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More than 8 out of 10 are Locked Out in Lockdown

More than 8 out of 10 are Locked Out in Lockdown

The Australian Council of Social Service has found that eighty-five percent of people receiving some form of income support are locked out of receiving any extra Covid Disaster Payment, pushing people on the lowest incomes to the brink of their ability to survive.

ACOSS released the latest update of its ‘Living in Lockdown’ survey, which finds that almost all of the 216 respondents (96%) were seriously struggling with the cost of living and almost half (41.5%) were at risk of homelessness because of the high cost of housing.

“Compared with last year when everyone receiving unemployment and related payments was provided extra support, this year more than 80% are seriously struggling to survive,” said ACOSS Program Director – Social Security, Charmaine Crowe.

“When people can’t afford to cover basic costs like food, rent, electricity, medicine and public transport, they find it harder to travel to get vaccinated and are more exposed to the risk of COVID-19,” said Ms Crowe.

ACOSS CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie said:

“The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare found that there were four times as many deaths from COVID-19 in the lowest socio-economic group (which includes most people on social security payments) compared with the highest socio-economic group. It is unconscionable to leave behind people who most need support.

“Even the OECD is recommending that Australia lift our appallingly low level of unemployment payment – at $44 a day it’s the very lowest rate of all comparable countries. People on Youth Allowance and Austudy are at an even lower rate of $36 a day.

“The Federal Government must urgently extend Disaster Payments to all people on social security or without other incomes including those on temporary visas. As soon as Parliament is recalled, it must pass legislation to lift social security payments to above the poverty line including JobSeeker, Commonwealth Rent Assistance and family payments.”

“The biggest stress people on low incomes face is housing costs – with the highest rate of Commonwealth Rent Assistance for a single person without children at just $70 a week when people in Sydney can’t find rental properties for less than $340 a week (and up to $540 a week in the city).

“ACOSS urges the Federal Government to increase Commonwealth Rent Assistance by at least 50% to better support people afford private rentals.”

Living in Lockdown – Key Findings:

  • 96% are struggling with living costs
  • 85% are ineligible for the COVID disaster payments
  • 41.5% are at risk of homelessness
  • 40% feel less safe

Key Recommendations

  1. Immediately extend COVID Disaster Payments to lift incomes for all people without paid work to at least $600 per week, including those in receipt of social security and those without any other income source at all.
  2. As soon as Parliament resumes in August, pass legislation lifting working-age income support payments (JobSeeker, Youth Allowance, parenting payments and related income support) to the pension rate, which is just above the poverty line (at least $475pw for the single rate). See further below for increases to supplements needed for specific groups.
  3. Index all income support payments twice per year in line with wage growth as well as prices.
  4. Extend income support to all affected by inadequate paid work, including people on temporary visas.
  5. Increase Commonwealth Rent Assistance by 50%.
  6. Provide supplementary payments for people with disability or illness, and single parents, recognising the additional costs they face.
  7. Invest in social housing to address the critical shortfall of supply.

Download the Locked Out in Lockdown survey report here

Domestic Violence Audit

Domestic Violence Audit

The NSW Audit Office is conducting an audit on the NSW Police responses to domestic and family violence. The audit aims to assess the effectiveness of police responses with a focus on training and development, workforce and other capability planning resource allocation, performance monitoring and service quality.

DVNSW invites you to contribute to this audit by taking part in a survey to provide evidence on how your organisation works with your Police Area Commands when responding and supporting clients experiencing domestic and family violence.

DVNSW acknowledges feedback that there is the inconsistency of response of Police across different areas, so this survey will provide you with the opportunity to comment specifically on up to five Police Area Commands (PAC)

Please note all data will be anonymised, however, some services may be identifiable to an extent based on police area commands.

You will be able to comment on up to five Police Area Commands (PAC).

The survey will take from 10-30 minutes to complete, depending on how many Police Area Commands that your organisation works with and chooses to comment on.

Rental lists for week commencing Sept 20, 2021

Rental lists for week commencing Sept 20, 2021

Click the links below to view the latest rental vacancy lists for the Northern Rivers region, including Tweed Heads, Lismore, Ballina, Grafton and Casino.

If you or somebody you know is homeless, or is at risk of homelessness, contact Link2Home 1800 152 152 for 24 hour emergency support.

