Weekly Bulletin
Wednesday, 16 September 2020
In this Weekly Bulletin:
  1. Q Shelter Live - upcoming events and engagement
  2. Sector News and Updates
  3. Update from the Service Integration Initiative
Q Shelter's Annual Program of Events and Engagement
Understanding the Queensland planning system and building community support for affordable housing
Friday, 18 September 2020 / 9.30am - 11.30am
Join us for the next session in our webinar series to discuss policy development and advocacy for better housing outcomes.
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Asset Managers Network Series
Thursday, 24 September 2020 / 10.30am - 12.00pm
Asset management is a vital part of community housing provision.
This Learning Exchange focusses on the day to day challenges, providing opportunities to access collegial support as well as hear from guest speakers and structured sessions.
It is a forum to also share practices, tools and resources.Further information including an agenda will be forwarded to participants prior to the meeting.
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Feeling the Pulse on Partnering for Growth
Friday, 25 September 2020 / 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.
This session will provide an opportunity to discuss key elements from recent updates to Queensland's community housing policy.
Find out more information about this event
Q Shelter Governance Training for Boards and Tenants
Basic Governance Training will be held on Wednesday, 30 September 2020.
Full Governance Training will be held on Wednesday, 17 February 2021.
Q Shelter is providing a unique opportunity to help build the capacity of Directors, executive teams, staff and tenant advisory groups so they can:
  • Foster an understanding of governance within their organisations;
  • Have access to training options to suit each organisations needs; and
  • Be aware of their obligations and responsibilities when fulfilling their governance roles.
Click here to find out more about this exciting training opportunity
Q Shelter Monthly Learning Exchange: A focus on eligibility and implementation of changes to community housing policy
Tuesday, 6 October 2020 / 4.00pm - 5.00pm
This session follows the last learning exchange where the Department of Housing and Public Works (DHPW) provided information on changes to community housing policy and to services agreements for specialist homelessness services. You can read the communique on these changes here.
Participants requested a further session to explore and understand more about eligibility, applications and allocations.
This session will include a learning exchange involving the DHPW and participants.  It will be an opportunity to look at the changes in action, clarify questions and identify areas of further needs for information and learning around this topic for the future.
Find out more about this exchange here
Bid Management and Tendering - Six Week Online Training Course
14 October to 18 November 2020 / 10.00am - 11.00am
Q Shelter has an exciting opportunity to offer training in bid management and tendering, in partnership with Bid Management International.
This training will help develop your confidence in managing small or large bids, break the complex role of a Bid Manager into simple achievable steps, and provides a repeatable process that over time you will see your win rate improve.
This online training is self-paced with weekly one-hour workshop sessions.
Click here to register
Click here to watch a video outlining the value and inclusions of this training
Trauma Informed Practice - Micro Training Sessions
Housing and homelessness services are increasingly adapting trauma informed responses that understand the impact of trauma on a person.
The online training will provide an opportunity to engage with online training videos, with presentations from experts Penny Gordon and Tere Vaka, access to accompanying written resources, and a facilitated discussion tailored to the housing and homelessness sector.
Session One: Understanding Trauma
· Defining trauma
· Understanding the different types of trauma
· The impact of trauma
· Approaches that support recovery
Session Two: Trauma Informed Practice
· Origins of Trauma Informed Practice (TIP)
· TIP Model
· TIP implications for practice
· Implementing TIP within your own team or organisation
The sessions will be run one week apart and offered on the following dates:
October 2020 (SOLD OUT)
March 2021 (limited spaces available)
10.00am - 11.30am
  • Session One - Friday, 12 March 2021
  • Session Two - Friday, 19 March 2021
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Q Shelter Webinar Series: Housing, Homelessness and the NDIS - Coordinated Case Management
Tuesday, 10 November 2020 / 10.00am - 11.30am
This panel discussion will explore:
  • How to set up case management which coordinates a range of supports.
  • What resources are out there that can help?
