Changing Futures Campaign

A festive message from Women’s Property Initiative:

This festive season, give to help women and children with no place to call home…In the midst of our housing crisis, two out of every three people seeking help for homelessness are women. We know there are many more who are the hidden homeless, living in highly unstable or grossly inadequate housing. For many of them, a safe and secure home to spend the holidays in would be a dream come true, but it’s sadly out of reach.

We currently provide permanent, secure and affordable homes for more than 220 women and children. They tell us every day about the difference these homes have made in their lives. These women have faced significant challenges, many of which they have been able to overcome with a stable home as a base.

Kelli is one of them. She has experienced addiction and family violence. But with a strong support network and a secure home that she can depend on, Kelli is now independent and confidently parenting her beautiful son, Kai. 

We want to provide homes for lots more women like Kelli, and children like Kai. Please consider a tax-deductible donation to help us change the future for these women.

Donate now.

GM position at HousingFirst

HousingFirst has recently entered an exciting new phase with the expansion of its property portfolio, currently managing over 1200 properties with a pipeline of 500 additional properties and strategic plans for future growth to ensure they are an integral part of the social housing system now and in the future in Melbourne.

To support this continued growth, they have an exciting, permanent opportunity for an experienced General Manager, Housing Services to join their leadership team and be a pivotal part of this continued success story.

Reporting to the CEO you will be responsible for ensuring a high standard of performance and professional practice in service delivery through appropriate policy and program development, ensuring that Housing Services are effectively and efficiently carried out to meet the needs of staff, tenants and applicants in an inclusive and respectful manner.

Click here for details.

Centacare GM role

Centacare Ballarat is seeking a General Manager, Corporate Services.

Your role will be to effectively manage the assets of Centacare, financial, corporate and associated services and provide strategic advice as required within the framework of Centacare’s mission and vision. Providing leadership and direction across a range of portfolios including, Finance/Payroll, ITC, Marketing & Communications, Facilities & Fleet, Reception & Administration and OHS. In addition to this developing and maintaining relationships with key stake holders and strategic partners will be a key component of this role.

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Judy Line retires from CHIA Vic Board

 Long-time board member Judy Line stepped down at the November board meeting to give others the unique opportunity to serve on the board of the Victorian peak body for community housing.

Judy first joined the board in 2007 and has seen the peak evolve over that time, including the name change from the Community Housing Federation of Victoria (CHFV) to CHIA Vic.

‘I joined initially because I thought it was important to be on the board of the peak, whose purpose was to bring the different agencies together and get them to work on the same page and come up with a collective view on how we go forward,’ Judy says.

‘The highlight of my time would have been when the Nation Building funding came through. That was huge for the sector in general and for the peak, which did very well to work in that environment when it was so under resourced.

‘In the last few years the peak has done a great job of adapting and beginning to generate its own income though running courses and conferences and the brand change to CHIA Vic and closer liaison with the national CHIA has been a really great step in the right direction.

‘I’m retiring from the board now because I felt it was time to give others a chance to come in with new ideas and have the opportunity to get that experience of being on a peak board.

‘I would like to pay tribute to long standing EO’s including Brett Wake, Brian Pound and our current EO Lesley Dredge who have been all been fabulous, and the staff who have all done a great job because they do work on the smell of an oily rag.’

CHIA Vic CEO Lesley Dredge thanked Judy for her service. ‘Judy has made a valuable contribution to the Board over the past 11 years,’ Lesley says.

 ‘Her knowledge and passion in relation to women’s housing, and most particularly housing for those escaping family violence, has been a real asset and she will be missed.’





Job: Application Systems Administrator

CHL is seeking an Applications Systems Administrator for a newly created role.

Be responsible for the configuration & reliable operation of CHL’s Greentree Software, providing optimal system outputs and user satisfaction.

About the Role:
Community Housing Limited (CHL) Group of Companies is an innovative and best practice affordable housing organisation which assists access to, develops and manages sustainable housing for people in need. We are looking for a committed capable individual to effectively ensure successful operation of Greentree ERP delivery, including quality support and maintenance system for all CHL users across the country.

