CHP eNews 22 March Sector Launches national #EverybodysHome campaign


CHP eNews 2018
22 March 2018

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Sector launches
#EverybodysHome national campaign 

The #EverybodysHome campaign was publicly launched at the National Press Club in Canberra this week to an audience of journalists, politicians and representatives from the housing and homelessness sectors.

If you missed it, you can catch up with the video below:

Everybody’s Home is a national, unified campaign under which the sector and the thousands of Australians who are affected by homelessness and housing stress are coming together as one and demanding real action from our elected representatives. 

Just last week we learned that the number of homeless Australians has reached 116,000 people – epidemic levels. On a daily basis, we deal with the impacts of the housing crisis and increasing homelessness, but despite the worsening problem, Federal Government investment in social and affordable housing and homelessness has been going backwards.

At the campaign launch, Everybody’s Home Campaign Spokesperson Kate Colvin told the room,

 “We know housing costs are a top-tier political issue. We know people are looking for leadership. We know we can make a difference. And as the election nears, we will be calling on candidates to let us know where they stand on housing and homelessness. We will ask them: will you fight for a fair Australia?” 

Ms Colvin also outlined the five key elements of the Everybody’s Home plan, which are:

  1. Rebalancing the tax system
  2. Increasing the supply of social and affordable housing
  3. Strengthening the rights of renters
  4. Increasing support for those in rental stress; and
  5. A national plan to end homelessness.

Those who haven’t yet can join the campaign by signing up on the Everybody’s Home website

You can also further support the campaign by:

For more info, go to

Homelessness in Australia rises by 14%

In just 5 years the number of people experiencing homelessness in Australia has risen by more than 14,000 (or nearly 14%), according to the Census 2016 data recently released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.   

According to the data, homelessness in Victoria is up 11% and the new figures also show disturbing surges in older people’s homelessness, couch-surfing and severe overcrowding.

The Council to Homeless Persons CEO Jenny Smith says the numbers are no surprise given the failure of successive Federal Governments to tackle the housing affordability crisis and has called the results a wake-up call. 
Speaking at the launch of the data last week, Ms Smith told the media,

“The Census simply puts a number to what our homelessness services have long been reporting–that demand for homelessness help is growing every year. Every day in Australia, homelessness agencies are turning away 250 people because there is not any housing available, in which to put them–temporary or otherwise.”
You can watch the announcement as it was made from Vincent Care Victoria’s Ozanam House last week in the clip below.

Amongst the most concerning trends revealed in the data are:

  •  a 27.7% increase in homelessness among people aged 55+,
  • 39% of the homeless population is under 25 years of age,
  • women’s homelessness has risen faster than the population growth,
  • 8,200Australians are rough sleeping(up 20% since 2011),
  • 51,088 people are in severely overcrowded homes (up 23% since 2011) and,
  • 1-in-5 people homeless are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander

Victorian Minister for Housing Martin Foley has called on all levels of government to work together to end the crisis.

CHP is currently updating its Homelessness Fact Sheets to reflect the new figures. In the meantime, please feel free to share our Census 2016 infographics, available here

CHP is also conducting regional consultations and training sessions throughout April, for which we will be preparing regional data, to help the sector formulate strategy and messaging in the lead up to the election season.  


Welfare Reform Bill passes Senate

CHP regrettably reports that the controversial Welfare Reform Bill passed through the upper house on Tuesday this week and is expected to pass the lower house in the near future.

Over the past few weeks, members of the community service and homelessness sectors around the country have rallied together to urge the Senate to reject the controversial Bill, which will make it harder for thousands of already vulnerable to access welfare payments. 

The changes introduced by the Bill include:

  • abolishing back pay for Newstart and Youth Allowance, meaning recipients will not receive any income while waiting for Centrelink to process their application,
  • tightening ‘Intent to Claim’ income support for people in crisis,
  • making it harder for people who use drugs or alcohol to keep receiving income support, including if they relapse while getting treatment and,
  • cutting people off payments for up to four weeks under a harsher compliance scheme for jobseekers

The Australian Council of Social Services has said in a media release that the Bill will “increase already shockingly high homelessness numbers. More than 80,000 people stand to be cut off from payments after just 12 months of this new legislation.”

