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Housing is our city’s greatest challenge

ACTCOSS Data Snapshot

Affordable housing is an important issue in the ACT and one that affects many ACT women.

A recent data snapshot compiled by the ACT Council of Social Service brings together a range of important data and information for the first time to show the true dimensions of housing stress and homelessness in the city of Canberra.

The numbers show that out of 1,280 rental properties only 38 were suitable for households living on income support payments and only 80 were suitable for households living on the minimum wage. It also showed that 7,000 households in the ACT are experiencing housing stress; that on average, applicants for standard public housing in the ACT are waiting 2.7 years for a property; and that more people are rough sleeping in the ACT.

The data also showed that the lack of affordable private rental is the real problem, especially in the bottom two quintiles, but also for single working parents and students.

The snapshot is available on the ACTCOSS website.

The ALRC Review of the Family Law System 

The Australian Law Reform Commission has released an Issues Paper for its Review of the Family Law System. This review is intended to ensure the family law system meets the contemporary needs of families and effectively addresses family violence and child abuse. The closing date for submissions is the 7 May 2018.The ALRC is also keen to hear from people who have recent experiences within the family law system that may illustrate some of the current problems. These stories are for the ALRC’s use only and will not be published.  (However, all material received by the ALRC may be subject to Freedom of Information requests.) Please limit your response to 750 words.

More information is available via the ALRC website.

COAG Health Council 

The federal, state and territory Health Ministers met on 13 April at the COAG Health Council to discuss a range of national health issues. The meeting was chaired by Meegan Fitzharris MLA, ACT Minister for Health and Welbeing.WCHM was pleased to see that one of the key areas od discussion was improving the primary care response to people experiencing family violence. Also discussed was an Endometriosis Action Plan for Australia.

Full communique can be read here.