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  • No Poverty | ANHCA

    Why it matters What we are doing About the goal Our targets About the Goal Everybody should have enough money or resources for the basic needs of life – enough food for oneself and for one’s family; a roof over one’s head; and resources to cover clothing, education and health expenses. Poverty has many dimensions, but its causes include unemployment, social exclusion, and high vulnerability of certain populations to disasters, diseases and other phenomena which prevent them from being productive. Growing inequality is detrimental to economic growth and undermines social cohesion, increasing political and social tensions and, in some circumstances, driving instability and conflicts. Why it Matters 3.25 million Australians live below the poverty line 700,000 of those are children under 15 60% of people on Youth Allowance live below the poverty line What Neighbourhood Houses & Centres are doing It is hard to pinpoint exactly how Neighbourhood houses and centres work towards No Poverty because it is so deeply ingrained in our day to day operations. We work towards this goal without even realising it. ​ ​ Across our houses you will typically see food parcels being available to vulnerable members of our community, healthy and nutritious lunches that bring the community together, programs that help people find financial independence. ​ At a state and national level we are championing the raise the rate campaign and lobbying ministers for a change in reform. Localising the SDGs No Poverty Speakers ​ Mary Wooldridge: Former LNP Minister for Mental Health, Community Services, Disability and Womens Affairs Dr Jemery Baskin: Fellow, Melbourne School of Government and Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne Minna Yikanno, Head of Research team at Kela Dalal Smiley - CEO Wellsprings or Women (VIC) Gaelle Gouillou- CEO Spiers Centre (WA) Our Targets

  • Decent Work & Economic Growth | ANHCA

    Why it matters What we are doing About the goal Our targets About the Goal This goals aims to promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work. Sustained and inclusive economic growth can drive progress, create jobs for all and improve living standards. Having a job does not guarantee a decent living, with many people living below the poverty line despite having paid employment. Additionally, women and girls must have equal access to equal opportunities with men and boys for employment. Everyone benefits when people are more productive and are contributing to their countries economic growth. This process starts in youth, by providing young people with opportunities in education and training it ensures that young people have skills that match the labour market demands. Why it Matters 7.1 % The current unemployment rate in Australia 2.6% Average growth rate in Australian between 2014 - 2018 75% of Australians graduate from high school Localising the SDGs A Community Led Approach to Global Issues​: Webinar 6 ​ Speakers Andrew Leigh, Federal Shadow Minister Matt Pfahlert, CEO of ACRE Sophie Arnold, UNAA Victoria Oona Ormsby, Northcliffe Family and Community Centre Ramona Barry, The Bridge Daredin ​ Hosted By Nicole Battle, President of ANHCA What Neighbourhood Houses & Centres are doing Neighbourhood Houses and Centres work towards achieving this goal at a community level by providing services that enable people to access services and gain employment. For example our Houses/ Centres offer; Resume services Employment services Child care Centrelink ​ ​ Our Targets

  • Climate Action | ANHCA

    Why it matters What we are doing About the goal Our targets About the Goal The goal is to take urgent and necessary action to tackle climate change and its impacts. As greenhouse gas levels continue to climb, climate change is occurring at much higher rates than anticipated, and its effects are evident worldwide. By addressing climate change, we can build a sustain-able world for everyone. We need to act now. We are already seeing how climate change can exacerbate storms and disasters, and threats such as food and water scarcity. In Australia, we are seeing the impact of climate change, with longer droughts, worse fire seasons, and coral bleaching. Australians are extremely dependent on the climate for our economic growth, from tourism to farming and agricultural. If climate change goes unchecked it will have devastating implications for not only us but the rest of the world. Why it Matters Australia is experiencing longer and more extreme droughts Australia has one of the highest per capita of carbon dioxide in the world 30% of the Great Barrier Reef is dead after 2016 bleaching What Neighbourhood Houses & Centres are doing Neighbourhood Houses and Centres work to tackle climate action through incorporating sustainable practices into their everyday operations. ​ Many of our houses and centres are the main community organisation operating in natural disasters, strengthening community resilience and providing much needed support. For example in the 2019/2020 fires, Snowy Mountains Neighbourhood House held regular community meetings to keep the people informed and offer support for those who had lost loved ones and homes. ​ At a local, state and national level, to build community resilience for the recent fires, many houses and centres held a community morning tea or lunch to raise funds for the impacted houses/ centres. Together we raised over $10,000. Our Targets

  • Industry, Innovation & Infrastucture | ANHCA

    Why it matters What we are doing About the goal Our targets About the Goal This goal aims to build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization, and foster innovation. Due to a rapidly changing global economic landscape and increasing inequalities, sustained growth of industry must by supported by innovation and resilient infrastructure. Economic growth, social development and climate action are heavily dependent on investments in infrastructure, sustainable industrial development and technological progress. Why it Matters 2.5 million are not connected to the internet due to affordability, location or digital literacy Increase 10% Electricity prices increase 10% annually for household 80% of energy generated in Australia is sourced from fossil fuels What Neighbourhood Houses & Centres are doing Neighbourhood Houses and Centres work primarily in the infrastructure sector of this goal, as houses/ centres offer spaces that the community can use publicly and privately. Additionally, many Houses/ Centres provide consultations and information sessions on infrastructure. The way in which we are working towards this goal includes, but not limited to is: Community consultation Room hire VicRoads Childcare Auspice other community organisations Disaster relief & recovery Grant writing support ​ Our Targets