If you are living from Tweed Heads to Grafton, you can contact Connecting Home on 1800 048 310 between 9am – 4:30pm
Monday – Friday or email [email protected]

  • Grafton
  • Ballina
  • Lismore
  • Tweed Heads
  • Casino

Grafton Greater Region Rental Properties

Ballina Greater Region Rental Properties

Lismore Greater Region Rental Properties

Tweed Shire Rental Properties

Casino North Casino Rental Properties

Rental lists for week commencing Sept 13, 2021

Rental lists for week commencing Sept 13, 2021

Click the links below to view the latest rental vacancy lists for the Northern Rivers region, including Tweed Heads, Lismore, Ballina, Grafton and Casino.

If you or somebody you know is homeless, or is at risk of homelessness, contact Link2Home 1800 152 152 for 24 hour emergency support.

If you are living from Tweed Heads to Grafton, you can contact Connecting Home on 1800 048 310 between 9am – 4:30pm
Monday – Friday or email [email protected]

  • Grafton
  • Ballina
  • Lismore
  • Tweed Heads
  • Casino

Grafton Greater Region Rental Properties

Ballina Greater Region Rental Properties

Lismore Greater Region Rental Properties

Tweed Shire Rental Properties

Casino North Casino Rental Properties

Rental lists for week commencing Sept 13, 2021

Rental lists for week commencing 6 September 2021

Click the links below to view the latest rental vacancy lists for the Northern Rivers region, including Tweed Heads, Lismore, Ballina, Grafton and Casino. 

If you or somebody you know is homeless, or is at risk of homelessness, contact Link2Home 1800 152 152 for 24 hour emergency support. 

If you are living from Tweed Heads to Grafton, you can contact Connecting Home on 1800 048 310 between 9am – 4:30pm
Monday – Friday or email [email protected] 

  • Grafton 
  • Ballina 
  • Lismore 
  • Tweed Heads 
  • Casino

Grafton Greater Region Rental Properties
Ballina Greater Region Rental Properties
Lismore Greater Region Rental Properties
Tweed Shire Rental Properties
Casino North Casino Rental Properties

Support Art Aid 2021 … and help end homelessness

Support Art Aid 2021 … and help end homelessness

Support Art Aid 2021 and bid on a range of inspiring artwork offered up for auction by some of Australia’s top artists.

All proceeds go to the Housing and Homelessness stream of the NRCF 2021 Community Grants Round which addresses the immediate needs of the Northern Rivers NSW community by providing financial assistance to community groups and organisations who support our most vulnerable.

In response to the homelessness and housing crisis in the Northern Rivers, local artist, friend of NRCF and founder of the Reality Check campaign, Liz Friend has rallied the support of 25 reputed artists from across the country. Together we hope to raise much needed funds to help alleviate this crisis.

Auction opens at 9am Saturday 11 September and closes at 9pm Sunday 19 September 2021

GO TO AUCTION PAGE

Participating artists include 2004 Archibald Prize Winner, Craig Ruddy, well-known Sydney based artist Ann Thomson, neo-contemporary indigenous artist, Konstantina and contemporary environmental artist, John Dahlsen.

Carlos Barrios, Amber Hearn, Hilary Herrmann, Gabrielle Pool, Emma Gale, Leah Thiessen, Amanda Schunker, Caitlin Reilly, Brent Hallard, Avital Sheffer, John Lloyd, Jonathan Kopinski, Ron Curran, James (Jimmy) Kearns, Nikky Morgan-Smith, Jan Rae, Dianne Ingram, Sylvie Kettle, Kitty Callaghan, Donna Malone and Liz Friend herself complete the impressive line-up of supporters donating their art from the heart to help those who need it most.

Register today, read about all our amazing artists and be ready to place your starting bid on Saturday 11 September!

National Child Protection Week, September 5 – 11

National Child Protection Week, September 5 – 11

National Child Protection Week is coming up with this year’s theme being “Every child in every community needs a fair go”

The 2021 theme is all about the importance of the ‘bigger picture’ in addressing child abuse and neglect. Children can thrive and be healthy when they have what they need to develop well. But not every family has these resources. This is why we need to support every child, family and community according to their needs.

NAPCAN have produced a range of resources including a week long webinar series.

