Harvard opportunity for community sector CEO

Applications for the 2019 Harvard Club of Victoria’s (HCV) Non-Profit Fellowship to the Social Enterprise Program at Harvard Business School open on November 12th.

This information session is free, but booking before COB November 9th is essential as numbers are limited.

Each year the Harvard Club sends up to three CEOS from the Victorian Community Sector to the Harvard Graduate School of Business Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management (SPNM) course. The Harvard Club of Victoria Non-Profit Fellowship includes admission to the course and A$14,000 of funding to cover the SPNM fees (tuition and case materials, accommodation, and meals), as well as travel to and from Boston plus a study tour to nonprofit organizations in North America.

The Fellowship is for CEOs in service delivery organisations in the community service sector, with particular focus on the alcohol and drug services, disability, indigenous, children youth and family services, family violence, housing and homelessness, mental health, refugee resettlement and youth affairs areas. These organisations must be based in Victoria, have DGR status, and have annual revenues over A$3 million. CEOs of industry associations (e.g. peak bodies), management support organisations, and consulting firms are not eligible.

Next year the programs will be in its 20th year and we have now sent 39 CEOs to SPNM. The information session will present the aims and background of the program, along with the key selection criteria and details of the application and interview process for 2019. The Harvard Club of Victoria will give an overview of the Fellowship and the application process while former Fellows will share their experiences and take Q&A.

The feedback from Fellows has been uniformly excellent and we are confident that the Fellowship provides an outstanding leadership development experience for nonprofit leaders. Our aim is to help them make an even bigger impact in the community service sector in future years. (See below for comments from the 2018 and 2017 Fellows)

In 2019, SPNM will take place on the HBS campus in Boston from July 14th to 20th.

The application process for the Harvard Cub of Victoria Non-Profit Fellowship opens on November 12th 2018 and will close on February 10th, 2019. A shortlist of candidates will be interviewed on March 30th, 2019 and the successful applicants will be notified shortly afterwards.

When: Wednesday November 14th, 6:15 for 6:30 with an 8:00 pm finish

Where: Leadership Victoria, Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street (at the end of Collins Street), Melbourne

Booking: Free, but essential as numbers are limited, before November 9.

For  details visit the NPF webpage  or contact Mandy Croker,

$50 million in grants for creative NFPs

The Macquarie Group has pledge to donate a total of$50 million, over five years, to drive social change.

The funds are to be distributed globally among five NFPs for projects that show lasting community benefit and have a ‘defined approach to measuring social impact’.

Macquarie Group CEO, Nicholas Moore says, ‘Our people have devoted thousands of hours to work with non-profit organisations around the world and contributed over $330 million to drive social change at the local community level.

‘We are delighted to mark our 50th anniversary by extending this tradition with a further $50 million commitment to initiate or build on bold ideas which address areas of social need.’

Applicants must be a registered NFP  with aminimum annual revenue of $4 million, a board of directors, and audited financial statements.

Macquarie Group Foundation chair Shemara Wikramanayake says, ‘We encourage non-profits to be imaginative in their thinking about the enduring outcomes they can achieve with this funding.’

Applications are now open and close in mid-November, with winners announced in May 2019.

PhD Scholarship in Social Housing

The Unison Housing Research LaB (UHRL) is a unique education and research collaboration between RMIT University and Unison Housing, Victoria’s largest social housing provider. The LaB is situated in the Social and Global Studies Centre (SGSC) in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies (GUSS). The LaB was established in 2017 and is funded for five years to undertake an innovative research program informed by the experiences of service users and providers.

We are seeking highly motivated and qualified applicants for a PhD scholarship to commence in February, 2019. The successful applicant will have, at minimum, an Honours level qualification in social science or related discipline (e.g. sociology, psychology, anthropology, criminology, law, gender, politics, health) and will have experience in quantitative research methods. Utilising their skills with administrative and survey data, the successful candidate will examine why people leave social housing and what happens to them subsequently. The candidate will investigate three questions:

  1. What are the reasons households leave social housing?
  2. What sort of housing do people subsequently move into and, relatedly, what proportion end up experiencing homelessness after they exit.
  3. What are the patterns of service use following exits from social housing.

