Housing officer role at Housing Choices


Join us and share our Vision:

‘All people affordably housed in neighbourhoods that support life opportunities’

With our residents central to everything we do, as a leading and growing housing provider in Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia, we have ambitious plans for greater impact nationally to increase our reach in helping people find quality, affordable housing.

Housing Choices is a not-for-profit organisation committed to the provision of a wide range of accommodation solutions for low income people and people who are disadvantaged, have a disability or are homeless.  Our success is built on our dedication to our clients and strong customer service culture.

We are now seeking passionate and experienced Housing Officer to join our team located in the Melbourne CBD.

You will have outstanding customer service and communication skills and be willing to go the extra mile for clients.  Ideally you will have a background in property or tenancy management.  You will be responsible for coordinating a portfolio of approximately 150 properties and undertaking the following tasks:

  • Collecting rents/bonds
  • Managing a tenancy
  • Monitoring arrears
  • Responding to maintenance queries
  • Filling vacant properties
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with various support agencies

You will need to develop excellent working relationships and show empathy and commitment to the needs of people who are disabled and/or socially disadvantaged. You will demonstrate an ability to work autonomously, have excellent time management skills and be highly organised.

This is an excellent opportunity to be part of a fun and rewarding environment where you will build on your previous experience. You will receive tremendous employee benefits including salary packaging (up to $15,900 of salary tax free), extensive training and development opportunities, a great company culture and a day off for your birthday!

Check our website or more information about HCA.

We are looking to fill this vacancy immediately, shortlisting will commence as soon as possible.

Click here to apply and view the position description.

Street count shines spotlight on rough sleepers


The first Street Count in the City of Port Phillip has recorded 91 people sleeping rough in the municipality.

Coordinated by Launch Housing, more than 100 trained volunteers canvassed areas across the City of Port Phillip on 7 February to count the number of people sleeping rough between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. Additional counts were conducted later in the morning at key homeless assistance services in the municipality to assess people in hard-to-reach areas who could not be engaged in the main count. Those who consented to participate in surveys were individually assessed to enable Launch to prioritise a service response to those found to be most vulnerable.

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Prime Minister must not walk away from indigenous housing


The future of the National Partnership on Remote Housing (NPRH) – a 10-year partnership to build and refurbish housing in some of the most disadvantaged communities across Australia – is in doubt with its funding due to end in June.

Queensland’s peak body for the housing and homelessness sector, Q Shelter, says the Commonwealth Government has not made any commitments to the partnership beyond June.

Q Shelter’s Executive Director, Leone Crayden, says that the state and Commonwealth governments had made significant inroads in reducing overcrowding and improving the quality of housing for people living in remote communities.

‘Commonwealth and state governments committed $5.4 billion over 10 years to build and refurbish thousands of homes across Australia,’ Ms Crayden says.

‘The Prime Minister’s own report into the program last year praised state governments for exceeding their targets in delivering new homes, refurbishing older houses, and providing employment opportunities for local communities.’

However, Ms Crayden says that despite this success, the job was far from over in addressing housing need in remote communities.

‘In Queensland, we’ve almost halved overcrowding but there’s still severe housing need across remote areas of the state.

‘This program hasn’t been perfect, and there’re a lot of areas that we could revise and tweak to achieve even better outcomes.

‘Right now all we need is a commitment from the Commonwealth that they’re willing to provide medium to long term funding for remote housing.’

Without ongoing funding and support, the $5.4 billion that’s been invested through NPRH could be all for nothing, Ms Crayden says.

Are you Harvard material?

Applications are now open for the Harvard Club of Victoria fellowship award, which provides funding to up to three CEOs of Victorian non-profit organisations based to attend a one-week Harvard Business School program Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management  in July.

The $14,000 award covers the course fees, meals and accommodation, and meals), as well as travel to and from Boston, including a side-trip to allow for visits to appropriate nonprofit organizations in North America.

The award is available to CEO’s in service delivery organisations, including those with a focus on housing and homelessness.

Applications for 2018 will close on Sunday the 4th of February.

Click here for details.

Haven CEO awarded Order of Australia

Haven; Home, Safe Chief Executive Officer Ken Marchingo has been appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2018 Australia Day Honours list.

Ken received the honour for significant services to the community through social welfare programs and associations, particularly assistance for the homeless.

Chair of the Board of Directors Sue Clarke says this prestigious recognition was a wonderful tribute to Ken’s outstanding work in the homelessness services sector and his enormous contribution over many years to the growth of community housing here in Victoria, Australia and overseas.

Click here to read Haven; Home, Safe’s article on Ken’s award.

Housing worker needed


Unison is looking to fill a Place Manager (housing worker) position.

Reporting to the Team Leaders, you will deliver high standard tenancy and property management services. This includes actively working towards sustaining successful tenancies for a diverse range of people, many of whom have complex or mental health needs. You will also work collaboratively to encourage and facilitate community participation.

For a full Position Description and instructions on how to apply, please visit the careers page on Unison’s website.

New intake role at Unison


Would you like to work for a leading housing services provider? If you are looking for a career-enhancing role with a friendly and professional work environment where your contribution is valued then Unison would love to hear from you!

The Intake Assessment and Planning (IAP) Worker provides high quality initial assessment and planning services to people experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness and work in close collaboration with other agencies and housing providers.

This role reports to Senior Workers and IAP Manager and focuses on assisting individuals and families in housing crisis through conducting assessments, provision of information and referrals, with follow up and financial support where appropriate. The IAP worker will work as part of a close team delivering front-line IAP services and long-term housing in line with organisational values and policies.

Click here for more details and to apply.

Maintenance role at Haven


Are you passionate about providing a high quality customer-focused repairs and maintenance service to your tenants? Working from Haven, Home, Safe’s Preston office, this role involves managing repairs and maintenance of properties managed on behalf of the DHHS with a focus on returning vacant properties for handover to Tenancy and Property Managers.

Click  to download details of the position plus a full position description.

To find out more about Haven, Home, Safe, you can visit its website.

Applications close January 22.

New face on CHIA Vic Board

CHIA Vic’s AGM saw a fresh face on the Board, with Community Housing Limited’s (CHVL) new Victorian State Manager Shari McPhail taking over the role from Brett Wake who is now CHVL’s National Manager.

Brett has had made a long and significant contribution to the community housing industry in Victoria and CHIA Vic would like to extend its thanks him for his input over the years.

Shari has over 16 years’ experience in the housing and homelessness sector, ranging from front line roles to senior leadership , a not-for-profit company delivering housing for those who are vulnerable and on low incomes.

We look forward to working closely with Shari and welcome her to the CHIA Vic fold.

Merry Xmas from the CHIA Vic team