Images of jobs and the economy are overwhelmed by pictures of hard hats, half built bridges and tunnels, and even freshly built submarines and naval vessels. Our imaginations are full of jobs “for the boys”. Yet the fastest growing part of the economy is the care economy that is dominated by women: jobs in health care and social assistance are now the largest industry segment, by a long way. And they are tipped to grow just as rapidly in the years ahead. These jobs don’t just include work in hospitals and health care centres. They also involve work in disability, aged care, child care, family services, mental health services, and so on. Critically, they also involve the social housing sector.
This training session on the care economy is vital for managers and directors, and aspiring leaders, who will discover how to think strategically about their organisation…including recruitment and retention.
The session will be led by David Hayward, Emeritus Professor of Public Policy and the Social Economy at RMIT University.
Wed 1 April 2020
9.30 AM – 11 AM
CHIA Vic, 1/128 Exhibition Street, Melbourne
In a training first for CHIA Vic, we have created an online course to assist housing workers to understand the NDIS. The free course has three modules that cover an overview of the NDIS and eligibility; the Housing Workers’s role; the NDIS pathway and how to Talk to Tenants.
The course complements a range of resources, tools and templates specific to the community housing sector that are now available on our website and face-to-face training for housing workers.
CHIA Vic runs multiple training for members and stakeholders during the year, but this is the first time the organisation has ventured into online training.
The Australian Government has commissioned a Review of the NDIS Act to inform the development of the new NDIS Participant Service Guarantee.
VCOSS is convening a consultation to inform our submission to this review. We invite you or a representative of your organisation to attend and help inform our feedback and set our priorities.
Tuesday 8 October 2019
2pm – 4pm
St Michael’s Uniting Church, 120 Collins St Melbourne
People with disability, the sector and the broader community campaigned long and hard for the introduction of the NDIS. As the scheme continues to grow and evolve, it is important that every Australian counts and that everyone is able to understand, access and navigate the scheme.
The scope of this review is very wide and in this instance, VCOSS will be unable to respond to every element of the review discussion paper. In this submission VCOSS is proposing to focus on the challenges experienced by people facing intersectional disadvantage, additional barriers and greater complexity in understanding, accessing and navigating the NDIS. Key themes for discussion in this context will include:
- Awareness and understanding of the NDIS
- The interface and collaboration with mainstream and community services
- NDIS experiences across eligibility, access and planning phases
- Plan implementation, including finding and choosing providers and accessing support within thin markets
- Navigating the plan changes, review and appeals processes
- Quality and impact measures
This review presents an opportunity to highlight the challenges experienced, propose positive changes, reduce red tape and improve participant experiences.
If you are unable to attend but wish to provide input, please contact Rhiannon Wapling on 9235 1000.
Please note, this consultation is for VCOSS members and Empowered Lives members only.
Community housing organisations have the opportunity to provide a submission to the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System with submissions due by 5 July. (CHOs will have an opportunity to provide feedback on the interim report when it is released in November.)
CHIA Vic is preparing a submission on behalf of the sector, but individual organisations are encouraged to prepare their own to highlight the importance of stable, adequate, affordable, and available housing in preventing mental ill-health, achieving positive treatment outcomes, and sustaining mental health gains.
The Council to Homeless Persons has developed a messaging guide for those wanting to make a submission. Click here for details.
You can also view CHIA Vic’s research into the impact of the loss of mental health supports on community housing businesses and our tenants, which found up to 6500 community housing tenants in Victoria may be living with severe mental ill-health.
Most are unlikely to be eligible for services under the NDIS, and mental health services are quickly disappearing outside of the NDIS. This is creating significant support gaps for people with mental ill health.
The NDIS rollout is beginning to have a significant impact on a number of CHIA Vic members and their tenants, both in the development and management spaces. This includes those seeking to develop new Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) and managing existing stock as the environment for both housing managers and support providers changes.
These changes also extend to ‘the Other 94 per cent’ who do not receive SDA funding and access other housing options such as community housing. CHIA Vic has held a scoping meeting with a few members to begin to understand how the changes in support are impacting on tenants – but we need to do more.
CHIA Vic has engaged experienced consultant Joseph Connellan to bring together interested CHIA Vic members for meeting with the view of establishing a CHIA Vic NDIS and Housing Interest Group.
Interested members are invited to attend this inaugural meeting and participate in designing the operation and work plan for this Interest Group. Joseph will distribute a briefing paper to those who have registered a few days before the meeting, which will be held on Thursday, July 5 at CHIA Vic.
Click here for details and to register.
CHIA Victoria, and CHIA Vic, is the trading name of the Community Housing Federation of Victoria (CHFV).
1/128 Exhibition Street
03 9654 6077
APPLY FOR HOUSING
Applications for social housing (public and community housing) can be made via the Victorian Housing Register.
Click here for details.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY
CHIA Vic acknowledges the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and recognises their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures; and to elders both past and present.