Q Shelter Weekly Bulletin
Friday, 17 July 2020
Q Shelter Update
CEO and Senior Leaders' Network Forum
Q Shelter invites you to join fellow leaders from Queensland’s housing and homelessness sector.
The forum is themed Beyond COVID-19 and will be an opportunity for the sector to come together to review responses to COVID-19, and for further dialogue on stimulus for social and affordable housing.
Panellists include:
  • Dr Tim Williams, ARUP
  • Wendy Hayhurst, CHIA
  • Kirsty Chessher-Brown, UDIA Qld
  • Andrew Elvin, Coast2Bay Housing Group
Thursday, 30 July 2020
2.00pm to 4.30pm
Click here to register!
Understanding the Queensland planning system and building support for affordable housing
This course is designed to provide an overview of planning and the Queensland planning system for those in the community and affordable housing and homelessness services sector, and those with an interest in the increase of affordable housing supply.
7-Aug Session One: Overview of the planning system and how it works
28-Aug Session Two: Planning, development and your property portfolio
18-Sep Session Three: Engaging in policy development and advocating for better housing outcomes
Each session is $50 for Q Shelter members and $65 for non-members
Find out more about this course here!
Developing the Housing and Homelessness Workforce Response to Domestic and Family Violence: A Learning Suite
As someone working in the housing and homelessness sector, you may be the first to see warning signs of domestic and family violence.
That's why Q Shelter has published a series of micro-learning videos to:
  • Increase your understanding of domestic and family violence;
  • Better understand your role in responding to DFV as someone working in the housing and homelessness sector;
  • Build confidence in responding appropriately to tenants, or individuals you are supporting who are impacted by DFV; and
  • Better understand referral pathways for information and support, both for yourself, and those you are engaging with.
Click here to view these videos and resources
This series of online tools was developed thanks to a grant received from The Department of Child Safety, Youth, and Women as part of Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month 2020.
Feeding Brisbane Workshop
Q Shelter is working with Belong, Communify and YMCA to address food security issues in Brisbane in the context of COVID-19. A critical component of the project is to understand where food is distributed to and supplied from so that the efforts of this project can be targeted to unmet need.
Q Shelter would like to invite you to attend a workshop session with other food providers in your area. This workshop will assist us to map food distribution, supply sources, and distribution points. It will also assist identify gaps in the provision of food and facilities that they be required. It will also help develop solutions to support people and organisation in the work that they do, particularly in these unprecedented times.
We welcome participation from all those who provide food no matter how large or small, including food services that have reduce capacity or ceased operating due to COVID-19.
Before attending we ask that you complete the survey at this link. This will help us understand the size and scale of organisations, funding levels (if any), demand, as well as distribution and supply networks.
We look forward to seeing you and developing solutions to achieve sustainable outcomes of food security responses in Brisbane.
Please contact Emma Greenhalgh at or on (07) 3831 5900 for more information or Zoom details.
If attendance via Zoom is a barrier to participation please contact Emma Greenhalgh to arrange another mechanism to contribute to the project.
Feeding Brisbane South and West Workshop
Monday, 20 July 2020
10:30am – 12.00pm
Feeding Brisbane Inner City Workshop
Tuesday, 21 July 2020
10:30am – 12.00pm
Feeding Brisbane East and Bayside
Thursday, 23 July 2020
10:30 – 12.00pm
Raise the Rate
The old Newstart rate of $40 per day is not enough to live on, let alone to cover the basics such as housing, food and medical costs.
That’s why this week, Q Shelter joined sector partners across the country to call for a permanent and adequate increase to JobSeeker, Youth Allowance and related payments to cover the basics, so everyone can put a roof over their head and food on the table.
You can sign up to the Raise the Rate campaign here
Sector News and Updates
QUT Survey - The impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Domestic and Family Violence Services, Australia
During the COVID-19 Pandemic, concerns were raised by the domestic violence sector about the vulnerability of women, isolated and less able to access support.
Queensland University of Technology is conducting a nation wide survey of workers in the field to assess what impacts COVID-19 Pandemic had on their services, and their clients.
You are invited to participate in this survey if you work or volunteer in any sector in Australia that intersects with clients, perpetrators, adult or child victims/survivors of domestic family violence.
Click here to find out more about this survey
Research - Strategic planning, ‘city deals’ and affordable housing
This study examines how local and international funding interventions focussed on specific regions, such as City Deals, deliver affordable rental housing for low income households to enhance urban productivity. Such strategic policy interventions offer some promise in creating new economic opportunities, however explicit policies are needed to ensure low income households can access affordable housing close to employment opportunities.
Read the report here
News - ‘Poverty trap’: Renewed pleas to increase JobSeeker permanently
The coronavirus pandemic may be the catalyst for a permanent increase to the unemployment benefit, with several consumer and social groups pushing against a return to the former rate of $565.70 after the stimulus payments conclude in September.
Read more here
Event  - Building Financial Resilience Series
Social Scaffolding, in partnership with CSIA, is delivering a Building Financial Resilience series in four bite-sized workshops. Focussed on disability service providers, the workshops will also include discussion with a panel of industry experts
Read more here 
Service Integration Initiative
Regional care coordinators are now providing place-based support to existing care coordination and networking groups in priority locations across Queensland.
Visit The Deck to find out more about joining your local care coordination groups!
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