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House Keys: launching soon
In June 2015 two new online tools developed for the community housing industry by the Federation will set industry standards and allow providers to see how they compare with peers across NSW and beyond.
Community housing providers want detailed, reliable information to help them compare their costs and performance with peers and like organisations across the sector, over time.  House Keys is a tool for generating the data the industry wants about its own performance.

Our members are asking for an easy to access, personalised data comparison tool that allows them to see how they compare to other providers in our growing sector and provide them with an in-depth analysis of their costs and their performance.

In developing the new tools we’ve consulted with industry groups, providers, specialist networks, housing managers, government and the industry regulator about what information will add most value to providers and the industry.

Click here to register for further information and for details about webinars about House Keys

Click here to see a video demonstration of House Keys: operations 

Click here for House Keys leaflet

Click here to visit the House Keys pages

ABC NEWS STORY (6th May 2015)
You can see ABC's news story on the 2015 NSW Community Housing Conference here. This will be available until 8pm tonight.

MEDIA RELEASE: Community housing welcomes bipartisan approach to housing affordability. (Tuesday 5th May 2015)
The state's peak community housing body has welcomed today's announcement that the NSW Government will hold an urgent forum to increase housing supply and improve housing affordability in NSW. Read more...

MEDIA RELEASE: Experts hold housing affordability talks, Sydney May 5-6 (Monday 4th May 2015)
Housing experts and policy makers are meeting in Sydney tomorrow to fast-track solutions to NSW's housing affordability crisis. The two-day conference hosted by the NSW Federation of Housing Associations will be opened by NSW Minister for Family and Communities and Social Housing, Brad Hazzard. Read more...

Housing Matters- April Edition
The April edition is now available

Conference News Flash!
(17 April 2015)
We are delighted that The Hon. Brad Hazzard MP has accepted our invitation to attend and present at the opening session of the Conference! This will be one of Minister Hazzard's first major speaking engagements, and not to be missed if tackling housing affordability is your thing. We look forward to hearing his priorities for making inroads into the affordable housing shortfall across NSW. We look forward to seeing you. The full program is available here.

Sad News
(1 April 2015)
We received some very sad news today, that one of the stalwarts of the community housing sector, Lesley Oatley away on Tuesday 31 March after a battle with cancer.

Lesley will be very well known to many of you after a long and successful career in the sector. She was the CEO at Wingecarribee Community Tenancy Scheme and was instrumental in the founding of Argyle Housing back in the late 90s. Together with Brian Murnane she oversaw the growth of Argyle from a tenancy manager with around 120 homes to one with 2000 plus properties and its own development programme. Among many other achievements in a career that included advocating for the sector she was the key to getting the Police Record Of Understanding extended to community housing providers. After retiring from Argyle in 2013 she continued to remain very much involved in community housing by bringing her deep knowledge and experience to many of the sector including her assessor role at Global Mark. A number of you have already mentioned how generous she was with her time, supporting and mentoring ‘new entrants’ to the sector. She leaves a lasting legacy not least a healthy and expanding community housing sector. Our thoughts are with her friends and family, they can be confident she will be remembered for a long time to come.

2015 NSW Community Housing Conference - Program announced and early bird offer extended
(1st April 2015)
By popular request we are extending the early bird deadline for the NSW Community Housing Conference and Awards Dinner to Tuesday 7 April 2015.
See more here.

Housing Matters- March 2015 edition
The March edition is now available.

MEDIA RELEASE: Community housing welcomes Labor commitment to affordable housing
(21 March 2015)
Community housing organisations welcome a commitment by Labor today to elevate the priority of housing within government with a Premier’s Council on Housing Affordability. NSW Federal of Housing Associations CEO Wendy Hayhurst said Labor’s policy reflected an emerging recognition that affordable housing is a mainstream and urgent political issue. Read more...

MEDIA RELEASE: Community housing ready to innovate with billion-dollar affordability fund (12 March 2015)
Community housing organisations look forward to expanding affordable housing projects across NSW with Premier Mike Baird's announcement of a $1 billion housing affordability fund.
Read the media relase here.

Position Vacant: Service Delivery Coordinator role at the Federation, Salary up to $85,812 (12 March 2015)
Please see the job advertisement here + position description

2015 NSW Community Housing Conference 5 + 6 May - Registrations now open
The Federation is excited to announce that the 2015 NSW Community Housing Conference will be held at Rydges World Square in the Sydney CBD on Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 May. Conference info and to Register.

Nominations are also open for the 2015 NSW Awards for Excellence in Community Housing.
All community housing providers in New South Wales are encouraged to enter the 2015 NSW Awards for Excellence in Community Housing, including housing co-operatives, Aboriginal housing providers, churches, housing companies and housing associations, supported housing providers and local government providers. Partnerships can also be nominated provided that at least one of the partners is a community housing provider in NSW. Awards info + Nomination Guidelines + Nomination Form .

Growth Strategy for community housing launched (19 February 2015)
Our new industry growth strategy Housing Affordability: the Challenge is available here.  The growth strategy, which was developed in close consultation with members, sets out five priority areas for action on housing affordability.

Round 2 Tools for Success Scholarship open now.
 (3rd February 2015)Tools for success logo

Encouraging women living in social housing to take up a career in non-traditional trades
A trade apprenticeship is a pathway to a flexible, high-paying career. Traditionally these jobs have been taken up by men, with women accounting for just 2% of those working in non-traditional trades. Tools for Success is a one year demonstration project to encourage women living in social housing to move into non-traditional trades. Download the guidelines and access the online application.

Federation's Briefing Paper on the Review of the Federation Issues Paper on Housing and Homelessness (16th January 2015)
This briefing paper is now available on our website.

Industry Capability Statements Launched

The Federation is proud to release two new industry capability statements and three case studies, which demonstrate the purpose and capability of NSW community housing providers. These resources were developed under the Industry Development Strategy, a joint project of the Department of Family and Community Services and the Federation, through a collaborative between the Federation's members and staff, staff of the Department and staff of the office of the Registrar of Community Housing.

The Community Housing Industry – delivering for NSW – expanded

The Community Housing Industry – delivering for NSW – concise

Case Study – North Coast Community Housing

Case Study – Evolve Housing

Case Study – Hume Housing

Further materials from the project are available to members.

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

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