Q Shelter Bulletin
Thursday, 1 April 2021
In this Bulletin:
  1. Q Shelter Live - events and engagement
  2. Q Shelter Update
  3. Sector News and Updates
Q Shelter's Annual Program of Events and Engagement
Q Shelter Learning Exchange: A forum for housing, homelessness and other support services to advance solutions and solve challenges
Tuesday, 6 April / 4.00pm - 5.00pm
Join us for a monthly teleconference for housing, homelessness and support services to raise challenges, exchange ideas and learn about resources.
Find out more about this exchange here
Peer Leadership Group for people with lived experience of homelessness
Thursday 15 April / 1.30pm – 4.00pm
New Farm Neighbourhood Centre
These sessions are open to anyone who has experienced homelessness or life as a social housing tenant. The atmosphere is welcoming and inclusive, and there is always lots of lively, healthy, collaborative discussion by participants! A complimentary light lunch is also provided for attendees. For more information contact Q Shelter Events Team (Phone: 3831 5900).
Register here
Housing Older Women: Collaborating to create innovative housing solutions
Coordination Group: Wed 7 April / 2.00pm
The Coordinating Forum of this Movement (a coalition of individuals and organisations) meets as a plenary session the first Wednesday of every 2nd Month, mostly via Zoom.
Small Scale Developers: Cancelled this month due to Easter
The Small scale developers working group meets on the first Monday every month. 
Innovative Housing Design: Tue 20 April / 2.00pm
The Innovative housing design working group meets on the third Tuesday every month. 
Advocacy: Tue 27 April / 2.00pm (moved due to Anzac day)
The Advocacy working group meets on the fourth Monday every month. 
Click here for more information
Full Introduction to Governance
Thursday, 22 April / 4.30pm - 7.30pm
This training session delivers an in-depth session covering the essential legal duties and governance best practices for boards and committees of organisations. This programme is suitable for CEOs, directors, consultants and senior managers who seek to understand the role of the board in the context of their community housing organisation or homelessness service.
Click here for more information
Feeling the Pulse on Partnering for Growth
Friday, 23 April / 2.30pm - 3.15pm
This monthly event is a discussion and learning exchange for community housing providers who are working on growth projects. It is intended to be an opportunity to exchange learning and also identify challenges and barriers with the view to finding solutions.
Find out more information about this event
Asset Managers Network Series
Thursday, 29 April / 10.30am - 12.00pm
Learning exchange for asset managers in community housing and homelessness services.
Find out more information about this event
Facilitation Training for Care Coordinators
Q Shelter's Service Integration Facilitator, Stephen Hawkin is on the road hosting a series of regional workshops to support place-based organisations committed to the care coordination process.
  • Toowoomba: Tuesday 13 April / 1.00pm - 4.00pm
  • Ipswich: Thursday 15 April / 9.30am - 12.30pm
Find out more about these workshops
Mackay Care Coordination Governance Group Forum
Wed 12 May / 12 – 4pm (New date)
Jubilee Community Centre, Gordon St, Mackay
Join us in an open dialogue to progress and embed sustainability of care coordination, expand targeted responses, including integrated supports, tenancy sustainment within resourced constraints, discuss ongoing particular concerns around community gaps and needs for prioritisation in our region.
To register email
Q Shelter Update
Well done Queensland!
At 9am Annastacia Palaszczuk announced that the 3-day lockdown lifts at midday today. See the links below for more information.
What you need to know about restrictions
Information for multicultural communities
Queensland Health
Contact tracing sites
When you need to wear a mask
Q Shelter is closed over Easter but we will be back online on Tues 6th April. We wish you a wonderful and safe long weekend.
Q Shelter joins Queensland Housing and Homelessness Peaks’ Partnership
In partnership with peak and industry associations: CHIA, QYHC, CSIA and CHPQ, we are coordinating and integrating our efforts to engage the sector and support two-way communication involving the Queensland State Government.
This newly formed group is proposing 5 high level policy directions for the Queensland State Budget Submission including more social and affordable housing, planning reforms, strategic approaches to identifying and securing land, investment in additional support as well as service integration and the effective coordination of State agencies.
The Queensland Housing and Homelessness Peaks’ Partnership will work to support these initiatives and will foster dialogue to advance solutions that involve all levels of Government, the community services sector, private sector and broader community.
It's an exciting initiative and one which we hope will bring more transparency and added value to the community.
CHIA Queensland launch Foundations for Growth
Q Shelter is pleased to promote CHIA QLD’s 2021 Micro-Credential training program – Foundations for Growth.
Employees and Board directors of CHIA Qld member organisations can access these training courses at a discounted price of $150 per course ($180 for non-members).
If you need your member discount code or to become a member of CHIA QLD, please contact Esther or Peta at
Click here to set up a log-in and select the training courses that interest you.
Sector News and Updates
2021 Census: Information sheet
Download the Information Sheet describing how the ABS on the strategy to count people experiencing homelessness during the 2021 Census.
Resource: Fee Waiver Policy for Birth Certificates
This recently released Fee Waiver Policy may be beneficial for some of your clients/community members who need a copy of their QLD Birth Certificate and may be experiencing financial hardship or are in immediate need.  Page 7 of the policy lists the supporting evidence requirements when you submit an Application for Fee Waiver form.
ABC NEWS: Warning over growing rental pressure on elderly Australians
New analysis suggests the Federal Government needs to build 12,000 homes a year to cover the shortfall for over 65s alone... listen to story on RN Breakfast.
GRANT: Housing Support Program (QLD)
BCC’s $2-10K grant provides funding to community organisations for projects or services that respond to the housing and social needs of homeless people, or those living in social housing, closes 27 April... read more.
Sector Event Series: Our Housing Connections QLD
Our Housing connections events are running across 9 locations in QLD during April and May. They are designed to create lasting networks between Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) providers and NDIS participants. To see locations and dates you'll find details here.
JOB: Homelessness Local Engagement Officer
The Australian Bureau of Statistics is seeking Local Engagement Officers who specialise within the Homelessness sector to join their team for the 2021 Census of Population and Housing... read more.
SBS NEWS: A wave of homelessness could be about to hit Australia as rules preventing evictions end
Housing experts warning the country could see a sudden rise in evictions... read more.
Sector Event: Housing Economics for Non Economists
This four part lecture series will delve into the push and pull factors affecting the housing economy. Hosted by Shelter WA, the first Lecture on April 27th will cover Economics of housing markets and housing policies - you can book individual lectures or bulk buy all 4. Attend in person or participate online > Sign up here.
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