Industry snapshot

Housing Industry Snapshot
CHIA Vic produced an ‘Industry snapshot’ detailing the developments that community housing organisations in Victoria have been involved in between 2010 and June 2019.

The snapshot shows that the industry delivered 1,033 additional social and affordable homes across 95 projects – and were the development lead for about 70 per cent of those new housing projects.

Members were encouraged to download the snapshot and use it to promote the capacity of the sector to be involved in developments.








Community Housing

Capability framework and assessment tool

CHIA Vic launched its Workforce Capability Framework and Assessment Tool to assist the community housing sector develop its labour pool to ensure current and future needs are met.

The framework, funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, has the potential to inform and target future workforce development initiatives, including training, by identifying existing common, shared and unique capabilities and any unmet capabilities across the sector’s workforce. A companion Assessment Tool has been developed to make it easy for organisations to use the framework.

A webpage detailing the framework and housing the downloadable document and companion assessment tools were also created and promoted via our social media channels and eBulletin.

Visit the website





Shovel-ready survey

With the Victorian Government expected to release a Stimulus package to overcome the economic devastation wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic, CHIA Vic set about ensuring it could quantify just how easily the community housing sector could provide an economic lifeline, just as it did during the Global Financial Crisis when it leveraged the Rudd Government’s stimulus.

CHIA Vic asked members to estimate the number of development projects and additional construction works/maintenance that could be ready to begin in the next six to 18 months, based on their existing development pipelines and asset management plans.

Our members indicated that they could deliver 3,900 units of new housing commencing within five years, with 2,622 units able to start within the first 12 months. Of these:

  • Over 1,000 new units would be delivered in regional areas.
  • At least 429 units delivered by redeveloping properties managed under a General Lease, and the potential for an ongoing program of opportunistic redevelopments.
  • Over $44 million of additional construction, including almost $14 million in solar and energy efficiency upgrades designed to reduce tenant utility bills and improve the thermal comfort of their homes.
  • Upgrading almost 1,000 units with new kitchens, bathrooms or laundries.
  • An $8 million program of maintenance and solar for Aboriginal-owned properties across the state.

We passed the results of the survey to the Victorian Government and look forward to playing a part in the recovery.

Member forum

We held a well-attended forum for members in August, which covered rent setting, rent reviews and rent policies and followed up by writing new rent setting templates for discussion with the Housing Registrar and future distribution to members.

Participate in the development of the Aboriginal Housing and Homelessness Framework and respond to the needs of members who house Aboriginal people in Victoria

CHIA Vic welcomed the development of the Victorian Government’s Aboriginal Housing and Homelessness Framework, Mana-na worn-tyeen maar-takoort: Every Aboriginal Person Has a Home, which was launched at Parliament House on February 26, 2020.

In addition, CHIA Vic completed our Community Housing Aboriginal Cultural Safety Framework, a project aimed at improving Aboriginal people’s community housing outcomes by embedding Aboriginal cultural safety, accountability and monitoring into all aspects of their organisations. The framework and implementation support in the form of cultural safety training and consultancy was to be launched in the 2020/21 financial year.

Community Housing Aboriginal Cultural Safety Framework

Aboriginal cooperatives

CHIA Vic has been working with Aboriginal Housing Victoria and BOOMPower to assist the Aboriginal co-ops to develop a greater awareness of the benefits of energy efficiency and act on it, including developing training materials on how to use the BOOM! platform and supporting AHV maintenance staff to assess co-op properties.

Thanks to our Supporters

As a not-for-profit peak body, CHIA Vic relies on our strong membership base and the financial support of our major sponsors to be able to provide the vital services, support, training, advocacy and project work required by our sector. We would like to thank the following organisations for their assistance in 2019/20.

Our 2019/20 Sponsors