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Media Release: Reprieve for Tasmania’s Homelessness Services – Funding to Continue
Click here to read this media release from Shelter Tas, in response to Commonwealth and State Government announcements of continued funding for the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness.

Letter Supporting Minimal Standards in the Residential Tenancy Act
Shelter Tas and the Tenants’ Union of Tasmania have sent a joint letter to all members of the Legislative Council encouraging them to support the passage of an amendment that would include Minimal Standards in the Residential Tenancy Act. Click here to read an example of one of the letters sent. If your organisation would also like to express support for these standards, please feel free to adapt or borrow the content of this letter. The Parliament of Tasmania website has a full list of members and contact details. Click here to access this list.

Certificate IV in Social Housing Training Units
The Centre for Training in Social Housing (CTSH) is offering seven units of accredited training for study. The units are available to Shelter Tas members from the affordable housing and homelessness sector at a subsidised rate of 80%, supported by Skills Tasmania (the employer contribution is just 20% of the total cost). Units can be taken individually, or as part of the Certificate IV in Social Housing. Most units are offered via e-Learning, which makes them accessible to anyone, State-wide. Experienced trainers will provide ongoing support for e-learning units.
There are only 12 places available in each unit, so enrol now to make sure you don’t miss out on this excellent opportunity. Please complete the enrolment form for the unit you would like to study and return it to If you have any questions, please contact Kevin Saide, CTSH Training Manager on (02) 9281 1744 ext 215 or the Shelter Tas office on (03) 6224 5488.

A Message from Homelessness Australia - NPAH Funding
Despite federal funding cuts, Homelessness Australia (HA) is continuing its advocacy for the continuation of the National Partnership on Homelessness (NPAH) funding from 1 July this year.  

In its efforts to have the funding for the NPAH renewed, HA is seeking your support in the following ways:

  1. (If you haven’t already) please write to Minister Scott Morrison, letting him know the impact that the loss of NPAH funding will have on consumers of your services.
  2. HA is planning a large ad in the Australian on Monday 9th February (the day Parliament returns). The ad will be in the form of an open letter (click here). HA is seeking your support to:  
    1.  sign on to the letter with name and organisational logo displayed
    2.  donate some funding towards the considerable cost of the ad.
  3. Please email Glenda Stevens, CEO HA,, by Monday 2 February, if you are able to take part. Could you please attach your organisation’s electronic logo.

This as an important part of our campaign to continue the vital NPAH funding and I would appreciate your support to HA.

Yours sincerely,

Glenda Stevens
CEO Homelessness Australia

Media statement from National Shelter, Community Housing Federation of Australia and Homelessness Australia - Housing and homelessness peak bodies out in the cold at Christmas: and a very poor new year to follow for anyone struggling to house themselves.

Click here to read the media release from Wednesday 24th December 2014.

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Media Release from National Shelter - Market failure in housing drives social need across health, employment and more

Click here to read the media release from Monday 8th December 2014.  

Certificate IV in Social Housing Training Units
The Centre for Training in Social Housing (CTSH) is offering seven units of accredited training for study. The units are available to Shelter Tas members from the affordable housing and homelessness sector at a subsidised rate of 80%, supported by Skills Tasmania (the employer contribution is just 20% of the total cost). Units can be taken individually, or as part of the Certificate IV in Social Housing. Most units are offered via e-Learning, which makes them accessible to anyone, State-wide. Experienced trainers will provide ongoing support for e-learning units.
There are only 12 places available in each unit, so enrol now to make sure you don’t miss out on this excellent opportunity. Please complete the enrolment form for the unit you would like to study and return it to If you have any questions, please contact Kevin Saide, CTSH Training Manager on (02) 9281 1744 ext 215 or the Shelter Tas office on (03) 6224 5488.

Joined Up Human Services
This DHHS project is being led by Disability, Housing and Community Services, in collaboration with the Department of Premier and Cabinet. It will deliver on Minister Petrusma’s election commitment for a more joined up human services system.
There is a short survey available here – which is aimed at clients and carers across the human service system, as well as community sector and government workers. Please feel free to complete the survey or send on to others who you think would be interested in sharing their views.
The project so far has included a Ministerial roundtable with the Peaks Network, followed by a round of community sector, government and client focus groups around the state.
This is a long-term project designed to:

  • Put clients at the centre of the system
  • Improve client experience
  • Reduce duplication across the human services system
  • Support individuals and families to reach their full potential, and
  • Build a shared vision with the sector and clients.

