Housing Matters (28 April 2017)
The April edition of our newsletter is available here
RECOMMENDATIONS for Affordable Housing in Sydney (28 April 2017)
The Greater Sydney Commission asked for comments on six draft district plans that will shape our communities for years to come. Everyone in our city deserves a safe, affordable home, no matter how much they earn. The Federation has made recommendations on this plan which can be viewed here.
MEDIA RELEASE: Governments must step in with real action for NSW renters (28 April 2017)
Figures showing that rental affordability has plummeted again across many areas of NSW highlights the need for urgent investment in social housing and planning reforms to address increasing homelessness and housing unaffordability, housing and homelessness peaks said today.
Anglicare’s Rental Affordability Snapshot released today shows than less than 1% of properties advertised for rent in Sydney and the Illawarra last month were affordable for a person earning a minimum wage. Read more
MEDIA RELEASE: IPART highlights scale of investment needed in social housing
IPART’s draft report into social and affordable housing in NSW highlights the scale of investment needed to fix the state’s social housing system, housing and homelessness peaks said today.
The NSW Federation of Housing Associations and Homelessness NSW welcomed IPART’s acknowledgement that housing providers need an explicit subsidy to bridge the $950 million a year it estimates is needed to run the social housing system properly. Read more
POSITION VACANT: Training and Resource Officer (April 2017)
The NSW Federation of Housing Associations is seeking a Full Time Training and Resource Officer. Applicants must possess excellent written communication skills, a demonstrated ability to deliver training, seminars and/or high quality engaging presentations, experience or understanding of the mainstream housing/homelessness sector and/or Aboriginal housing sector, excellent interpersonal and communication skills and a demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a cross functional team. Please email resume and selection criteria to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact email@example.com for more information. Full position description is available here.
MEDIA RELEASE: Youth Homelessness Matters Day - Young people worried about housing (5 April 2017)
Figures showing that housing affordability is a growing issue for young people highlight the need for more long term affordable housing for young people in crisis, NSW homelessness and housing peaks said today. The report released this week by the Advocate for Children and Young People (ACYP) that children and young people staying in refuges reported feeling worried and anxious about where they were going to go after their initial three months had expired in the accommodation. Read full release here.
SUBMISSION: Draft New England North West Regional Plan
The Federation welcomes the opportunity to comment on the Draft New England North West Regional Plan. There is clear alignment between the Federation’s Industry Strategy and the aim of the Draft New England North West Regional Plan to facilitate economic growth and social wellbeing. View the submission here.
Housing Matters (31 March 2017)
The March edition of our newsletter is available here
SUBMISSION to the Greater Sydney Commission's draft District Plans
The clearly articulated, integrated approach of the draft District Plans provides a solid starting point for planning for the evolving needs of Greater Sydney. The objectives and approach of the plans are broadly supported. View the submission here.
MEDIA RELEASE Greater Sydney Commission urged to adopt and extend affordable
housing targets as Sydney's population tops 5 million.
With Sydney expected to house another one million people within 16 years, homelessness
and housing peaks are urging the Greater Sydney Commission to push through with more
ambitious plans to mandate affordable housing targets across the city. Read more
Launch of Strengthening practice in responding to domestic and family violence: A toolkit for community housing providers (20 March 2017)
The aim of the Toolkit is to build on the existing positive practice in both community housing and specialist homelessness services and complement; support and enhance current best practice approaches so they are adopted throughout the sector.
MEDIA RELEASE: New CEO to Lead Future Growth Opportunities for Women's Housing Company (16 March 2017)
Women's Housing Company has appointed a new Chief Executive Officer following the recent
resignation of Deborah Georgiou.WHC Chair Alice Spizzo today announced that Debbie Georgopoulos will take up the role from 10 April. Full release
MEDIA RELEASE: Bond aggregator a huge step forward in unlocking affordable housing (9 March 2017)
NSW community housing providers have welcomed the Commonwealth Government's
announcement it will establish an independent finance body to attract large scale private
investment in social and affordable housing.