In answering these questions this PhD project will provide important insights into the personal, social and economic costs of leaving social housing. It will also provide useful information for Unison with respect to maximising positive exits and minimising negative exits which are costly to everyone.

A stipend of $30,900 per annum pro rata (full time study) for three years.

Expressions of interest must be submitted via email by Friday October 26th, 2018.

Expressions of interest should contain the following information:

  • A one-page summary justifying the applicant’s suitability for the role
  • An academic CV
  • Transcript of qualifying degree
  • A copy of any publications, thesis or other scholarly writing

For further information contact:

Dr Juliet Watson,  03 9925 3477

Prof Guy Johnson,   03 9925 9893

If you’ve found it hard to find a safe and secure home, will you share your story with Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Opposition leader Bill Shorten and Greens leader Richard Di Natale, to remind them how crucial it is that they fix the broken housing system?

The Everybody’s Home campaign is encouraging people with stories of housing struggles to share their experiences with the new PM Scott Morrison, Bill Shorten, and Richard Di Natalie.

This is a great opportunity to connect clients, as well as supporters and staff who may have their own challenging experiences of housing, to the campaign.

You can use, or modify, the text below to invite people to take the action and engage with #EverybodysHome

Share Your Story

If you’ve found it hard to find a safe and secure home, will you share your story with Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Opposition leader Bill Shorten and Greens leader Richard Di Natale, to remind them how crucial it is that they fix the broken housing system?

We know that more and more Australians every day are living in rental stress, paying more than they can afford in order to have a roof over their head. It’s become a ‘normal’ way of life for people right across the country to have to sacrifice essentials, such as food, medicines or heating – or even just to miss out on life’s little pleasures, like occasionally seeing a movie, or eating a meal out. It doesn’t have to be this way – there are solutions, things that our leaders can do to fix housing.

But our leaders need to put a face to the housing affordability issue. They need to hear it first-hand, from people like you, so that they understand how very serious the issue of housing affordability is in Australia – so that we can convince them that taking action to fix the problem should be their priority.

Will you share your story with the leaders of the major Parties now, to convince them all to fix the system, so that all Australians have a place to call home?

Gas heater update

If you have a client who has had their gas heater shut off who is over 75 years old or has a serious health condition then it is possible to have the replacement of their heater prioritised.

Simply contact the Department of Health and Human Services’ Call Centre and ask them to escalate the replacement of a gas heater that has been shut off, giving your tenants age or their specific health condition as the reason. You should not require supporting evidence.

The Call Centre has hired more staff to cope with the increase in calls due to the heater recall and briefed them on the need to escalate heater replacements for these cohorts.

There are still limits to how fast the replacements can be installed, so although the escalation process will prioritise the replacement, it may not be immediate. This is due to safety requirements that limit the number of installations gas plumbers can perform in a day and, potentially, issues with accessing appropriate replacement heaters.

DHHS compensation for high electricity bills

DHHS sent out letters last week with details of the compensation available for public housing tenants facing high electricity bills due to the removal of their gas heaters. CHIA Vic has been advocating for a similar treatment for tenants in DHHS-owned properties although, at this stage, nothing has been confirmed.

Please circulate this information to your staff.

Members feature in social enterprise book

CHIA Vic members Haven: Home; Safe and St Kilda Community Housing (SCH) both feature in a new book on social enterprise.

Haven: Home; Safe’s maintenance subsidiary, HIVE, provides trade and non-trade services, to maintain its short and long-term housing portfolio across Melbourne and the Barwon South West region.

HIVE employs a mix of mature, experienced workers and young people who want to join the workforce for the first time or maintain work. The HIVE Team achieves a property clean turnaround time of 2.8 days, well below the commercial average of 7-10 days; it created 12,851 paid work hours in the 2017 financial year, and HIVE staff reported an overall satisfaction level of 85 per cent.

SCH also has its own maintenance social enterprise, TCM, which enables SCH to employ residents and develop and enhance the skills of tenants through training opportunities. SCH also runs its own social enterprise graphic design company skydesign, which puts money back into the housing organisation.

