Q Shelter Bulletin
Thursday, 28 January 2021
In this Bulletin:
  1. Q Shelter Live - upcoming events and engagement 
  2. Q Shelter Update
  3. Sector news and updates
Q Shelter's Annual Program of Events and Engagement
Trauma Informed Practice - Micro Training Sessions
Tuesday, 9 March 2021 / 10.00am - 12.00pm
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.
You can hear from previous attendees on how this Trauma Informed Practice training has impacted their work here
Part One: Understanding Trauma
  • Defining trauma
  • Understanding the different types of trauma
  • The impact of trauma
  • Approaches that support recovery
Part Two: Trauma Informed Practice
  • Origins of Trauma Informed Practice (TIP)
  • TIP Model
  • TIP implications for practice
  • Implementing TIP within your own team or organisation
Click here for more information
Q Shelter Learning Exchange: AHURI Research into Redesigning the Specialist Homelessness Service System
Tuesday, 2 February 2021 / 4.00pm - 5.00pm
The next Q Shelter Learning Exchange will explore the research paper by AHURI on ending homelessness in Australia.  It is timely to be exploring the paper’s findings about how the homelessness service system can be redesigned and implemented to be effective for different groups across the life course.  
Join us to explore the research and consider what it means for Queensland. You can read the research here.
Register for the Learning Exchange here
Housing Older Women: Join older women who are collaborating to create innovative housing solutions
Wednesday 3 February 2021 / 2.00pm - 3.30pm
You're invited to continue or join in this ongoing meeting of persons interested in the issue of older women and access to affordable, amenable, secure and sustainable housing, in fact, their ‘home’. Please feel free to extend this invitation to others in your networks.
You will be able to register to participate in the HOW Coordinating Forum bi-monthly plenary meetings, as well as any of the three working groups:
  • Innovative Housing Design
  • Advocacy
  • Small Scale Housing Developers
Registration is free and will provide you with Zoom details and reminders prior to each meeting and as well as opportunities for expressing your interest in face to face meetings.
For more information please contact: Maggie Shambrook Projects Worker or mobile 0413594706
Click here for more information
Planning the 2021 Census: Strategy for People experiencing homelessness
Thursday 11 February 2021 / 10.00am - 11.30am
Q Shelter is pleased to host representatives from the ABS to provide information to the Queensland housing and homelessness sector the 2021 homelessness strategy, including opportunities for the sector to assist and support the homeless count.
 Joining this session will be:
  • Kate Figueiredo, Homelessness Enumeration Manager, Census Inclusive Strategies, QLD, ABS
  • Jo-Marie Moore, Assistant Director, Census Inclusive Strategies, QLD, ABS
Click here for more information
Learn about the housing and homelessness sector (Sector Induction)
Wednesday, 17 February 2021 / 1.30pm - 4.30pm
This session is intended for people who are new to the sector and who need an overview of how the housing and homelessness system works. The sessions will cover the specialist homelessness system, social housing system, private housing system assistance and will also include an orientation to trauma informed practice.
Click here for more information
Q Shelter Governance Training
Wednesday, 17 February 2021 / 4.30pm - 7.30pm
Q Shelter is providing 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.
  • $135 Q Shelter members
  • $150 non-members
  • Free to people experiencing homelessness, social housing tenants and to people receiving a Centrelink payment.
Click here to find out more about this exciting training opportunity
Peer Leadership Group for people with lived experience of homelessness and/or being a social housing tenant
Thursday 18 February 2021 / 1.00pm – 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.
Who can I contact for more information? Karen James-Pearson, Project Officer, Q Shelter (Phone: 3831 5900).
Where can I register to attend? 
Click here to register
Asset Managers Network Series
Thursday, 25 February 2021 / 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.
Click here for more information
Tenancy Sustainment Training for housing providers, specialist homelessness services and the broader human services system
Friday, 26 February 2021 / 9.00am - 12.00pm
Tenancy sustainment involves vital inputs from housing and support providers as well as robust service integration and other enablers such as brokerage and workforce development.
