Housing Matters: capacity building and housing & homelessness sector news.
From the Executive Director
It's been a busy month for us here at Q Shelter. 
Many of you would be aware the Queensland Department of Housing and Public Works is embarking on a series of consultation events and opportunities to engage stakeholders in the development of a housing strategy for Queensland.  This includes the Regional Sector Housing Strategy workshop series in various regional locations with people working within the health, community service, and housing and homelessness sectors.  Q Shelter has been assisting with these events through the provision of facilitating the engagement of stakeholders in the workshops.
During the last month, I have had the enormous privilege of attending all the Regional Sector Housing Strategy Consultations which has enabled me to meet and learn more about Q Shelter members and other colleagues working within the housing and community services industry.  I have been inspired by the work that people are doing to support housing solutions in their regions and the importance people give to place- based collaboration. There are a number of issues faced by the sector and in particular; the tyranny of distance, the downturn in the resources industry, and the lack of affordable housing options in many areas. Yet people attended these sessions with action orientated thinking and vigour wanting to suggest innovative solutions to issues that affect their regions.
We have been accompanied by our partners from the Health and Community Services Workforce Council who are facilitating sessions of workers in the non-government housing and homelessness assistance industry to find out more about the skills sets currently held, and needed in the future. See more here
It will take a strong and robust workforce to implement a new housing strategy so we encourage you to attend the afternoon sessions or take the online survey.
The message from the sector is evident; we want to work together for all Queenslanders so everyone has access to safe secure affordable housing, to do this we must ensure we work collaboratively to bring the big ideas to life.
I will continue travelling across the State and encourage you to have your say on the discussion paper Working together for better housing and sustainable communities by attending one of the remaining sessions or provide your feedback online here

Upcoming Consultations:
Friday 20 May 2016 Metro Hotel Ipswich International 43 South Street, cnr Foote Lane, Ipswich
Monday 23 May 2016 Magpies Sporting Club Mackay Corner of Glenalla Road & Sweeney Court, Mackay
Gold Coast
Wednesday 1 June 2016 Vibe Hotel Gold Coast 23 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise

If you’re in those areas it’s a terrific opportunity to have your say on the future of housing in Queensland.
The line-up for our annual Conference is looking great and we have an overview of the program available online.
The Conference is being held at the beautiful Pacific Hotel in Cairns on the 14 and 15 July, with early bird prices available until the end of the month.
I highly recommend travelling to Cairns for this one – you can even stay the weekend to see the Cairns Indigenous Arts Fair, which last year saw over 50,000 attend. We also encourage you to take advantage of the great experience offered by our sponsors, Allure Cruises Cairns. They operate the majestic Miss Angel and offer an incredible way to experience the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef.
Sponsorship places have also been filling quickly and we are grateful to our current sponsors for their support. Sponsorship opportunities are still available however, with our remaining places featured here.

Leone Crayden
Executive Director
In this edition

In The News

Housing Consultations

Compass Housing - National Housing Strategy

National Campaign For Affordable Housing - VoteHome2016

Women For Purpose - McCullough Robertson & Uniting Care

Advance Queensland Community Digital Champions (AQCDC) Roundtable event



National Registrar’s Forum


Q Shelter Conference - Program Update

Network News

Regional Network Representatives Meeting

Logan Together - Update



Understanding your Financials Statements Webinar

EOI - Opportunity with Q Shelter – Financial Consultant
In The News

Q Shelter and the Queensland Workforce Council are delighted with the turnout and response to the Regional Sector Housing Strategy Consultations.

Our Maryborough and Nambour sessions (above) highlighted the issues facing the sector and what we need to do over the coming decade to secure a better housing future.

Compass Housing has recently launched a report, Towards a National Housing Strategy, which aims to bring together input from a range of housing and economics experts in a bid to produce a targeted national housing strategy.

Towards a National Housing Strategy aims to address Australia’s housing affordability crisis in a way that successive commonwealth governments’ have neglected to. With over 100,000 Australians now homeless and more than 200,000 households on the waiting list for social housing, the report aims to highlight ways to make meaningful changes in the housing sector.

