Housing Matters: capacity building and housing & homelessness sector news.
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Welcome to the last edition of our Housing Matters newsletter for 2016!

Although the US election and Brexit dominated headlines this year, 2016 also saw big news and changes for our sector:
The Honourable Mick de Brenni MP commenced as the new Minister for Housing and Public Works

A new Housing Strategy for Queensland was developed (which saw Q Shelter facilitate consultation sessions with the housing and homelessness sector across the state )

Q Shelter's annual housing and homelessness conference was held in Cairns and featured international keynote speaker Dr. Sam Tsemberis

Q Shelter and the Brisbane Development Association partnered to host a corporate breakfast on developing housing for people with disability
This year also saw National Shelter and Homelessness Australia successfully campaign for an extension to the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH). I thank everybody who supported this campaign, and although the federal government has extended this agreement, I'm sure there will be a lot of work next year to develop a longer term strategy for funding homelessness services.

As we wrap up 2016, I want to acknowledge the Q Shelter Board of Management, our stakeholders in the Department of Housing and Public Works, the Honourable Mick de Brenni MP, as well as my colleagues across the sector for their support and guidance this year.

We all want to see better housing outcomes for those most in need across Queensland, and I look forward to continuing to work with you all next year to this end.

Have a great holiday season with friends and loved ones and see you in the New Year.

Leone Crayden
Executive Director

Q Shelter has released their Annual Report for 2015-16.

Our thanks to everybody across the state who has supported and collaborated with us over the past year to help Queensland's housing and homelessness assistance sector to become even stronger.

You can read Q Shelter's Annual Report here.

The Queensland Government has released the consultation paper Towards an all abilities Queensland, to inform the development of a new disability plan for Queensland.

The consultation paper along with information about how to make a submission is available at

Homes for Homes

Homes for Homes is an independent, not-for-profit organisation established by Australia’s largest and most successful social enterprise, The Big Issue.

Homes for Homes has been established to tackle Australia's most significant social issue - a lack of affordable and social housing.

This social enterprise proposes to have homeowners make a commitment to donate a tax deductible 0.1% of their property price to Homes for Homes at the time they sell. For example, a $400,000 property transaction would mean a $400 contribution. Funds raised through Homes for Homes will go towards funding new affordable and social houses.

You can find more information about Homes for Homes here, or you can visit their website by clicking the image below:

Brisbane City Council - Computer and Laptop Donation Program

Brisbane City Council provides refurbished ‘end of life’ computers and laptops for not-for-profit organisations. All computers and laptops are refurbished with Microsoft’s community licence for Windows and Office software.

You can download the application form by clicking the image below.
Bulk Billed After Hours GP Services

House Call Doctor offers a team of fully qualified GPs, experienced in treating patients living with a range of conditions. Their doctors regularly visit community housing, shared living facilities and other crisis accommodation centres. 

House Call Doctor is 100% Bulk Billed, available from 6pm to 8am weekdays, from 12pm onwards Saturdays, and 24 hours on Sunday or public holidays. 
To check if this service is available in your area, you can visit their website


The Under 1  Roof events calendar includes opportunities to attend training across various locations across Queensland, as well as join a Learn and Share program providing agencies with a platform to share training offerings, staff exchanges, and resources. 
Click here to download the Under 1 Roof Calendar of Events
Merry Christmas from the Q Shelter team!
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