Subject:                                     INFORM 9 March, 2012, Homelessness Australia.



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

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9 March, 2012


Homing In: on the real issues of homelessness

Homelessness Australia’s awareness campaign has launched! See more here.


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:

-Housing struggle as students head back to Uni 

-Australians for Affordable Housing Welcomes New Federal Cabinet Housing Minister


End Youth Homelessness

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



Call for Abstracts for Homelessness Australia’s 7 National Conference due by 16 March


ASU Training on Negotiating Domestic Violence Clauses


Australasian Housing Institute


Pathways Australia training



Red Roses Musical

Touring nationally, 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.



Northern Territory Regional Homelessness Action Plans

More information here or contact Morgan Sabbith at NT Shelter by email .


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.


Youth InterACT Conference: 2012 Change Your World

All young people aged 12 - 25 are welcome and encouraged to attend. Information: Facebook.


Innovations in ending youth homelessness: unlocking private rental; an interactive Q&A forum

Council to Homeless Persons, Melbourne, 16 April, website.


The inaugural Third Sector Expo

Free-to-attend two day professional development conference and exhibition, Melbourne, 16 - 17 April, website.


Youth Homelessness Matters Day

Theme: Be part of the Solution

Nationally: 18 April Website & Facebook


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.


Access to housing for homeless people in Europe

University of York, UK, 21 September, website.



The 21st Century Approach to Mental Health

Perth, 17 - 19 October, website.


The 7th National Housing Conference

Brisbane, 30 October - 2 November, 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





$1 million taken from criminals to help women and children escaping domestic violence

Hon Jason Clare MP.


Jobless figures tipped to rise

Official unemployment figures are expected to reveal ongoing weakness in the labour market, with economists expecting a rise in the unemployment rate from 5.1 per cent in January to 5.2 per cent in February. ABC News, 8 March.


National alcohol guidelines being ignored

New research suggests the vast majority of Australians don't know how many drinks constitute a safe level of consumption. ABC News, 6 March.


NewStart allowance gap grows wider

SMH, 6 March.


Indigenous jail rate 'shameful'

Aboriginal youths are 25 times more likely to be imprisoned than their non-indigenous counterparts, a figure Aboriginal legal activists have called ''shameful''. The Age, 6 March.


Cancer death rates higher for Indigenous people

New research shows Indigenous people with cancer are 50 per cent more likely to die in the year following their diagnosis than non-Indigenous people. ABC News, 5 March.


Sleeping giant: worker fatigue 'epidemic'

Australian workers, especially parents, are suffering from an ''unrecognised epidemic'' of tiredness, a new study suggests. The Canberra Times, 5 March.


Assaults on kids by parents are on the rise

Disturbing reports of parents assaulting their children have soared by nearly a third in just a year. Herald Sun, 5 March.


The home truth about violence

Reports of men abusing partners are soaring. The Age, 4 March.


The tricks charities try to cash in on the vulnerable, elderly and dying

The Telegraph, 4 March.


Wave of asylum seekers to wash into community

The Telegraph, 3 March.


Continued Assistance for Homeless Older People

Hon Mark Butler MP


Federal government ministers

Hon Brendan O’Connor MP


Hon Jenny Macklin MP


Hon Julie Collins MP



Children's suburbs pointers to exclusion

More than one in 25 Australian children risks life-long social exclusion because of the suburb in which they grow up, according to new research from the University of Canberra. The Canberra Times, 7 March.


Mixed response to new ANU housing

SMH, 7 March.


Teepee student

A young man is living in a teepee on Canberra's Lake Ginninderra because he does not like student housing. ABC News, 2 March.



Changing face of homelessness: How did this ex-cop become so broke she had to live in a car? News, 9 March.


Access all areas: new rules for miners

SMH, 7 March.


Shooting deaths spark call for mental health overhaul

ABC News, 5 March.


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



Scrap NT intervention laws: Malcolm Fraser

SMH, 8 March.



Relocation fears as ocean swallows Torres Strait islands

ABC News, 5 March.



Gloom strips $15m from charity coffers

Adelaide Now, 5 March.


SA will be safer as population ages

Adelaide, Now, 6 March.



Detention centre doors close

The last asylum seekers have been transferred from Tasmania's Pontville Detention Centre and the Federal government has now officially closed the site. ABC News, 6 March.



