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sector that compares to any around the world, and makes a difference to the lives of lower income and disadvantaged households across the state.


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Anti-Poverty Week (26 August 2014)
Anti-Poverty Week will take place on 12-18 October 2014. Find out about what you can do.

Shelter NSW announces Urban Issues lecture series
(20 August 2014)
Shelter NSW is excited to announce a new community education product - a lecture series on Urban Issues.  Urban issues and planning have become increasingly important in shaping our housing system.

See more information on the lecturers and topics and fees.  Registrations are now open and can be made on-line or by downloading the registration form.

Housing Matters - August Newsletter

NSW Federation of Housing Associations (15 Aug 2014)
Please see the Federation's Business Plan 2014-2015 and Strategic Plan 2014-2017.

Industry Development Strategy (12 June 2014)
The Industry Development Strategy is a joint initiative of FACS Housing NSW and the NSW Federation of Housing Associations. The aim is to support the industry to respond to the challenges and opportunities of the emerging environment. Find more information here

Housing, Disability and NDIS Forum Communique now available (22 April 2014)
CHFA has produced a brief communique summarising the key issues raised during the Housing, Disability and the NDIS Forum held in Canberra on 27 March 2014. The communique is now available for download via the CHFA website here

A copy of the speech by Hon. Kevin Andrews MP, Minister for Social Services from the Forum is also available from the Minister's webpage

Tenanted Property Transfers:  Towards an Industry Approach to Managing Future Property Transfers in NSW (14 April 2014)
This policy paper, prepared by the Federation of Housing Associations, presents a community housing industry preferred approach to managing future property transfers with eight key elements. The paper is based on industry-wide consultation and input from key stakeholders, and is informed by the experience of previous property transfers in NSW.  It also takes into account the lessons learned from past growth opportunities such as the Nation Building Economic Stimulus Plan and affordable housing programs.  The paper is available here.

Building Communities Seminar to be held on 14th May (31 March 2014)
See our Events page for more information on this seminar.

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

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

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

The Federation has published its business plan for 2013/14.  The business plan is available here

See previously posted items: "What's New" - archived

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