As the voice of the community housing sector in Victoria, CHIA Vic is involved in providing high-level input to the Victorian Government through submissions, regular meetings and consultations.
Industry Working Group
The Industry Working Group continued as the key vehicle for the State Government to work in partnership with the sector, particularly around a growth agenda. In order to progress the agenda two sub groups were established to develop a 10 year social and affordable housing strategy and the other to critique development models in a growth environment.
CHIA Vic developed and put to government the Community Housing Asset Renewal Program (CHARP) which proposed a model that would enable CHOs to redevelop homes on existing, ageing general lease stock – a cost effective method for providing more homes.
Describing Social Housing project
During the year, CHIA Vic began work in collaboration with the Housing Registrar and DHHS on a project to provide a shared understanding of all aspects of social housing, which will include a detailed analysis of the similarities and differences between public and community housing.
The project aims to examine the systems and modes of service delivery to produce a consolidated and concise paper that describes both public and community housing models, which can be used to inform sector and government discussions. It will also assist in external messaging about community housing, including to VHR applicants.
The mission, size, diversity of stock, funding sources and operational models of the two sectors will be documented, along with their tenancy management policies and housing services. It will also provide a description of the legislative environment within which the two sectors operate, as well as the legal protections available to tenants in both public and community housing.
CHIA provided submissions on the Residential Tenancy Act Amendments and represented the sector in meetings with DHHS to advocate for amendments that support the operation of social housing rent and allocation models.
We developed a submission to the Inquiry into Homelessness in Victoria, which is expected to table its final report in November 2020. Our submission highlighted four key areas to reduce the level of homelessness in Victoria, namely: growing the supply of affordable housing; increasing the funding for wrap-around supports for those at risk of homelessness; housing and support for those who cannot sustain their tenancies without a high level of on-site support; ensuring the housing and homelessness system takes a culturally responsive approach with Aboriginal clients.
CHIA Vic drafted a submission to the Ministerial Advisory Committee on planning for affordable housing and provided a submission to the Royal Commission into Mental Health .
We also worked with members to develop submissions both on the Regulatory Impact Statement for the RTA Regulations, and in response to the discussion paper on options to address the risks of open flued gas heaters.