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December 2016


1. CEO Talking points

2. Moving Towards an Independent Peak Aboriginal Housing body in NSW

3. Link Housing update

4. Media Release: Women's Housing Ltd, VIC

5. Chintaro Usergroups and Chintaro Showcase

6. Position vacant


CEO Talking Points

Last December the Federation selected our top 2016 affordable housing resolutions. As we approach the year’s end it is worth reflecting how we fared.

  1. Number one was seeing housing accepted as key infrastructure in the same way as transport, schools and hospitals. The jury is probably out on this but certainly progress has been made with arguments being made, a major AHURI inquiry on the theme and some government agencies investigating the topic
  2. Number two was a  (whole of) NSW government comprehensive social and affordable housing strategy that included ambitious targets to address housing unaffordability and reduce homelessness;  a program of transfers from public housing to community housing industry which enables the sector to maximise the potential to leverage from these assets to increase new supply; 30 percent social and affordable housing requirement on all new or up-zoned development sites; and government land to be made available for affordable and social housing development at below market rates or via a trust model. We might still be waiting for the strategy but there have been a steady stream of Government initiatives including social housing management transfers, Communities Plus, the site targets in the GSC District Plans; UGNSW  Parramatta Road and Central Eveleigh urban transformation strategies; a homelessness discussion paper and the Department of planning review of the SEPPs. We can argue about the design and campaign for more but the debate has really started. And the private sector is joining in with the Urban Task Force putting forward its own plan to increase affordable housing supply
  3. That community housing providers are recognised as the experts in the development and management of social and affordable housing and are asked to co-design solutions to the affordability crisis. We’d say the sector’s profile has risen and community housing providers have started, progressed and completed a steady stream of new developments during the year. We’ve also been pro-active about initiating a project with SGS Economics to look at effective ways to commission social and affordable housing. 
  4. That this coming year sees sufficient confidence in the affordable housing deals to be done that institutional investors get on board. Not quite yet perhaps although the Council on Financial Federation Relations endorsement of the Affordable Housing Working Group’s report is a positive. We look forward to seeing the progress to establishing a bond aggregator model during 2017.

What we didn’t talk about was the Aboriginal Housing sector coming together with the support of the Aboriginal Housing Office to launch a process to establish their own representative body. The Federation is very privileged to facilitate the process and we look forward to working with and learning from the sector in 2017. The event on 9 December to launch the initiative must be one of the most moving and motivating events many of us have attended in our (often very lengthy) careers in housing. So this edition of Housing Matters has to be a celebration of that event.

So from the Federation, enjoy the holidays and let’s work towards securing more affordable housing on the ground in 2017

Wendy Hayhurst, 21st December

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Moving Towards an Independent Peak Aboriginal Housing body in NSW

The 9th December was a very significant event for the community housing sector – both Aboriginal and mainstream and the Federation – as it marked the start of a process that will lead to an independent Aboriginal run Peak body for the Aboriginal Community Housing Sector. 

Over 80 people attended from the two sectors. The event was launched by Minister for Family & Community Services and Minister for Social Housing the Hon. Brad Hazzard. Also in attendance were Senator Lee Rhiannon of the Greens, John Graham MLC representing Shadow Minister for Housing Tania Mihailuk, as well as representatives from out of state. Special mention must be made of Tom Slockee from SEARMS who has been a tenacious and tireless advocate for the sector.

It was an emotional and inspiring day, with Nathan Moran, CEO at the Metropolitan Land Council expertly ‘chairing’ the event and the Minister Brad Hazzard opening the proceedings with a moving speech that revealed how his own meetings with Aboriginal people had shaped his thinking.  The Minister also presided over the unveiling of the artwork to be used in the Aboriginal peak.  The artwork is entitled “Connection” by Lorraine Brown and Narelle Thomas, artists of the Coomaditchie United Aboriginal Corporation.

The Federation’s chair person, John McKenna, CEO at North Coast Community Housing, spoke next, echoing much of what the Minister had said and acknowledging that the mainstream housing sector has much to learn from Aboriginal organisations.

AHO CEO Shane Hamilton emphasised the importance of equal access and choice in housing for Aboriginal people across all different housing options as well as the need for housing provided for Aboriginal people by Aboriginal organisations.

Associate Professor Vivienne Milligan presented extracts from an AHURI study on a wider national assessment of the capacity of the affordable housing industry.  The picture was that outside NSW there has been a significant decline in the number and capacity of Indigenous Community Housing Organisations. 

Ivan Simon, a Federation director brought the formal proceedings to a close with reminiscences from a long history working in and for the sector.

Following the launch event ACHPs present made some key decisions, the most important of which was that the process of developing the peak should be accelerated and ACHPs agreed to establish a reference group immediately to oversee the initial work required.

Presentation by Vivienne Milligan at Towards a united voice for the Aboriginal Housing Sector Ministerial Launch, December 9, 2016: Indigenous Housing System Capacity

Photos: Linda Warlond // Clique Photography Sydney 

Created with flickr slideshow.

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Link Housing update

Link Housing is entering an exciting period of growth. We have had various new starters join our team.

