The Office of Community Housing has the charter to undertake the strategic development of the community housing sector and promote client-focused and efficient service delivery. The Office is entrusted with ensuring the community housing system is effectively managed, operates in the public interest and is accountable to Government.
Housing NSW is the umbrella organisation for government housing initiatives in NSW. The Department provides quality rental housing solutions for those whose needs cannot be met by the private market.
The Department of Community Services is the main government provider of Community services in NSW. For a full rundown of the services provided by Docs see their website.
The NSW Department of Planning comprises a range of agencies that deal with planning, policy and regulation of our natural and built environment, rural and urban management (including urban growth, renewal and consolidation) and the development of housing policies.
The NSW Ageing & Disability & Home Care (ADHC) provides a focus for service delivery to older people and people with disabilities. We are responsible for strategic policy and planning for ageing and disability in all NSW Government sectors. We implement the major funding programs and ensure that funded programs deliver results in accordance with Government policy.
The Inter-government Agreement for the National Regulatory System for Community Housing provides that a National Regulatory Council will be established as an independent advisory committee appointed by Housing Ministers for a period of three years. The role of the National Regulatory Council is to advise Housing and Homelessness Ministers about systemic issues that impact on the implementation and effectiveness of the National Regulatory System. The focus of the National Regulatory Council is to provide advice about the application of the community housing regulatory framework.
Our vision is a strong and fair society for all Australians. Our mission is to support our Minister by collaboratively developing and implementing excellent social policy.
NSW Community Agencies
Shelter NSW is a non-government organisation advocating for low-income and disadvantaged consumers of housing. Shelter is part of a national network of Shelter organisations working for a fairer housing system.
The Ecumenical Council is comprised of sixteen (Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox) Christian churches throughout New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.
The NSW Federation of Housing Associations is the peak industry body for housing associations in NSW. Housing Associations are not-for-profit managers and developers of low cost housing. The Federation was founded in 1993 to represent the interests of housing associations and to provide support and resources for their further development. A history of the creation of the Federation and its early development, Leaps and Bounds: A history Summary was written in 1999.
AHURI is Australia's only national research organisation committed to analysing and understanding these issues. AHURI is dedicated to making a real difference to housing and related urban outcomes throughout Australia by the creation and dissemination of knowledge in the areas of Housing Markets, Housing policy and programs, and the Urban environment context. AHURI fosters collaborative relationships within a cohesive network and works to build alliances with related bodies.
Community Housing Industry Association is the National Industry Body for community housing
The broad aims of CHIA as the national industry body are to:
Be one voice for the industry as a one stop shop for providers and a single source for policy, advocacy, representation, training and resourcing;
- Provide more effective national representation to government, other national peaks and the private sector, with the national peak being no longer at “arms length” from providers and being more relevant to multi-jurisdictional providers;
- Deliver more and better services to members, by combining the resources and expertise of existing peak bodies across a national market and creating a strong base for an expanded service offer;
- Foster effective branch offices in every State and Territory dealing with state issues and representing providers interests at both state and national level;
- Better connect our sector through improved access to peer networking for providers, our people and our customers; and
- Create a more resilient and independent organisation by diversifying income sources and reducing reliance on funding from government.
Every person in Australia should have access to safe and secure housing. It’s an integral part of maintaining good health and feeling part of a community.
Yet with a shortage of public housing and affordable rental properties, low to moderate income earners are finding it difficult to achieve this basic human right.
As a national Community Housing provider, this is where Mission Australia Housing can help. Leveraging the strength and support of Mission Australia, Mission Australia Housing has been established as a viable and progressive entrant to social and affordable housing
Church-based Housing Providers
ANGLICARE Sydney is the urban mission and community care arm of the Sydney Anglican Church. As one of Australia’s largest Christian care organisations, ANGLICARE reaches out to thousands of people every year.
In response to the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, ANGLICARE seeks to provide care for all people by addressing emotional, social and physical needs and by bringing the gospel message of Jesus that alone meets spiritual needs.
Although not a housing provider, ANGLICARE Sydney, conducts important research and advocacy in the area of affordable housing. Click here for their latest research.
Baptist Care (formerly known as Baptist Community Services) - NSW & ACT have the privilege of caring for thousands of people on a daily basis through more than 160 facilities and support programs. Baptist Care Community Housing brings together the experience and knowledge of over 66 years in aged care and community service provision.
Baptist Care are approved as a Class 2 community housing provider.
Ecclesia Housing is a unique provider of housing and management services with a particular focus on improving the living standards for those under housing stress, and those with high support needs. Ecclesia Housing works in close partnership with the church welfare sector as well as private developers.
Vinnies has a strong commitment to the range of issues that lead single men and women, women and children, two parent families, men with children and young men and women to become homeless or at risk of homelessness.
NCOSS is the peak body for the social and community services sector in NSW. NCOSS works towards achieving social justice in New South Wales. Its members range from the smallest community-based services to the largest welfare organisations. They include refuges, charities, church groups, local councils, consumer organisations, hospitals, and aged, disability and child care services. They also include peak support and advocacy groups that represent services at a regional and Statewide level.
The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) is the national peak council of the community welfare sector in Australia - the principal voice of low income and disadvantaged people in social and economic policy matters. ACOSS aims to end poverty and help build a just and inclusive society that values difference and the right of all people and communities to the social and economic resources they need to control their own lives.