  • Clean Water & Sanitation | Australian Neighbour

    Why it matters What we are doing About the goal Our targets About the Goal This goal aims to ensure access to safe water and sanitation for all. With water scarcity impacting more than 40% of the worlds population, it is vital to conserve clean water wherever we can. Australia is an extremely lucky country, but we often experience significant drought and a long fire season, accessible and fresh water is crucial to overcoming these natural disasters. Why it Matters 48% water storage levels are at 48 per cent of capacity down from 55% Most Australians have access to clean water & sanitation, however remote Indigenous communities struggle to meet water standards 80% of household water goes to waste What Neighbourhood Houses & Centres are doing Neighbourhood Houses and Centres work towards meeting clean water and sanitation by employing grey water systems to flush toilets and water garden beds and the collection of rain water through innovative roof designs. ​ We all rely on clean water and sanitation, by incorporating water saving and recycling practices we ensure that more people have access to this vital resource. ​ ​ Our Targets

  • Sustainable Development Goals | ANHCA

    Sustainable Development Goals The 17 Sustainable Development Goals developed by the United Nations are urgent call to action by all countries to bring peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. ​ Neighbourhood and community houses and centres across Australia work towards these goals everyday. From food parcel programs to outreach programs to disadvantaged members of our community. ​ We are the heart of our community. ​ Training for the SDGs is on our SDG's for Neighbourhood and Community Houses and Centres page In Partnership with 1/1

  • Partnership for the Goals | ANHCA

    Why it matters What we are doing About the goal Our targets About the Goal We are all in this together. Strong international cooperation is needed now more than ever to ensure that countries have the means to achieve the goals. The Agenda is universal and calls for action by all countries and developing countries, to ensure no one is left behind. Support for the goals is gaining momentum, but major challenges still remain, by forming partnership we can ensure that the goals are being worked on together. Why it Matters Australia should learn from SDG leading countries such as Sweden & Denmark Need to increase public awareness on the SDGs through partnerships 38th Ranking decreased from 17th to 38th in 2019. What Neighbourhood Houses & Centres are doing Without our partners houses and centres would not be able to serve the community the way they do. Our partners help us reach more people and provide more services and give us the opportunity to target the Sustainable Development Goals. ​ In Victoria in 2018 there were a reported 3,689 active partnerships in neighbourhood houses in an average month. ​ Our Partnerships include, but are not limited to; ​ Local, State and Federal Governments Sidney Myer FoodBank SecondBite Learn Local Our Targets

  • Zero Hunger | ANHCA

    Why it matters What we are doing About the goal Our targets About the Goal To ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. Ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages is important to building prosperous societies. Concerted efforts are required to achieve universal health coverage and sustainable financing for health; address the growing burden of non-communicable diseases, tackle antimicrobial resistance and environmental factors contributing to ill health. Why it Matters 4 million are facing food insecurity each year Key to other goals Achieving Zero Hunger is the first step to reaching other goals 60% of people on Youth Allowance live below the poverty line What Neighbourhood Houses & Centres are doing Tackling hunger is at the core of many Neighbourhood houses and centres do, with many working hard within their communities to alleviate food insecurity. ​ Across our houses you will typically see food parcels being available to members of the community, cheap healthy and nutritious lunches that bring the community together, and community gardens that teaches how to grow sustainable and healthy food. To ensure that our programs are accessible to everyone many of Houses/ Centres will deliver food parcels to vulnerable people. ​ ​ Localising the SDGs Zero Hunger Speakers David McNamara; CEO of Foodbank Victoria Mitchell Bowden; Manager of Engagement and Impact at Child, Family Community Australia ​ Houses/ centres Sussan Kin; (Manager) at Frank Konecny Community Centre Sarah Smith (Manager);The Murray Bridge Community Centre in Michael Higgins (Manager); Geeveston Community Centre in Tasmania Debra Crompton (CEO); Mount Gravatt Community Centre Greg Thompson (Manager); Philip Island Community and Learning Centre Tracey Zani (Manager); Westside Community Centre Our Targets

  • Good Health & Wellbeing | ANHCA

    Why it matters What we are doing About the goal Our targets About the Goal To ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. Ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages is important to building prosperous societies. Concerted efforts are required to achieve universal health coverage and sustainable financing for health; address the growing burden of non-communicable diseases, tackle antimicrobial resistance and environmental factors contributing to ill health. Why it Matters 1 in 4 are currently experiencing an episode of lonliness x2 The Indigenous suicide rate is double that of the general population 63% of Australians over 18 are overweight or obese What Neighbourhood Houses & Centres are doing Good Health and Well-being is multifaceted, therefore the way in which Neighbourhood houses and centres address this Sustainable Development Goal differs greatly. Across our Houses/ Centres there are healthy cooking classes, exercise groups, and gardening to promote physical health, but there are also art classes and social groups, such as Men's Shed targeted towards building mental health within the community. Localising the SDGs Good Health and Well-being Moderator: Nicole Battle, President (ANHCA) Speakers: Sophie Arnold; Executive Manager, UNAA Victoria Mark Morgan; Professor of General Practice at Bond University Chair, Expert Committee – Quality Care Royal Australian College of General Practitioners David Perry; Policy and Research Officer, (NHVic) Redland Community Centre Highett Neighbourhood Community House ​ Our Targets

  • Reduced Inequalities | ANHCA

    Why it matters What we are doing About the goal Our targets About the Goal Goal 10 aims to reduce inequalities within and among countries. Inequalities can be based on myriad of determinants; income, age, sex, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion and opportunity. When individuals are excluded, it impacts upon long-term social and economic development, harms poverty reduction and destroys people's sense of fulfillment and self-worth. We cannot achieve sustainable development and improve the planet for all when people are excluded from opportunities and services. Why it Matters Australia has seen the biggest fall in living standards in 30 years <1% The lowest 20% of households owned less than 1% of all household wealth The children of families at the bottom of the income ladder have little chance of moving upward What Neighbourhood Houses & Centres are doing At the heart of what Neighbourhood houses and centres aim to do is to reduce inequalities that persist within the community. Whilst it will take a collective movement, supported by all aspects of society, Houses/ Centres address these inequalities in the community by offering services and programs which provide people with the building blocks to overcome these inequalities. Some of these programs/ services include; Volunteer skills bank/ Volunteer matching Tutoring Resume services Public computer and internet access Emergency relief Disaster relief Community Advocacy ​ At a local, state and national level, Community and Neighbourhood Houses & Centres lobby governments in community advocacy, such as the Raise the Rate Campaign to reduce inequalities. Localising the SDGs Reduced Inequalities Moderator: Nicole Battle, President (ANHCA) Speakers Sophie Arnold, Executive Manager, UNAA Victoria Nyadol Nyuon, Australian lawyer and human rights advocate Kathryn Coff, Nalderun Education Aboriginal Corporation Steven Portericker, Associate Deputy Executive Director at Goddard Riverside Our Targets

  • Sustainable Cities & Communities | ANHCA

    Why it matters What we are doing About the goal Our targets About the Goal This goal aims to make cities and communities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. The world is becoming increasingly urbanized, with many people moving into urban areas, however cities account for about 70% of global carbon emissions and over 60% of resource use. As such it is critical that our cities are sustainable, as this reduces pollution levels, creates shared prosperity and social stability, without harming the environment. ​ The better the conditions created in the community, the greater effect on quality of life. Why it Matters 86% of Australians population live in an urban area 72% non-native invasive plants are from home garders which impact on biodiversity 3rd Transport accounts for the third largest contributor to greenhouse emissions in Australia What Neighbourhood Houses & Centres are doing Neighbourhood Houses and Centres work towards achieving sustainable cities and communities by incorporating sustainable practices into our everyday operations. Many of our state peaks and houses/centres are going paperless, reducing office waste. Additionally, some houses and centres use solar panels to reduce their carbon footprint. Our Targets

  • Gender Equality | ANHCA

    Why it matters What we are doing About the goal Our targets About the Goal The SDGs goal seeks to achieve gender equality by empowering women and girls. Women and girls make up 50% of the worlds population, and thus half of its potential, however gender inequality persists everywhere. Women continue to be underrepresented at all levels of political leadership and women and girls continue to perform a disproportionate share of domestic unpaid work. Women are often expected to take on the primary care giving role when looking after children, which results in less career and further education opportunities, than their male counterparts. Empowering women and promoting gender equality is crucial to accelerating sustainable development. Ending all forms of discrimination against women and girls has a multiplier effect on all other development goals. “When we exlude women, everyone pays the price. When we include women, the whole world wins." Why it Matters 22.3% The gender pay gap is highest in Health and Social Services - a female dominated industry Women make up 70% of unpaid childcare work Women earn $242.90 less than men per week What Neighbourhood Houses & Centres are doing Neighborhood houses and centres are delivering on this goal both directly and indirectly. Programs such as occasional childcare, maternal and child health checks/ immunisations and NILS/ Loan schemes. We foster a safe, welcoming environment for everyone, with gender equality ingrained in our culture. ​ Through the Supporting Stronger Communities grant, many Neighbourhood Houses and Centres have been able to fund programs and projects that empower women and girls. Offering these women and girls support, and access to valuable resources that provide them with the tools to succeed. Localising the SDGs: A community led appraoch to global issues webinar 5 Speakers Gabrielle Williams - Victorian Minister for Women, Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence and the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs. Tanja Kovac - CEO, Gender Equity Victoria Sophie Arnold - Executive Manager, UNAA Victoria PRACE Banksia Gardens Neighbourhood House Women's Resource Centre ​ Host Nicole Battle - ANHCA President Our Targets