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Welcome to the February edition of Q Shelter's Housing Matters Newsletter
Although at a state level we are looking forward to the release of a Queensland housing strategy, we have seen major signals from the Commonwealth on the future of housing and homelessness funding.

Most pressing are reports that the Treasurer, Scott Morrison, is considering axing the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA) as part of this year’s Budget. Although NAHA may not have delivered the additional social and affordable housing growth the Commonwealth had hoped for, this agreement provides funding for our social housing and homelessness system. Adrian Pisarski of National Shelter welcomed reform of NAHA but said:

“National Shelter has been critical of the performance of the NAHA and plead with the Commonwealth and States to address issues of, sufficiency, transparency, accountability and performance but ditching it is not the answer”

Along with other national peaks, Q Shelter encourages our stakeholders to contact their local MP’s to let them know that housing and homelessness services rely on this agreement, and also need a new National Affordable Housing and Homelessness Strategy to underpin this.

You can find contact details for your local MP(s) here

National Shelter’s media release on NAHA can also be found here

National Shelter, Choice Australia, and the National Shelter and National Association of Tenant Organisations have also released a new report -'Unsettled: Life in Australia’s private rental market'

This report highlights the insecurity of tenure, discrimination, and fear of exercising rights that tenants experience across Australia. Some of the key findings include that 83% of renters in Australia have no fixed-term lease or are on a lease less than 12 months, and that half of renters are worried about being ‘blacklisted’ on a residential tenancy database.

The media release announcing this report is available here

The full 24 page report can also be read here

Q Shelter would also like to respond to those of you who raised concerns with us regarding the Electronic Rent Calculator Tool (ERCT). We took your concerns to the Department of Housing and Public Works during the development phase of the new Community Housing Rent Calculator (CHRC). Through our partnership approach, I personally met with the Deputy Director-General, Christine Castley, which resulted in official correspondence confirming the late February release of the CHRC and that further information and guidelines will be available to the sector in the coming weeks. As per the Department’s correspondence:

“Until the release of the CHRC, providers can, and should change the default income amounts in the existing ERCT to reflect the actual income the tenant receives. This will ensure community housing providers can maximise the income based rent charged”.

On a final point, we have two exciting events on the horizon:

Our conference ‘The Next Decade: Delivering Housing and Homelessness services for Queenslanders’ is being held on 1 and 2 June at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. We are developing an exciting line up of speakers and topics, and we will announce key speakers and program highlights soon!

We also have developed a Leaders Forum - an exciting new event that will be held at Wesley House at 140 Ann Street Brisbane from 12pm – 5pm on 30 March. We want to see a range of leaders from the housing and homelessness sector participate in workshops on topics including rent policy, business models, and developing new housing. This will help us communicate your views and ideas to government to help shape future policy.

Leone Crayden
Executive Director
 
The Next Decade:
Delivering housing and homelessness services for Queenslanders

Q Shelter is hosting their annual housing and homelessness conference in Brisbane this year.

The conference will bring together delegates from a range of sectors, including community housing, disability and community services, financial services, as well as local and state government.  

The conference program is currently being developed, but will feature a range of workshop sessions, panels, debates, and an architectural challenge.

The Conference will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Tickets and keynote speakers will be announced over the coming weeks so watch this space!
 
Early Bird tickets will be available until Friday 31st March
 
Secure your tickets here!
Q Shelter invites all leaders within the housing and homelessness sector to participate in our first Leaders Forum.

This event will feature workshops aimed at building a more robust representative sector to express the sector’s news to government and build industry capacity for growth and quality. We also want to build a strong voice for the housing and homelessness sector by ensuring the views and knowledge of all leaders within the sector are included.

A full program will be distributed to confirmed attendees in the coming weeks.

To find out more about this event, please call us on (07) 3831 5900.
 
RSVP Here
NEWS
Over the past few years, housing affordability has become an issue that government can no longer expect to be buried in election campaigns, and the market is unable to solve this issue unchecked.
 
Middle income earners are being squeezed out of the home ownership market and see themselves sliding toward a social housing system that is already under pressure.
 
It’s seems that the Commonwealth will be operating under tight budgets for the foreseeable future – this will mean governments will be reluctant to take on a role as the sole funders of new affordable and social housing.
 
In the absence of addressing negative gearing and other tax levers, the Commonwealth is seeking to address the supply side of the housing affordability equation.
 
That’s why last week; Treasurer Scott Morrison released a Discussion Paper on social impact investing.  Although social impact investing is a broad term, this Discussion Paper is aimed very much at unlocking capital to complement private investment in affordable housing.
 
There’s some exciting stuff in this Discussion Paper, including Social Impact Bonds, supporting social enterprise, and consolidated funds for investment.
 
Have a read of the Discussion Paper here and see what you think – submissions close 27 February.
The 2017 AHI Professional Excellence in Housing Awards close at the end of February, so don't forget to schedule time in your busy 2017 diaries for nominating your colleagues. 

The Awards provide an opportunity to showcase social housing success stories. The Awards formally recognise and reward excellence in professional practice, from the grass roots to the most senior levels. They promote to our colleagues and the community at large the difference that social housing professionals make to people's lives.

The 2017 AHI Awards Program features eight categories: two individual awards, five team awards and one tenant award.


 
A category winner will be selected in each Australian jurisdiction and in New Zealand.

