Resources (external publications)

Resources (external publications)2017-11-29T08:51:42+00:00


The Resources page contains external publications and useful resources and guides.  For all Shelter SA specific publications, please click on the Publications tab above.  For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander information and links please scroll down this page.  For links to Migrant, Refugee and Asylum Seeker assistance websites, please scroll down this page.

External Publications and Resources

  • CSB Media Release RAI Adelaide

    Rental affordability declines in Adelaide foothills and foreshore; pensioners and young generations are suffering.

    The latest release of the Rental Affordability Index (RAI) has found rents in the Adelaide foothills and foreshore are less affordable, with some suburbs paying 30 percent of income on rent - hitting the housing stress threshold, where people experience difficulty paying for primary needs, such as food, air conditioning, medicine and transport.

  • Housing Safety Authority - Housing Improvement Regulation Review - Consultation for the Housing Improvement Regulation Review is currently being undertaken by the Housing Safety Authority.   An important part of the regulation review process, is to garner public engagement. The Authority has prepared an Issues Paper for public consultation, and invites you to share your views and comments. The paper focuses on a range of property conditions identified by the Authority in preliminary research and consultation as minimum standards that require further clarity, or property conditions that are not currently regulated. Consultation has commenced and will run for a period of three weeks. Please submit your feedback by 17 November 2017.
  • Report - Unsettled: Life in Australia's private rental market.  Choice, National Shelter and the National Association of Tenant Organisations (NATO) have recently collaborated to research and publish a 24 page report on what it is like being a tenant in the private rental market.  National Shelter's Rental Survey Media Release on the report is also available.
  • Helping households manage their energy costs - Energy Partners Program. The Energy Advisory Service also offers free independent information about saving energy in the home.
  • Anglicare’s Rental Affordability Snapshot 2016 The Rental Affordability Snapshot is designed to highlight the lived experience of looking for housing while on a low income and is conducted in April each year.
  • Smart cities wouldn’t let housing costs drive the worse-off into deeper disadvantage” Professor Emma Baker, Professor Andrew Beer and Assoc. Professor Rebecca Bentley have recently completed research and published a paper entitled “Housing affordability and residential mobility as drivers of locational inequality” in The Conversation online newsletter.
  • The annual Report on Government Services (RoGS) 2016 provides information on the equity, effectiveness and efficiency of government services in Australia.
  • Affordable SA’ is the Salvation Army and the South Australian Government's free phone app providing a range of information, practical tips and tools to help support households to manage their cost of living.
  • Uniting Care Wesley Bowden’s  consumer focussed website - is an online Virtual Hub that supports consumers, carers, and professionals working in the mental health and other spheres to access a series of community based resource modules.
  • Domestic violence driving homelessness.  In a Pro Bono News article published online in 2015, it was stated that domestic and family violence is one of the main drivers of homelessness, according to new government figures.
  • Finding a place to rent - The SA government website provides a useful page with tips on finding a place to rent.
  • Inner city rough sleeper street count August 2015 report - DCSI has published its report for August 2015.  The Rough Sleeper Street Counts aim to monitor levels of rough sleeping in the Adelaide inner city area as well as provide information about the circumstances and profile of the population.
  • ABC Fact File on Homelessness –  a new Fact File on the ABC News website has used AHURI research to create an interactive examination of homelessness in Australia.   Access the related research report here: The Structural Drivers of Homelessness in Australia by Professor Gavin Wood, Deb Batterham, Dr. Melek Cigdem and Professor Shelley Mallett.
  • National Shelter – Report shows reform options for public housing fail affordability test for tenants. To read both the media release and the report, please click here: National Shelter.
  • National Shelter has launched the National Rental Affordability Index  in partnership with SGS Economics and Planning and Community Sector Banking. The index is unique and will be updated each quarter to provide an evidence-base for our advocacy work.
  • In Response to the Property Council Australia article “New report debunks negative gearing and CGT myths”, National Shelter has written the following article: Negative Gearing will not help ‘ordinary’ Australians.
  • SACAT and SA Gov fact sheets:  Stakeholders are encouraged to keep up-to-date on the changes to be introduced by subscribing to the SACAT news. You can also access useful SACAT fact sheets, guides and forms for private rental tenancies here: SACAT . The SA Government website also provides forms and fact sheets for private rental tenancies too and can be accessed here:
  • SACAT can review decisions by Housing SA related to public housing.  A useful information guide available here: housing.
  • Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) has recently published its Horizons Research Report, providing additional analysis of the Australian Bureau of Statistics Personal Safety Survey 2012 (PSS) on violence against women in Australia: Additional analysis of the ABS’ Personal Safety Survey, 2012.
  • Residential tenancy protection for domestic violence victims.  Renting laws changed on 10 December to provide more options to help victims escape domestic violence – click on the link above to access information about the changes. Apart from providing a wealth of information, the link also includes a useful DV factsheet and contact details for people who may be experiencing domestic violence.
  • The AIHW has released its report ‘Specialist Homelessness Services 2014/15’. More than 250,000 Australians accessed specialist homelessness services - to read the report, please click here: AIHW Report.
  • Good Practice Guides to Housing-Focussed Support – CHP.  The Council to Homeless Persons (CHP) has launched its collection of Good Practice Guides to Housing-Focused Support designed for and by the homelessness sector.
  • Homes for Homes – The Big Issue.  Homes for Homes is designed to help raise an ongoing supply of new funding for social and affordable houses.
  • The brief version of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report is available here: “Australia’s Welfare 2015”.
  • AHURI research paper on rooming/boarding houses looks at policy and practical challenges being encountered in the rooming house/boarding house sector.
  • AHURI - Increasing the supply of affordable housing for low income Australians.  AHURI states that the number of affordable rental properties required by low income households has increased significantly, however the private rental market has not kept pace.
  • AHURI Article: Accommodating NDIS: maximising housing choice in a reformed disability sector.  To read the entire bulletin: (Issue 205 January 2016 · ISSN 1445-3428). “Addressing the housing needs of participants is critical to NDIS success
  • National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness – Funding Extension to 2017. The Abbott government has just announced that it will extend homelessness funding for another two years, providing $230 million for the National Partnership Agreement on Home-lessness, with priority given to domestic violence services and young homeless people. To read the full story, please click here.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Information

Stolen Generations Scheme - the S.A. Government’s Stolen Generations Scheme will commence on 31st March 2016 and people will have 12 months to apply. The introduction of the scheme is a significant step in South Australia’s Reconciliation journey.  For more information about the scheme and how to apply, please click on the link above or phone 08 8463 6533 or email:

AHURI Report - Indigenous lifeworlds, conditionality and housing outcomes. The Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Indigenous Multi-Year Research Project examines the interaction between conditionalities of housing assistance (e.g. tenancy rules and duties) and Aboriginal lifeworlds (including kinship and social capital), and the effects on achieving sustainable housing outcomes.

This is Forever Business:  A Framework for Maintaining and Restoring Cultural Safety in Aboriginal Victoria is a major policy and research report of the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) that builds on two previous projects – the development of the Aboriginal Cultural Competence Framework for the Department of Human Services (DHS) in Victoria and Pringhael Thookanyat (Spirit of Children) The Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency Aboriginal Young people Well Being Project Report.


For contact details and information about housing  and support services available in South Australia for Aboriginal people please visit

A directory of Aboriginal Resources is also available from:

Migrant, Refugee and Asylum Seeker Information