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2014 NEWS

Tasmanian State Election - 15 March 2014

Shelter Tas will be working hard to bring you the latest news on affordable housing and homelessness issues throughout the election campaign.

For more information, follow this link to our Election Page.


Media Releases

Click the links below to view recent media releases from the Minister for Human Services on relevant housing/homelessness issues:

2013 NEWS

The latest information for homelessness in Tasmania is now available on our downloadable factsheet.

Tasmanian Community Housing: Trends, Tenants, Transfers
is a forum about the rapidly growing community housing sector in Tasmania, and will cover a range of issues that are relevant to anyone with an interest in affordable housing

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Community Housing Forum
The Community Housing Forum held on Friday 29th of November was a great success. Thanks to all our fantastic speakers, and to everyone who came along and participated. Presentations from the day are being added to our Forum Page.
Please take a look, full details on our forum page.


Colony 47 are running a program, starting 21st August, to help connecting to and understanding your teenage child. see the following flyer. Or contact Colony 47 on: 6214 1481 or you can email them at:

C47 Brochure Aug 2013

Posted 2 Aug 2013

Shelter Tas - Low Carbon Tasmania Submission
In consultation with members, Shelter has submitted feedback to the above project. The consultation gathers information from the community to feed into a Climate Change Strategy for Tasmania. There are many issues raised in the paper that are relevant to public and community housing. We focus on two key issues:

  • The possible costs of improvements to efficiencies for low-income renters in social housing (public and community)
  • Coordination of affordable housing  and climate change strategies

Full report available here.

Posted 11 July 2013


Shelter Tasmania - Continuum of Care to Prevent Youth Offending and Re-offending Project
In consultation with members, Shelter has submitted a response to the above consultation which explores how we might lessen instances of youth offending and change re-offending patterns. Our submission focuses on the links between offending and housing and homelessness. We make two key points: first, young people need safe, secure housing to lessen offending behaviours, and this is in short supply; second, that youth under the age of 16 are negatively influenced by contact with older teens in crisis accommodation and alternative accommodation is needed for this age group. Full details on the PDF found here.

Posted 11 July 2013


Bushfire Recovery information

Go to the Tasmanian Government bushfire recovery page for information concerning:

  • Information centres
  • Available grants
  • Access to affected areas
  • Donations and volunteering
  • Insurance and legal advice
  • Accommodation and housing

as well as many other items of interest to those affected by the bushfires, and those wishing to help.


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Shelter Media Release: Peak Body Welcomes Growth in Community Housing.

Click here to read more.

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Productivity Commission Report on Government Services 2014
The Productivity Commission have released the 2014 Report on Government Services: Housing and Homelessness. This report measures and publishes data on the equity, efficiency and cost effectiveness of social housing and government funded homelessness services. To read the report, click here. You can also read the media release issued by the Minister for Human Services, Rebecca White in response to the report.  

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Partners in Recovery (PIR)
PIR supports people with severe and persistent mental illness and their family to access the supports and services to meet their needs. Referrals to PIR commenced on 8th January 2014 in the North and South of the State, with NW referrals commencing shortly. There are a number of resources you can access regarding the PIR program:

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Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
This workshop provides practical help for caregivers seeking to prevent the immediate risk of suicide.
Date: Wed/Thurs May 14 & 15, 2014
                Wed/Thurs October 29 & 30, 2014
Location: Devonport
Cost: $250.00 per person.
Click here to access the registration form and for contact details. 

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An Invitation: National Regulatory System for Community Housing Training Workshop – February 5 & 6 2014, Hobart
Housing Tasmania and Shelter Tas will host a training workshop in Hobart on February 5 & 6. Training will be provided by the Community Housing Federation of Australia to provide background on the  National Regulatory System (NRS) which will be proclaimed on the  1st January 2014 in Tasmania . The NRS is a new national system of registration, monitoring and regulation of community housing providers and is designed to encourage the development and viability of community housing and facilitate investment in the sector.

The workshop is aimed at senior staff or CEOs interested in becoming registered under the NRS and will provide practical information on what organisations will need to do if they choose to apply.  You can read more about the NRS training here and view the draft agenda on the left. Numbers are limited, so please RSVP to or call (03) 6166 3628 by 24th January. The workshop is free, but participants will need to provide their own laptop on the day. Posted 20 Dec 2013

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Shelter Tas Annual Report

Annual Report is available here to view online.


