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.

Ice training for frontline workers

360Edge, Australia’s leading alcohol and other drug consultants, is now delivering free half-day workshops to frontline workers across Victoria.

This free session will empower you with the knowledge and skills to understand and work effectively with people may be affected by ice.

What you will learn.
– Understand the effects of ice and identify users
– Find out how to work safely to protect yourself and others
– Learn how to respond to ice-affected people
– Discover what works in treatment.

This training is eligible for continuing professional development points for most professional bodies. A certificate of attendance is provided.

 Dates and registration.

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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AHURI report backs call for housing as infrastructure

Roads, rail, hospitals, schools are all defined as ‘essential infrastructure’; vital for the function of society. In the lead up to the state election, uncosted infrastructure projects were thrown on the table with gay abandon.

Politicians in hi-vis made dramatic claims about the benefits of multi-billion projects that will be decades in the making. Roads, rail, hospitals…defining something as ‘essential infrastructure’ is like sprinkling it with magic fairy dust – it’s ‘essential’ so they promise it now, and find the money later.

But what can be more essential and beneficial to a society than housing? If you don’t have a safe, appropriate place to call home, how can you hold down a job, go to school, contribute to your community?

Leading planning and economics firm SGS Economics & Planning agrees, with its research finding that reinstating social housing as essential infrastructure is needed ‘for a prosperous and inclusive Australia’. SGS has estimated every $1 outlaid by governments in social housing would generate a $3 social, environmental and economic return.

And AHURI has released a new report backing the call for housing to be considered essential infrastructure, and modelling five alternative pathways to funding social housing.

More than over 60,000 households in our state are in limbo, waiting for social housing. This includes 22,000 with urgent housing needs – women and families escaping family violence, homeless and elderly Victorians.

Whilst an additional 3,000 social housing properties annually for 10 years won’t fix this housing crisis, it is the minimum required to meet the housing needs of Victorians eligible for priority housing.

We know a building program of this scale is achievable, community housing organisations built 2,500 homes with Nation Building funds almost a decade ago – which was the last time Victoria implemented a significant social housing supply program.

As an added benefit, that social housing program created thousands of construction jobs and reduced the costs to our health service, justice system and emergency services that are a side effect of the housing crisis.

It’s time to acknowledge social housing is essential infrastructure and treat it a ‘must’ rather than a ‘nice to have’. And bring on that fairy dust.

Click here to download the AHURI report.

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.’





Nominate someone who is making an impact

The Impact 25 awards showcase individuals who are working to make the world a better place. Every day these people serve as a powerful force for good in communities across Australia and in countries around the world.

You can nominate up to three people (including yourself!) between now and Thursday 13 December 2018.

Nominate a 2018 winner now!

Peppercorn lease change

 Community housing organisations that are lessees under peppercorn leases (and do not have service concession arrangements) will no longer be required to fair value the right-of-use asset.

The change follows the Australian Accounting Standards Board (AASB) announcement that it is proposing a temporary option to defer requirements for not-for-profit lessees to determine the fair value of right-of-use assets subject to peppercorn leases, meaning that those with below-market payments will be capitalised on the balance sheet at insignificant amounts – i.e. not at fair value.

This will impact all NFPs who are lessees under a peppercorn lease.

The requirement in AASB 16 & AASB 1058 to fair value peppercorn leases in the financial statements of NFP lessees, which was originally supposed to be effective from 1 January 2019, has been very problematic for NFP clients. The main issues were how to determine the fair value of the right-of-use assets under peppercorn leases, as well as the accounting treatment of the resulting income (often recognised immediately).

Click for details.


The Gatwick: The Last Chance Hotel

It’s a pity this documentary did not screen before Channel 9 bought The Gatwick rooming house for its TV renovation program, The Block.

With many of the Gatwick’s former residents now homeless or in jail, the documentary shows how essential the place was as a refuge for Melbourne’s most vulnerable.

Gatwick: The Last Chance Hotel is available on iView until December 27.

Back to the future

It’s back to the future with Richard Wynne being appointed again as Minister for Housing. Members know him well and appreciate that he was the last Housing Minister to deliver on growth through a state fund and the Nation Building Initiative.

Born in 1955, Mr Wynne grew up in the inner suburbs of Melbourne and has lived and worked there for most of his life. He was a consultant to local councils and community groups, providing advice on housing, planning, regional development and community health issues and has lectured in Public Policy at Victoria University of Technology.

He studied Social Work and Criminology at Melbourne University and, after graduating, worked for seven years in community health on inner city public housing estates.

During the Cain Labor Government, Mr Wynne worked as a policy adviser on Housing and Planning to two Ministers – Barry Pullen and Andrew McCutcheon. He then joined the staff of then Deputy Prime Minister Brian Howe as a senior adviser with responsibility for Urban Renewal issues and Local Government reforms.

He was also a Melbourne City Councillor for six years, serving one year as Lord Mayor in 1991.

In the Andrews Government, Mr Wynne will also be responsible for the Planning and Multicultural Affairs portfolios. Bringing the planning and housing portfolios together is a wise move and gives the new minister the opportunity to plan and deliver housing across a much broader spectrum – from crisis through to affordable housing and hopefully more inclusionary housing.

CHIA Vic has sent a letter of congratulations to Mr Wynne, along with an invitation to meet. We look forward to a fruitful collaboration over the next four years, and to the benefits that will flow from the merger of the Planning and Housing portfolios.

Adem Somyurek will take on the Local Government portfolio. The former Housing Minister, Martin Foley, has been given the Mental Health, Equality and Creative Industries portfolios.

You can view the complete list of the new Andrews Government Cabinet here.

Lesley Dredge