CHP eNews 21 November 2013: AIHW report on housing in Australia


CHP eNews 2013

21 November

Dear *|FNAME|*,

New Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report: Housing assistance in Australia 2013
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released a new report last week. This report looks at trends in housing and housing assistance provided by governments in Australia in terms of social housing and financial assistance in 2012-13. The report explores the various types of housing assistance provided to low-income households and special needs groups including first home buyers, Indigenous Australians, young and older Australians, people with disability, and those who are experiencing homeless. View the media release and download the full report for free online.

Consumer Affairs Victoria launches RentRight app
Last week Consumer Affairs Victoria launched a free app for iPhone and android called RentRight that provides a range of information on repairs, rent costs, leaving a property and breaking a lease, the condition report, and getting the bond back. Read the full media release here.

Practice guide for working with children from CALD and Aboriginal communities
The Victorian Statewide Children’s Resource Program has updated their practice guide to include more information about working with children from CALD or Aboriginal communities. The guide is designed to help community service workers to support children who have experienced homelessness and family violence. Download a copy of the guide here.

VCOSS are asking ‘is pay equity funding enough’?
VCOSS is interested in the sector’s views on whether government funding was sufficient and is aiming to get a representative sample. To help VCOSS obtain this sample please complete the online survey here. VCOSS will report these results at the Peaks and Statewide Networks Forum.

University of Tasmania and Swinburne University research explores 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.

Rooming House closures
Advice has recently come to hand that a number of rooming houses are being closed.  DHS is currently working with selected Homelessness Agencies to develop a Closure Project & Plan, however consumers should no longer be sent to the properties below:

• 7 Gainsborough St, Doncaster East 
• 36 Airlie Grove, Seaford
• 44 Airlie Grove, Seaford
• 1650 Malvern Rd, Glen Iris
• 135 Fordham Ave,  Camberwell
• 1027 Riversdale Rd,  Surrey Hills

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare – Advanced – Specialist homelessness information platform SHIP
This course is open to participants that have completed the SHIP basic training, and focuses on utilisation of client and staff management features, SHIP functionality, data interpretation using the Collection Manual and aspects of SHOR. For further information and to register, click here

Date: Wednesday 27 November 2013
Venue: Centre for Adult Education (CAE) Room B441, 253 Flinders Lane, Level 4, Melbourne, Organized by Wodonga Institute of TAFE

AHI-CHFV Placemaking forum
This half day Placemaking forum provides opportunity for senior housing practitioners with interest in placemaking, community renewal and urban regeneration to discuss ideas and approaches to affirm, improve and create great places.

The half-day Forum will include the following sessions:

  • What is Placemaking?
  • Placemaking in communities
  • Barriers to Placemaking
  • Making great places

For further information click here
Date:  Tuesday 10 December 2013
Time: 9:00am to 1:00 pm
Venue: CHFV, Level 1, 128 Exhibition St. Melbourne



CHP Updates

CHP's Annual General Meeting and Parity Launch
You are invited to the Annual General Meeting of the members of Council to Homeless Persons and launch of 'New Directions in Understanding Homelessness', the November edition of Parity.
Keynote speakers include Dr John Falzon, CEO St Vincent De Paul Australia & Dr Shelly Mallet, General Manager, Research & Service Development, Hanover.

Date: Wednesday 27 November 2013
: 1.15pm for a 1:30pm start until 3.30pm
Venue: Yarra Room, Melbourne Town Hall, Swanston Street Melbourne

Please RSVP for catering purposes. To register your attendance click here.

February: Innovation in Mental Health and Homelessness edition

The edition will look at four central areas in Mental Health and homelessness
evidence and innovation, best practice, lived experience and policy directions.

Please look at the Calls for contributions for further information. Submissions are now open.

Peer Education Support Program (PESP) Update

PESP tours, filming and more!

  • 7 Nov Peter participated in the Melbourne Metropolitan Rooming House Group
  • 7 Nov Spike participated in the CBD Network group
  • 11 Nov Peter, Spike, Ben, Vicky and Giulia attended the CHP Parity launch; Local government and homelessness
  • 11 Nov David participated in the City of Melbourne’s Homelessness Advisory Group
  • 12 Nov Peter and Ben led the Homelessness Experience tour for Gippsland Community College students
  • 14 Nov Ben, David and Allan participated in a planning session with a project worker from Homelessness Australia to develop a video exploring issues related to men who are homeless and suffer from depression or anxiety. This video will become part of a toolkit for people working with men who are experiencing homelessness and displaying signs of depression or anxiety

Learn more about PESP here.



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