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SAAP Networking Strategy Overview

The SAAP Networking Strategy is a three year project funded by the Department of Communities and jointly managed by Queensland Shelter and the Queensland Council of Social Service.  The project aims to develop a state-wide network of SAAP services providers in Queensland by strengthening and connecting existing networks of SAAP service providers as well as building networks of providers within regions or focus areas where such networks do not currently exist.   By developing a state-wide network of SAAP services, the Strategy will:
  • Link SAAP services and keep the sector up to date around developments in homelessness and affordable housing at the State and Federal Level.
  • Enable the SAAP sector to identify policy and program issues, and communicate and act on these in a coordinated way.
  • Provide a mechanism for consultation between the sector and the Department of Communities.
  • Facilitate the identification and sharing of best and innovative practice.
  • Facilitate the development of a more integrated and responsive homelessness service system.

SAAP Services Forum - Brisbane

A SAAP Services forum will be held on Tuesday May 18 at the Merthyr Uniting Church, 52 Merthyr Rd, New Farm (on-street parking is available). The May forum is the forth in an
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Tue, 18/05/2010 - 1:00pm
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SAAP Networking Strategy- Brisbane Region SAAP Stakeholder Forum

QCOSS and QShelter present: SAAP Networking Strategy – Brisbane Region SAAP Stakeholder Forum
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Tue, 01/12/2009 - 9:30am - 2:00pm

Ending Homelessness " A Vision and a Plan"

The “Ending Homelessness: A Vision and a Plan” conference, being convened by QShelter in partnership with QCOSS will feature international and interstate speakers as well as a stellar line-up of local practitioners to explore how the community services sector and government will plan to significantly reduce homelessness by 2020. Registrations for the conference will be accepted up to Wednesday 27 August and a discounted rate is still available for attendance across both the “Ending Homelessness” and the QCOSS “Stronger Together” conferences.   Read more »

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Wed, 02/09/2009 - 8:00am - Thu, 03/09/2009 - 4:30pm

Working together to meet the new agenda: a forum for Brisbane SAAP services

As part of the statewide SAAP Networking Strategy, QShelter and QCOSS are convening a forum for Brisbane SAAP service providers on Thursday 16 July, from 9:00am – 2:00pm.
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Thu, 16/07/2009 - 9:00am - 2:00pm
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Ending Homelessness: A Vision and a Plan Conference

The Homelessness White Paper – The Road Home, signals a new era in responding to homelessness. Read more »

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Saap Networking Strategy - Brisbane Forum

As part of the Networking Strategy a Forum is being held for SAAP funded services in the greater Brisbane region* on Wednesday 18 February from 9:30am-2:00pm.   Read more »

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Background to the Strategy

Since the Ministerial Advisory Arrangement (MAA), which operated from the late 1990s, was disbanded in 2002, there has been no mechanism for the SAAP sector to have input into the development of Government policy on homelessness. However regional and specific group networks have continued to operate with minimal government support.

Progress on the project

Consultation with the SAAP sector around the implementation of the Strategy
Throughout June and July 2008 consultation was undertaken with SAAP service providers across the state around the preferred networking mechanisms for the strategy in each region and appropriate governance arrangements for the network. The consultation findings and recommendations for implementing the strategy in each region have been compiled into a consultation report. To download the report click here.
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Project Update

Over the past few months the focus of the project has been establishing links with existing SAAP and housing networks and mapping network coverage. In doing this the SAAP network coordinator has attended the following network meetings to facilitate discussions around how the project can be implemented in the region and the nomination of a reference group representative:
  • Mt Isa Homelessness Case Coordination Group (21 August).
  • Sunshine Coast Housing Network (7 October)
  • Wide Bay Burnett Housing Board (22 October)
  • Central North SAAP Network - Mackay (3 November)
  • RockSAAP network – Rockhampton (11 November)
 Forums of SAAP services are being planned for the Brisbane, Darling Downs, Wide Bay Burnett and Sunshine Coast regions early in 2009.

Project Activities

Over the three years the project will undertake the following activities:
  • Regional and target group networking activities, including network mapping, network development, and building the capacity of existing networks.
  • Establishment of a state-wide reference group to guide the implementation of the project and act as a consultative mechanism for the SAAP sector.
  • Development of regional and target group profiles to inform the department of the distinct features of homelessness in each region.
  • Identification and meeting of SAAP sector training needs through developing links with the Workforce Council.
  • A biennial State-wide SAAP Conference to be held in the alternative years to the National Homelessness Conference.

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