  • How case management works best and what helps it do so.
Click here for more information
Missed earlier sessions of this Webinar Series? Catch up on 'When Supports Breaks Down' here!
Save the Date: Q Shelter CEO and Senior Leaders' Network Forum
Q Shelter will be hosting the next CEO and Senior Leaders' Network Forum on Thursday, 12 November 2020.
This will be a digital only event, and will be followed by Q Shelter's Annual General Meeting.
Q Shelter invites the sector to provide input into the development of this Forum. If you have suggestions on topics, please contact Emma Greenhalgh on (07) 3831 5900 or via email.
You can register for the CEO Forum and AGM at this link here
Sector News and Updates
Research: Commuting burden and housing affordability for low-income renters (AHURI)
New AHURI research investigates the impacts commuting costs have on accessing employment for low-income workers who are renting their home (and concerns that housing market pressures may limit where low-income workers can afford to live). 
Read more here
News: Researchers warn of uneven housing supply across Australia (Pro Bono Australia)
"A report from the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) looked at the quantity, composition and distribution of new housing supply across Australia, examining what influenced the differences in local production rates and what governments can do to boost diverse new dwelling supply."
Read more here
Update: Queensland State Government COVID-19 Fiscal and Economic Review
This review provides an update on Queensland’s economic and fiscal estimates over 2019-20 and 2020-21 that incorporate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic to date.
You can access the review here
You can also find information about assistance for business and industry from the Queensland and Australian Governments here.
News: Return to pre-coronavirus JobSeeker rate could cost 145,000 jobs (ABC News)
Economists are warning of a $31.3 billion hit to the economy over two years if the Jobseeker welfare payment reverts to pre-pandemic levels.
Economist at Deloitte Nicki Hutley said financial support for unemployed Australians and low-income earners would be critical to the nation's economic recovery.
Read more here
Campaign Update: The Budget is coming – help maintain the pressure (Everybodys Home)
The Everybodys Home Campaign has written an open letter to the Prime Minister and are asking organisations to sign. Representatives of organisations that can authorise joining a joint letter can sign up at this link.
Everybodys Home is aiming to demonstrate the huge support for social housing investment from our sector and allies. 
The letter will be sent to the Prime Minister and released to the media prior to the Budget, and all signatories will need to be confirmed by 23 September.
Parity Magazine Update: Call for Contributions: November 2020 "Shelter from the Storm: Responding to Homelessness Under Covid-19" Edition
This edition of Parity is devoted to examining how governments, services and front-line workers have responded to the impact that Covid-19 has had on those experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
Equally importantly, this edition is devoted to giving people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, the opportunity to tell how Covid-19 has impacted on their lives.
Find more information here
Service Integration Initiative
Regional care coordinators are providing place-based support to existing care coordination and networking groups in priority locations across Queensland.
In recent weeks, many groups have engaged in sector consultation on how care coordination could work best in their regions. Several groups have also used this engagement to develop regional action plans.
The Action Plan for the South West Care Coordination Group has been endorsed – a culmination of the hard work and energy of those who participated in the Planning Workshop August 2020 and the follow up activities of the working/governance group. Project Planning to enhance and contemporise Care Coordination in the South West Region is now underway, and you can find the Regional Action Plan and more updates here.
The Service Integration Initiative: Housing Provider and Care Coordination Forum was also held last Thursday.  We were joined by housing providers, specialist homelessness services, and representatives from the Department of Housing and Public Works across the Brisbane and surrounding region. Attendees engaged in conversations and processes to develop a renewed understanding of Care Coordination across the region for  improved outcomes for vulnerable individuals and families. 
The Redland Care Coordination Group would like to extend an invitation to the region to engage in a forum discussing the principles of Care Coordination. The forum will be held Tuesday 29 September 11am-1pm and will also include a review of the current meeting and an opportunity to engage in action planning for the future of the meeting. Find out more here.
You can visit The Deck to find out more about what is happening in your region and to join your local care coordination group.
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