The community housing sector is committed to providing effective routes for tenants and applicants to be able to resolve any problems that they have with their housing association.
If tenants or applicants have a complaint or a decision they wish to appeal about they must first go through their own housing association’s complaints or appeal procedure.
If this does not resolve the issue, there are a number of further routes to pursue:
Code of Practice for Housing Associations
The Code of Practice has been developed by the NSW Federation of Housing Associations in consultation with our membership as a statement of the standards that the community housing sector has set for itself in the conduct of community housing management.
The purpose of the code is to set out key principles which can be used by boards of management, employees, tenants, local communities and funding agencies to assess the practices of community housing associations. The Code of Practice is a voluntary agreement on the part of each association to conduct their affairs in accordance with the principles outlined.
(Note: in order to make a complaint, the housing association must be signed up to the code.)
The Housing Appeals Committee (HAC)
The Housing Appeals Committee (HAC) is an independent agency who can review decisions of social housing providers. The HAC reviews decisions to see if they are fair, reasonable and made within the policy of the housing provider.
You must go through the housing association’s internal appeals processes before appealing to the HAC.
The HAC can recommend changes to the decision of housing providers.
What can I appeal about to the Housing Appeals Committee?
- APPLICANTS - Most issues related to eligibility to be on waiting lists, priority on those lists and the provision of other services, e.g. emergency housing.
- TENANTS - Most issues related to transfer, disability modifications of dwellings, succession of tenancy, calculation of rental subsidy. If an issue comes under Residential Tenancies Legislation it is dealt with by the Consumer, Trader and Tenancy Tribunal (formerly the Residential Tribunal
Community Housing Division
Complaints about Housing Associations can also be made to the Community Housing Division
The Community Housing Division is the business unit of Housing NSW that funds and regulates community housing in NSW.
Complaints may be made to the Community Housing Division about any of the following:
- A community housing organisation or a resourcing agency (including conduct of staff, policies, procedures and processes, decisions, the board or employees).
- The Office of Community Housing, its policies, practices or decisions.
- The conduct of a staff member of the Office of Community Housing.
- Another Government Department (in relation to the provision of community housing).