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Calling for EOI for Diploma or Cert IV in Social Housing for 2014 for all Shelter members. Closing Thursday 30th January, 2014.

To view the units within both programs, go to NSWFHA training link:


Understanding Mental Health and Wellbeing Workshop – 26 February
This workshop is an introductory training module, designed to introduce participants to the principles and concepts underpinning mental health promotion, prevention and early intervention, and their relevance to a range of work settings.
Date: Wednesday 26 February
Time: 10.00am – 4.30pm
Venue: 116 Elizabeth Street (front training room)
Cost: Free (lunch provided)
Contact: Maria Belfrage on or call 6333 3082
Registrations close Friday 14th February 2014.

Information Flyer

Posted 20 Jan 2014

SoFAH Nov 2013

Shelter Tasmania is pleased to present our inaugural State of Affordable Housing in Tasmania Report. This report gives an overview of affordable housing initiatives and homelessness services. It summarises current funding and policy contexts, and discusses the impacts of the housing crisis and homelessness on low-income Tasmanians. It is hoped that this report will help make this complicated sector a little easier to understand.
Please download this report for your service, and pass on to anyone who might find it useful. We are also happy to provide hard copies, just email Pauline:
Happy Reading!

Posted 6 Nov 2013

SHS Report Cover 2013

The AIHW have released the latest Specialist Homelessness Services figures.
You can read the full report here. Shelter Tas has summarised some of the key findings on our homelessness page, as well as on our Homelessness Fact Sheet. The Tasmanian stats are available here.

Posted 20 December 2013


The Role of Outreach: Responding to Primary Homelessness  
The University of Tasmania and Swinburne University have released new research exploring the role of outreach in responding to people experiencing primary homelessness. The report found that, when implemented well, outreach services can connect with highly marginalised groups, and help to reduce both public-space dwelling and rough sleeping.
Download a copy of the full report here.
Budget Nov 2013

Shelter Tasmania has contributed to this year’s Budget Consultation Process for the 2014-15 State Budget. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this submission. Our focus was on achieving our policy platform goals: Revitalising Social Housing; Combatting Homelessness; and Maximising Affordable Housing.

Our three key recommendations were to:
Relieve the Housing Debt—and remove the financial burden restricting
the social housing system
Provide alternative emergency accommodation for Under 16 year olds
and remove the risks of co-habitation with older traumatised youth
Extend NRAS incentives—and facilitate a viable community housing sector and growth of affordable rentals in Tasmania.

Posted 6 Nov 2013



WESNET are offering a new opportunity to learn more about Technology Safety, it’s uses and misuses, through a Webinar series which starts on October 24th 2013
This training focuses on the positive and negative impacts of technology on survivors of domestic and family violence, stalking, sexual violence, dating violence and abuse.
Click on the flyer for more information and to register.

Posted 18 Oct 2013



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Posted 18 Oct 2013


Smoke alarms compulsory from May 1st; Tasmanian residential tenancies are now required to have working smoke alarms, see the Factsheet for more information.

Posted 27 Sept 2013


CHFA Update: Housing and the new Department of Social Services
Senator Kevin Andrews is the new Minister for Social Services and his portfolio includes homelessness, social housing and housing affordability.  The National Housing Supply Council will remain in Treasury. The housing portfolio will remain in the  re-structured FaHCSIA now called the Department of Social Services (DSS).

Leaving the DSS portfolio will be the Office for Women and Indigenous Affairs which will move across to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C).  Several areas will be moving into the new DSS including:

  • Ageing and Aged Care (from Health)
  • Multicultural Affairs and Settlement (from Immigration)
  • All Social Security Act income support policies
  • Disability Employment Services (from DEEWR)
  • Not for profit and volunteering (from PM&C)

The Administrative Assignment Orders that provides more detail on the specific responsibilities in each Ministerial portfolio.  As yet there have been no announcements of any delegation of housing responsibilities within the Social Services portfolio to either the Outer Ministry (Mitch Fifield) or a Parliamentary Secretary (Concetta Fierravanti-Wells).

Posted 20 Sept 2013

NRS Phase 1

An Evaluation of Tasmania’s Stay Service, “Have we Reached a Tipping Point in Homelessness Support Service Delivery”, considers whether there is a minimum level, type or frequency of service provision for people who have experienced homelessness and to gauge what are optimal points of intervention.