NOW OPEN | Aboriginal Affairs NSW COVID-19 Aboriginal Community Response Grants Program

NOW OPEN | Aboriginal Affairs NSW COVID-19 Aboriginal Community Response Grants Program

COVID-19 Aboriginal Community Response Grants Program – NOW OPEN

The COVID-19 Aboriginal Community Response Grants Program will provide small grants to support Aboriginal communities across NSW reduce their risk of being exposed to COVID-19 and enable them to manage the impacts of the pandemic.

Only Aboriginal-run or controlled groups and organisations located in NSW are eligible to apply.

Grants of up to $10,000 are available for:

•            social and emotional wellbeing support

•            keeping communities connected

•            responding to immediate needs

•            advocacy and information.

To apply for funding applicants will need to complete and submit the application form through SmartyGrants.

Applications will be accepted at any time during the opening period. The assessment panel will meet weekly to approve applications and release funding. Applications close 5pm 19 November 2021.

For more information visit Aboriginal Affairs NSW – Covid 19 Aboriginal Community Response Grants Program, contact your nearest Aboriginal Affairs NSW regional office or email [email protected].

Rental lists for week commencing Sept 13, 2021

Rental lists for week commencing Aug 30, 2021

Click the links below to view the latest rental vacancy lists for the Northern Rivers region, including Tweed Heads, Lismore, Ballina, Grafton and Casino.

If you or somebody you know is homeless, or is at risk of homelessness, contact Link2Home 1800 152 152 for 24 hour emergency support.

If you are living from Tweed Heads to Grafton, you can contact Connecting Home on 1800 048 310 between 9am – 4:30pm
Monday – Friday or email [email protected]

  • Grafton
  • Ballina
  • Lismore
  • Tweed Heads
  • Casino

Grafton Greater Region Rental Properties

Ballina Greater Region Rental Properties

Lismore Greater Region Rental Properties

Tweed Shire Rental Properties

Casino North Casino Rental Properties

Take the Women’s Health Survey

Take the Women’s Health Survey

All women on the NSW North Coast are being encouraged to do a new women’s health survey.

Health North Coast says it is  important to get it to as many of you and your participants or clients as possible to ensure there is representation across different socioeconomic groups of women who are living with health disadvantage, including access to services.

The survey will be available online for two weeks until September 16.

TAKE THE SURVEY!

The 7th Annual Affordable Housing Development & Investment Summit

The 7th Annual Affordable Housing Development & Investment Summit

The 7th Annual Affordable Housing Development & Investment Summit will be held online from Melbourne from September 13 to 14, with a post-summit workshop on September 15.

It will bring together senior leaders from government, property developers, community housing providers, investors, and other industry leaders to discuss affordable housing solutions.

Discussions will cover measures of collaborations and partnerships, investment strategies, and sustainable housing delivery models as evidence-based solutions to strategise scale-able affordable housing solutions.

Join us in Melbourne or Online for the summit designed to help uncover challenges organisations across the industry are facing in the pursuit of achieving scale-able solutions to make affordable housing a reality.

Rental lists for week commencing Sept 13, 2021

Rental lists for week commencing Aug 23, 2021

Click the links below to view the latest rental vacancy lists for the Northern Rivers region, including Tweed Heads, Lismore, Ballina, Grafton and Casino.

If you or somebody you know is homeless, or is at risk of homelessness, contact Link2Home 1800 152 152 for 24 hour emergency support.

If you are living from Tweed Heads to Grafton, you can contact Connecting Home on 1800 048 310 between 9am – 4:30pm
Monday – Friday or email [email protected]

  • Grafton
  • Ballina
  • Lismore
  • Tweed Heads
  • Casino

Grafton Greater Region Rental Properties

Ballina Greater Region Rental Properties

Lismore Greater Region Rental Properties

Tweed Shire Rental Properties

Casino North Casino Rental Properties

Rental lists for week commencing Sept 20, 2021

Rental lists for week commencing Aug 16, 2021

Click the links below to view the latest rental vacancy lists for the Northern Rivers region, including Tweed Heads, Lismore, Ballina, Grafton and Casino.

If you or somebody you know is homeless, or is at risk of homelessness, contact Link2Home 1800 152 152 for 24 hour emergency support.

