CHP eNews 5 April 2 Week to go until Youth Homelessness Matters Day

CHP eNews 2018
5 April 2018

Dear *|FNAME|*,

 What will you do to mark Youth Homelessness Matters Day 2018? 

#YHMD2018 will be held on Wednesday, 18 April 2018. It will take place online and in communities around Australia.
On Census night 2016, 27,680 Australians aged 12-24 were counted as homeless. In most instances, young people do not have a home because they are escaping family conflict and violence. They struggle to find a safe, permanent place to live because of the housing affordability crisis in Australia.

“When I say I got kicked out of home, that I was homeless, people would just assume it was my fault, that I deserved it, that I was trouble. They don’t want to know that it wasn’t my fault.” James, 20

With just two weeks until YHMD 2018, there’s still time to get involved. This YHMD campaign kit has a stack of ideas and tools to help you mark this important day. 

1. Like
Give us a thumbs up on the YHMD Facebook and follow the hashtag #YHMD2018 on Twitter.

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, using the hashtag #YHMD2018

3. Act
Create and share your own content on social media, such as a gif, photo or video. And if you’re aged 12-24, submit your content to the YHMD competition for a chance to win an iPad Mini!  

Want to win an iPad Mini?
If you’re aged 12-25 you can be in the running to win an iPad Mini simply by creating a picture, photo, video or song that answers the question ‘What does a home mean to you?’ and submitting it to the YHMD Facebook page


Joint Action: Tell the Victorian Government to protect domestic violence victims living in rental homes

Tomorrow, Tenants Victoria is supporting Domestic Violence Victoria’s call for urgent action to change the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) to better protect women and children in rental homes who are experiencing family violence. While the Victorian Government has already committed to enacting the Royal Commission’s RTA reform recommendations, time is running out, as there is only 28 sitting days of this parliament left, and as yet no draft legislation. 

#MakeRentingFair and DVVic are running a joint action this Thursday 5 April,  highlighting the lack of a family violence response in the RentFair package and, asking the Victorian Government to urgently prioritise the introduction of this legislation into parliament before the election.

Show your support by clicking here and sending an email to your local MPs, relevant ministers and the Premier to ask them to back the call from DVVic and the family violence sector.   

How you can help

Please share the action on Thursday 5 April and ask your own supporters to get behind Domestic Violence Victoria and #MakeRentingFair.

Tenants Victoria have also provided some sample social media posts you can use or edit as you like

1.  Download infographics for Twitter and Facebook and for Instagram 

2.  Facebook
Today, we are supporting Domestic Violence Victoria’s call for urgent action to protect women and children in rental homes who are experiencing family violence. The Victorian Government promised it would act on the Royal Commission’s recommendations but we are still waiting…
Visit right now and let your local MPs know that they need to act on this before the state election. #makerentingfair

3.  Twitter
Today, we’re joining @dvvic and #MakeRentingFair to call for tenancy protections for families experiencing family violence. It’s time to stand up for the safety and security of Victorian families.

4.  Other things you can do to help

  • Post a news article on your website signalling your support for DVVic and Make Renting Fair
  • Include this in your email newsletters if you have them due to go out in the next fortnight
  • Email internally and ask your staff to send an email if they are supportive – the more the better!



Everybody’s Home update
It’s been two weeks since the Everybody’s Home campaign was launched in Canberra, and the movement is fast gathering pace. At last count, over 20,000 supporters had signed on to call for a fairer housing system for Australians. 
Just yesterday The Australian newspaper examined the impact of rising rents on people in key jobs, such as nurses, who are being pushed further and further out of major cities. 
The five key elements of the Everybody’s Home platform 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



Parity magazine is Online


Yesterday we were delighted to launch the most recent edition of Parity entitled ‘The Future of Women’s Refuges’.
Speaking at the event was Sue Clifford, the CEO of the Family Safety Victoria, the Victorian Government’s first agency dedicated solely to ending family violence, who highlighted the importance of putting consumers at the centre of everything we do.
To read the edition online, simply log in to the CHP Members Portal and check out the Parity archive.

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

The Future of Women’s Refuges

“Imagine a future where the passive acceptance of family and domestic violence (FDV) has been replaced by conscious activism. Where legislation, social and economic policy, and societal responsibility triangulate for the sole purpose of achieving gender parity; thereby ending FDV.”

