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Reforms to Human Services- Draft report released

The Australian Government Productivity Commission released its draft report ‘Introducing Competition and Informed Consumer Choice into Human Services’ on 2nd June and it makes a number of critical assertions about the existing system of social housing and family and community services. The Productivity Commission is seeking is comment on this report via electronic submission with a […]

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Inquiry into funding and delivery of programs to reduce homelessness- Report from AHURI

The Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute has released its report on their inquiry into funding and delivery of homelessness programs. Highlighting gaps between program funding and service delivery, this critical examination of policy and funding issues is essential reading for workers to understand options that would better support homelessness programs. The full report is located on […]

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Victorian Housing Register Update- Increase in asset limits for eligible applicants

DHHS have advised that the Victorian Housing Register Supported Housing Operational Guidelines have been updated to reflect the higher asset limit that may be applied to eligible Supported Housing applicants who can demonstrate significant personal support needs, exempting households with significant personal support needs from the priority access limit, and instead enabling them to be […]

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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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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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Infrastructure Victoria Announces 30 Year Housing Strategy

With the best information that we have been able to obtain, we believe that the provision of approximately 30,000 new dedicated affordable dwellings could be an appropriate infrastructure response to contribute to the current unmet demand for access to housing. However, further investigation and the development of a comprehensive housing plan is required to confirm […]

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Government Announces New Refuge Sites

In yet another positive outcome from the Royal Commission into Family Violence the Victorian government has announced it’s commitment to development of new and existing facilities to shelter women and children seeking shelter as a result of family violence. For more information go to New Refuges for Women & Children

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