Further information and a project update is available here. Further project updates will be added to the website as the project progresses.

Media Release: Shelter Tasmania Welcomes Youth Budget Promises
Click here to read this media release, in response to the State Budget.

Training Opportunities through Shelter Tasmania
Shelter Tasmania and Singleton Consulting & Training are offering nationally accredited training units which have been subsidised by Skills Tasmania (participants are only required to pay 20% of the unit fee). These units  provide an opportunity to develop & upskill, and can be studied individually, or used toward a Diploma of Management. As these units are nationally accredited, a statement of attainment will be issued for those who successfully complete the course and their assessments. Units available are:

  • Develop and manage performance management processes - 29th October
  • Manage workforce planning - 11th November
  • Ensure team effectiveness - 2nd December.

Click here for more details on course content and go to the Singleton Consulting website to register.

Call for Papers – Australasian Housing Researchers Conference 2015
The Australasian Housing Researchers Conference will be held in Hobart on 18-20 February 2015, and will be hosted by the Housing and Community Research Unit at the University of Tasmania. A call for papers has been announced, click here for more details  (also information about the conference theme, keynote speakers and paper submission dates). More details on this event will be provided as they become available. 

Shelter Tas Media Release: Homeless Persons’ Week 2014
Click here to read more.

Shelter Tas Membership Survey
Shelter Tas has developed a membership survey - please take a moment to complete the questions, as your responses will help us improve our service.
If you wish to have the survey emailed or posted out to you, please contact us on 6224 5488 or at Click here to access the document via the website.

Media Release - CHL all set to manage Tasmanian Social Housing
Click here to read more about Community Housing Ltd.'s management of tenancies for Housing Tasmania in the Launceston area.

National Homeless Person’s Week (NHPW) 4th - 10th August 2014
NHPW is fast approaching, and there are a number of activities you can get involved with to help raise awareness of homelessness and the devastating impact it has on individuals and communities. Homelessness Australia’s website has a number of useful resources  to help you get involved with NHPW 2014. If there is an event you would like to promote, you can add it to the event register or have a browse to see what others are doing. You can also advise Shelter Tas of events you would like us to promote in our eNews, and we’ll keep you informed of further details closer to the date. NHPW is 4th – 10th August – save the date!

Affordable Housing Plan for Tas - Introductory Consultation Survey
Housing Tasmania is developing a Statewide affordable housing plan that will provide a clear framework for how we address housing supply and deliver better access to housing support and affordable, secure homes over the next ten years. The plan aims to  address the entire spectrum of housing; from home ownership, to affordable rental, public, community housing and crisis accommodation.
Housing Tasmania will conduct focus groups as the key consultation tool at each of the five steps of plan development:

  1. Assessing community need
  2. Assessing demand and capacity
  3. Assessing service efficiency and effectiveness
  4. Setting priorities
  5. Identifying solutions.

Independently facilitated focus group sessions will commence in July 2014. Housing Tasmania aims for the plan to be completed by December 2014.
To guide these focus group discussions, Housing Tasmania is seeking preliminary feedback through an introductory consultation survey.
If you wish to be involved in the plan’s development, please complete this short survey by Friday 6th June 2014.
If you have any questions about the survey, the consultation process or development of the plan generally, please contact Anna Balmforth on (03) 6166 3671 or by email at Shelter Tas welcomes any questions or comments you would like us to consider for our feedback. Please contact Policy Officer, Cynthia Townley at or call 6224 5488.

Letter from the Prime Minister
Shelter Tas has received a letter from Prime Minster Tony Abbott, in response to Shelter Tas’ correspondence regarding the abolition the National Rental Affordability Scheme. Click here to read the letter.  

News from Shelter SA
Click here to listen to Shelter SA’s “Housing Matters” radio program to hear their interview with Mr. Adrian Pisarski, CEO of National Shelter, talking about the Commission of Audit and the upcoming Federal Budget. Shelter SA have also been working on a story with the ABC – click here to view the story which aired on 7.30 SA recently.

The National Commission of Audit (NCOA) Released

Click here to read the media release issued by National Shelter - 'Commission of Audit gets it wrong on housing assistance'.

