Weekly Bulletin
Thursday, 10 September 2020
In this Weekly Bulletin:
  1. Q Shelter Live - upcoming events and engagement
  2. Sector News and Updates
Q Shelter's Annual Program of Events and Engagement
Learn about the housing and homelessness sector (Sector Induction)
Wednesday, 16 September 2020 or 17 February 2021 / 2.00pm - 5.00pm
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.
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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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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
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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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 (one space remaining)
10.00am - 11.30am
  • Session One -  Friday, 16 October 2020
  • Session Two - Friday, 23 October 2020
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.
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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
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 Monthly Learning Exchange
Tuesday, 6 October 2020 / 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
RU OK? Day Morning Tea
It was terrific to host an #RUOKDay2020 morning tea today here at Q Shelter. QUT students Karen and Cheryl provided advice on how to check in on colleagues and loved ones, and the team shared tips on how they look after their own mental well-being.
Find out more about RU OK? Day here
Sector News and Updates
Communique to Community Housing Providers - Data Collection and Sharing Pilot
To reduce red tape, the Queensland Department of Housing and Public Works (DHPW) and Queensland Registrar are seeking consent from registered providers to sharing information.This may include, but not be limited to, information to monitor compliance with legal and policy obligations and information relating to applications for funding.
If a registered provider does not consent, then it may be necessary for that provider to submit the same information to both DHPW and the Registrar.
Click here to access the consent form and more information about this communique.
National Benchmarking Survey of Social Housing Asset Management
Asset managers or senior managers are invited to provide feedback to inform the development of an Australian Social Housing Advanced Asset Management Framework.
This framework will:
  • outline asset management processes and criteria for making decisions; 
  • is suitable to the specific and unique aspects of social housing;   
  • will be flexible enough to be used by different types of social housing providers;   
  • will provides metrics to drive organisational excellence, and; 
  • provide the basis for national regulation and policymaking. 
The survey closes on Saturday, 26 September 2020.
Click here to start the survey
This research is being conducted by RMIT University, University of SA and Swinburne University of Technology and is funded by the Australian Housing & Urban Research Institute Ltd (AHURI).
Event: Queensland's economic response during COVID-19: what it means for the community sector (QCOSS)
Monday, 14 September 2020 / 7.30am - 9.00am
Join the Hon. Cameron Dick MP, Treasurer and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning as he discusses the government's spending commitments, what's in it for the sector and the people we serve.
This will be followed by a panel of industry leaders discussing Queensland's economy during COVID-19 and what it means for the community sector.
Register here
News: Morrison is right. All governments will need to spend more to get us out of the crisis (The Conversation)
"... the Grattan Institute recommended in June that governments of both kinds plan for $70-to-$90 billion in extra stimulus over the next two years to bring unemployment down to 5% and get wages growing again.
... (The Commonwealth) could also amplify state investments in infrastructure and services that create jobs and serve social needs: social housing and mental health services are obvious candidates."
Read more here
News: A HomeSeeker Package could end homelessness in Australia for good (Pro Bono)
"There has never been a better time to seek an end to rough sleeping homelessness in Australia than right now. We have an opportunity to lift the social safety net in Australia off the street – permanently. To achieve this, we need the Commonwealth government to take urgent action now and to help communities build back better by implementing a HomeSeeker package of support and targeted investments."
Read more here
News: Eviction bans end for 8 million renters. Could this be the start of a housing disaster? (ABC News)
"A decades-long lack of new social and affordable housing has distorted the market in our cities as people compete for a shrinking number of appropriate properties."
"What we can see is the double vulnerability: of renters struggling in the private rental market and private landlords struggling when they lose that source of income."
Read more here
News: What does Australia's recession mean for the country's most vulnerable? (ABC News)
The grim economic news has heightened fears that Australians living on the margins will "fall off a cliff" into poverty once the government's COVID-19 welfare support measures end.
Feat. Adrian Pisarski, CEO, National Shelter
Listen here
Australasian Housing Institute (AHI) Events:
Having Money Conversations with Tenants
Tuesday, 22 September 2020
Having Difficult Conversations
Thursday, 8 October 2020
Preventing Debt and Recovering Arrears
Tuesday, 6 October 2020
Case Notes & Record Keeping
Wednesday, 14 October 2020
Service Integration Initiative
Regional care coordinators are providing place-based support to existing care coordination and networking groups in priority locations across Queensland.
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