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NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into Social, Public and Affordable Housing (6 March 2014)
The Federation has prepared a detailed submission to the Social, Public and Affordable Housing Inquiry. In its submission, The Federation proposes a number of specific solutions to tackle housing unaffordability, with a focus on partnerships between NSW Government and community housing providers to create a supply of affordable housing options. Read our submission here.
The Federation’s New President (20 February 2014)
The Board of the NSW Federation of Housing Associations last week elected a new President: John Nicolades, CEO of Bridge Housing Ltd. John has served as a Director of the Federation since 2008 and as Vice President since 2010. John replaces Bobbie Townsend, CEO of Women’s Housing. Bobbie decided to stand down as President, a role which she held since 2009. The Board would like to acknowledge the extraordinary commitment Bobbie has made to the Federation and to the community housing industry, especially in leading the Federation and representing the industry through times of great change. Bobbie was first elected to the Board as Treasurer in 1996 and served several terms as Director, Treasurer, Vice President and President. She was re-elected in 2013 and remains a Director.
Proposed unrelated business income tax on charities halted (17 December 2013)
The Assistant Treasurer has recently announced a number of decisions relating to tax measures proposed by the previous Government. Of particular interest for community housing providers has been the proposed unrelated business income tax (UBIT) on the income of not-for-profit (NFP) entities, formally known as 'better targetting' of not-for-profit tax concessions. Originally intended to commence on 1 July 2011, the UBIT measure was postponed twice, being most recently scheduled to commence on 1 July 2014. The Assistant Treasurer has stated that "the Government will also not proceed with the measure to ‘better target’ not-for-profit tax concessions at this stage, but will explore simpler alternatives to address the risks to revenue". The full media release from the Assistant Treasurer can be found here
Senate Economics Reference Committee Inquiry into Affordable Housing Announced(13 December 2013)
An extensive Inquiry into Australia's affordable housing under the Senate Economics References Committee has been announced following a successful motion by Senator Jan McLucas, Shadow Minister for Housing with support from the Australian Greens. Submissions are due 25 March 2014.
The Inqury Terms of Reference are available here.
NSW Legislative Council to conduct Social, Public and Affordable Housing Inquiry (11 December 2013)
The NSW Legislative Council has recently established a Select Committee on Social, Public and Affordable Housing, to inquire into and report on demand for social, public and affordable housing in New South Wales. The Committee has called for submissions which are due on Friday, 28 February 2014. The Committee is due to report to Parliament by 9 September 2014. Further information can be found via the Parliament of NSW website
Community Housing CRA Rent Calculator eLearning Course (12 December 2013)
The CRA Rent Calculator eLearning Course has been developed in consultation with and funded by Housing NSW to provide assistance to community housing providers and specialist homelessness services in using the Calculator to calculate their tenants' rents.
You can access the module by clicking here or clicking on the link on the menu bar at the left.
For further information
Community Housing Scholarship Program (CHSP) (29 November 2013)
Application forms and Guidelines are now available for the CHSP. Scholarships provide up to 75% of the course fee costs for employees of a registered community housing provider to undertake courses focusing on the delivery and management of social housing. Applications close on Friday 13th December 2013 at 5pm. For further information
Professional Development Training Calendar now available:
Jan to June 14
July to December 14
Centre for Training in Social Housing: 2014 Training calendar - now available
Housing and the new Charities Bill – Seminar (5 December 2013)
An important seminar on housing and the new Charities Bill will be held in Melbourne on 5 December 2013. Charitable tax status is a critical component in the business model for community housing providers, and this seminar will illuminate the key concerns with the new Act as well as provide clarification and guidance on the interpretation of appropriate housing activities. This seminar is being co-sponsored by Community Housing Federation Australia (CHFA), The Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies, and the Australian Charity Law Association. Further information is available here.
Minister Kevin Andrews Closing Address to the National Housing Conference 2013 (6 November 2013)
The new Minister for Social Services, the Hon. Kevin Andrews MP has delivered his first major speech on housing since his appointment, at the 2013 National Housing Conference.
A copy of the speech can be downloaded via the CHFA Website.
The Federation has published its business plan for 2013/14. The business plan is available here.
ACNC release 2014 AIS guide (15 July 2013)
The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) have recently released a guide for completing the 2014 Annual Information Statement. The 2014 AIS is not due until at least July 2014, but the ACNC have released this guide to allow treasurers and others who provide advice to charities to make preparations ahead of time.
The guide can be downloaded here.
See previously posted items: "What's New" - archived