The NCOA has made recommendations to the Federal government that housing affordability and homelessness prevention should be primarily the responsibility of State and Territory governments. The Commission recommends the Commonwealth:

  1. limit its involvement in housing to providing Rent Assistance payments;
  2. extend Rent Assistance to public housing tenants, provided State governments commence charging market rates of rent; and
  3. fund the increase in aggregate Rent Assistance payments by re-directing Commonwealth funding from existing agreements with the States for affordable housing and homelessness and the National Rental Affordability Scheme.

Click here to read the recommendations.
Shelter Tas, in collaboration with our National Peaks, will analyse the  NCOA recommendations and keep you informed. For the full report, go to the NCOA website.

Campaign for NPAH

A big thank you to all our members for your support of the NPAH campaign. Shelter Tas has received a response to our letter to the Minister for Social Services, Kevin Andrews regarding NPAH funding. We await more detailed information on the future of this vital funding.

Click here to read Minister Andrews' Letter of response. If you wish to contact the Tasmanian Minister for Human Services, Jacquie Petrusma, her office can be reached on 03 6165 7768.

The National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH) will expire at the end of June 2014. If not extended, NPAH-funded programs all over Australia, including many vital services in Tasmania will be at risk, as will the staff and clients associated with them.

Shelter Tasmania, Homelessness Australia (HA) and other housing and homelessness peak bodies are campaigning for this funding to be renewed, and we need your help to lobby for this cause.

You can help the campaign by writing directly to candidates, local members, or the Minister for Social Services, Kevin Andrews; requesting extended NPAH funding.

Below are resources to give you the information you will need to do this easily:

Contact us if you have any questions, or would like more information on NPAH funding or the possible effect on clients and staff if the funding ceases.


Tasmanian State Election - 15 March 2014

You can still view all the documents, correspondence and review the major parties' policies on our Election Page.

Better Housing Futures

You can find useful information regarding the recent launch of stage 2 of Better Housing Futures below:

More information on Better Housing Futures can be found on the DHHS website, and click here to read Shelter Tas' media release, supporting the growth of community housing in Tasmania.


Media Releases

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

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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 Tas Budget Submission 2015-16
Shelter Tas' submission to the State Government Budget process for 2015-16 is now complete, and can be downloaded here. As always, please contact us on 6224 5488 if you would like us to post a copy of the Budget Submission out to you.

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Shelter Tas Annual Report
Shelter’s Annual Report has been released, you can click here to access a copy, or please contact us on 6224 5488 if you would like us to post a copy out to you. Happy reading!

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Shelter Tas AGM
Shelter Tas’ AGM will be held on Friday 28th November from 2.30pm-3.30pm, at Salamanca Inn (10 Gladstone Street, Hobart). Guest speakers will be the Minister for Human Services, Jacquie Petrusma and CEO of National Shelter, Adrian Pisarski. Light refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the AGM. Please RSVP by Friday 21st November by phoning 03 6224 5488 or emailing

We are seeking nominations for the Shelter Management Committee, please click here to nominate. There is also a proposal to make some minor changes to Shelter's Constitution, which will be addressed at the AGM, you can view them by click ing here. Further details of the AGM can be found here.

You are also welcome to attend National Shelter’s AGM from 2.00pm-2.30 at the same venue.  

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Don't Panic: A Tenants' Guide to Renting in Tasmania
The Tenants’ Union has released the third edition of Don’t Panic: A Tenants’ Guide to Renting in Tasmania, now available in pdf form.  It has been updated to include the latest changes to tenancy legislation in Tasmania.  Go to the Tenants’ Union website to download the guide.

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Mission Australia – Michael’s Intensive Supported Housing Accord (MISHA) Project
This report provides findings on a research study undertaken in relation to the MISHA project over its first three years of operation and follows the lives of the men as they enter housing from homelessness and experience life in permanent accommodation, as well as the cost effectiveness of the program. Read the full report.

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Report – Reducing youth homelessness in Tasmania
Anglicare Tasmania’s latest publication, Reducing Youth Homelessness was launched on Monday 4th August.
The report explores youth homelessness in Tasmania from the perspective of young people themselves. Twenty-two young people aged 14 to 20 years were asked for their views on what leads to homelessness and what can be done to reduce or prevent it. All had been homeless and most been involved with the child protection or youth justice systems. You can read the full report by clicking here.