This training provides participants with frameworks, tools and skills supportive of tenancy sustainment. It is designed to deliberately bring together housing providers, specialist homelessness services, support providers and other resources to achieve sustainable solutions to housing need and homelessness.
It is intended for both government and non-government providers to help with building shared frameworks about what to achieve enduring outcomes in ending homelessness.
Click here to register for this event
Feeling the Pulse on Partnering for Growth
Friday, 26 February 2021 / 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
Q Shelter Update
Facilitation Training for Care Coordinators
Q Shelter has been out on the road to host a series of regional workshops, focused on the role of the care coordination facilitator.
Hosted by Q Shelter's Service Integration Facilitator, Stephen Hawkins, the workshops are“training with a purpose”,and aim to support place-based organisations that are involved in and genuinely committed to the care coordination process.
These sessions will continue to roll out throughout February.
  • Cairns: Tuesday 23 February, 2021
  • Logan: TBC 2021
  • Gold Coast: TBC 2021
Click here to find out more about these workshops
Sector News and Updates
Queensland SACS/CASH TPEO Pay Tables Error - SCHADS Award
SCHADS Award organisations operating under the QLD SACS/CASH TPEO are encouraged to check they are paying staff in accordance with the correct hourly rates.
On 4 July 2020, Job Australia published QLD SACS/CASH TPEO Pay Tables that incorrectly applied Award hourly rate increases, from the first pay period in July 2020.
On 30 July 2020, Jobs Australia corrected the errors on its website, but (at the time) did not send a general communication to members, advising of the error.
On 23 December 2020, Jobs Australia published and emailed to members, further hourly rate changes, applicable from December.  The email did not identify the July error.
You can also click here to read the full explanation from Jobs Australia.
All SCHADS Award organisations operating under the QLD SACS/CASH TPEO are encouraged to check the hourly pay rates they have applied, both before and after the December rate changes.
If you have been affected by this change and are a member of Jobs Australia, you can contact the Workplace Relations team and your request will be prioritised and attended to immediately.
Grant Opportunities
QLD Community Foundation
QCF’s organisational capacity building grant for 2021 is now open for charitable organisations that have Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR1) status, with a focus on domestic violence and / or mental health. 
  • Funding amount: up to $20,000
  • Applications close: 12 March 2021
Gambling Community Benefit Fund
The objective of the fund is to allocate funding to not-for-profit community groups to help them provide services, leisure activities and opportunities for Queensland communities.
  • Funding amount: between $500 and $35,000.
  • Applications close: 28 February 2021
Guidelines from the Qld Government’s Not Now, Not Ever strategy grants
  • Funding amount: between $50,000 amd $150,000
  • Applications close: 28 February 2021
Responding to COVID-19 in the sexual, domestic and family violence sectors grants
One-off grants to support frontline sexual, domestic and family violence services to respond to the challenges posed by COVID-19 by assisting services to:
  • adapt service delivery
  • expand service delivery
  • introduce new services
Responding to COVID-19 in the sexual, domestic and family violence sectors grants program
Campaign: Building Better Homes - A National Building Code for all Australians
There’s a current shortage of accessible housing, leaving many Australians unable to access housing that is appropriate to their needs.
The Building Better Homes Campaign is working to secure mandatory accessibility standards within the National Construction Code, ensuring the Code meets the needs of all Australians.
You can help by:
  • Signing the Building Better Homes Campaign petition here to show your individual support
  • Sharing the petition across your social media channels via the following link
Jobs: Census Homelessness Local Engagement Officers
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is recruiting eighty Census Homelessness Local Engagement Officers across Australia for the 2021 Census.
If you have experience in the community sector, working with and supporting people experiencing homelessness, apply on the ABS website by 4 February 2021. 
Please note that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.
To view the applicant information kits and to apply, visit
Event: AHI International Women's Day Breakfast
Join the AHI in celebrating and supporting women in housing at their International Women's Day breakfast.
Each event will feature a panel of inspirational leaders and representatives from across the sector. 
Click here to find out more information
News: Social housing production continues to languish, while demand has soared (City Futures Blog)
"... collectively, Australian governments have been woefully failing to grow social housing to keep pace with growing need."
Read more here
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