Author Archive | Mellissa

Australian Homelessness Monitor

Launch Housing announced the development of an Australian Homelessness Monitor, based on a research project in the United Kingdom. The developers have already been in contact with state-wide networks in Victoria and will then be following up with staff from Loddon Mallee homelessness and housing programs to begin set up of this project. For more information go […]

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What are the National Affordable Housing Agreement and the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness?

You might have heard the phrase NAHA or NPAH in relation to funding lately, but don’t be fooled by their frivolous sounding acronyms, these federal programs affect all of us who work in the housing/homelessness sector. To gain a better understanding of these programs and their relevance to Specialist Homelessness Service program funding visit the Australian Housing and Urban Research […]

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Victorian Minister for Housing Announces Social Housing Growth Fund

The following announcement was made on 23rd February 2017 from the Treasurer’s office: As waiting lists continue to grow, a bold new approach will give social housing organisations more power to build, buy and rent homes for vulnerable Victorians. For the first time ever, organisations will be able to utilise a $1 billion fund and access […]

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9th Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium – Albury, NSW from Wednesday 11 – Friday 13 October 2017.

The 2017 Symposium will be held at the Commercial Club, Albury, NSW from Wednesday 11 – Friday 13 October 2017. Optional half day of workshops will be held on the Wednesday, with the 2 full symposium days being held on the Thursday and Friday. Featuring keynote presentations, concurrent sessions, panel discussions, poster presentations and a networking function. Go to […]

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Dealing with Office of Housing Debt- Justice Connect’s position paper responding to Ombudsman inquiry.

In August 2016 the Victorian Ombudsman began an investigation into the Office of Housing’s management of debts accrued by tenants in their social housing properties. Justice Connect responded by undertaking a survey of people who had debts with OOH and drafted a position paper, ‘Through the Roof: Improving the Office of Housing’s policies and processes for dealing with debt‘  outlining […]

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Public Inquiry into Human Services

The Productivity Commission is conducting an inquiry into Human Services as outlined in the statement below, from the terms of reference document. ‘While governments have made progress in introducing competition, contestability and user choice to human services provision, the efficiency and effectiveness of the delivery of services within the sector varies significantly between jurisdictions. Service […]

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