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
Exciting Job Opportunity - Business Development Manager, Queensland Shelter inc.
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.
ACNC Governance standards come into effect (15 July 2013)
The ACNC’s Governance Standards have now come into effect, applying to all organisations registered with the ACNC, with the exception of Basic Religious Charities. Charities that are already listed with the ACNC will be held to the new standards in order to remain registered. The ACNC website explains the regulator’s phased approach to monitoring compliance with the standards, explaining that for the first two years it will only act in cases of serious or deliberate breaches – such as money being diverted to non-charitable purposes, non-disclosure of serious conflicts of interest, or gross financial negligence.
The Governance Standards can be viewed here.
NAIDOC Week 2013 – 7th - 14th July 2013 (15 July 2013)
NAIDOC is a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and an opportunity to recognise the contributions of Indigenous Australians in various fields. NAIDOC stands for the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. The theme for NAIDOC Week 2013 is We value the vision: Yirrkala Bark Petitions 1963. This year’s theme proudly celebrates the 50th anniversary of the presentation of the Yirrkala Bark Petitions to the Federal Parliament.
The Federation encourages Housing Associations to celebrate NAIDOC week by participating in local events. Details can be found on the NAIDOC website: http://www.naidoc.org.au/
NSW Government commits to the NRAS Round 5 (1 July 2013)
The NSW Government announced its commitment to securing its per-capita share of incentives for approximately 3,500 properties as part of NRAS Round 5. Applications close on 6 August 2013. The properties must be delivered by the end of 2015/2016. Please refer to the NSW Program Requirements for more information.
NSW Budget 2013-2014 (18 June 2013)
NSW Treasurer Mike Baird today declared that the three themes of the 2013/14 budget are “jobs, housing and infrastructure”. The Federation is pleased to see the priority accorded to housing, but would like to see a much stronger commitment to supporting low and moderate income households in NSW. The Government has set aside significant funding for infrastructure projects to activate new housing supply, as well as additional taxpayer support for first home buyers. However, without the right funding mix and policy settings, there is nothing to ensure that new supply increases housing affordability. Read our brief analysis of the Budget
Analysis of the Federal Budget (16 May 2013)
There is little to report on housing in yesterday’s Federal Budget. There was no further commitment to the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) beyond the existing 60,000 incentives. On a good note, the Budget does include funding for the National Partnership on Homelessness Agreement which was announced in March 2013. Regarding the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA), the Budget paper show that the Commonwealth will provide almost $2.1 billion in National Affordable Housing Special Purpose Payments and National Partnership payments. The figure represents an estimated growth factor of 1.5%. For more information please see the CHFA’s Report on the 2013-2014 Federal Budget.
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