Commissioned by FaHCSIA, this research report details the results of interviews and focus groups with representatives and service users from Housing Tasmania, Centacare, Red Cross, Colony 47, Salvation Army, Bethlehem House, Anglicare and Hobart Women’s Shelter. The report concludes that whilst housing is a necessary factor in achieving client outcomes in the Stay program, other vital factors include flexible and trustworthy supports, inter-sector communication and long-term funding agreements for services.

Posted 30 August 2013

NRS Phase 1

Phase 1 of the National Regulatory System for Community Housing

Phase 1 of the National Regulatory System for Community Housing has begun and the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) has published an update on the progress to date of Phase 1. [pdf]

Posted 30 August 2013

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Specialist Homelessness Services Collection Report.  The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released the latest report from the Specialist Homelessness Services Collection. This report describes clients, the services they were provided, and outcomes achieved by clients of specialist homelessness services in the first 6-months of the 2012-13 collection year.

It is difficult to draw too many conclusions from this report because this is the first 6-monthly report to be released (others covered 3- and 12-month periods). Nevertheless, it provides some useful, recent data. Homelessness Australia have provided a sector briefing, and this will be on our website shortly. Contact Pauline at Shelter for more details.

AIHW Homelessness Report July - Dec 12-13

And Homelessness Australia’s sector briefing on the above report is on their website:

Posted 11 July 2013

National Housing Conference 2013


National Housing Conference, A New Way Home, 30 Oct – 1 Nov, Adelaide

The 8th National Housing Conference, convened by AHURI in partnership with Housing SA, will be held on October 30 – November 1 in Adelaide. This is an opportunity to debate critical housing issues such as housing affordability, the under-supply of housing, homelessness and Aboriginal housing.  Program and registration details are available here.

If you are interested in a pre-conference workshop on older persons and housing that Housing for the Aged Action Group are conducting, then contact Jeff Fiedler at or 0417 117 232. Or call Pauline at Shelter Tas: 6224 5488.

Posted 11 July 2013

National Social Housing Survey 2012


National social housing survey 2012

The National Social Housing Survey (NSHS) is designed to gather information on social housing tenants and their housing experiences. This report presents a national summary of the results from the 2012 NSHS and reports findings from public housing, community housing and state owned and managed Indigenous housing tenants.

Posted 31 May 2013

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Independent Living support for young people

The Transition to Independent Living Allowance (TILA) is one-off support from the Australian Government to help young people who are leaving Care to meet some of the costs involved in moving to independent living.

Posted 31 May 2013

Salvation Army report May 2013 (image from website)


It's Not Asking Too Much ...

A report on the results of the Salvation Army's National Economic and Social Impact Survey 2013, titled “It’s Not Asking Too Much ... ” was released by the Salvation Army.

Posted 24 May 2013

Integrating employment and housing support for homeless people: a case study. 2012 (Australia)


Integrating employment and housing support for homeless people

This report  focusses on how integrating employment services with
other ‘wraparound’ forms of tailored support for disadvantaged people can improve service outcomes and contribute to breaking the cycle of
homelessness and insecure housing.

Posted 24 May 2013

Integrating employment and housing support for homeless people case study, 2012

Understanding Homelessness Service Transitions. 2012 (Aust)

This research release focused on young people’s experiences of using mental health and homelessness services

Posted 24 May 2013

Report on Social inclusion: Chronic homelessness and impaired decision-making  capacity


Precarious social inclusion

This report addresses the critical problem of homelessness for people with impaired decision-making capacity (variously mentioned in the literature as people with ‘complex needs’).

Posted 24 May 2013

Report adressing the relationship between homelessness and unemployment


Homelessness and Unemployment: Understanding the Connection and Breaking the Cycle

This report specifically addresses the relationship between homelessness and unemployment.

Posted 24 May 2013

Shelter State Budget Submission 2013-2014

Shelter Tas'
Budget Submission to the
Tasmanian State Government

Download submission here.

Posted 9 Feb 2012.


7th national Housing Conference

Communications relating to the implementation of Fair Work Australia's Equal Remuneration Case will be posted here, as they are released..
Equal Remuneration
Implementation Project -
Communique No.1 - download No. 1.
Communique No.2 - download No. 2
Communique No.3 - download No. 3
Communique No.4 - download No. 4

Communique No.5 - download No. 5

Communique No.6 - download No. 6
Communique No.7 - download No.7
Communique No.8 - download No.8
Communique No.9 - download No.9
Communique No.10 - download No.10


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