Evaluations

Repeat: Organisational Liability for Child Abuse Act 2019 and SHS Impacts

7 December 2021: Principal Lawyer at Dobson Mitchell Allport, Audrey Mills, presented an in-depth look at the Justice Legislation Amendment (Organisational Liability for Child Abuse) Act 2019 which came into effect in May 2020. This was a repeat of the April presentation which articulated significant changes to organisational liability. Click here for the full evaluation report.

DEN: Meeting People at Their Stage of Change

9 September 2021: Shelter Tas partnered with the Drug Education Network (DEN) to deliver a one-hour presentation titled Meeting People at Their Stage of Change. The session gave a brief overview on the Tasmanian landscape and sources for drug and alcohol information and referrals. Click here to read the evaluation report.

Online Q&A: AOD: Understanding Stigma and Person-Centred Language

11 May 2021: Shelter Tas partnered with ATDC and the Alcohol & Drug Foundation to deliver a one-hour presentation unpacking the language used when working with, or communicating with individuals who currently use or have used alcohol or drugs. Click here to read the summary and evaluation report.

ONLINE Q&A: Organisational Liability for Child Abuse Act 2019 and SHS Impacts

13 April 2021: Principal Lawyer at Dobson Mitchell Allport, Audrey Mills, presented an in-depth look at the Justice Legislation Amendment (Organisational Liability for Child Abuse) Act 2019 which came into effect in May 2020. The targeted presentation highlighted how the new legislation impacts Specialist Homelessness Services and Community Housing Providers. Click here to read the evaluation and summary report.  

NDIS: Connecting and navigating pathways for consumers

23 March 2021: NDIS – Connecting and navigating pathways for consumers presented by a team of statewide NDIS coordinators, addressed the most current and targeted issues for specialist homelessness services and community housing providers who support consumers to navigate the NDIS. Click here to read the summary and evaluation report.  

RTA: End of Covid-19 Rent Freeze and Moratorium on Evictions Q&A

9 February 2021: This third session from the Tenant’s Union looked at the emerging issues in relation to the end of the non-eviction and rent freeze period eg rent arrears, surge of evictions and strategies for SHS and Tenants Union to work together effectively with the predicted influx. The session also covered the issue of agent timeframes for credit checks …

RTA: Evictions, Exemptions and Complications Revisited

20 September 2020: The evaluation and feedback from the first online session held with Alex from the Tenant’s Union, was overwhelmingly in favour of a follow up session. This second session from the Tenant’s Union drilled down into the rights and responsibilities of tenants around common issues of mould, subleasing, as well as looking at trends, patterns and risk points. …

Cumulative Impacts on Well Being: Tools for Self-Care (Workshop 3)

October 2020: Workshop #3 rounds off the series by introducing the tools and strategies for practitioners to implement into their practice to ensure ongoing self-care and wellbeing.  Workshop #3 covered: Self-care Tools; Frameworks; Developing a vicarious resilience framework; The art of happiness; Personality and vicarious resilience. Workshop #3: Tools for Self-Care is the first time we have split a full …

Online Q&A: COVID Packages for Housing and Homelessness Services

2 July 2020: This session was the fourth in the series of online workshops to address the emerging needs of the sector through the COVID-19 pandemic. The Department of Communities provided an overview of the state government’s COVID-19 packages including Extended Brokerage, Tele Health Screening and Moreton Group Medical Service (MGMS), Mental Health Homelessness Outreach Support Team (MHHOST) and the …

Online Q&A: RTA Evictions, Exemptions and Complications

25 June 2020: Third in the series of online workshops, this session presented by the Tenants’ Union, addressed the most current and targeted information for specialist homelessness services to support consumers around changes to the Residential Tenancy Act and the impact COVID-19 measures including the moratorium on evictions, rent increases and the Residential Rent Relief Grants. The session provided sector …

Online Q&A: COVID Worksafe Regulations Workshop

9 June 2020: This session was the second in the series of online workshops that addressed the emerging needs of the sector through the COVID-19 pandemic. The session provided sector-specific information regarding the mandatory completion of COVID Worksafe Plans and targeted advice for keeping our SHS and CHP staff and consumers safe. Click here to read the Summary and evaluation …

Online Q&A: Rent Setting and Centrelink’s COVID payments

14 May 2020: This session was the first in the series of online workshops to address the emerging needs of the sector through the COVID-19 pandemic. Sue Brooke Provided sector specific information, resources and links to relevant information on changes to entitlements including Job Seeker, Job Keeper and changes to Centrelink service delivery and consumer access. Rachael Andrews gave an …

Cumulative Impacts on Well Being: Vicarious Resilience: Workshop 2

March 2020: Cumulative Impacts on Well Being: Vicarious Resilience: Workshop 2 is the second in our series of innovative and dynamic workshops to equip professionals with contemporary knowledge and practices when working with complexity. The course explored the neurosocial science of cumulative stress and burnout with a focus on the vicarious impacts of working with complexity and how the brain …

Mental Health: A Trauma Informed Approach

October 2019: Shelter Tas held training for Mental Health: a trauma-informed approach, as part of our Workforce Development Program. Full day sessions were held in Hobart and Devonport, and included: Trauma-Informed responses to complex mental health presentations including co-morbidity, suicidality and self-harm, aggressive behaviours and psychosis A focus on concepts of containment, de-escalation and “holding the risk” for workers Trauma-based …

Cumulative Impacts on Well Being: Working with Complexity (Workshop 1)

June 2019: Cumulative Impacts on Well Being: Working with Complexity (Workshop 1) was the first in a series of innovative and dynamic workshops co-designed by the sector to equip Tasmania’s housing and homelessness professionals with contemporary knowledge and practices when working with complexity. The course aimed to increase knowledge and skills about the challenges that professionals face when working in …

Nurturing connection and growth in children and young people affected by trauma

April 2019: Experiences of trauma can influence how children learn, grow and develop. It can affect a child’s self-image and the ways in which they relate to others and express themselves. As part of the Workforce Development Program, Shelter Tas held training on Nurturing connection and growth in children and young people affected by trauma in Hobart and Launceston during …

Tasmania’s Residential Tenancy Act: What’s new, what’s coming, and everything you need to know

December 2018: ‘Tasmania’s Residential Tenancy Act: What’s new, what’s coming, and everything you need to know’ was offered in response to the success of previous RTA training presented by the Tenants’ Union of Tasmania in 2016. The purpose of the training was to educate workers new to the homelessness sector and to update the knowledge of more experienced practitioners, particularly …

Trauma Informed Practice for Managers and Leaders

23-27 April 2018: ‘Trauma Informed Practice for Managers and Leaders’ was offered as a 2-day training course for homelessness sector workers. The purpose of the training was to explore trauma informed practice at all levels of the organisation and to address challenges faced by managers and leaders who work in organisations that support vulnerable or traumatised people. The Lighthouse Institute …

Consumer Engagement Forum

The Consumer Engagement Forum, held on the 11th July 2017 at Salamanca Inn in Hobart, as a follow-up from the Tasmanian Housing and Homelessness Workforce Symposium, held in 2016. The Forum was designed to provide an opportunity for review of the ‘how-to’ guides, as well as further training in consumer participation for attendees. The forum was facilitated by Michelle Swallow …

De-Stigmatising Borderline Personality Disorder

Feedback collected from Tasmanian SHS organisations revealed a need for further training in mental health and trauma-based care, and the Reference Group had identified Borderline Personality Disorder as an important area to provide training in, as had been raised as an issue in services. ‘De-stigmatising Borderline Personality Disorder’ (BPD) training was held on the 27th April at the Waterfront Function …