Subject: INFORM 27 JANUARY
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
Latest media release: Australia’s housing remains more unaffordable than UK, USA
Stop the loss
High loss poker machines are known to be addictive and Australia has the fastest, highest loss machines in the world, website.
Digital Inclusion Initiative
Infoxchange Australia's Digital Inclusion Initiative aims to deliver equal and affordable access to computers and the internet to all Australians. Universal access to information and communication technology has become a basic infrastructure requirement in civil and democratic societies. 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.
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, website.
Safe in Oz
Addressing specialist mental health issues through training workshops and consultancy services, website.
Red Roses Musical
Seeking sponsors, touring nationally website.
After Homosexual: The Legacies of Gay Liberation
Melbourne, 2 - 4 February, website.
Bat for YouthCARE
Prime Minister’s XI breakfast, Canberra, 3 February, website.
Sydney, 6 February, website.
Policy Research Methods Masterclass 2012
Promoting Professional Research, Consultation and Communication Skills for Policy Officers to Develop Robust Evidence-Based Policy. Canberra, 7 - 9 February, website.
6th Australasian Housing Researchers' Conference 2012
Housing in an Era of Risk and Crisis, Adelaide, 8 - 10 February, website.
2012 National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness
Los Angeles, 9 - 10 February, website.
“A Long Way from Home?” Conference
The Rural and Regional Resettlement Experiences of Visible Migrants and Refugees Conference, Melbourne, 10 February, website.
Yfoundations Policy Forum
Confirmed speakers include the NSW Ombudsman's office who will discuss the rights and opportunities of complaints within SHS and Legal Aid who will provide an update on Work and Development Orders, Sydney, 14 February, website.
3rd Australasian Ethics Network (AEN) Conference
Brisbane, 16 - 17 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.
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.
ACOSS Media Forum
Sydney, 28 March, website.
ACOSS National Conference
Sydney, 29 - 30 March, website.
Housing First Partners' Conference 2012
New Orleans, 21 - 23 March, website.
Homelessness Research Conference
From the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (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.
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.
Australian Suicide Prevention Conference
Cairns, 13 - 15 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 National Housing Conference
Brisbane, 30 October – 2 November 2012, 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
SOCIAL MEDIA (Australian and international)
Manage and analyse your Twitter community with Social
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
Housing bubble trouble: separating facts from fiction
Mob doesn't speak for us, say Indigenous leaders
Mainstream Indigenous leaders have condemned activists from Canberra's Aboriginal tent embassy who led an angry mob to besiege Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott in a nearby restaurant yesterday. The Australian, 27 January.
Homeless threat for low-paid workers
Significant numbers of homeless people are in paid work and a leading welfare group says low pay and insecure conditions can often contribute to people remaining or becoming homeless. The Age, 26 January.
Indigenous teens happy despite obstacles, landmark study shows
The first study of the happiness levels of Indigenous teenagers has revealed they are as happy as non-Indigenous Australian adults despite their higher levels of poverty and disadvantage. The Australian, 26 January.
Forget your coins, we want change: begging should not be a crime
The criminal offence of begging should be abolished. Criminalising begging is tantamount to criminalising poverty. The Conversation, 25 January.
Property crash could hurt big four banks
Australian banks need to stash away billions of dollars in case the nation's overblown property market collapses, the International Monetary Fund has warned. Herald Sun, 25 January.
Opinion: Turning point to a greater Australia
Associate Professor Charles Teo is an internationally acclaimed neurosurgeon. This is an edited excerpt of his Australia Day address delivered in Sydney. The Canberra Times, 24 January.
Social inclusion means our services work together to help vulnerable people
Prices drop but houses still up on global list
Housing affordability improved in Australia last year, according to an annual international ranking, but local real estate still remains some of the least affordable in the world. SMH, 23 January.
Jobs project for disabled treads new ground
As the momentum for a national disability insurance scheme slowly builds, one young woman not content to wait is embarking on a bold venture to give Australians with disabilities a better chance at employment. ABC News, 23 January.
Hidden problem that defies definition
When Kaye* sought help for her addiction to poker machines, she ended up in rehabilitation programs that lumped her with drug and alcohol addicts. SMH, 22 January.
