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  • Navigating the ‘Road Home’ national advocacy on the White Paper
    • Overview: where are we at with the WP?
    • Better placed now than when Bob Hawke said ‘No child will live in poverty’…
    • We have ambitious targets, but also have
      • a national strategy (White Paper)
      • funding committed to 2013
    • We also have major challenges
      • governance model is weak
      • hard to get picture across different states
    • Overview (cont):
    • 2 topics for this presentation
    • advocacy/lobbying in 2009
    • what are some of the challenges over the next 5 years?
    • Advocacy/lobbying in 2009
    • Lobbying public service (programs, policy)
    • FaHCSIA
      • research strategy, legislation to replace SAAP
    • Centrelink
      • White Paper measures
      • other related measures – National Compact for Young Australians
    • Lobbying public service (cont)
    • DEEWR and Job Services Australia
    • H.O.P.E. project – ‘Housing Options and Pathways to Employment’
    • Will JSA model deliver?
      • 4 streams with varying levels of support,
      • brokerage for clients in stream 4
      • Innovation Fund
    • advocacy at a state/territory level
    • Policy Officers in SA, WA, Tas, NT
    • State conferences – YAA, CHP, QShelter/QCOSS
    • SAAP reform paper
      • overview of what’s happening to SAAP
    • Lobbying politicians
    • House of Reps Inquiry into new homelessness legislation
    • Talk to number of different Ministers
      • Canberra AGM: Plibersek, Ellis (youth), Arbib (employment services)
    • Greens, Liberals
    • Talk in the media
    • Do about a dozen media releases a year
    • Generally get interest from who you would expect, ie ABC, SBS
      • harder to get interest from Daily Telegraph
    • sometimes we get a real bang
      • - 20 media interviews after release of Counting the Homeless data
    • Building networks
    • In other sectors
      • NESA Conference
      • Australian Drugs Conference
      • Australia’s Welfare Conference
      • National Housing Conference
    • Pull all of this work together at the 2010 National Homelessness Conference
    • 5 major challenges to remember over the next 5 years:
    • Capture the public interest
    • Skill up the media on homelessness
    • Manage relationships with politicians in a subtle, clever way
    • Need some champions – in govt, from other sectors (like employment, AOD etc)
    • Remember that advocacy is a long hard process….