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 Matters - June Newsletter
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