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
Dump ACT charity bins: Vinnies
One of Canberra's leading charities has called for the hundreds of donations bins around the capital to be scrapped, declaring the concept a thing of the past. The Canberra Times, 26 January.
Sydney's homeless offered free gym and fitness classes
You might think the first thing that Sydney's homeless might need is a permanent roof over their heads, but the City of Sydney is offering those without a home fitness and gym classes to improve health and self-esteem. StreetCorner, 25 January.
Locals praise plans to bring back The Block
Plans to redevelop the once-notorious Block in inner-Sydney are being welcomed by the people who live there. ABC, The World Today, 24 January.
Trapped in the rental crisis
Jane Watts heats her children’s macaroni on the floor of a Berkeley hotel room, using a portable stove that competes for space with open suitcases, two mattresses, a borrowed microwave and the other debris of six lives in disarray. Illawarra Mercury, 24 January.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
What’s data got to do with it? Reassessing the NT intervention
Since its introduction in 2007, there has been much debate over the effectiveness of the Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER) in improving the quality of life in remote indigenous communities. The Conversation, 25 January.
Part-time and casual work on the rise with 190,000 Queenslanders underemployed
About 190,000 Queenslanders are classified as underemployed. This is a rise of 40,000 in five years. Courier Mail, 25 January.
Mother who lost daughter to pokies begs Julia Gillard
not to give up on gambling reform
Sale fund push for battlers
Some of the money from the $103 million sale of TOTE Tasmania should be spent helping the most disadvantaged Tasmanians, the state's peak community sector group says. The Mercury, 25 January.
Plea to plan for rise in elderly
The State Government needs to start planning for the explosion in the number of older Tasmanians, the Council on the Ageing Tasmania says. The Mercury, 25 January.
State to close 24-hour mental health helpline
The state government is shutting down Victoria's only 24-hour mental health helpline, provoking outrage from mental health providers. The Age, 27 January.
Rental rejection hits Wyndham families on welfare
Scores of single parents on welfare are being shut out of private rental homes in Wyndham despite the area's above-average vacancy rate. Wyndham Weekly, 25 January.
Market fails to supply adequate rental accommodation for central Victorian students
“The demand for rental properties is climbing to surprising levels, and it’s going to be very tough for students returning this year.” Bendigo Advertiser, 24 January.
Black Saturday caused increase in domestic violence, research finds
Domestic violence escalated in bushfire-ravaged communities, including Marysville and Kinglake, after Black Saturday, according to a new report. The Age, 24 January.
Refugees: How Europe failed
European promises of solidarity with people in need were tested in 2011. It is worrying to note that Europe, collectively, did not pass the test. Now, all member states of the European Union must take responsibility and make sure that 2012 will be a better year for asylum matters. Times of Malta, 19 January.
Housing affordability solutions flawed – critics
On the brink of homelessness in Brighton
Homeless people die 30 years before national average, Crisis, 21 December.
Homeless Female Vets Double In Population, Seek Employment Help
The fact that many homeless female veterans are middle-aged, divorced, unemployed and single mothers is more than just research on paper for Jennifer John. It's the reality the 42-year-old homeless veteran has struggled with for six years. Huffington Post, 26 January.
Legal Aid: If the Cuts Proceed We Will See a Boom in Crime and the Filling Up of Prisons
It is women, children, the elderly and the homeless that are going to get hit the worst. Huffington Post, 24 January.
A Permanent Home That Allows Drinking Helps Homeless Drink Less
Centre for Multicultural Youth
Department for Child Protection (WA)
Department of Human Services (Vic)
Information for and about women in Victoria, website.
FaHCSIA has launched ReadSpeaker on its website to assist users who have reading difficulties, a vision impairment, or just wish to download an audio copy of the page to listen on a portable audio device, website.
European Journal of Homelessness: Volume 5.2, December 2011
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.
Kinetic Information Systems
The fourth White Paper for the community housing sector, website.
National Coalition for the Homeless
National Housing Supply Council
The National Housing Supply Council's 3rd State of Supply Report was released in December 2011
The Treasury (AUS)
Urban Institute (USA)
University of Calgary
New funding round for Indigenous
Family Dispute Resolution
The journalists and media who write and report on the homelessness, housing and support sector.
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