The NSW Federation of Housing Associations is the peak industry body for housing associations in NSW. Housing associations are not-for-profit managers and developers of low cost housing.
The Federation was founded in 1993 to represent the interests of housing associations and to provide support and resources for their further development. A history of the creation of the Federation and its early development, Leaps and Bounds: A history, was written in 1999.
The Federation has grown to be a representative voice for housing associations, a provider of a wide range of good practice advice and resources, a facilitator of the ongoing development of the sector, and the leading provider of social housing training in Australia. We are a Registered Training Organisation and deliver training through our Centre for Training in Social Housing. The principles of access and equity inform all planning and service provision by NSWFHA.
The Federation is governed by a board nominated and elected by its full members. While the 37 full members (mainly housing associations) in NSW are its core, 51 affiliate members who provide supported housing or housing related services in NSW and15 associate members who either have an interest in housing or are housing associations in other states. The Federation is incorporated as an association.
The Federation’s work is guided by its 5 year strategic goals. Because of the Federation’s representative role, many of these goals are the sector’s goals for its future. We are also guided in our work by a number of core positioning statements that reflect our commitment to Aboriginal people, our values and ethics, our customers right to privacy and our approach to risk.
The Federation is also part of the wider national housing sector and the community sector in NSW, through its membership of other representative and advocacy bodies – the Community Housing Federation of Australia, Shelter NSW, and the Council of Social Service of NSW.
How does the Federation work?