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.Download
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
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.
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.