The announcement builds on work by housing academics under the Australian Housing and
Urban Research Institute (AHURI) and a detailed model for a bond aggregator agency
proposed by the NSW Federation of Housing Associations in last July. Full media release
MEDIA RELEASE: NSW Federation of Housing Associations congratulates community housing providers on new funding (9 March 2017)
The NSW Federation of Housing Associations today congratulated community housing
providers granted funds through the NSW Government's $1 billion Social and Affordable
Federation CEO Wendy Hayhurst said Compass Housing, SGCH, St Vincent de Paul, Uniting
and BaptistCare had proven track records in investing in well designed housing and services
for people in need in their local communities. Full media release
Housing Appeals Committee is interested in your experience with their services. Please click this link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/housingappealscommittee to complete the Customer Satisfaction Survey.
The Housing Appeals Committee (HAC) is conducting a Customer Satisfaction Survey to understand stakeholders levels of satisfaction and awareness of the HAC. The survey results will be published publicly in the 2016/17 HAC Annual Overview. As valued stakeholders, HAS is keen to hear about providers’ experience with them. The survey should take no longer than 2 minutes to complete, and does not seek any personal or identifying data from you.
It would also be appreciated that if providers could promote this survey to community housing applicants/tenants, whether or not they have used HAC services before. The survey can also be accessed from the HAC homepage www.hac.nsw.gov.au.
MEDIA RELEASE: 'Safe as Houses' toolkit launch held on International Women's Day 2017 (8 March 2017)
The NSW Federation of Housing, Domestic Violence NSW, Homelessness NSW and the Older Women’s Studio Development Project have joined forces to develop a toolkit program, designed for community housing providers to help strengthen practice in responding to domestic and family violence and older women’s homelessness. see full Media Release
Federation Exchange - 15 & 16 March
Registrations are now open for the 3rd Quarter Federation Exchange for Members. Please register no later than 9 March. More Info...
Housing Matters (28 February 2017)
The February edition of our newsletter is available here
Value Capture Response (22 February 2017)
Please see HERE the Federation's response to the Government's discussion paper: Using Value Capture to deliver Major Land Transport Infrastructure.
2017 AHI Professional Excellence in Housing Awards
close at the end of February. More info
Housing Appeals Committee Annual Overview (2nd February 2017)
The Housing Appeals Committee 2015/16 Annual Overview is now approved. It is a publicly accessible document available for download from their website. Read about their key statistics, social housing appeal trends and other performance outcomes achieved during the 2015/16 year. Access the report via direct link here
Housing Matters (30 January 2017)
The January edition of our newsletter is available here
Position Vacant with NSW Federation of Housing Associations: Administrative Officer (closes 13 Feb)
MEDIA RELEASE: Affordable housing a priority for new Premier (23 January 2017)
NSW Federation of Housing Associations today welcomed new Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s comments on the need for the government to do more to tackle housing affordability in Sydney and throughout New South Wales.
NSW Federation of Housing Association CEO Wendy Hayhurst agreed with Premier Berejiklian about the need to increase supply but said this was only part of the solution. “I congratulate Ms Berejiklian on her appointment as Premier and look forward to working with her to help address housing affordability,” Ms Hayhurst said. “I particularly welcome her comments about how she will seek external advice on the issue and is open minded as she looks for solutions". Read more...
Hoarding and Squalor Workshop- 24th March 2017 (18 January 2017)
A Hoarding and Squalor workshop for social housing providers will be run by the Centre for Training in Social Housing (CTSH) on Thursday 24th March.
Holiday Office Closure:
The Federation offices will be closed from 5pm 23rd December until Tuesday 3rd January 2017. We wish you all a very happy holiday season and New Year.
Housing Matters: December Edition (22 December 2016)
This month's newsletter is available here.
We are excited to present another program crammed with the latest news, developments and updates from within the sector. We welcome Kennedy Associates Architects, our NDIS network sponsor for this event. More Info...
MEDIA RELEASE: Inner West housing plan shows leadership for local communities (7 Dec 2016)
Proposals by the Inner West Council to introduce a 15 per cent affordable housing target on
large developments will help maintain a thriving inner city now community threatened by rising
rents and house prices, the state's peak community housing body said today. Read More...
ACTION: Help share the open letter to Prime Minister Turnbull
Don't cut Federal Homelessness funding. Today, we need you to spread the word that an unprecedented 209 community organisations are calling on the PM to urgently save NPAH Click here
MEDIA RELEASE: Treasurers take next step to unlock billions for affordable housing (3 Dec 2016)
The NSW Federation of Housing Associations has welcomed the commitment by Australian
treasurers to move ahead with creating a new financial bond aggregator to enable large-scale
institutional investment in affordable housing. Read more.
Housing Matters: November Edition (27 Nov 2016)
This month's newsletter is available here.
Affordable housing targets a life-line for Sydney families (21 November 2016)
The state's peak body for not for profit housing today welcomed the Greater Sydney
Commission's plans to nominate affordable housing on rezoned land across Sydney as part of
its vision for the city's future.
NSW Federation of Housing Associations CEO, Wendy Hayhurst said the Commission's six
draft district plans released today propose 5-10% of extra new properties built when land is
rezoned for higher densities is set aside for affordable housing to be rented at below market
rates by households earning less than $67,000 a yea. Read more...
News article: Time for Meaningful Reforms for Housing Affordability(1st November 2016)
Wendy Hayhurst, CEO of NSW Federation of Housing Associations, calls for 100,000 new, affordable homes in 20 years: "we will be lobbying hard to ensure that the rules of any new system result in a meaningful reform and not just a grand-sounding but empty gesture." Read more...
Federation submission on FACS Discussion paper 'Foundations for Change- Homelessness in NSW' (31st October 2016)
The Federation supports the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) in its decision to develop a homelessness strategy for NSW, and welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the consultation process. Underpinning our response is a belief that if we are to stem the increase in the number of people becoming homeless, we need to see the homelessness strategy integrated into a comprehensive NSW-wide housing plan that addresses the issues facing the whole housing system. Read our submission HERE
Housing Matters: October Edition (27 October 2016)
This month's newsletter is available here.
MEDIA RELEASE: Four in five call for government action on housing affordability (17 October 2016)
Four in five Australians believe governments need to intervene to make housing more
affordable, according to new figures released today.
An Essential Poll for the NSW Federation of Housing Associations shows that 78 per cent of
Australians believe that the governments must step in to make housing more affordable.
Some 79 per cent of people support mandated affordable housing in every housing
development, and 75 per cent of people agreed that social housing is a vital safety net for
people who fall on hard times.
Read more HERE.
Read the Essential Report on the poll here.
Housing transfers good news for tenants and community sector (6 October 2016)
The NSW government's announcement it will transfer management of 18,000 public housing
units to the community sector is good news that will allow for greater investment in
maintenance, tenant services and potentially more homes, the state's peak not for profit
housing body said today.
NSW Federation of Housing Associations CEO, Wendy Hayhurst, said the new 20 year leases
would allow existing public housing tenants to access Commonwealth Rent Assistance for the
first time and give community housing providers the financial security to invest in more social
and affordable housing for people in need. Read more...
Housing Matters: September Edition
September's edition is available here
FEDERATION EXCHANGE (19 September 2016)
The Federation Exchange will bring more than a dozen networks into a quarterly two day event. The first Federation Exchange includes a collaborative forum on day one about Future Directions for Social Housing in NSW which is being run by FACS. Network members are welcome to attend the Future Direction sessions which we particularly recommend for CEOs and other senior staff members. The program includes several streams to cater for individual networks and some sessions will have broader appeal.
A link to the program can be found HERE.
Click HERE for more details on the event.
The Homelessness Strategy Discussion paper is HERE.
Scoping Training for Community Housing Asset Staff and Contractors – October 2016 (8 September 2016)
The Federation is coordinating multiple scoping training sessions in October 2016. This is a great opportunity for asset staff and contractors in the sector to be trained and certified to use the Housing NSW Asset Standards. At the end of this training, participants will be competent in and be able to apply:
• Knowledge of the Housing NSW Asset Standards
• Identifying Asset Types
• Basic Provision Standards
• Housing NSW’s Code of Conduct
• Knowledge of building construction
• Diagnostic and scoping skills
Click here for more information. Click here for the registration form.
Open Letter to the NSW Premier and to the Planning Minister (5 September 2016)
Dear Mr Baird and Mr Stokes,
At the recent 2016 Affordable Housing Conference there was consensus from the not for profit sector, property developers and the finance industry that further innovation is required from Government to help increase the supply of affordable housing in Sydney. This problem is, as we know, no longer confined to one group. Housing stress is now being felt now not just by the very needy but also increasingly by those higher up the income scale. Read more...
MEDIA RELEASE: Open letter to the NSW Premier on Sydney’s housing affordability (5 September 2016)
The state’s leading planning experts, housing and homeless peaks and property sector representatives have called on the NSW government to act now on housing affordability to ensure Sydney remains a livable city for key workers and people on low and moderate incomes. Read more...
Housing Matters: August Edition (29 August 2016)
This month's newsletter is available here.
Aboriginal Cultural Competency Standards Launch 10th August 2016 (9th August 2016)
The Federation is pleased to announce the launch of the new Aboriginal cultural competency standards - a self-assessment process for community housing providers.
The cultural competency standards are the result of a partnership between the sector, FACS, AHO and the Federation. They are presented as a self-assessment process so providers can review their current practice and plan for improvement.
The standards include examples of good and leading practice, key principles, prompt questions for each standard and a self-assessment matrix designed to promote discussion and valid self-assessment.
The Standards can be downloaded here. If you have any questions about them please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
2016 Affordable Housing Awards Dinner (4th August 2016)
Thank you to our 300 guests for making the event such a memorable evening. Congratulations to all the Award Winners in particular joint winners Evolve Housing and Pacific Link Housing for winning the NSW Community Housing Provider of the Year. Special congratulations to the dual winners of the The Nazha Saad Award for Women’s High Achievement in Housing 2016 Karen Andrew (Housing Plus) and Vivienne Milligan (UNSW). See the Award Winners here.
The Affordable Housing Financial Intermediary Paper (29 July 2016)
The paper is available here
Housing Matters: July Edition
This edition is available here
NSW needs more than 100,000 new homes needed to beat housing stress (29th July 2016)
NSW needs 100,000 new social and affordable homes over the next 20 years to prevent
decade long waiting lists in much of the state from blowing out even further, according to a
new report from the University of Sydney.
NSW Federation of Housing Association CEO Wendy Hayhurst said the analysis to be
released today shows NSW must provide at least 4,900 new affordable homes a year until
2036 just to maintain current waiting lists. Read more...
Unlocking $1.5 trillion in superannuation funds for affordable
housing (29 July 2016)
Unlocking superannuation funds for investment in new affordable housing is critical to
addressing housing stress in Australia's capital cities and high need regional areas over the
next decade, a major housing conference will hear in Sydney today (29 July). Read more...
Conference Program is now available! (26th July 2016)
The Conference Program for the 2016 Affordable Housing Conference on the 28th and 29th July this week, is now available. It promises to be an exciting and stimulating event for all. Read the program here.
How to create a Sydney where we all get along - Op Ed (20th July 2016)
"If Sydney's mixed communities are being dismantled by the housing market, so too could they be strengthened by interventions. But to the shame of the federal and state governments, neither have much to say about creating a diversity of housing to enable a mix of incomes - which in Sydney means a mix of nationalities - to live in all areas of the city." Read more
Addressing the Housing Affordability Crisis (20th July 2016)
How much affordable housing do we need? Click HERE to view the basis for an estimated need of social housing dwellings in NSW over the next two decades. Housing needs paper was prepared by Dr Judy Yates (Honorary Associate, School of Economics, University of Sydney; Senior Visiting Fellow, City Futures, University of NSW).
MEDIA RELEASE: HILDA report highlights the need for innovative thinking on housing (20th July 2016)
NSW needs a new approach to housing affordability through measures such as shared
ownership schemes, a 30 per cent affordable housing target and value capture schemes for
major urban redevelopment precincts, the state's peak not for profit housing body said today.
The NSW Federation of Housing Associations said the latest HILDA data released today
shows NSW has the lowest home ownership rates in the country, with young people and key
workers such as nurses and childcare workers in Sydney at the epicenter of the affordability
crisis. Read more...
