Establishing and Managing SDA Residencies

CHIA Vic is holding a facilitated members’ forum to discuss issues and leading practice in the management of NDIS funded Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA).

Facilitated by MC Two’s Joseph Connellan, the session will be driven by issues raised by members and will be an opportunity for peer learning so come prepared to get involved in the discussion.

Please let us know in advance what you would like to cover by contacting Joseph Connellan or Jason Perdriau.

This free, online member forum will be held on December 7 from 9:30am to noon.

Register here.

Measure your organisation’s impact

Want to know how much of a difference providing safe, secure and affordable housing is having on the lives of your tenants? CHIA Vic is holding a three-hour session  that will give you the skills and tools to measure and communicate your organisation’s impact, using CHIA Vic Social Outcomes Framework.

The online session will be held on Tuesday, November 10 from 9.30am – 12.30pm.

Register here

Understanding the big social housing picture

Ever wondered why Australia’s housing problems are so deep and entrenched?

CHIA Vic is running a session that will help you understand the big picture context of social housing, including how our system differs to other countries and how it fits in with the welfare and income support system.

Led by Swinburne Adjunct Professor Terry Burke, this course is about building knowledge rather than day-to-day skills and is suitable for anyone interested in Australia’s current housing problems.

The online session will be held on Tuesday, October 20 from 1 – 3pm. 

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Mental Health Awareness during COVID

The COVID-19 pandemic has been an added stress for employees in the community housing sector and this CHIA Vic online training is designed to assist participants to understand the steps they can take to protect their own Mental Health.

To maximise discussion, the workshop numbers will be capped at 15. The session will be held over two days, on Thursday, October 15 and Friday, October 16, from 11am to 3pm.

Participants will receive the 35-page manual via email prior to the first online session, to give you an opportunity to review it before the training begins.

Bookings essential, register here.

Use BOOM to create a business case for energy efficiency 

Want to know how to determine what and where you should install energy products, such as solar, hot water heat pumps, air con, lighting, insulation and draught proofing?

This interactive half-day workshop will show you how to use the BOOM software platform to answer those questions, compare your options, competitively procure your solutions and monitor and measure their performance.

The focus of this session will be learning how to use the BOOM platform to fast track your decision-making and installations for future solar and energy efficiency upgrade programs, whether that is the current maintenance stimulus funding or a long-term upgrade program.

Participants are expected to have some familiarity with inspecting properties, although guidance will be provided on how to identify and assess the roof for solar, and the quality of other energy efficiency systems in the property.

The session will be held on Thursday, September 17 from 1.30 to 3.30pm.

Click here for details and to register.

Finance training for non-finance managers

Do you lack finance training but need to understand how your budget and financial performance of your department or program is tracking and impacting on your overall organisation?

CHIA Vic is providing training to assist you to read and understand the figures presented in financial reports and give you the knowledge you need to make better informed decisions.

The online training will be held on Wednesday, September 2 from 9.30am – 12:30 pm.

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Know how to manage a rooming house?

Rooming houses are a unique form of housing and managing them presents different challenges to managing other types of housing.  They are governed by different provisions within the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) and they often house people with a wide variety of issues at very close quarters with shared facilities.

CHIA Vic is running a course that will give new rooming house workers an understanding of how rooming houses work, both legally and practically, and take them through many aspects of their job role.

The online course will be held on August, 18 from 9:30 am – 1:00 pm


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Psst…need a good habit?

Need some help to develop good habits and overcome bad ones?

CHIA Vic is running a four-hour webinar (delivered in two, two-hour blocks) that will introduce you to the skills you need to foster positive habits, as well as giving tips, ideas and strategies for overcoming negative, unhelpful habits.

The webinar will cover the Habit Loop and how to use it to bring about positive change and the Four Laws of Habit Change and how to use them to develop and practice good habits every day. It will draw on the work of James Clear and his book Atomic Habits, and B. J. Fogg’s book Tiny Habits.

The webinar will be run by David Cherry, a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist who has helped many organisations prepare their staff to cope in difficult working environments as well as in providing support for individuals and groups after difficult incidents.

The webinar will be held on June 3 and June 17. 

Click here to book.

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VHR training

Introduction to the Victorian Housing Register training

Due to the current Covid-19 situation, the Victorian Housing Register Team is unable to offer classroom based training until further notice. In lieu of this, all face-to-face training has been converted into online learning modules.

The development and refinement of this course is ongoing, however sufficient content is now available to obtain a comprehensive introduction to the VHR.

Staff will see new or enhanced modules added to this course over time. It remains mandatory for new staff to complete VHR training to be granted access to HiiP.

To enrol in the online learning modules, please email: