Struggling with working online?

Training on how to make the most of Zoom

Working from home and need to stay in touch with colleagues, contractors or tenants; want to deliver training or facilitate 1:1 supervision; planning to run a virtual event or want to collaborate online? Zoom is an incredibly useful online conferencing tool that is being widely used during the COVID-19 pandemic that has seen many employees move to working from home.

Delivered via Zoom, this workshop allows delegates to gain confidence in utilising the platform and assists them to avoid awkward beginner mistakes.

Wednesday 15 April,  2 pm – 3:30 pm

Click here for details and to register.

Government support for our sector

Federal Government announcements

Support that will benefit our members
The Federal Government is providing up to $100,000 to eligible not‑for-profits, including charities that employ people and have an aggregated annual turnover under $50 million.

The minimum payment is $20,000 and the payments are tax free; there will be no new forms and payments will flow automatically through the ATO.

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Support that will benefit our tenants
The Federal Government is temporarily expanding eligibility to income support payments and establishing a new, time-limited Coronavirus supplement to be paid at a rate of $550 per fortnight.  This will be paid to both existing and new recipients of the JobSeeker Payment, Youth Allowance jobseeker, Parenting Payment, Farm Household Allowance and Special Benefit.

The Coronavirus supplement will be paid for the next six months. Eligible income support recipients will receive the full amount of the $550 Coronavirus supplement on top of their payment each fortnight.

In addition to the $750 stimulus payment announced on 12 March 2020, the Government will provide a further $750 payment to social security and veteran income support recipients and eligible concession card holders, except for those who are receiving an income support payment that is eligible to receive the Coronavirus supplement.

Victorian Government announcements

Support that will benefit our members
The Victorian Government is providing a $6 million funding boost to homelessness agencies to reduce the incidence of rough sleeping and homelessness, including funding for private rental brokerage for those at risk of falling into homelessness and pop-up accommodation for people who are homeless and need quarantine or self-isolation in Melbourne, where the majority of cases are currently concentrated.

Support that will benefit our tenants
Victorians self-isolating who have no access to food and essential supplies will receive a two-week emergency supply of essentials packages.

Stimulate social housing

Anglicare Australia has called on cabinet to include action on social housing and Newstart in its stimulus package.

Anglicare Australia Executive Director Kasy Chambers said the stimulus package offered the Morrison Government the perfect opportunity to invest in social housing.

“The homelessness crisis will only get worse after the summer bushfires. The effects are likely to be felt for years. Social housing is the best way to tackle that crisis.

“Social housing will offer relief for the tens of thousands of people who are homeless in Australia. It also boosts GDP, and creates jobs in construction for the regions that need it most.

“With the economy reeling from the recent bushfires and struggling in the wake of the coronavirus, we need to invest in projects that are shovel-ready. There is no time to waste. Social housing projects can get off the ground more quickly than road or rail infrastructure – and it brings longer-term benefits.

“For years, the community and business sectors have known what’s needed to be done to boost the economy. Now it’s time for the Government to act before it’s too late.”

Ms Chambers also called on the government to raise Newstart.

“For months, experts and economists have been telling the government that the best way to boost the economy is to raise the rate of Newstart. Now is the time to act,” Ms Chambers said.

A Newstart increase of $95 a week would boost the economy by $4 billion – and create thousands of jobs. The benefits would go straight to the areas that need them most.

“Whole communities would benefit, including those recovering from this summer’s devastating fires. The flow-on effects would be profound. Every cent would be spent in local communities.

“We call on the Government to take the step that we know would make the biggest impact to the economy and those in need. It’s time to raise the rate of Newstart.”

Why you need to care about the care economy

Images of jobs and the economy are overwhelmed by pictures of hard hats, half built bridges and tunnels, and even freshly built submarines and naval vessels. Our imaginations are full of jobs “for the boys”. Yet the fastest growing part of the economy is the care economy that is dominated by women: jobs in health care and social assistance are now the largest industry segment, by a long way. And they are tipped to grow just as rapidly in the years ahead. These jobs don’t just include work in hospitals and health care centres. They also involve work in disability, aged care, child care, family services, mental health services, and so on. Critically, they also involve the social housing sector.

