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What Are Political Parties Doing About Housing & Homelessness?

In the lead up to the Victorian State election, that’s a very good question, so staff at Victorian Council of Social Services are helping to keep us informed with their Policy Tracker . If the government’s response to any social issues will  help to determine how you vote, it’s well worth going to look at.  

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Information Sharing and the MARAM Framework

From 27 September 2018, the Child Information Sharing Scheme and Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme will commence for: all child protection practitioners senior Housing Officers a range of DHHS funded agencies. The two information sharing schemes extend existing information sharing permissions for prescribed organisations and workforces and all prescribed agencies are required to make the […]

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Senate Inquiry into Proposed Amendments to National Housing and Homelessness Agreement

The Senate Committee has released its report on the proposed changes to the National Housing and Homelessness Agreement, after submissions were made by a range of representatives from peak bodies across Australia, including our Victorian Council to Homeless Persons (CHP) and Community Housing Industry Association (CHIA). Concerns raised by the peak bodies broadly address the following: […]

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Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Plan- Government media release

Breaking The Cycle Of Homelessness 13th Jan 2018 The Andrews Labor Government is working to break the cycle of homelessness by intervening early, getting rough sleepers housed quickly and strengthening support services to keep vulnerable people off the streets. Minister for Housing Martin Foley today visited Ozanam House in North Melbourne to announce more than […]

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Victorian Housing Register Information Session

Department of Health and Human Services in conjunction with Community Housing Federation of Victoria (CHFV) are holding a series of information sessions around the state to inform stakeholders about the next phase of implementation of the Victorian Housing Register. The information session will cover: Overview of the Victorian Housing Register – including structure and  types […]

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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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Affordability and liveability in our cities- AHURI one day conference 29th June 2017

Key topics to be covered at the conference include: What are the Federal Government’s cities policies and what is the role of affordable housing within these policies? How is Victoria going to improve social and affordable housing in its cities given it is one of the top three priorities in the new 30 year state-wide […]

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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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