state housing tenants to move on

Several people barricaded themselves into a vacant house at 25 Silverton Avenue, Glenn Innes, on Saturday in protest against plans to move them on. TV NZ, 20 February.



Homeless people treated as criminals in America

Coshocton Tribune, 18 February.


America's Poorest People Running Out Of Places To Live: Study

Huffington Post, 16 February.



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.


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)


6291.0.55.001 - Labour Force, Australia, Detailed - Electronic Delivery, Jan 2012


6302.0 Average Weekly Earnings, Australia, Nov 2011



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



ACOSS 2012 Media Internship Program now open!



What’s new



Quicker action needed to Close the Gap


Stronger futures requires stronger consultation



Modelling the impacts of the Henry Review tax recommendations on housing supply and affordability


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




Grey Army for Queensland’s Recovery


Life Matters

- Second Chance

- Self Harm: How can we better understand and respond

- Social Media and Healthcare

-Teenagers and Sexually Transmitted Diseases


Australian Homelessness Clearinghouse



The BarrierFreeLiving Daily Blog



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


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


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.



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



Homelessness requires focus and commitment


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



Inception of the London Pathway


Good Samaritan Shelter Night Of Awareness Promo





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