Your main tasks will include:
• Assist with implementation of Greentree
• Record and solve application support issues
• Assist in building and maintaining a knowledge base for use across the business
• Identify and highlight service improvements
• Customise Greentree with new business processes rules, and metadata requirements
• Perform daily system monitoring

To be successful, you will have:
• 3 years’ experience in system administration role or
• Extensive experience as a senior user
• Excellent documentation skills
• Current driver’s license
• A commitment to the right of every person to good quality housing

In reward for your hard work you will be offered:
Salary packaging; a structured induction process and an opportunity to join a friendly and supportive team environment; training and development, both professional and cultural; performance and development reviews; access to an employee assistance program; time in lieu; and, participation in a corporate health and wellbeing program.

Our employees are proud to be a part of Community Housing Limited and its vision.

CHL is an equal opportunity employer working closely with people from a diverse range of backgrounds.

CHL encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to apply for these roles. We acknowledge the traditional Aboriginal owners of country throughout Australia and pay our respect to them, their culture and their Elders past, present and emerging.

CHL actively promotes safe working with children, a satisfactory police check is required for all staff and those with client related responsibilities are required to provide a working with children check.

Applications close: 5pm Sunday 18th November 2018 (EST)

Click here for details and to apply. 


Job: CEHL seeking Team Leader

Reporting to the Manager, Program Development & Projects, this exciting new role at Common Equity Housing Ltd will lead a small team responsible for developing and delivering policy advice, projects and program management.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Utilise your experience within member-led or community programs
  • Draw on your excellent communication skills to build effective relationships with a diverse range of individuals and groups
  • Translate legislative changes, policy and program updates to co-ops and tenants ensuring their understanding
  • Oversee the consistent delivery of program management functions and provide high quality and practical policy advice and recommendations on complex issues
  • Demonstrate sound project management skills
  • Participate as a strong team player, who can work collaboratively to achieve organisational outcomes

Experience within the housing sector is advantageous but not essential

Click here to download details.

Applications close Monday 3rd December 2018.

Wintringham to build $10m development in Shep

Wintringham will build a $10 million development in Shepparton, consisting of 28 – 30 new independent living units, after securing grants from the State Government ($5.5m), a major philanthropic foundation ($2.5m) and The Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation ($2m).

Wintringham CEO Bryan Lipmann AM thanked all the donors for their contribution to the project: ‘This is a powerful example of how government and community funds can be used in partnership to deliver much needed services.’

With Wintringham’s model of taking on zero debt to ensure it is able to focus 100 per cent on housing the most disadvantaged, coupled with a lack of investment in social housing over the past 30 years, Bryan says his organisation is forced to rely heavily on the goodwill of philanthropists and Commonwealth and State Government to assist homeless older people.

‘We have 2,050 people on our waiting list, all of whom are over 50 and need our support,’ Bryan says.

‘For example, we have someone in hospital recuperating from an operation and they have nowhere to go when they are discharged.

‘Imagine trying to recover when you know you will have no safe place to go once you leave hospital.’

The Shepparton units are due for completion in 2021.


NRSCH Review

Planning is currently underway for a five-year review of the National Regulatory System for Community Housing (NRSCH), which was established in 2012 by the Commonwealth, States and territories through an Inter-governmental Agreement.
Whilst the terms of reference for the review have not yet been released, it will focus on the NRSCH’s objectives, and it will provide a good opportunity to assess the barriers that have prevented WA and Victoria from joining.

A discussion paper, posing the important questions to be addressed by the review, is due to be released in the coming weeks. Roundtables, to be held around the country in the first quarter of 2019, will inform an options paper to be produced by May 2019. A final report is likely to be completed by the end of 2019.

Victorian CHOs need to understand how the NRSCH differs from the Victorian Regulatory System so they can participate in the review in a meaningful way and have an opportunity to consider what aspects of the Victorian scheme they would want to preserve or change.

CHIA Vic is looking to work with the Victorian Office of the Registrar and the Department of Health and Human Services to run a forum in early February to begin this discussion. Watch this space for the discussion paper and more information about the forum.

Accounting for change

With new accounting standards set to become effective for accounting periods from January 1, 2019, Wintringham’s Head of Finance, Elizabeth Davis, outlines the implications for the community housing organisations.

Finance teams have three new accounting standards to consider after the Australian Accounting Standards Board (AASB) introduced three new accounting standards that may impact community housing organisations.

The new revenue standard, AASB 15 Revenue from Contracts with Customers, was introduced with the objective of creating a robust framework for revenue recognition and to provide additional information to users of financial reports.