MEDIA RELEASE: NSW shared homeownership scheme – a much needed pathway to
housing affordability (19 July 2016)
A shared homeownership housing model developed developed by a coalition of NSW
community housing associations and peak bodies could deliver a much needed pathway to
housing affordability for people on-low-to-moderate incomes.
In a first for NSW, the scheme will enable homeowners to purchase between 25 to 80 percent
of the value of the dwelling, with a not for profit community housing association as a nonresidential
purchase partner. Read more...
Housing Matters June edition (29 June 2016)
This edition is available here
MEDIA RELEASE: Community housing welcomes Opposition proposals on housing affordability
(28 June 2016)
The state's peak community housing body today backed calls for a state-wide affordable
housing target as a key part of planning reforms to address the state's housing crisis.
NSW Federation of Housing Associations CEO Wendy Hayhurst congratulated the NSW
Opposition on releasing a housing affordability discussion paper that looks beyond increasing
housing supply as a solution for easing housing affordability. Read more...
MEDIA RELEASE: NSW must invest housing windfalls back into housing (22 June 2016)
The state's peak not-for-profit housing body today welcomed new funding for domestic violence homelessness in the NSW Budget but said it was disappointing there is no funding to address housing unaffordability for people struggling as a result of spiraling property prices.
NSW Federation of Housing Associations CEO Wendy Hayhurst said funding for short-term support for people in crisis was good news but did not go far enough to address 10-year social housing waiting lists or the lack of options for people left behind by the real estate boom. Read more...
MEDIA RELEASE: Invest overseas buyer windfalls on affordable housing and crisis
accommodation here at home: housing and homelessness peaks (16 Jun 2016)
Windfalls raised through new overseas investor surcharges should be invested back into
affordable housing options for renters and homeless people at the pointy end of the NSW
property boom, the state's peak community housing and homelessness bodies said today.More info
Housing Matters: May Edition (30 May 2016)
The May edition is available here.
MEDIA RELEASE: Salvation Army report a reminder action is needed on housing (25 May 2016)
Today's Salvation Army's report showing Sydney families are living on as little as $17 a day
after paying housing expenses is a stark reminder of why we need urgent action on housing
affordability, the state's peak not for profit housing body said today. More info
HOMELESS CHARITIES CALL FOR TARGETS TO HALVE HOMELESSNESS BY 2025 click here
Vote Home, this election (20 May 2016)
A Vote Home is a vote for a national strategy to address housing affordability and a vote for all political parties to commit to end the housing crisis by 2025.
Whether it’s housing prices, the high cost of rents, the shortage of public and community housing, or programs to end homelessness, everyone deserves access to a place to call home.
With your support and enough political will, we can end both homelessness and the housing crisis. change.org/votehome_petition
VOTE Home Forum - Tuesday 7 June 2016 (9 am - 3 pm) Shelter NSW - more info
MEDIA RELEASE: Smart Cities opens the door for easing Sydney's housing crisis (29 April 2016)
The state's largest not-for-profit housing industry body has welcomed plans by the Federal
Government to provide better links between transport, jobs and affordable housing in its
Smart Cities plan to be released today. Read more...
Housing Matters: April Edition (28 April 2016)
The April edition is available here.
MEDIA RELEASE (21 April 2016)
Seriously Sydney, is a $1 million benchmark really good news?
News that Sydney's median house price has dropped just below $1 million when less than
one in five rental properties are affordable for working families earning the minimum wage
highlights the growing gap between home haves and have-nots in the Harbour city. Read more...
Anglicare reports shows hidden housing crisis beyond Sydney (21 April 2016)
Anglicare's Rental Affordability Snapshot reveals the shocking extent of the housing
affordability crisis in the Illawarra, the state's peak community housing body said today.
NSW Federation of Housing Associations CEO Wendy Hayhurst, said findings released by
Anglicare today show all levels of government to act urgently to address the Illawarra's
worsening housing crisis for people struggling on income support and the minimum wage. Read more...
NDIS Housing: the Missing Piece: Workshop 2 May 2016 Sydney (8 April 2016)
People with a disability will have housing vouchers they can spend on new and existing housing from 1 July 2016. Between 500-900 properties are expected to be built every year for the next 8 years.