The book, Dollars & Sense, features 40 case studies to raise awareness of the impact of social enterprises – businesses that trade to intentionally tackle social problems, improve communities, provide people with access to employment and skills development, or help the environment.

Purchase Dollars and Sense.

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The Myer Innovation Fellowships are being offered to people with ground-breaking ideas that will tackle poverty and disadvantage; education; or sustainability and environment and need a year to develop an action plan.

Successful Fellows will receive $120,000 for their 12-month commitment to the program and an additional $30,000 for approved expenses such as work space, rent, travel and contracting of external expertise.

Read more…

VPF funding round opens

The Victorian Property Fund (VPF) has opened a $21 million funding round over three years to support housing development projects that will increase the supply of affordable and environmentally sustainable community housing for low income and disadvantaged Victorians.

All projects must be completed by June 2021.

The two-stage funding round involves completing an invitation for expression of interest (IEOI). Shortlisted proposals will then be invited to formally apply for a grant.

This round seeks proposals for the development of long-term housing, and is open to incorporated not-for-profit community housing organisations (both registered and non-registered).

Interested organisations should read through the Invitation for Expression of Interest (IEOI) documents carefully and submit their application by Monday, October 29, 2018. Requests for clarification can be made up to October 8.

The round is expected to be very competitive.

Click here for details.

RTA amendments pass Parliament

On Friday the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill passed Parliament, and with it come some significant changes for the sector.

Overall, CHIA Vic is happy with the changes, which include additional protections for staff and contractors; many changes recommended by the Family Violence Royal Commission; and, clarification around matters such as who can apply a service charge and what can be declared a rooming house, both of which are now available to registered housing agencies.

The amendments remove the 120 notice to vacate for no specified reason, limit rent increases to once every 12 months, and allow a notice to vacate only at the end of the initial fixed term for tenants on a fixed term rental agreement.

The new laws will ensure every rental home meets basic standards – with functioning stoves, heating and deadlocks. It will also require landlords to meet basic safety standards for gas, electricity and smoke alarms. These are already things that the community sector does well, and it is good to see that they will be required of landlords in the private rental market as well.

Renters will be given the right to make minor modifications – probably including things like nailing a hook on the wall or installing anchors to stop furniture falling on children – without first obtaining the landlord’s consent.

Changes have been made to how pets are treated. People will be able to ask to keep pets, and the rental housing provider cannot refuse unless they get a VCAT order. If they do get an order, however, providers will be able to give a Notice to Vacate (NTV) for having pet without consent, which they can’t now. This should not affect community housing – most providers have pet agreements and pet policies already.

One major concern is that a new section will require VCAT members to assess whether every application for possession is ‘reasonable and proportionate’. This will again introduce a whole new set of legal arguments that housing workers will have to present every time they go to VCAT.

The bill has yet to be signed into law so we do not yet know when the amendments will come into effect. Another important factor will be that many of the changes to the Act involve the introduction of new regulations, prescriptions and guidelines which will be developed by Consumer Affairs. They have said they will consult CHIA Vic ‘where necessary’ when developing these.

CHIA Vic will be working closely with the sector on the effect of these changes and developing an understanding how they might affect existing tenancy management practices.

Gas heater recall update

If you have a client who has had their gas heater shut off who is over 75 years old or has a serious health condition then it is possible to have the replacement of their heater prioritised.

Simply contact the Department of Health and Human Services’ Call Centre and ask them to escalate the replacement of a gas heater that has been shut off, giving your tenants age or their specific health condition as the reason. You should not require supporting evidence.

The Call Centre has hired more staff to cope with the increase in calls due to the heater recall and briefed them on the need to escalate heater replacements for these cohorts.

There are still limits to how fast the replacements can be installed, so although the escalation process will prioritise the replacement, it may not be immediate. This is due to safety requirements that limit the number of installations gas plumbers can perform in a day and, potentially, issues with accessing appropriate replacement heaters.

Please circulate this information to your staff.