CHP believes that changes will increase the number of existing homelessness clients, and also fear a large number of new people will be pushed into homelessness, who would previously have been able to cope unassisted

The Bill was opposed by the Greens and Labor, but was passed by the Coalition with the support of One Nation members, Nick Xenophon Team senators, and the independents David Leynohjelm, Derryn Hinch and Fraser Anning.

CHP would like to sincerely thank all of those who took the time to email and call the Nick Xenophon senators, as well as those who took to social media, to voice their concerns over the Bill.

Those wishing to continue their efforts to demand an end to homelessness can now sign up to support the sector-wide Everybody’s Home campaign.

Parity magazine is Online


The latest edition of Parity magazine; Responding to Homelessness in Queensland is now available online for subscribers.  Simply log in to the CHP Members Portal and check out the Parity archive to read the edition online.

This special issue follows up on the 10 years since the last Queensland edition and explores the changes in the ways that homelessness is manifesting itself in our communities and, how we’re responding to it. It includes articles on digital pathways out of homelessness, art therapy and responses to Indigenous homelessness.  

Not a subscriber? Get a taste of what’s in Parity

The Ethical Dimensions of Fundraising in the Homelessness Sector

“Is there ever truly and ethical way of presenting someone’s suffering and misfortunes?”

This article, by Laura Watson of Brisbane Youth Services, wrangles with the conflict that often arises in non-profit organisations between protecting the needs of vulnerable people and, using their stories to create compelling and effective campaign messaging. It is a must-read for communications specialist in the homelessness and housing sectors.

Intimate Partner Violence and Homelessness: Young Women Lost in the Intersectionality

“While considerable attention has been paid to domestic violence (DV) as a primary cause of homelessness, there has been a historic lack of discourse and awareness across community services systems about the intersectionality of intimate partner violence and homelessness.”


This article, by Rhianon Vichta and Ashley Husband from Brisbane Youth Services, takes a close look at the complexities and dichotomies experienced by women who face homelessness alongside Intimate Partner Violence and asks how services can better meet the needs of these highly vulnerable clients. 

Get full access to Parity- become a subscriber

For complete access to every new addition of Parity, and to a 13-year back-catalogue, simply register as a New User on the CHP Member Portal and choose your subscription type. 

Are you ready for Election 2018?

Ever wanted to know how to engage your local MP, but not sure what the protocol is?

Ever wanted to pitch a story to your local paper, but unsure how to go about it?

Ever wanted to run a social media campaign but not sure where to start?

Not all services have the experience or resourcing to run local campaign activities. Even those that do can benefit from piggybacking off large, national campaigns with local activities.

In the lead up to this year’s Victorian election, CHP is running 5 consultation and training session to provide you with all of the skills that you will need to ensure that our politicians respond to homelessness in the upcoming election.Sessions include:

These skills will also be useful for supporters of the Everybody’s Home campaign.

Sign up here for events in:
Ringwood – 16 April
Goulburn – 18 April
Melbourne CBD – 23 April
Ovens Murray – 24 April
Gippsland – 26 April

Confirmed speakers include:

Kate Colvin, CHP Manager of Policy and Communications/Everybody’s Home national spokesperson – All sessions
Lanie Harris, CHP Media and Communications Coordinator – All sessions
Damien Patterson, CHP Policy and Advocacy Officer – All sessions
Belinda Lack, CHP Digital Communications Officer – All sessions