This workshop will detail how this new funding stream will operate. We will identify the housing development opportunities, likely demand issues and cash flow risks. Industry experts will present on how to best incorporate innovative and accessible design in new housing.
To register please click here.
VIDEO: 'Destruction of the towers' on The Feed SBS 2 (31 March 2016)
This clip aired on Thursday March 10th, 2016 on SBS 2's program The Feed, discussing the impending destruction of six social housing towers in Waterloo and its impact on the Aboriginal community and tenants.
Housing Matters: March Edition (30 March 2016)
The March edition is available here.
New rail corridors must include affordable housing for key workers (11 March 2016)
Any new train lines to Liverpool and Badgerys Creek must include well designed affordable housing
along the new rail corridors to help low and middle income workers live and work in Western Sydney
and ease Sydney's traffic congestion, the state's peak community housing body, said today. Read more...
Sydney Olympic Park and Bridge Housing build Affordable Homes for Athletes and Wider Community (9 March 2016)
The Sydney Olympic Park Authority (SOPA) has embarked on an innovative partnership with
community housing company Bridge Housing to ensure athletes, park workers and others in the
local community can afford to live close to work in western Sydney.
Read the media release here.
MEDIA RELEASE (7 March 2016)
Results from of the latest City of Sydney Street Count showing record numbers of people living on the
streets in inner Sydney highlights yet again the urgent need to address housing affordability in NSW.
NSW Federation of Housing Associations CEO Wendy Hayhurst said the report from the City of Sydney
Street Count released today show there were 486 rough sleepers in the City of Sydney LGA on
February 23 – the highest figure in since the count began in 2010. Read more
Housing Matters: February Edition (26 February 2016)
The February edition is here.
2016 Affordable Housing Conference – Save the Date! (25 February 2016)
The NSW Federation of Housing Associations and Homelessness NSW are jointly hosting the conference, with support from the University of Sydney (Urbanism Program).
The conference will be held at a prime CBD venue on Thursday 28th and Friday 29th of July 2016.
The theme is: "What would it take to create 100,000 new affordable housing dwellings in NSW?"
Click here for more details
House Keys Operations Aggregate Report (2 February 2016)
The Federation has released the first aggregate report from House Keys: Operations. The report provides information about the levels of tenant satisfaction, housing management and financial performance amongst the 37 CHPs that have participated in the industry’s own benchmarking system, House Keys. Click here to view the report. House Keys aggregate reports will be released annually and expanded over time.
MEDIA RELEASE (30 January 2016)
Housing fund good news but will meet just a fraction of demand
The Premier's commitment to establishing a $1.1billion investment fund that will help build at
least 3000 affordable homes over the next few years is the first serious initiative to address
housing affordability in NSW since the Commonwealth's 2008 National Rental Affordability
Scheme, the state's peak not-for-profit housing body said today. Read more...
Housing Matters: January Edition
The January edition is available here
MEDIA RELEASE (25 January 2016)
Not- for-profit community sector to help transform social housing
The state's peak community housing body today welcomed NSW Government plans to
engage the non-government sector in delivering up to 23,000 new and replacement social
housing dwellings to address the chronic shortage of social and affordable housing in NSW. Read more...
Tenant Training, 15th March 2016 (18 January 2016)
Following interest from our Members, The Federation has organised a half day workshop to increase and improve the capacity of tenants to participate in their CHP. More info
Community Housing in NSW: Update on the state of the sector in 2015 (12 January 2016)
The NSW Federation of Housing Associations is pleased to launch the community housing sector's key performance data for 2015. The data highlights the strength and capacity of the community housing industry. We can demonstrate to government and private sectors that the community housing sector is a strong, reliable and a sound investment for the future.
The Federation has prepared the data in an easy to read and shareable format available here.
Industry Capability Statements Launched
The Federation is proud to release two new industry capability statements and three case studies, which demonstrate the purpose and capability of NSW community housing providers. These resources were developed under the Industry Development Strategy, a joint project of the Department of Family and Community Services and the Federation, through a collaborative between the Federation's members and staff, staff of the Department and staff of the office of the Registrar of Community Housing.
Further materials from the project are available to members.
See previously posted items: "What's New" - archived