ACHIA Newsletter May 2019

2019 Aboriginal Housing Caucus 

The second annual Aboriginal Caucus ‘Strengthening the Aboriginal housing sector’ took place in April. The all day event was hosted by ACHIA and CHIA NSW in Sydney and was a resounding success. There was a great turn out of over 80 people from across the state with newly elected ACHIA chair Charlie Trindall welcoming all.

To start the day off two breakfast events took place Brothers in Housing’ and a ‘Women in Leadership Breakfast’ to discuss men’s and women’s business in housing. Thank you to Metro LALC for hosting the Brothers event and to guest speakers from Uraah Innovations & Cultural Services.

The sector then came together to hear from Jody Broun, Chief Executive of the NSW Aboriginal Housing Office (AHO), about the ‘Listen and Yarn’ initiative that was workshopped around the state of NSW.  Attendees present talked about the ideas that came out of those workshops, and the strategic initiatives that the AHO will be moving forward to support the sector.

Following on from Jody, Caucus delegates had a full day of informative presentations and learnings from around Australia and California on Indigenous Housing initiatives.

Suzi Hullick, National Manager of Indigenous Business, Westpac

As Westpac’s National Head of Indigenous Business, Suzi Hullick is leading the national approach to working with Indigenous business customers.

Suzi also holds the position of State General Manager, Commercial Banking SA/NT at Westpac and possesses extensive experience in both Commercial and Retail Banking, having held numerous leadership positions which have enabled her to work extensively with Indigenous communities throughout Australia.

Suzi talked about property development and home ownership in the Indigenous housing sector.

Dr Rob Weiner, Chief Executive of the California Coalition for Rural Housing

Since 1981, Dr Robert Wiener has been the Executive Director of the California Coalition for Rural Housing (CCRH), one of the oldest state low-income housing coalitions in the U.S.

Under his leadership, CCRH has played a major role in federal and state housing policy and program efforts that have gained billions of dollars in financing, as well as land use supports, for production of affordable homes for rent and purchase by low-income and rural families.

Rob talked about their Tribal Housing Capacity Development Project designed to support the American First Nations housing sector to plan and implement housing projects.

Chad Ritchie, ACHIA Future Directions 

Chad and the new ACHIA Committee consulted members on the direction and priorities for the sector peak.

To close out the day, the AHO talked about some of their existing initiatives – the ‘Strong Family, Strong Communities’ approach and guiding principles including necessary sector investment, and the ‘Sector Collaboration’ initiative which puts culture at the centre.

ACHIA would like to thank AHO for their sponsorship, staff and commitment. The ACHIA committee would also like to thank everyone who attended the 2019 Aboriginal Housing Caucus and hopes to see everyone next year.

Updates to NSW Government arrangements

Final NSW Government Administrative Arrangements – Update to the Administration of Acts, Ministerial and Departmental Responsibilities.  There have been a few further changes subsequent to our initial advice to you about the NSW Government Administrative Arrangements. These changes can be found in the Amendment Order dated 1 May 2019 and found here.

Allocation of Acts

Act Ministerial responsibility
Aboriginal Housing Act 1998 No 47 Minister For Families, Communities And Disability Services jointly with the Minister for Water, Property and Housing
Community Housing Providers (Adoption of National Law) Act 2012 No 59 Minister For Families, Communities And Disability Services jointly with the Minister for Water, Property and Housing
Housing Act 2001 No 52, Minister For Families, Communities And Disability Services jointly (except section 6*) with the Minister for Water, Property and Housing (section 6)
Residential Tenancies Act 2010 No 42, Part 7, Minister For Families, Communities And Disability Services jointly with the Minister for Water, Property and Housing and the Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation

*Section 6 refers to Advances for houses, other buildings and land

Administrative arrangements

The cluster that includes LAHC and the AHO is now called Planning and Industry and the lead Minister is the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces – this is Robert Stokes.

The new department that contains what is left of FACS is now called the Department of Family and Community Services and Justice and the Minister for that part of the cluster, Gareth Ward, is the Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services

Other changes confirmed are that:

  • In any document, a reference to the Minister for Social Housing is to be construed as a reference to the Minister for Water, Property and Housing
  • The previous orders indicated that any reference to the Minister for Social Housing was to be construed as a reference to the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces.

More detail about the departmental changes 

The following parts of the Department of Family and Community Services are transferred to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment:
(a) those persons who are principally involved in providing support to the New South Wales Land and Housing Corporation,
(b) those persons who are principally involved in providing support to the Aboriginal Housing Office (including the Board of the Aboriginal Housing Office),
(c) those persons who are principally involved in asset management

Capacity Building for Aboriginal Community Housing Providers

Please help us by completing this important survey.  It will take no more than five minutes.  The survey asks you if you have any further training or support needs to help you get ready for the National Regulatory System for Community Housing or the NSW Local Scheme (NRSCH / NSW LS)

The survey also asks about the capacity building program run by CHIA NSW in 2018 and 2019.

Your views are essential to the development of the sector and we would be very grateful if you could take a little time to provide your feedback.

If you have any questions about this survey, please contact Paula Coghill at
paulac@communityhousing.org.au

Click here for the survey

AHO IT Grants Round 2

The AHO’s grants program is now open and you can submit applications via CHIA NSW’s website.

Applications can be accepted until 5 p.m. on 5 July. 

Grants will range from $15,000 to up to $70,000 depending on how many homes you manage.

The IT Grants Program is aimed at Aboriginal Community Housing Providers (ACHPs) that are registered or intend to become registered under the National Regulatory System for Community Housing (NRSCH) or the NSW Local Scheme (NSWLS).

The IT grants will allow your organisation to invest in technologies that improve performance and reporting, increase access to IT training to make the best use of new technologies, and become as efficient as possible in the areas of tenancy and asset management.

The objectives of the grants program are to:

•    Provide funding to access the latest technologies to increase productivity and competitiveness
•    Access to IT training to help you use new technologies more effectively
•    Funding to create business efficiency through the introduction of technology in the areas of tenancy management and asset management.

For more information or to apply: contact CHIA NSW on 9690 2447 or click on the link above. 

 

ACHIA Coordinator
T 02 9690 2447 M 0438 038 269
E chadr@communityhousing.org.au