This training session on the care economy is vital for managers and directors, and aspiring leaders, who will discover how to think strategically about their organisation…including recruitment and retention.

The session will be led by David Hayward, Emeritus Professor of Public Policy and the Social Economy  at RMIT University.

Click here for details and to book.

Wed 1 April 2020

9.30 AM – 11 AM  
CHIA Vic, 1/128 Exhibition Street, Melbourne

Former Summer Foundation CEO takes on DHHS role

Former Summer Foundation CEO Luke Bo’sher has been named as the new Department of Health and Human Service’s Executive Director, Strategic Housing Policy

Luke will bring first-hand knowledge of the social housing sector to the role, having previously been involved in Victoria’s community housing sector as a Director on the Board of Community Housing Limited (CHL), and more broadly in the community sector as a Director on the Board of UnitingVic.Tas

Maya Ramakrishnan has been appointed as Assistant Director, Social Housing Reform, on a 12-month secondment from Department of Treasury and Finance (DTF), where she is currently Director of the Health, Human Services and Demand Forecasting team in DTF’s Economic Division. This is the role previously held by Amy McDowell.

Ruth Cameron will step into a new role as of 16 March 2020, when she becomes Director, Office of the Deputy Secretary. Ruth has the been appointed to this newly-created Director role, located in the Office of the Secretary.

Last chance for meaningful data

The Family Violence Workforce Census closes on Friday.

This is your organisation’s last chance for staff who deal with family violence victim survivors or perpetrators to have input into the census.

Click here to take part.

More housing for family violence survivors in Dandenong

Family violence support service, Wayss, has added 16 new properties to its housing stock available for women and children escaping the horrors of family violence.

The properties are in addition to 14 properties Wayss secured under the DHHS funded head-lease program in 2019.

Wayss Chief Executive Officer, Elizabeth Thomas, says head-leasing, where a private rental property is rented from a landlord by a third party and
then sub-let to the tenant, is a great opportunity for Wayss to directly access private rental stock in the local community for families in need.

‘Stable housing is the first step in empowering a family violence victim survivor to take control of their life and recover. Once the family has secure accommodation, we can then coordinate specialist support services to help the woman and her children rebuild their lives,’  Ms Thomas says.

‘In just over 12 months, we’ve increased our housing stock to 30 head-lease properties under our management and that will result in some incredibly positive outcomes for families living in our local community. That’s 30 families that now have the chance to build a positive rental history to support future tenancy applications – it’s access to a critical first step that they may not have been able to take without this program.’

Before linking the family with their new home, Wayss conducts a full safety and risk assessment of the property and works closely with local real estate agents to ensure the right property for the right family. When they move in, the tenant pays only 33 per cent of the rent for the first six months, then 66 per cent for the remainder of the 12-month tenancy. The goal is for the family to then take over the lease and maintain the tenancy. The subsidised rent is a particular advantage when a woman is escaping a financially abusive relationship and needs time to get on top of their finances.

Ms Thomas says Wayss wholeheartedly supports the continued development of the head-lease model across Victoria.

‘Head-leasing is an extension of the housing first model which focuses on getting people housed in safe, secure accommodation and then supporting them to stay housed by access to dedicated case-management. Safe, secure housing is essential to support families to plan pathways for living their best life,’ Ms Thomas says.

New to working in rooming houses?

Rooming houses are a unique form of housing and managing them presents different challenges to managing other types of housing.  They are governed by different provisions within the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) and they often house people with a wide variety of issues at very close quarters with shared facilities.

This course will give new rooming house workers an understanding of how rooming houses work, both legally and practically, and take them through many aspects of their job role.

Date :         Fri 28 Feb 2020

Time:          9.30 AM – 1:00 PM (morning tea is provided)  

Venue:        CHIA Vic Training room, Level 1, 128 Exhibition St, Melbourne 3000

Cost:           $242 inclusive GST- members   $253 inclusive GST – non members

Click here for details and to book.

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