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:  

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.


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, 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.


CEO Cookoff

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.


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.


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.


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.



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.



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


SOCIAL MEDIA (Australian and international)

Social Media for Social Good: A How-To Webinar for Nonprofits


Manage and analyse your Twitter community with Social Bro


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




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


Housing bubble trouble: separating facts from fiction

In a previous article, I analysed four of the common arguments used by those who deny there is a bubble in Australia’s residential property market. The Conversation, 27 January.


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

SMH, 23 January.


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

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



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



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
Adelaide Now, 21 January.


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

NZ Herald, 25 January.



On the brink of homelessness in Brighton

The Argus, 23 January.


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

Shots, 23 January.


(Research, publications, audio and vision)

8th Annual Demographia

International Housing Affordability Survey



4436.0 - Caring in the Community, Australia, 2009  



2012-13 Budget Priority Statement, Dec.



What’s new



Consolidation of Commonwealth Discrimination law - domestic and family violence


Inquiry into the treatment of individuals suspected of people smuggling offences who say that they are children, due 3 Feb.



The role of ‘assertive outreach’ in addressing primary homelessness



Results of the Clearinghouse Consolidation Survey.



Child protection Australia 2010–11

Australia's welfare 2011

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



Position Paper on Homelessness of Asylum

Seekers Living in the Community


Destitute and Uncertain: the reality of seeking asylum in Australia


Calgary Homeless Foundation


Centre for Multicultural Youth

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


Department for Child Protection (WA)

Opening Doors to address homelessness, Western Australian State Plan


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.

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.


Current Funding:  
Families & Children


European Journal of Homelessness: Volume 5.2, December 2011


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.


Kinetic Information Systems

The fourth White Paper for the community housing sector, website.


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


Salvation Army & Swinburne Institute

No Home at the End of the Road?  A survey of single women over 40 years of age who do not

believe they will own their housing outright at retirement.


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

Promotion and protection of human rights: human rights questions, including alternative approaches for improving the effective enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms


UN Women

Progress of the World’s Women, factsheet


Urban Institute (USA)

Vulnerability, Risk, and the Transition to Adulthood


University of Calgary

Housing Subsidies and Homelessness: a simple idea


Vic Health

Sharing the evidence: Preventing violence against women


Victoria Online

Victorian Homelessness Action Plan 2011-2015




Law Report

Bankruptcy, 2011


Life Matters

-Controversial new code on workplace bullying, 25 January

-Being intersex, 25 January

-A sprinkle of hope, 24 January



Aboriginal Poverty in Canada, You Tube


Child poverty: why social franchising is a giant step in the right direction, You Tube


“How to Stop Homelessness: An Instructional Video.”



New funding round for Indigenous
Broadcasting Program now open

The 2012-2013 funding round for the Indigenous Broadcasting Program has opened and closes 3 February 2012.



Australian Scholarships Foundation


Family and Relationships Services Australia

Family Dispute Resolution Scholarships
FRSA has secured funding from the Attorney-General’s Department to administer a modest scholarship scheme which aims to increase opportunities for people from Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to undertake training to obtain the Vocational Graduate Diploma in Family Dispute Resolution (FDR).


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.


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