Awards receptions will be held in all Australian jurisdictions and New Zealand in April - October 2017. Finalists from each jurisdiction will automatically be entered in the Australasian Awards.

The Australasian Award Winners will then be announced at the Awards Gala Dinner during the National Housing Conference 2017 in Sydney on the 29th of November 2017.

How to enter? 

 

Take this opportunity to nominate a colleague or team for an award for professional excellence in housing and feel free to circulate this e-mail to your colleagues. 
TOOLKIT
New to tenancy management or need a refresher on Entry Reports? Look no further
 

The Residential Tenancies Authority has release videos for tenants as well as property managers on the importance of correctly filling out the RTA's Entry condition report at the start of a tenancy.

Entry condition report – tenants
Entry condition report – property managers/owners
New Queensland Smoke Alarm Legislation
 
Housing providers and property managers should be aware that Queensland has new smoke alarm legislation.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services have developed a suite of short videos to make it easier for people to understand these changes.

https://www.qfes.qld.gov.au/community-safety/smokealarms/Pages/video-library.aspx
EVENTS
Homelessness and housing solutions - Brisbane Conference

We invite you to join us on Friday, 31 March at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre for our national conference examining Homelessness and housing solutions. Be informed by the latest evidence from leading Australian researchers, participate in our interactive Q&A sessions and network with peers from across the country.

Keynote speaker announcement
 
Michael Sukkar   Hon. Michael Sukkar MP
Assistant Minister to the Treasurer
In what will be one of his first major speeches to the sector since being announced as the new Assistant Minister to the Treasurer, Hon Michael Sukkar MP will deliver the opening conference address. The Minister has been tasked with examining housing affordability at a time when this issue continues to affect people at all stages of the housing continuum in Australia.

Speaker announcements

Our conference program is nearing completion and will feature experts from across Australia. The program will include a big picture examination of the homelessness system as well as a range of leading practitioner discussing innovative housing solutions to sustain tenancies and strategies to support early intervention and prevention of homelessness.
Rebecca Pinkstone

Rebecca Pinkstone
General Manager, Operations, Bridge Housing
Rebecca Pinkstone has over twelve years experience in the affordable housing sector. Rebecca joined Bridge Housing in June 2013 and is currently responsible for its asset, applicant and tenancy management functions as well as its community engagement initiatives. Before joining Bridge Housing, Rebecca worked for the NSW Government in a variety of senior operational and policy roles to deliver major social housing reform initiatives to improve services and grow both the Aboriginal and mainstream community housing sectors.
 Darren Young
Darren Young
State Director - QLD & NT, Mission Australia;
Darren Young is the State Director for Mission Australia across Queensland and the Northern Territory. With a current focus on reducing homelessness and strengthening communities, he holds a diverse service portfolio which includes: specialist homelessness services and accommodation; tenancy support; child, youth family support services; post prison release services; mental health and employment services.
 Shelley Mallett

Professor Shelley Mallett
General Manager - Research & Policy, Brotherhood of St Laurence

Shelley Mallett is the Professorial Fellow in Social Policy in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne and General Manager Research and Policy at the Brotherhood of St Laurence.  While her research interests are broad including gender and health inequities, and youth transitions, she has particular expertise in homelessness and housing research, especially youth homelessness.
 
A number of other new speakers have been added to the conference program which is nearing completion.

Conference supporter
 
Churches of Christ 
We welcome as a Conference supporter - Churches of Christ in Queensland.

Established in 1930, Churches of Christ in Queensland is one of the largest not-for-profit community housing providers in Queensland offering a range of rental housing options for individuals and families on low incomes, those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, and those who are discriminated against in the private housing market.


Highlights from last AHURI one-day conference
Ahead of our upcoming conference, Homelessness and housing solutions, we re-visit the engaging conversation from our last conference held in Adelaide.
 
Highlights video

Register now to be part of the next important discussion in Brisbane on 31 March.

Conference details
Date and time:
Friday, 31 March, 2017 8:00 AM – 4:15 PM

Venue:
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
Merivale St & Glenelg Street, South Brisbane, Queensland 4101, Australia

Cost:
$375 AUD (including GST) which includes all catering. To register now, click the red 'Yes' button below.

Accommodation: We have secured a number of conference rates at nearby hotels. Please view the Accommodation section of the website for details. To find out more, or to register for the event, visit the conference website. We look forward to seeing you in Brisbane.

AHURI Conference Team
Register now!
Click 'Yes' to register or 'No' to decline:

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AHI Asset Management Professional Practice Seminar 

5 April 2017 
Sydney


Following on from the success of the Asset Management Professional Practice Seminar in Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne, and Adelaide, the Australasian Housing Institute is pleased to announce that the sixth event of the series will take place on the 5th April 2017 in Sydney.

This professional practice seminar providing senior housing professionals with an interest in asset management the opportunity to exchange ideas and innovative practice methods to manage housing portfolios for sustainable stakeholder outcomes. The event in Sydney will cover such topics as 

•    What’s new in State Housing authority asset management
•    New asset management strategies and programs, system enhancements
•    Challenges and benefits of divesting asset management to Community sector
•    Current thinking on maintenance standards / condition assessment / resource allocation
•    Asset Management challenges when you don’t own the asset
•    Long term maintenance planning with short term leases  
Register for this event here
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