5th December 2012 GRANTS BALLOT FOR NEW AFFORDABLE HOMES IN BENDIGO
by The Australian Government
From tomorrow, 28 families participating in a ballot for grants worth more than $38,000 will choose their block of land in Viewpoint Huntly, thanks to the Gillard Government.
5th December 2012 HOUSING STRESS ON THE RISE
by Jackie Hanafie - Pro Bono News Australia
The demand for social housing in Australia is rising and waiting lists remain long, according to a new report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
5th December 2012 CITIES INFRUSTRUCTURE REPORT SHOWS UNDER-INVESTMENT IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING
by Australians for Affordable Housing
The State of Australian Cities report, released by the Hon Anthony Albanese MP, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, on Tuesday 4 December 2012, highlights the extent to which Australians are being priced out of their cities. Failing to respond is to risk social dislocation and a deepening of the housing crisis.
5th December 2012 SURVEY SHOWS TEENS STRESSED OVER FAMILY FINANCES
by Philippa McDonald - ABC NEWS
A national snapshot of young people has found Australian teenagers are worried their parents will not be able to make ends meet and are increasingly trying to get work to help their parents pay the bills.
5th December 2012 RIGHT TO FAIR TRIAL AT RISK: JUDGE
by Jane Lee - The Age
THE right to a fair trial in Victoria risks being threatened as a shrinking legal-aid system leaves more people representing themselves, the state's chief justice has warned.
5th December 2012 HOMELESS YOUTH DUAL DIAGNOSIS INITIATIVE
The Homeless Youth Dual Diagnosis Initiative (HYDDI) is a service for workers engaged with young homeless clients who present with co-existing substance use issues and mental illness.
5th December 2012 WEST MELBOURNE TERMINAL STATION UPGRADE NEWSLETTER 1 / OCTOBER 2012
by Lucy Marshall - Sp AusNet
This is the first in a series of newsletters to keep you informed about the planned upgrade of SP AusNet’s West Melbourne Terminal Station. SP AusNet aims to upgrade the facility in a manner sensitive to the surrounding environment, and taking into account the needs of local businesses and community. To ensure SP AusNet is aware of the potential issues of the project, a group of specialists has been engaged to assess the site and its surrounds in terms of noise levels, ecology, traffic, the local economy and other matters.
4th December 2012 ILLEGAL BOARDING HOUSE BLITZ
by Charlene Macaulay - The Star
ROOMING houses have become de facto affordable housing across the City of Maribyrnong.
4th December 2012 CHANGE FOR THE HOMELESS
by Charlene Macauley - The Star
TWO City of Maribyrnong restaurants will be asking patrons to donate their loose change to help homeless people over the festive season.
4th December 2012 TAX CONCESSIONS FOR THE NFP SECTOR: DISCUSSION PAPER RELEASED
The NFP Sector Reform Council Tax Concession Working Group’s has released a discussion paper titled ‘Fairer, simpler and more effective tax concessions for the not-for-profit sector’. The discussion paper looks at the entire range of tax concessions provided to the sector by the Australian Government, with a view to identifying reform options that could improve their effectiveness, in supporting the work of the sector.
3rd December 2012 HOMELESSLAW.ORG.AU WEBSITE
Homelesslaw.org.au is a ‘one-stop shop' that provides targeted and practical information and assistance to lawyers, service providers and clients on various areas of law affecting people experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Each section includes an overview or summary, details of further useful resources and contacts and relevant precedents.
3rd December 2012 THE GOOD GIFT XMAS CATALOGUE
This Christmas, you can ‘give a gift that gives good’ by using the Social Traders Good Gift Catalogue. The catalogue includes a collection of 200 gifts from social enterprises, ranging from Indigenous bush soaps to upcycled and reclaimed fabric bags and from social blend coffee to social enterprise wine.