Revitalising the National Community Housing Standards

CHIA Vic, in partnership with CHIA and CHIA NSW, is working with the sector to revisit and revitalize the National Community Housing Standards.

The project aims to make the standards into tools community housing organisations can use to improve their performance and demonstrate specific business competences or specialisations not covered by the regulatory regime.

The project kicked off with a survey of community housing organisations to assess interest in revitalising the standards, the results of which are summarised in this recent newsletter.

Email for details.

NHFIC Professional Advisory Services grants

CHIA is helping the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (NHFIC) deliver lower cost and longer term finance to community housing organisations by coordinating a grant program that funds professional advisory services.

The NHFIC wants to encourage loan applications from registered Community Housing Organisations, including Housing Providers who partner with a Housing Association to take a loan. Grants will be available to fund consultants to help with loan applications, with consultants invited to join a Panel through an Expression of Interest (EOI) process.

CHIA is hosting a NHFIC Professional Advisory Services briefing session on 8 May 8 from 1.30pm to 4pm at CHIA Victoria offices, 1/128 Exhibition St, Melbourne VIC 3000.

This will inform both housing organisations and consultants on the program, and seek input into final program design.

The event will include:

  • information from the State Government on how NHFIC funding aligns with growing the community housing sector
  • a briefing on NHFIC loan applications
  • overview of the Professional Advisory Services grants
  • refreshment break, with networking opportunities
  • community housing workshop: discussing grant eligibility
  • consultant workshop: explaining the Panel membership EOI.

Places are limited, bookings and queries to John Scott or download the flyer for additional information.

CHIA advertising for new CEO

The Community Housing Industry Association (CHIA) is Australia’s peak body for Community Housing providers. Community Housing is on a steady growth path and aims to become the housing provider of choice for low and moderate-income households across Australia within the next decade.

As they embark on this leadership change, the successful candidate will continue to build the impact, effectiveness and reputation of CHIA as the national voice of Community Housing, building on the solid foundations you will be instrumental in the growth and future direction of the organisation, along with the strategic delivery of the long-term business plan.

You will be an effective and credible communicator, representing CHIA and its members at the national level, engaging persuasively with Members of Parliament and government officials. Building strong and effective relationships with other industry bodies, community housing peaks and stakeholders will be an important dimension of your role.

Your financial and business acumen will enable you to identify and capitalise on opportunities to generate additional income streams and to develop products and services that enable members to deliver more and better housing services.

Working with a supportive and committed Board you will assume overall responsibility and exhibit excellent skills in the planning, leadership, management and performance of the organisation and its people along with ensuring sound governance and financial management.

You bring excellent oral and written presentation skills to this role, along with previous experience negotiating, influencing and consulting with a range of stakeholders and have a record of successful engagement with government departments and elected officials, understanding the advocacy and promotional roles of industry peak bodies.

The ideal candidate will have a strong commitment to social justice and reform, with the ability to frame and articulate a clear vision for the community housing sector.

You will think ahead, anticipate and respond flexibly to change and have a strong strategic sense and excellent judgement with the passion and resilience to continue the visionary leadership style of the organisation to achieve strategic goals in accordance with the vision, mission and values.

You will have previous experience of working directly to a Board of Directors and a high-level understanding of corporate governance. Formal qualifications or extensive experience in business management, public policy or public administration would be highly regarded.

This role is currently based in their national office in Melbourne; however, the Board would consider relocating to Sydney or Canberra for the right applicant. A competitive base salary and benefits package will be offered to the successful candidate in line with their skills and experience.

You must meet the above criteria and have Australian Citizenship or Permanent Residency Status to be considered for this position.

For a confidential discussion please call Mark Williams on (08) 8238 3468 or email your resume to mark@globalskilledsolutions.com

Closing date for applications is Monday 12th November 2018

 

 

 

 

CHIA NSW conference a hit

Congratulations to the newly re-named CHIA NSW for an excellent two-day affordable housing conference in Sydney last week. With a host of international speakers and diverse presentations it was a great opportunity to hear what others in the community housing sector are doing.

One of the stand out sessions was the presentation by David Orr, from the National Housing Federation, UK, on how the housing industry in the UK united behind a successful campaign to put solving the housing crisis on the political agenda in 2015.

The importance of communicating the story of community housing and its value to media, politicians, and potential collaborators in the broader housing industry was a theme that carried throughout the conference. This could involve making friends with your local media outlet, inviting local politicians to any openings you have, or building connections with the development industry to create innovative partnerships.

The conference challenged our sector to think about how we can work with what is within our control. My Foundations Youth Housing CEO Rebecca Mullins spoke about their work with Sydney developer TOGA to create a pop-up youth homelessness residence for homeless students while the site was going through the planning process for redevelopment. Haven; Home, Safe CEO Ken Marchingo spoke about the impact their concierge program has in reducing anxiety and improving the experience of people coming into their offices. Hume Community Housing CEO Nicola Lemon spoke about their organisations efforts to improve the recruitment and retention of gen Y staff, which included highlighting the benefits available, the company culture, and the bright future of their organisation, and the creation and adoption of company values.

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