8 June 2018                                                                            View this email in your browser
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Housing crisis hits South Australia hard 

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) compiles data on specialist homelessness services (SHS), including information about the clients they assist, the length of assistance, and their housing outcomes. The services collect data regularly and submit all figures to the AIHW monthly. Surprisingly, domestic and family violence was not the primary reason for clients seeking homelessness assistance in South Australia. Read our media release to find out more, or have a look through our Facebook album with more detailed statistics. 


CBS policy change

After the release of our Rooming House Report in March 2017, Shelter SA made recommendations to Consumer and Business Services (CBS) to consider consumer vulnerability when prioritising their compliance activities, thinking of the safety and well-being of rooming house residents, a group that disproportionately experiences mental and physical health issues. We are very pleased to find that our recommendations have been included in the new CBS Compliance and Enforcement Policy! Thank you CBS.

Find out more about our suggestions, and what they changed. 

State Election Expiation Notice

Shelter SA has held discussions with the Electoral Commission SA (ECSA) over the $70 Expiation Notice that vulnerable members of society may receive if they have not voted in the last State Election. ECSA has decided that penalising people experiencing homelessness for not voting in the State Election would be counterproductive. 

If an elector or community worker acting on their behalf contacts ECSA to advise that the elector was experiencing homelessness at the time of the Election, the elector will not receive a fine. 

For any advice notices please ask your staff and clients to call 1300 655 232 or email to request a waiver.
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