If you are living from Tweed Heads to Grafton, you can contact Connecting Home on 1800 048 310 between 9am – 4:30pm
Monday – Friday or email [email protected]

  • Grafton
  • Ballina
  • Lismore
  • Tweed Heads
  • Casino

Grafton Greater Region Rental Properties

Ballina Greater Region Rental Properties

Lismore Greater Region Rental Properties

Tweed Shire Rental Properties

Casino North Casino Rental Properties

More than 8 out of 10 are Locked Out in Lockdown

More than 720,000 people on Social Security Payments in Lockdown

ACOSS analysis of new figures from the Department of Social Services shows that as at the end of June there were more than 720,000 people on social security payments in areas across the country that are now in lockdown. This does not include children in families trying to get by on social security payments in lockdown.

An estimated 540,000 of the 720,000 adults in lockdown on social security payments are excluded from the $200 per week disaster payments because they did not have paid work going into the lockdown. This is despite all of them being restricted from trying to find paid work due to the lockdown.

A recent change to the $200 per week disaster payment for people on income support means that people who lost ‘a day’ of paid work that is less than 8 hours, such as a 4-hour shift, could now be eligible. However, this still excludes the estimated three quarters of people on income support who did not have paid work going into the lockdown.

“The focus now needs to be on getting everyone through this crisis, not on debt recovery from those with the least or on arbitrary eligibility criteria for disaster payments,” said Australian Council of Social Service CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie.

“For lockdowns to be as effective and as short as possible, we must ensure that people can afford to keep a roof over their head so they can stay at home, as everyone is being urged to do.

“Currently, more than half a million people in lockdown and their children are excluded from the disaster payments because they did not have paid work going into lockdown, despite trying to find it. Now in lockdown, they’re restricted in finding paid work and most are continuing to struggle on the JobSeeker payment, which is just $44 a day.

“The Government must urgently ensure that everyone is living above the poverty line by lifting social security payments. By doing this, we’d be able to reduce the uncertainty and distress of ongoing lockdowns, as well as improve economic stability.

“Last year, the government did the right thing doubling JobSeeker to ensure people had enough to cover the basics so they could stay safe and keep a roof over their head.

“This year, we’ve instead seen the government leave behind people with the very least. People who were trying to find paid work going into lockdown have been completely excluded from disaster support.

“This is bad policy on social, economic and public health fronts.

“While we welcome disaster support being extended to some people on income support who lost paid work due to the lockdowns, people with the least behind them remain excluded,” Dr Goldie said.

Blue Knot Foundation delivers Professional Development

Blue Knot Foundation delivers Professional Development

The Blue Knot Foundation – National Centre of Excellence for Complex Trauma – has announced its new professional development training calendar for the second half of 2021. The training calendar for NSW and ACT is listed below. (In the event that a COVID-19 outbreak occurs which prevents the delivery of face-to-face training, Blue Knot Foundation will move the training to a virtual classroom wherever possible.)

Sydney, NSW
8 November 2021 – Foundations for Building Trauma Awareness in Sydney CBD – click here for more information
29 November 2021 – Managing Wellbeing and Recognising Vicarious Trauma in Sydney CBD – click here for more information

Canberra, ACT
13 September 2021 – Trauma Responsive Leadership in Canberra click here for more information
19 November 2021 – Using a Trauma Lens when working with Domestic and Family Violence in Canberra – click here for more information

Nowra, NSW
29 October 2021 – Managing Wellbeing and Recognising Vicarious Trauma in Nowra – click here for more information

Newcastle, NSW
6 December 2021 – Trauma Responsive Leadership in Newcastle – click here for more information

Virtual Classroom
20 August 2021 – Managing Wellbeing and Recognising Vicarious Trauma in Virtual Classroom – click here for more information
27 August 2021 – Trauma Responsive Leadership in Virtual Classroom – click here for more information
27 August 2021 – Managing Wellbeing and Recognising Vicarious Trauma in Virtual Classroom – click here for more information
1&2 September 2021 – Trauma Informed Diversity Awareness (Masterclass) in Virtual Classroom – click here for more information
8 September 2021 – Three Phased Approach: Safety and Stabilisation in Virtual Classroom – click here for more information
17 September 2021 – Foundations for Building Trauma Awareness in Virtual Classroom click here for more information
23&24 September 2021 – Three Phased Approach: Processing and Integration in Virtual Classroom – click here for more information
13&14 October 2021 – Trauma Informed Diversity Awareness (Masterclass) in Virtual Classroom – click here for more information