We facilitate sector group meetings to enable those with specific interests or specialities to share information, expertise and concerns and CHIA Vic ensures our sector’s views are clearly represented through submission to relevant inquiries and commissions; during the year we developed six submissions from our Victorian Government budget submission through to concerns regarded open flued heaters.
CHIA Vic worked diligently throughout the year to champion our members best interests, including regular liaison with government as the COVID-19 pandemic hit. We have been proactive in communicating regularly with our membership on projects such as our ‘shovel-ready’ survey, which sought to quantify the projects that the government could fund via a stimulus package for immediate impact.
CHIA Vic is a founding member of the Housing Peaks alliance, which is committed to working with the Victorian Government to deliver practical and sustainable solutions to both the problems of lack of social housing supply and inadequate support services.
As an alliance member, CHIA Vic contributed to the development of the updated Make Social Housing Work report — a new blueprint for Victoria to increase its proportion of social housing to the national average and create a strong and sustainable social housing sector.
CHIA Vic provided a submission to the Victorian State Government in the lead up to the 2020 State Budget, calling on the Andrews’ Government to take bold action to grow social and affordable housing, including a commitment to increase the levels of social housing to the national average of 4.5 per cent of housing stock within 10 years – equivalent to 60,000 new community and public housing units (with at least 3,000 being designated housing for Aboriginal tenants).
CHIA Vic works closely with the sector’s national peak body, CHIA, to provide input and combine knowledge and resources. We continued to support the Everybody’s Home campaign, which calls on the Federal Government to commit to fixing the housing system.
National Community Housing Standards (NCHS)
Work on a project to revitalise the National Community Housing Standards (NCHS) continued during the year with three CHOs across Australia developing and piloting the first standard, for affordable housing.
The overall aim of the project is to enable organisations to be evaluated by a professional, independent and experience assessor who could share best practices and make recommendations for improvement.