Tillie Prowse, CEO, Patricia Giles Centre, this article traces a pathway to an imagined – but possible – future, where women’s refuges are models of choice and empowerment.  

New National Policy Sheds Light on Family Violence

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reports on its first comprehensive look at family, domestic and sexual violence in Australia.  


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. 

Hepatitis A outbreak

Due to a recent outbreak of Hep A and the heightened health vulnerability of people who are sleeping rough, a free vaccine is now available and services are strongly encouraged to assist consumers to access it.
Download this information sheet for full information.


In the news – in case you missed it!
The Age Vulnerable public housing tenants in limbo as redevelopments proceed 

Domain Australia’s housing affordability crisis ‘intergenerational theft’: John Hewson 

The Conversation Public housing ban on people with drug records likely to do more harm than good, research tell us 

Canberra Times Solving the affordable housing problem has wider benefits 

Manchester Evening News  Expert ‘rough sleeping teams’ could be drafted into Manchester to tackle homelessness

Sky News  England to copy Finland in bid to end rough sleeping

Sydney Morning Herald Sydney property boom blows poor towards public housing 

The Australian Middle income earners priced out inner-city rental market

Domain Landlords you provide a service and that requires minimum standards

The Guardian Celebrated by the tabloids, the welfare bill punishes those already doing it tough 3 /4

The Guardian Welfare crackdown on relationships a ‘double standard’ not applied to MPs


CHP Updates


Are you ready for Election 2018?

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

Ever wanted to pitch a story to your local paper, but don’t know how?

Ever wanted to run a social media campaign but unsure 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:

May Parity: Call for contributions
The May 2018 “Revisiting Rough Sleeping”

Rough sleeping has become an increasingly visible form of homelessness in Australia in recent years, especially in major cities, resulting in a heightened public awareness of the issue, and in a range of media and policy responses to it.

Alongside the growth in the prevalence of rough sleeping, there has been an increasing convergence of international evidence and practice around effective responses to chronic homelessness. This evidence base has had clear implications for the response to rough sleeping. This body of evidence, called Housing First, focusses on the primacy of housing in response efforts, alongside flexible wrap around support provided within a rights framework.

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 Friday May 11 2018Download the flyer here
Subscribe to Parity here.


New speakers announced! Register now!
National Homelessness Conference 2018

AHURI and Homelessness Australia are partnering to convene a National Homelessness Conference 2018 in Melbourne. 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

Marah Curtis
Marah Curtis, Associate Professor, School of Social Work, University of Wisconsin-Madison is a newly announced keynote speaker for the conference. Marah’s research is focussed on family homelessness, and the role of income inadequacy in driving homelessness, as well as the intersections between homelessness, health and incarceration.

CHIA Vic Conference 2018

CHIA Vic’s 2018 conference will shine a light on the Brave New World that is dawning for community housing.
Community housing is playing an increasingly vital role in tackling Australia’s growing housing affordability crisis. 
The keynote speaker is a Canadian tasked with the implementation of Canada’s bold new $40 billion National Housing Strategy.
The conference program has been carefully designed to ensure it meets the needs and interests of delegates from community housing executives through to front-line workers, as well as government and key stakeholders. Concurrent sessions cover everything from the role of the social landlord through to managing media coverage and the potential impact of the Tiny House movement.
Book now.
Thursday, April 19
Melbourne Conference & Exhibition Centre 

  Inc GST
Tenants  / Unwaged $143
CHIA Vic Member   $517
Non Member $583


Get on the waitlist
Australian Progress is looking to add new events in Melbourne and Sydney for its sold-out event: How to Talk about the Economy.  You can put yourself on the waitlist on Eventbrite. Should they go ahead, the two new sessions are expected to run on the 11 April (Sydney) and the 12 April (Melbourne). 

How to Talk about the Economy is an exclusive briefing on the results of significant new research about how to communicate progressive economic and social policy ideas. 

From engaging with tax policy, to promoting workers rights, to making the case for additional government resources to tackle inequality, this research will help you find the words that win on your cause.

More details


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


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.

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

Unsubscribe  I  Update your profile  I  Forward this to a colleague
© 2017 Council to Homeless Persons

2 Stanley Street, 
Collingwood, Victoria 3066
P: (03) 8415 6200   E: T: @CHPVic