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: […]
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 […]
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 […]
The report, Unsettled: Life in Australia’s rental market has been widely quoted by the media since it’s release and contains some interesting information about the rental market and the experience of tenants.
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 […]
The report doesn’t tell communities what to do, it tells them how to do it, highlighting the frameworks and relationships needed for collaborative problem solving. These include: Shared leadership Data sharing in communities A focus on prevention Joint funding of local initiatives. Support for local “economy building” The report also mentions local program http://gogoldfields.org/ based in […]
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 […]