The report culminates in 15 recommendations that have recently been workshopped at a symposium attended by respected economist Saul Eslake, representatives from St Vincent De Paul and a range of academics and housing professionals.
Following the symposium, the report’s recommendations will be refined into a holistic 10 year strategy that will be presented to the incoming commonwealth government.

To view Towards a National Housing Strategy visit Compass’ website here

National Shelter, Homelessness Australia, ACOSS, and Community Housing Industry Association have launched a National Campaign for Affordable Housing - VoteHome2016.

The campaign calls for five key reforms to deliver more affordable housing and end homelessness.

Click here to read more about the VoteHome2016 campaign, and use the hashtag #VoteHome2016 to share on social media.

A summary of the five reforms is also available here

Our Director, Leone Crayden, recently attended the Women for Purpose Lunch co-sponsored by McCullough Robertson and UnitingCare. The lunch gave Queensland women an opportunity to hear from Fiona Jose , Executive General Manager of Cape York Partnership on what motivates and gives her work and life purpose. 

Fiona spoke about being a proud Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and how the love for her family, culture and heritage has shaped her career in empowering local change in Indigenous communities. Fiona’s enthusiasm, dedication and expertise were recognised when the Australian Institute of Management named her Queensland not-for-profit Manager of the Year in 2012.

It was also an opportunity to meet other Queensland women and hear what “purpose" means to them. These conversations were inspired by  interactive and insightful discussions on important aspects of our lives, and how this gives us meaning. Leone praised  the sponsors and hosts McCullough Robertson and UnitingCare for giving her the opportunity to attend such an inspirational event and she said she is looking forward to the next one.

 (L-R): Heather Watson, Partner, McCullough Robertson; Fiona Jose, CEO, CapeYork Partnership; Anne Cross, CEO, UnitingCare Queensland

Q Shelter's Ally Lynch was recently named an Advance Queensland Community Digital Champion (AQCDC) and has been invited to help celebrate the National Year of Digital Inclusion. Ally, along with our Director Leone Crayden, will be attending the AQCDC Roundtable event. 

This special event will bring the AQCDC Champions together with business, industry, community, government, regional and library representatives to focus on advancing digital literacy and inclusion in Queensland.
The Honourable Leeanne Enoch MP, Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business will open the program and Round 2 Champions will be announced.  
Renowned international digital thought leader, Ms Helen Milner OBE, will provide the keynote address. Helen is the Chief Executive of Tinder Foundation, the UK’s leading not-for-profit social enterprise. 
Other speakers will provide information on digital literacy and future needs in the areas of health, education, business and communities. Potential digital inclusion activities and opportunities for further collaboration will also be explored. 
Q Shelter attended the National Registrar’s Meeting with Sector Peaks in Canberra on 21 April. This is the first of a regular series of meetings between the National Registrars and sector representatives and  States represented included Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria, ACT and Western Australia.

Some of the issues discussed included:
  • progress with compliance in different States;
  • industry trends and the need for Registrar’s to keep abreast of industry practice and innovation, and develop appropriate risk assessment tools;
  • a commitment to producing industry profile statistics across each State, using information supplied through CHRIS
  • the interface between NDIS and the NRSCH
Compliance for Tier 3 providers 

It was also agreed that:
  • each NRSCH jurisdiction will conduct focus groups with Tier 3 providers at the completion of the current compliance rounds;
  • a cross jurisdictional national focus group will be arranged with 2 providers from each NRSCH jurisdiction to provide feedback. Two groups were suggested
    • Group 1: Volunteer managed providers
    • Group 2: providers with paid staff
More information will be provided on this in the near future, but please contact Jane West if you are interested in participating in this process -

Q Shelter welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the national agenda regarding the NRSCH, and looks forward to keeping community housing providers in Queensland updated and involved in the issues that arise.
We are only eight weeks away from our third annual housing and homelessness Conference, which will be held on 14 and 15 July! The theme for this two-day event is ‘Empowered People, Connected Communities, Sustainable Housing’. 

