National Shelter, State and Territory Shelters, the Australian Council of Social Services and State CoSSs we will meet with Treasurer Scott Morrison on 28th March in Canberra. The briefing will be held to discuss the future of the National Affordable Housing Agreement, capital gains tax, negative gearing, Commonwealth Rent Assistance and homelessness. Shelter Tas will be advised on the outcome of this meeting and report back any relevant information to members. Read the full eNews…
The State Government launched the Community Housing Stock Leverage program today. This will result in an extra 203 new and refurbished homes for Tasmanians in need, and is enabled by 504 property title transfers to the community housing sector in Tasmania. Read the full eNews…
The request for training in case note writing was received from individual services as well as Housing Tasmania. Interest in this training resulted from the Department of Health and Human Services introduction of the Outcomes Reporting Framework and SHIP reporting consistency requirements across Type 1, 2 and 3 services. It was considered a priority training topic due the relevance to the whole homelessness sector and due to the overwhelming interest in attendance from services.
‘Best Practice in Case Note Writing’ training was delivered by Tracey Harris from Amovita Consulting. Training was held on 28th February and 1st March 2017 at the Waterfront Function Centre in Devonport, and the 2nd and 3rd March 2017 at Hadley’s hotel in Hobart.
102 people attended the 4 training sessions. Of the 98 evaluation forms received, 96% of respondents rated the training day as good – excellent.
A report in the Australian on 10 February suggested that the Commonwealth is considering cutting the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA). The NAHA provides the majority of the subsidies for public housing and funding for homelessness services. In Tasmania, this was worth $28.4 million in 2016/17.
National Shelter have sent out a media release, calling for the Commonwealth government to re-think any cuts to the NAHA. “We need a national plan which supports social housing, homelessness and addresses housing affordability more generally through attracting private and public investment and broader reforms of planning, taxation and tenant rights at state levels. This is not an either or situation, we need every tool at our disposal, including a reformed NAHA”, National Shelter Executive Officer, Adrian Pisarski said in the media release.
There has been little information released on this matter, but there has been a very strong reaction from housing, homelessness and wider community organisations to the suggestions of cuts to the NAHA.