Augment CHIA Vic’s policy development capability through members, partnerships and networks
In the previous financial year, CHIA Vic consulted widely with members and other key industry stakeholders to develop a four-year Industry Transition Plan that sets the community housing sector up for success as it works towards ensuring all Victorians have a safe, affordable and appropriate place to call home. CHIA Vic, our members and stakeholders have been progressively working through the actions highlighted in the plan, as resourcing permits.View Plan
CHIA Vic engages with our membership and stakeholders on an ongoing basis, via regular member forums, meetings and networking events. We also hold masterclasses on emerging issues and innovations and seek input from the sector when advocating on their behalf, for example on energy efficiency projects, the NDIS, the National Regulatory System for Community Housing review. Our sector group meetings enable those with a niche interest to meet and discuss topics and issues of interest.
State election platform
In the lead-up to the November 2018 Victorian State Election, CHIA Vic developed an evidence-based election platform calling on the major parties to commit to supplying an additional 3,000 social housing properties a year for the next decade. This ask was reinforced through the organisation’s involvement in an alliance of housing and homeless organisations, charities and social service organisations that developed and signed The Whittlesea Declaration. The declaration called on the government of the day to commit to providing housing on a scale equivalent to a new Whittlesea every year for the next 10 years.
Today we're releasing The Whittlesea Declaration on social housing. Victoria needs 3,000 new community and public dwellings every year for a decade to tackle out our-of-control social housing wait list.
Posted by Victorian Council of Social Service on Thursday, 11 October 2018
CHIA Vic membership automatically includes membership of the national Community Housing Industry Association (CHIA), which is reflective of our close working relationship with CHIA. Through regular input into the state and national CHIA peak meetings, we have had input into advocacy on a national level and have supported the national Everybody’s Home campaign. This campaign calls on the Federal Government to commit to fixing the housing system with actions including the development of a National Housing Strategy, an increase in Commonwealth Rent Assistance and a plan to end homelessness by 2010.
National Community Housing Standards (NCHS)
CHIA Vic began working with CHIA National on a project to revitalise the National Community Housing Standards (NCHS) so they can be used as a tool for improvement by the industry.
A survey of the community housing sector demonstrated there was interest in developing an affordable housing standard that would enable organisations to be evaluated by professional, independent and experienced assessors who could make clear recommendations for improvement and share best practice to raise organisational performance.
A pilot to test the accreditation process is scheduled to begin in September 2019.