Subject: INFORM 24 February, 2012, Homelessness Australia.
Weekly digest from the homelessness and allied sectors in Australia and abroad
24 February, 2012
ACOSS: $35 a day is not enough!
Lift paltry allowances and help people into paid work
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: www.facebook.com/housingstressed
End Youth Homelessness
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
WEEKS & DAYS 2012
Sector related awareness days and weeks see webpage.
Youth week is 13 - 22 April
Youth Homelessness Matters Day (YHMD) day is 18 April
Monday 6 August – Sunday 12 August
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 email@example.com
The journalists and media who write and report on the homelessness, housing and support sector.
-ACOSS Media Monitor firstname.lastname@example.org
-The National Tenant Support Network (National TSN) Email to subscribe
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
Super tax benefits help rich get richer and leave poor with nothing, says ACOSS
Why Australia’s ranking as one of the world’s most expensive cities means next to nothing
Pension age would rise under business council's austerity plan
Union push for uniform unfair dismissal laws
Minister for Housing and Homelessness
Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and the Minister for Disability Reform
Minister for Community Services, Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development and Minister for the Status of Women
Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers
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 email@example.com.
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.
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
America's Poorest People Running Out Of Places To Live: Study
Risk Factors in Homelessness Programs and Interventions
The S.W.A.S.H (Sydney Women and Sexual Health) Survey 2012
Survey of household energy use and affordability
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.
Education Tax Refund
Homeless No More (Aus)
Homeless Directions (Aus)
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
National Housing Supply Council
The National Housing Supply Council's 3rd State of Supply Report was released in December 2011
Create Your Better Life Index, an interactive website
Parity publication commences in April: Philanthropic, Corporate and Private Sector Responses to Homelessness edition. May edition is on: Policing Homelessness. Contact Noel Murray: firstname.lastname@example.org Back issues.
Parliament of Australia
How to be Ethical in Social Media
The BIG ISSUE
The Treasury (Aus)
University of Calgary (Can)
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