Last Updated: 16 Dec 2020 9:23am

Family Violence Rapid Rehousing Program

Family Violence Rapid Rehousing is designed to quickly help vulnerable households experiencing family violence into safe and affordable homes.

This initiative supports the expansion of the Rapid Rehousing Program which provides supported housing options for families affected by family violence allowing them to access safe and affordable rental homes. Perpetrators can also access the program to enable victims/survivors to remain in their own home when it is safe to do so.

This will provide an additional 20 properties from the private rental market.

Family Violence Rapid Rehousing will be delivered in partnership between the Tasmanian Government (Housing Tasmania and the Department of Premier and Cabinet), registered Community Housing Providers and Housing Connect.

Eligibility criteria

  • Families and individuals who are leaving a violent relationship.
  • Perpetrators who need alternative housing so the family can remain in the family home can also be assisted. In general, perpetrators may have a police order or court order in place; however, discretion can be exercised to determine appropriate assistance within the program.
  • All applicants must be 16 years of age or over and be able to live independently. They must meet the minimum eligibility requirements for social housing, with the exception that there are no income or asset eligibility requirements for Family Violence Rapid Rehousing.

For further information on this initiative read the Fact Sheet on the Communities Tasmania website or contact Housing Connect on 1800 800 588.

Family Violence Flexible Support Packages

Flexible Support Packages are designed to provide a holistic response to people experiencing family violence by assisting them to access supports when leaving an abusive relationship and will be administered by the Stay at Home Coordination Unit.

In combination with the Keeping Women Safe in their Homes program which funds property security upgrades like security screen doors and sensor lights, Flexible Support Packages of up to $3,000 will be available to purchase basic items like food, clothing, and some bills (utilities, phone), medical or pharmaceutical costs not covered by Medicare or the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, relocation costs, furnishings and whitegoods to support stability and safety at home.

Applications need to be prepared by service providers working with the victim, and submitted to the Safe at Home Coordination Unit for consideration. As part of the application process, the service provider must undertake a family violence risk assessment and develop a safety plan with the victim.

Eligibility criteria

  • Victims leaving abusive relationships; and/or
  • Have recently experienced family violence; and/or
  • Are planning to leave an abusive relationship, and the perpetrator has been removed from the home as a result of a PFVO or FVO.

Priority will be given to:

  • Victims and children at high risk of experiencing family violence.
  • Victims experiencing significant financial hardship.

Flexible Support Packages are not accessible to victims who wish to continue their relationship with the perpetrator of the abuse.

For more information visit the Safe At Home website.

Local Government - Council Support Measures

Local Government is ensuring essential services continue to be delivered to communities by offering a range of measures that may include flexible payment options, rates discounts, rates rebates, rate relief, grants and other hardship provisions.

For more information about the support measures being offered by local councils visit the Local Government Association of Tasmania’s COVID-19 webpage.

Supporting our veterans

Grants of up to $10,000 are available to eligible RSL sub-branches and ex-serving organisations, with grants of up to $25,000 available to help RSLs and other organisations provide a new service or program to meet identified needs caused by impacts of the coronavirus.

Applications close on 12 July 2020. See the Communities Tasmania website for more information.

Disability support

National Disability Services Tasmania supports those with disability to face the additional challenges caused by COVID-19.

National Debt Helpline - 1800 007 007

Financial counsellors provide free, independent and confidential advice to help you manage your debts or negotiate with creditors. Visit the National Debt Helpline website for step-by-step guides and useful information on how to deal with specific types of debts.