CHIA NSW regularly contributes submissions to various government or industry inquiries into housing and homelessness and related issues.
Review of the National Regulatory System for Community Housing (NRSCH)
The CHIA NSW submission to the National Regulatory Review highlights some key principles to be applied to any reform of the system, including that there should be an integrated and consistent national approach to regulation, that reform should look to reduce regulatory burden, and that the NRSCH should operate independently of the government agency that commissions or funds community housing providers. The submission can be found here.
FACS Consultation on the Draft Community Housing Leasing Program Guidelines – January 2019
The CHIA NSW submission on the Draft Community Housing Leasing Guidelines welcomes the decision by FACS to provide a guarantee for up to 50% of a provider’s funding allocation for a period of 10 years, and for the opportunity for providers to use surplus funds to purchase additional properties. The submission seeks more clarity about how indexation rates will be determined, and consideration of reduced or streamlined reporting requirements. The submission can be found here.
Proposed Amendment to the State Environmental Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009 – December 2018
CHIA NSW’s submission on the proposed amendment to the ARH SEPP which would place a cap on boarding house rooms in R2 zones highlights the impact this change could have on development viability for community housing providers. CHIA NSW recommends that a separate higher cap be established for registered community housing providers. The submission can be found here.
Proposed changes to the State Environmental Planning Policy No. 70 – Affordable Housing (Revised Schemes) – December 2018
The CHIA NSW submission supports the proposed changes to SEPP 70 to broaden it to include all councils, establish an income measure for households outside Sydney and clarify that affordable housing be available to any combination of very low, low and moderate income households. The submission can be found here.
Central Coast Affordable and Alternative Housing Strategy – December 2018
CHIA NSW recommendations in its submission to the Central Coast Affordable and Alternative Housing Strategy included that the Council ensures that affordable housing is managed by a registered community housing provider, advocates for comprehensive housing strategies at state and commonwealth level and sets clear targets for submarket rental housing. The submission can be found here.
Planning Our Future – LakeMac 2050 Strategy – November 2018
CHIA NSW recommendations in its submission on LakeMac 2050 Strategy include that the Council identify sites the own in precinct areas that can be used for affordable housing projects and engage with the community housing industry and CHIA NSW on the design of affordable housing for those sites. he submission can be found here.
Western Sydney Aerotropolis Land Use and Infrastructure Implementation Plan – October 2018
The submission on the Western Sydney Aerotropolis Land Use and Infrastructure Plan was prepared by CHIA NSW in partnership with community housing providers operating in the Western Sydney area. It highlighted the need for affordable rental housing to be considered in the planning and implementation strategies designed to deliver the new Western Sydney Airport. The submission can be found here.
SDA Review – May 2018
CHIA NSW collaborated with all other jurisdictional peaks in Australia to provide comment on the review of SDA being carried out by the NDIA. CHIA NSW members provided insight into their experiences in working in an emerging SDA market. The joint submission can be found here.
Operational Framework for the One Offer Policy: Comment on Draft for Consultation – April 2018
CHIA NSW identified a number of concerns raised by members in implementing a One offer Policy without much greater consideration of its impacts. The submission can be found here.
Proposed changes to the State Environmental Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009 – Boarding Houses – April 2018
CHIA NSW provided advice to the NSW Government on its proposal to increase the amount of parking required for new generation boarding house developments, arguing that community housing providers should be exempt from this requirement based on feedback about parking use and development costs. The submission is here.
2019 National Construction Code – April 2018
The National Construction Code (NCC) is a uniform set of technical provisions for the design, construction and performance of buildings throughout Australia. This submission supports improving building energy efficiency which will deliver both cost savings and improved comfort to building occupants. The submission can be found here.
Closing the Gap Refresh – April 2018
In this submission ACHIA (the Aboriginal Community Housing Industry Association) and CHIA NSW make the case for the recognition of safe secure and adequate housing as essential and call for housing and homelessness targets to be included in a new Aboriginal housing strategy. the submission can be found here.
Asset Management Framework – March 2018
This submission was a response to FACS’s draft Asset Management Framework (AMF). The AMF is for Land and Housing Corporation properties managed by community housing providers in NSW and forms part of the contracting arrangements between FACS and providers. The submission can be found here.
Protection for Residents of Long Term Supported Group Accommodation in NSW – March 2018
CHIA NSW responded to a FACS consultation to establish the best tenancy or occupancy arrangements for residents of long term supported group accommodation arguing that residents should be afforded as a minimum the same rights as other people renting their homes. The submission can be found here.
Inquiry into Public Housing Maintenance – March 2018
This submission is in response to the Legislative Assembly Public Accounts Committee Inquiry into the Management of Public Housing Maintenance that followed the Auditor generals performance Audit – Making the Best Use of Public Housing which found that public housing is ageing and increasingly not fit for purpose. The submission can be found here.
Greater Sydney Region Plan – December 2017
CHIA NSW provided comment on the draft Greater Sydney Region Plan developed by the greater Sydney Commission, highlighting the importance of setting affordable rental targets for Greater Sydney based on a rigorous housing needs assessment. The submission can be found here.
Shoalhaven Affordable Housing Strategy – October 2017
CHIA NSW provided comment on the Shoalhaven Affordable Housing Strategy which clearly identified rental housing stress as critical within the local community. The submission can be found here.
Review of rent models for social and affordable housing: Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal Draft Report – May 2017
CHIA NSW commented on the findings of the draft IPART report into rent models for social and affordable housing, supporting the reports key findings and endorsing IPART’s decision to focus on tenant affordability and provider viability as the two most important criteria for rent setting. The submission can be found here.