In the news – in case you missed it! National housing plan Everybody’s Home outline steps needed to fix Australia’s housing system
Pro Bono Australia  NFPs Join Forces to Call For Government Action on Housing Affordability
SBS  Voters want housing affordability action 
The Guardian Homelessness in Australia up 14% in five years, ABS says
Pro Bono Australia Social Sector Calls for Action as Homelessness Rises by 14 Per Cent
SMH ‘Systemic racism’ fueling skyrocketing rates of Indigenous imprisonment, says peak law body
Herald Sun Poor people’s tax: Low-income Victorians to bear brunt of Labor’s plan to scrap share tax credits 
SMH I hope I’m not writing this piece again in five years
The Conversation Homeless numbers will keep rising until governments change course on housing
SBS Changes to welfare payments approved Welfare reform package passes upper house
The New Daily Women increasingly falling off the housing ladder, experts say

CHP Updates

Parity Launch: “The Future of Women’s Refuges”


DV VIC and the Council to Homeless Persons invite you to attend the launch of the March 2018 “The Future of Women’s Refuges” edition of Parity.

The edition will be launched by:
Sue Clifford APM, Chief Executive Officer of Family Safety Victoria and former Commander of the Priority Communities Division at Victoria Police.
Other speakers include:
Jenny Smith, CEO, Council to Homeless Persons
Fiona McCormack, CEO, DV VIC
Dr Jacqui Theobald, Lecturer in Social Work and Social Policy, La Trobe University Bendigo
Dr Theobald will talk briefly about her book From the Margins to the Mainstream: The Domestic Violence Services Movement in Victoria, Australia, 1974-2016, published by Melbourne University Press and written with Sue Ellen Murray and Judith Smart.
Morning Tea will be provided.
For any queries regarding the event, please contact Noel Murray, Parity Editor, 8415 6201,
When: 4 April 2018
Register here

April Parity: Call for contributions
The April 2018 “Young People,
Trauma and Homelessness”
 edition of Parity is now open for contributions.

This edition of Parity will be devoted to examining the role and impact of the experience of trauma: as a cause of youth homelessness; its impact in and on the experience of youth homelessness and how our understandings of the role of trauma can assist and inform the work of those helping young people out of homelessness.
Contributions close 30 March 2018Download the flyer here
Subscribe to Parity here.


Register now!
National Homelessness Conference 2018

AHURI and Homelessness Australia are partnering to convene a National Homelessness Conference 2018 in Melbourne. It has been four years since the last conference, and this year’s event will coincide with Homelessness Week 2018. Learn more on the website
Date: 6 and 7 August 2018
Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground
Cost: Early Bird rates $418 for one day; $770 for two days
Register now for early bird prices

19th International Mental Health Conference

Hosted by the Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association, the 19th International Mental Health Conference continues to support and improve the quality of life for those working with or living with a mental illness.

The Conference creates a positive and collaborative learning environment with renowned speakers and seminars that tackle current (and sometimes controversial) topics and highlights Mental Health on a global stage.
When: 8 & 9 August (Workshop day 10 August)
Where: RACV Royal Pines, Gold Coast, Queensland

Support and Safety Hubs – Sector Update

A detailed update on the the development of the support and safety hubs, the new entry point to supports around family violence, is available here, including information on the hub workforce and service model, and related initiatives such as the information sharing regime, central information point and Common Risk Assessment Framework (CRAF) redevelopment.

Become a CHP Member
Becoming a CHP member is the most effective way to support Council to Homeless Persons’ work to end homelessness.

Countdown to Youth Homelessness Matters Day
It is four weeks to go until Youth Homelessness Matters Day (YHMD) on Wednesday 18 April.  YHMD is organised by the National Youth Coalition for Housing (NYCH).they’re keen to have as many people involved as possible.

There are 28,000 young people who experience homelessness on any given night in Australia and they want to raise awareness and get the message that no young person should have an experience of homelessness.

Here is how you can help us get the campaign off to a great start!

1. Like
Give us a thumbs up on the YHMD Facebook 
Follow the hashtag #YHMD2018 on Twitter and keep posted on what’s happening across Australia.