The core principle of AASB 15 is to recognise revenue to depict the transfer of goods or services in an amount that reflects the consideration expected to be received in exchange for those goods or services.

The standard outlines the steps that are required to apply this principle:

  1. identify the contract with the customer
  2. identify the separate performance obligations
  3. determine the transaction price
  4. allocate the transaction price
  5. recognise revenue when a performance obligation is satisfied.

It is recommended that each step be followed to ensure revenue is recognised in accordance with the standard. The key elements of the standard that should be considered are:

  • AASB 15 defines a contract as an agreement between parties that creates enforceable rights and obligations. As such, a contract with a customer does not exist where there is an unenforceable arrangement. It should be noted that a customer may stipulate that the goods or services are provided to a third party beneficiary on its behalf.
  • When considering the performance obligations of a contract, if the terms are not ‘sufficiently specific’ then it is not able to be determined that the performance obligation is satisfied. The standard states that the performance obligation is met when control passes to the customer, which differs from the previous standard where revenue was recognised when the transfer of economic benefits occurred, or the risks and rewards of ownership have been transferred.

Additional guidance in regard to the above key elements is provided in AASB 2016-8 Amendments to Australian Accounting Standards – Australian Implementation Guidance for Not-for-Profit Entities.

AASB 15 specifically deals with revenue when a contract with a customer exists, if this is not the case then AASB 1058 Income for Not-for-Profit Entities may apply. AASB 1058 applies to transactions where the consideration to acquire an asset is significantly less than fair value and the asset is principally to enable a not-for-profit (NFP) entity to further its objectives.

The core principle of AASB 1058 is to recognise the asset acquired at fair value with the standard referring to the requirements of other accounting standards when it comes to recognising the corresponding credit, including:

  • AASB 9 Financial instruments (eg. cash received)
  • AASB 16 Leases
  • AASB 116 Property, Plant and Equipment
  • AASB 138 Intangible Assets.

It is expected that the application of AASB 1058 will result in a more aligned matching of revenue and expenses within the financial year. The standard also requires the recognition of related amounts when the initial asset is recognised and the standard specifies the relevant accounting standards to be followed including:

  • contributions by owners (AASB 1004)
  • revenue or a contract liability arising from a contract with a customer (AASB 15)
  • a lease liability (AASB 16)
  • a financial instrument (AASB 9)
  • a provision (AASB 137)

In addition to these requirements, the standard covers the receipt of volunteer services, however, it is not a mandatory requirement for NFPs to recognise the fair value of volunteer services under the standard.

The new leasing standard, AASB 16 Leases, brings operating leases onto the balance sheet. The profit and loss statements will no longer have a rental expense associated with the lease but will have an interest expense and depreciation. Whilst the impact to the bottom line over the term of the lease remains the same, the timing of the expenses differs. Higher interest costs in the early stages of the lease will result in higher expenses in the profit and loss for those periods. The effect on the balance sheet includes recognising a right of use asset and a lease liability at the beginning of the lease with the asset being depreciated over the life of the lease.

As noted above, AASB 1058 requires assets acquired at less than fair value to be recognised on the balance sheet and with the requirements of AASB 16, the result is that peppercorn leases and other below market value leases need to be accounted as leases under the new standards.

Organisations will need to assign a fair value to the lease and recognise a right of use asset and corresponding lease liability. The difference between the asset and liability should be recognised as income which, for some organisations, may lead to significant levels of income shown in the profit and loss statement.

The standard allows for a retrospective approach with income being credited to opening retained earnings rather than amending comparatives by adjusting prior year income. AASB 1058 provides an example of the application of the retrospective approach in their Illustrative examples. A challenge many organisations will face is assigning a fair value to the right of use asset, as peppercorn leases can be difficult to value.

There are some exceptions that are not required to be accounted for under the new lease standard, including short-term leases (leases with a term of less than 12 months) and low value leases. Whilst the standard does not quantify a threshold for low value leases, the International Accounting Standards Board explains in its Basis for Conclusions that leases with an underlying new asset of $US5,000 or less would qualify as a low value lease.

This paper is written as a guidance only. These changes are potentially significant and organisations should seek advice and refer to the accounting standards for application of the new requirements to their organisation’s particular circumstances.

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

Closing date for applications is Monday 12th November 2018