We are excited to announce our MC and panel/debate moderator, Jean Kittson. 

Jean Kittson is one of Australia's best known and most popular comedians, amusing audiences in theatre, film, print, on radio and television.

Jean starred in Channel 9's comedy series Flat Chat, was a regular guest on Good News Week and The Glasshouse and a presenter of the ABC's Media Dimensions program. She is also well known for her lively comedy debates in The Great Debate Series.

On radio Jean has been a writer and performer with Sydney's 2DAY FM, a regular guest on ABC's 702 with Richard Glover and a breakfast presenter with MIX 106.5.

Jean has amused audiences in print with columns in New Weekly Magazine, the Sunday Telegraph Magazine, and The (Sydney) Magazine, a monthly supplement with The Sydney Morning Herald. She has appeared in a number of television commercials and in 1998 published a collection of humorous observations titled Tongue Lashing which became a Penguin best-seller.

Some of our featured speakers include:

  • The Hon Mick de Brenni MP - Minister for Housing and Public Works
  • Dr. Sam Tsemberis - Keynote speaker and founder of Pathways to Housing (NYC)
  • 2016 Young Australians of the Year - Lucas Patchett and Nicholas Marchesi of Orange Sky Laundry

There is less than two weeks left of our Early Bird pricing offer. Book now!
Network News
Q Shelter is hosting a meeting for our regional network Representatives on Tuesday 31st May.
Representatives will be travelling from all over the State to attend this meeting, which is held every 6 months at Q Shelter, and the main focus of the day will be to consider Q Shelter’s submission to the ‘Working Together’ Housing Strategy consultation.
More information about Q Shelter’s submission to the Housing Strategy will be provided in upcoming newsletters.
For more information about the Regional Representatives meeting, please contact Paul MacKay
Q Shelter is excited to be collaborating with local agencies taking on the facilitation role of the development of the Logan Together Housing Strategy.
Logan Together is a long term, whole of community effort to create the best life opportunities for every child in Logan. Utilising a world-recognised Collective Impact approach, it will drive coordination and cooperation between community stakeholders, education, health and social service providers.

Harnessing the energy and commitment of Logan’s diverse agencies, organisations, schools, clubs, and community groups to work collaboratively establishing joint priorities.

With this in mind, Logan Together has developed a framework to connect people in developing the Logan Together Roadmap.

The development of the Logan Together Housing Strategy is a collaboration with the members of the Logan Housing and Homelessness Network and other interested governments departments and agencies involved. 

Rather than reinvent the wheel the group are using current knowledge and data to prioritise the issues facing people in Logan when dealing with housing and homelessness.
Tool Box
Contact Q Shelter on 07 3831 5900 or via email to get your copy of the webinar recording – Understanding your Financial Statements.
This webinar recording is a terrific free resource as a back-to-basics guide covering:
  • Understanding the importance of financial reporting
  • What does it mean to be “not-for-profit”?
  • Types of NFPs and Financial Reporting
  • What are Financial Statements?
  • Cash flow statements
  • Key areas of accounting focus
  • Reviewing your Financial Statements
Are you looking for an opportunity to make a difference? Do you have a passion for housing vulnerable Queenslanders?  Have you wanted to be involved in Industry Development?
Q Shelter is looking to employ or contract a Financial Consultant for approximately 15 hours per week from July 2016.
The role of the Financial Consultant will see the successful applicant supporting community housing providers to meet the requirements of National Regulatory System for Community Housing  (NRSCH) Performance Outcome 7: Financial Viability.
This assistance ranges from supporting community housing providers to comply with reporting requirements, through to more general support with financial management processes and planning.
You will be integral to the development of organisational capacity and training to enhance the community housing sector’s overall financial literacy and capability.  
We are looking for someone with a CA or CPA qualification, and ideally with experience in the community housing, homelessness or community services sector. Knowledge of Queensland Department of Housing funding programs would be an advantage.
If you are interested in finding out more about this role, please contact Jane West or phone 3831 5900.
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