2. Share
Break stereotypes that are associated with youth homelessness by sharing stories, statistics and information on social media and through your networks on social media. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #YHMD2018

3. Act
Create and share your own content on social media, such as a gif, photo or video, and show that youth homelessness matters to you.  
Your support will help get #YHMD2018 off to a great start, let’s go!


SHS Training Calendar
Download the Specialist Homelessness Sector training calendar February-June here.

Do Food Safely – online food safety resource
DHHS has recently updated its online learning resource DoFoodSafely.The free, non-accredited online learning resource enables people to understand how to safely work with food.
The course is not accredited as the department is not a registered training organisation. However, if the user successfully completes the assessment they will receive a certificate of completion. This can be useful for job seekers wishing to work in hospitality.
Additionally, volunteers and staff may find the program helpful as a learning or teaching resource.

Responding to Sexual Assault: 1-day workshop
Up to 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men will experience sexual assault at some time in their lives. Given these statistics, it is likely that anyone working in health or human services will at some time work with people affected by sexual assault.
Date: 18 April OR 25 July 2018
9.30 – 4.30
RSVP via the registration form or email Email for more info.

FREE Ice Training
360Edge is delivering FREE Ice Training to frontline workers across Victoria in health, welfare, education and transport sectors, funded by the Victorian Government as part of the Ice Action Plan. These practical interactive workshops build the knowledge and skills of frontline workers to respond safely and effectively to people affected by ice.       
Date: 11 May
Time: 1 – 4pm
Venue: Western Victoria PHN 131 Myers Street Geelong
More info here.

Foundation of Trauma-Informed Care and Practice (Level 1)
Builds awareness around the possibility of trauma affecting the people you support and work with, and provides the knowledge and skills to minimise re-traumatisation and enhance possibilities for recovery.
Date: 18 May
Early Bird ends 23rd March.
Introduction to Working Therapeutically with Complex Trauma Clients (Level 1)
Workshops the three-phases of working clinically with complex trauma clients, and fosters insights, tools and strategies for safe therapeutic alliances, informed by best practice principles.
Fri,15 Jun 2018, Melbourne – Early Bird ends 20 Apr 2018.

Infants & Toddlers: using hope to address relational trauma
For any professional working with infants, toddlers and young children who have been exposed to family violence or early childhood relational trauma, this training is a must. 

In this dynamic workshop you will be introduced to the principles of ‘infant-led’ practice, be provided with accessible and up to date information on brain development and strategies about what should guide you on how to intervene with infants and their families in the context of family violence.

Melbourne CBD: 26–27 March
Learn more

SmartSafe: Digital Safety, Family Violence and Risk Assessment
Do you understand the latest smartphones, social media channels, GPS tracking and communications technology?
If you work in family violence, you need to understand how technology is used in family violence, and what you can do in your role to support the 98% of victim/survivors who are experiencing tech-facilitated abuse. Proficiency in technology is not required, only a passion for keeping women and children safe.
Ballarat: 10 April
Frankston: 8 May
Melbourne CBD: 24 May
Dandenong: 14 June
More info


Case Notes, Family Violence and the Law
This program explains the importance of case notes in day-to-day family violence practice and legal processes. The course includes models for taking case notes, writing style, and content, legal issues, privacy and confidentiality, responding to subpoena, being a witness and writing reports for court.
Darebin: 9 May
Traralgon: 23 May
Ringwood: 5 June
Dandenong: 28 June
More info

Common Risk Assessment Framework (CRAF)
The Common Risk Assessment Framework (CRAF) helps professionals identify and respond to family violence risk factors. It was developed in consultation with Victorian family violence service providers, police and courts and based upon international research. It is the basis of the family violence service system in Victoria and provides a common language and shared understanding for all agencies to talk about risk assessment and the issues underpinning family violence.

CRAF Risk Assessment (Practice Guide 2)
This course assists professionals who work with victims of family violence and play a role in initial risk assessment, but for whom responses to family violence are not their only core business.
Learn more

CRAF Specialist Training (Practice Guide 3)
This course is aimed at family violence professionals who work with women and children who are victims of family violence.
Learn more

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