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Review of Australia’s Welfare System - Calling for Members’ Input into Submissions
The Minister for Social Services, Kevin Andrews, has released the Reference Group’s Interim Report for the Government’s review of the welfare system for consultation. It calls for a whole-of-system overhaul of Australia’s welfare system and proposes changes to Commonwealth Rent Assistance, which will impact on tenants and housing providers.
Shelter Tas is currently working on a response in conjunction with our national peak bodies, Community Housing Federation of Australia and National Shelter. If you would like to provide feedback to Shelter Tas please email to Pattie at  by 18th July 2014. You can find the full  report on the DSS website (please note the Rent Assistance section on pages 68-71). Submission are due 8th August 2014.

AGM Nomination National Shelter’s Submission to the Senate Inquiry into Affordable Housing
In December 2013, the Senate referred an inquiry into affordable housing to the Senate Economics References Committee for inquiry and report by 26th June 2014. National Shelter has made a comprehensive submission to the inquiry based on their policy platform, Meeting Australia’s Housing Challenges, which has been developed in consultation with their members across the country and consultations conducted around the National Affordable Housing Agreement. It has two parts: Australia’s Housing Challenges is National Shelter’s analysis of the current Australian housing system; and the second part responds specifically to the terms of reference. On 17th June 2014, the Senate granted an extension to the committee to report by 27th November 2014.
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Long-term Supported Housing for Mental Health Consumers in Tasmania - Advocacy Paper
This report was produced by the Mental Health Council of Tasmania, in conjunction with Advocacy Tasmania and Shelter Tasmania. Click here to read the full report, or the media release for the launch.

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‘The Vital Subsidy: The importance of Commonwealth Rent Assistance to community housing providers’
The Community Housing Peaks Policy Network (of which Shelter Tas is a member) has released a report outlining the importance of Commonwealth Rent Assistance to the viability and future growth of the community housing sector. Click here to read the report or the associated media release.

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DHHS Funded Community Sector Outcomes Purchasing Framework
The Community Sector Relations Unit (CSRU) within the DHHS has led the development of the DHHS funded Community Sector Outcomes Purchasing Framework. The Framework is consistent with current directions in service delivery, which focus on measuring client and population level outcomes.
Shelter Tas will provide updates on  the Outcomes Purchasing Framework, and in particular any information relevant to the  housing and homelessness sector. The implementation will be led by the relevant DHHS program area, depending on their readiness and respective funding agreement timeframes. For more information, please contact Pattie at Shelter Tas -

Some CSRU information is  listed below:
DHHS Funded Community Sector Outcomes Purchasing Framework
DHHS Outcomes Purchasing Framework – Overview
Community Sector Communiqué (January 2014)
DHHS Community Sector Update (March 2014).

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Anglicare's Rental Affordability Snapshot Survey
Anglicare has released it's latest rental affordability snapshot survey from data collected on Saturday April 5th, to provide insight into the affordability of properties advertised for rent in Tasmania. The report highlights the importance of maintaining a healthy public housing system.

Click here to read Anglicare's media release on the topic, or go to the 'Research' page of their website to read the full publication.

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National Welfare Rights Network: The impact of Rent Assistance on housing affordability for low-income renters in Australia
This report from NWRN shows that problems in the design of the Rent Assistance program, combined with inadequate levels of allowance payments for unemployed people and students are exacerbating already extreme rates of housing stress. Click here to read the full report.

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TasCOSS and Shelter Media Release: Call for Political Policies to Address Tasmania's Severe Shortage of Affordable Housing.

Click here to read more.

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Shelter Media Release: Shelter Tasmania Calls for an End to the Affordable Housing Crisis.

Click here to read more.

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Calling for Expressions of Interest: for training units for the housing and homelessness sector.

Click here to find out more.

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

Click here to read more.

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Tasmania Medicare Local Social Determinants of Health Strategy.
Tasmania Medicare Local (TML) is inviting 18 Tasmanian communities to put forward their ideas for tackling mainstream issues that are impacting on the health and wellbeing of their residents.
The communities have been identified as part of a TML strategy to address social determinants of health, which has been funded under the Australian Government’s Tasmanian Health Assistance Package.

Click on the links to read more information from TML:

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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

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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



Click on the flyer for more information.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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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