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

Aboriginal disadvantage in terms of housing in Victoria is stark, with 18.4 per cent of Aboriginal Victorians receiving homeless services as compared to 1.8 per cent of all Victorians and only 43 per cent of Aboriginal Victorians being homeowners compared to 68 per cent of the general population. CHIA Vic is committed to assisting to close the gap by supporting Aboriginal housing cooperatives with their identified training and support needs and through project work.

Aboriginal Cultural Safety project

CHIA Vic has begun a project, with funding from the Department of Health and Human Services, to develop a community housing Aboriginal cultural safety framework and associated resources to improve housing outcomes for Aboriginal Victorians. The project aims to embed Aboriginal cultural safety, accountability and monitoring in all aspects of community housing. Through a collaborative process with the sector and key stakeholders the project will provide a structure for reviewing practice and reforming the way housing organisations engage with and address the needs of Aboriginal Victorians; provide tools and resources to support implementation; and advise on actions arising through the project that will contribute to regulatory standards that enable Aboriginal cultural safety.

Aboriginal housing cooperatives

We have been working with Aboriginal Housing Victoria (AHV) and the Aboriginal housing co-operatives on ways to support these small regional and rural organisations to operate successful housing programs with training in tenancy management and assistance to drive the costs down for tenants through energy efficiency measures. This has included arranging for all of AHV’s co-ops to become members of CHIA Vic, enabling them to access all the benefits of membership including the RTA and VCAT Helpline.

CHIA Vic was also successful in applying for funding from the Lord Mayors Charitable Foundation to develop business cases for solar/energy efficiency measures to be implemented on up to 200 co-op properties, in conjunction with AHV.

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 2018/19:

Our 2018/19 Sponsors