State Coroner investigates several youth suicides

Herald Sun, 9 March.


State close to recession

The Age, 8 March.


Remember women facing homelessness on International Women’s Day - Homeground


Future of housing program in doubt

Council to Homeless Persons chief Jenny Smith said the program focused on getting families out of unsuitable places such as dangerous rooming houses and into transitional homes and permanent accommodation.

The Age, 7 March.


Need for better outcomes for vulnerable children

Online Opinion, 6 March.


Surge in abuse reports stretch crisis services to breaking point

The Age, 4 March.


'Embarrassed' victim kept silent for 13 years

The Age, 4 March.



Young crims may face adult courts

The West Australian, 9 March.


Broome police lay sly-grog charges

ABC News, 8 March.




Housing NZ cuts kill praised home-find service

Stuff NZ, 4 March.



Housing the homeless: Charity launches property fund

The Guardian UK, 29 February.



Homeless people become their own advocates

The Sun, 1 March.


Home for Good

Los Angeles County is often called the national capital of homelessness, with more than 51,000 people lacking shelter on any given night. The NY Times, 1 March.



Homelessness Australia Members Only Survey 2012


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.


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.


Reducing Violence Against Women and Children Grants

Department of Justice, Vic


Energy Efficiency Information Grants Program Round One, closing 16 March.


Breaking the Cycle of Alcohol and Drug Abuse in Indigenous Communities Activity, FaHCSIA, closes 10 April.


Funding to support community-based projects


Queensland Alliance for Mental Health

Resilient Places Project: Micro-grants, round 2.


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!

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

ABC iview

Kitchen Cabinet: Penny Wong

The Drum




6202.0 - Labour Force, Australia, Feb 2012



Fair-Go should be extended to people on income support who are living in poverty



Submission in response to the Fair Work Act Review Background Paper


Submission to Consolidation of Commonwealth Anti-Discrimination Laws Discussion Paper


What’s new



Age discrimination: A waste of human resources


Harder for rural women to access DV services


Time to turn the tide on violence and discrimination on basis of sexual orientation and gender identity


Creation of position a boost to multicultural policy



Multi-generation households in Australian cities (Essay)


The problem of social housing stigmatisation and innovations that can minimise its effects (Investigative Panel)



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



Cancer incidence projections, Australia 2011 to 2020



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



Eradicating Poverty

Life Matters, 8 March


White Ribbon: Constructions of masculinity

Big Ideas, 8 March


Natural disasters increase violence against women

ABC Rural, 8 March


Books for Free

Life Matters, 7 March


Australian Homelessness Clearinghouse



12 Great Online Fundraising Platforms for Donors and NonProfits



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


Council to Homeless Persons

CHP e-news subscription


IWD MR: Women and Children Need Rapid Rehousing


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)



Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Amendment Bill 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) 


Heriot Watt University (UK)

Multiple Exclusion Homelessness


Homelessness Australia

Homing in on female homelessness on

International Women’s Day


National Peak Body welcomes the appointment of the Honourable Brendan O’Connor, MP as the new Minister for Housing and Homelessness within Cabinet.


Homeless Hub (Can)

Working with the private rented sector

to tackle youth homelessness:

A good practice report


No Safe Place to Go - LGBTQ Youth Homelessness in Canada: Reviewing the Literature



Mental Health Resource Centre


Mercy Foundation

Small Grants Open

Flick’s Housing & Homelessness Blog

Sydney Women’s Fund: Background paper 4: Women and housing in Greater Sydney


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



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.


Productivity Commission

Regulatory Impact Analysis: Benchmarking



For organisations: election media kit


Reconciliation Australia

Relationships key to creating sustainable opportunities



Insight: Removing Kids


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 Sydney Women’s Fund

Portrait of Women & Girls in Greater Sydney


The Treasury (Aus)

Discussion Paper - Charitable Fundraising Regulation Reform



UNICEF launches 'The State of the World's Children 2012'


United Nations

The eight Millennium Development Goals


UN Women

Progress of the World’s Women, factsheet



State Homeless Resources Map


Victoria Online

Victorian Homelessness Action Plan 2011-2015



Porter County Plan to End Homelessness


Rough sleeping on the bendy bus



Angels for the Forgotten




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


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