Joining as Link Housing’s Business and Development Director, we welcome Paul Hunt. Paul is a certified practising Project Director with the Australian Institute of Project Management and has twenty-six years of extensive experience in managing large complex projects. Paul has an excellent knowledge of Government and Community Housing and has significant contacts with builders and architects. We are thoroughly pleased to have Paul on board. He will be focusing on various key projects over the coming months.

Clive Bradshaw recently joined Link as the General Manager of Housing and Community. He has a great deal of experience in delivering housing services. He has worked for government as well as non-government organisations. There are two things he has made a priority in his role at Link Housing, these are to ensure that anyone who deals with Link Housing receives a high standard of service, and that those living in a property managed by Link Housing receive the support and assistance they require. In short, to ensure that Link Housing is more than just a landlord.

Finally, Link Housing is pleased to advise the appointment of Mark Woodward as our new Chief Financial Officer.  Mark comes to Link Housing with a wealth of technical and management experience at an executive level – with significant expertise in deal structuring, debt raising, modelling, taxation and negotiation – including most recently 6 years as an executive at KPMG, and  prior to this 20 years at senior levels within Westpac. We are confident that Mark’s appointment will contribute greatly not only to expanding Link Housing’s capacity, but equally so to the community housing sector as a whole.

White Ribbon Accredited Workplace
Link Housing has proudly become a White Ribbon Accredited Workplace. Andrew McAnulty, Link Housing, CEO, said, ‘we are proud to become a White Ribbon accredited workplace. Our team are passionate advocates for this important cause. We will continue to inspire as many people as we can to engage in conversations and activities to end violence against women.’
Link Housing’s White Ribbon committee led the accreditation process. Over the past year, the organisation has held violence awareness training, reviewed its policies including the addition of special leave for any staff who may experience domestic abuse and developed a staff online resource centre.

Libby Davies, White Ribbon, CEO, said ‘White Ribbon Australia and Link Housing are aligned in their vision of an Australia where women can live in safety free from violence and abuse. Link Housing has demonstrated a high level of commitment to addressing violence against women both inside and outside the workplace through supporting its own staff as well as their own service delivery to housing tenants. Their commitment to driving positive social change is inspiring.’

In addition, Link Housing held various fundraising events in support of White Ribbon, including a community treasure hunt and involvement in Willoughby Council’s Swim for a Cause event where Link Housing raised over one thousand dollars for White Ribbon and Delvena Women’s Refuge.

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New Women's Housing development for Hobsons Bay

MEDIA RELEASE - November 2016

A new community housing project designed by Melbourne-based architects ClarkeHopkinsClarke for Women’s Housing Ltd will deliver more affordable, long-term housing to women in need.

Located in Newport in close proximity to the suburb’s public transport, local shopping strip and parklands, the project will see the creation of 20 new one and two bedroom dwellings for women and children, many of whom are escaping family violence.

Women’s Housing Ltd has a reputation for excellent practice as a transitional and long-term housing manager, providing information and referral services to women experiencing family violence. Since 1997, the organisation has been listening to and validating women’s experiences, and acting as their voice in the housing sector.

The project is being funded by a $5.5 million grant from the Victorian Property Fund for Women’s Housing Limited to build the new homes.

The site of the project was formerly host to seven units that have been demolished to make way for the multi-residential building.

The design by ClarkeHopkinsClarke prioritises the safety of tenants, while ensuring the apartments have the look and feel of a traditional residential home.

Through the use of complementary forms and materials, the three-storey building is designed to read as two double-storey townhouses, with the third floor recessed and concealed in a roof-like form.

“The design responds to the emerging neighbourhood character without replicating the existing streetscape through pitching roof forms and a material palette that reflects the construction materials of neighbouring houses,” says architect Toby Lauchlan, partner at ClarkeHopkinsClarke.

The use of contrasting materials and finishes adds further texture and interest to the building’s facade.

Additional features include on-grade car parking, terraces for each residence, and a number of apartments that have been designed to support ageing in place.

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Chintaro Showcase

Chintaro announces User Groups and Showcases.Chintaro announces User Groups and Showcases.

Chintaro User Groups and Chintaro Showcases will be held around Australia and New Zealand between January and March next year:

Showcases are short, interactive demonstration and Q & A sessions for prospective customers want to learn more about how Chintaro can help their organisation in a networking breakfast setting.

User Groups are 1.5 hour networking and information-sharing lunch events where our customers see what improvements are being made to the system and Chintaro developers have the opportunity to learn about what new functionality and reports our Users would like to see added.

2017 Chintaro planned enhancements include:

  • Chintaro Hosted version (in addition to SQL)
  • Business Intelligence tools
  • Tenant portal

Chintaro Showcase Dates:

- Sydney 8 Feb
- Brisbane 15 Feb
- Christchurch 21 Feb
- Auckland 24 Feb
- Melbourne 2 Mar
- Canberra 8 Mar

Chintaro events are Free of Charge and registration/RSVP is required for catering purposes.  Invitation venues will follow in the New Year.

To register, or for information email jen@chintaro.com.au or phone 03 9005 6447

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Position Vacant:

Senior Manager - Housing & Supported Independent Living - NSW Regional role overseeing growth in supported accommodation services; ensuring service quality; Western Sydney based; generous remuneration package.








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