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  Update                                                                         Identifying Community
                                                                                     Housing Needs
The Community Housing Coalition of WA                                                    Summer 2008

 Forum on legislative framework
    t has been a busy time for       an eye out for the flyer and        constructive response be provid-
    the Department of Housing        CHCWA background paper              ed to the DHW.
    and Works' policy team with      which will be released in the         All providers are therefore en-
the recent circulation of its        near future.                        couraged to attend the forum
'Proposed Amendments to the            The introduction of legislation   and enter into dialogue so that
Housing Act 1980 and Request         will affect all providers and       the proposal can be reviewed
for Comments' to the sector.         CHCWA believes it is imperative     and your ideas and concerns
   When registration was intro-      that as a sector, an informed and   conveyed to the DHW.
duced in 2007, it was with the

                                       Vital forum to discuss
long term view of moving the
policy based structure into a leg-
islative framework within three

                                       Legislativ Framework
                                       Legislative Framework
to four years and is a condition
of the State Community Hous-
ing Investment Program (SCHIP)
funding.                                          A Breakfast Forum will be held on
   Providers were sent the paper
recently and CHCWA strongly
encourages everyone to read and                     Thursday, January 15, 2009
consider the contents most care-
fully, particularly giving consid-                        to consider the
eration as to how the legislative
framework will impact their                    Department of Housing and Works’
business in the future.                      Legislative Framework for Community
   This is a considerable change                  Housing Consultation Draft.
to the way community housing
has traditionally been governed
and the document raises sever-            All community housing providers are urged to
al questions which must be se-           attend the forum to provide input into developing
riously reviewed and discussed          legislative amendments to the 1980 Housing Act.
by the sector.
   CHCWA recognises the need
for Government to ensure it has                            Boulevard Centre
sufficient structures in place to                           The Boulevard
satisfy governance requirements                                 Floreat
and demonstrate transparency
and accountability in the use of
public monies and any legisla-                             8.30am to 12noon
tive structure must be balanced
and flexible enough to allow the
sector to grow and develop.
   The document raises many
critical questions and issues that                               Community Housing
need to be fully investigated and
answered before a legislative                                    Coalition of WA
framework can be determined.
   CHCWA will host a Providers'
Forum on January 15, 2009, at         Copies of the consultation package can be downloaded from
the Boulevard Centre in Floreat                    www.dhw.wa.gov.au/400_2081.asp
from 8.30 am to 12 noon. Keep
2   Housing Update Summer 2008

    Delivering sector development message
        he Community Housing Direc         smaller community housing organisa-        side the region but to ‘buy local and
        torate of the Department of        tions. This could mean mergers and         use local’ wherever possible.
        Housing and Works is current-      strategic alliances or partnerships on a       Jeanette said the smaller organisa-
ly engaged in a program of taking its      strategic scale with one central man-      tions do not have to merge with larger
message of Sector Development to re-       agement function or on an individual       ones but several smaller ones could
gional areas to explain the opportuni-     project level to provide local housing     unite under the umbrella of one new-
ties for growth, sector initiatives and    to meet the local needs of a particular    ly formed organisation. She said which-
capacity building.                         target group.                              ever path was chosen, it did not mean
   As part of the program, Jeanette           Larger community housing organi-        that passing housing management
Barrington, DHW’s Community                sations would have the capacity to re-     functions across to another organisa-
Housing Sector Development Officer,        source housing and tenancy manage-         tion would result in any loss of stock
visited Geraldton to address a group       ment across wider areas within a re-       to an organisation’s client base.
of local community housing providers       gion with experienced housing man-             Expressions of Interest for Growth
to outline the new legislative require-    agement personnel, contractors and         provider and Preferred Provider sta-
ments to qualify for funding from the      networks with service providers for        tus will be called for in the Midwest
Government for housing.                    support. Jeannette said this did not       and Gascoyne Regions in either March
   In May, 2007, the State Govern-         mean importing personnel from out-         or April next year.
ment allocated $210 million to com-

                                             New funding agreement
munity housing in a four-year period
starting in July, 2007. The money
comes through the State Community

Housing investment Program or
SCHIP.                                             t a time when the demand for accommodation is
   SCHIP funding is conditional upon              increasing and with the public and community housing
effective regulation of the community             waiting lists at record levels, it is important for the sector
housing sector, targeting of funds to       that community housing is in a strong position to grow its
larger scale ‘registered’ providers and     housing stock.
allocations to community housing              The Community Housing Coalition of WA (CHCWA), the
properties directly from the public         peak body for community housing providers, has to play a
housing waitlist.                           greater role in helping providers face the challenges of growing
   Under the Public Housing Leasing         their housing stock while at the same time meeting the
program or PHLP, the DHW plans              requirements of the Department of Housing and Works to
to capacity build and expand the com-       become registered as growth, preferred or registered
munity housing sector by transferring       providers.
the management of public rental hous-         CHCWA has been negotiating with the Community Housing
ing stock to large scale registered pro-    Directorate of the DHW for a new round of funding to cover
viders. The DHW believes that with          the period July 2008 to June 2011.
SCHIP funding and the transfer of             A new agreement between the DHW and CHCWA would
PHLP properties couple with effective       see CHCWA provide a greater range of resources and services
sector consolidation measures, the          across all community housing providers in WA.
Midwest Region can benefit from a             We at CHCWA are pleased to have the confidence of the
substantial boost in social and afford-     DHW demonstrated not only in them providing adequate
able housing stock to achieve its aim       funding for our activities but also for their support for our
of ‘More people in housing.’                independent role which is demonstrated by our organisation’s
   Jeanette told the Midwest providers      capacity to represent the sector to the three levels of
that growth is the key to sector devel-     government and other suitable forums.
opment. No one housing agency is              CHCWA’s role is important to the DHW and the sector
currently equipped to meet the unprec-      through a comprehensive communication network and
edented demand for affordable hous-         professional publications and our ability to interface between
ing in WA but she said the communi-         both parties in a meaningful, professional and positive
ty housing sector was better positioned     manner.
to maximise available incentives such         To conclude, I would like to thank the senior DHW officers,
as GST exemptions on new house              Gary Ellender, the Acting Director of Community Housing,
purchases or construction.                  and Robert Heaton, the Manager of Compliance and
   Jeanette said community housing          Regulation, for their support and professionalism during the
organisations could maximise growth         negotiating period.
opportunities outside the Community
Housing Directorate by networking           Colin McClughan
and fostering consolidation within the      Executive Officer
sector with their peers and or larger or
                                                                            Housing Update Sumkmer 2008 3

From the Executive Officer...
Welcome to new board members
It seems at the end of every         Both Roger and Garry pro-
year, we hear our colleagues,      vided the members with the
family and friends comment on      DHW’s view on registration in
how quickly the time has           which they said well managed
passed and for me it is no dif-    providers had nothing to fear.
ferent, so it is time to reflect   The DHW took the view that
,at least on the last three        providers would be encouraged
months, for the purpose of the     to use registration as a tool to
summer issue of Housing Up-        improve their business practic-
date.                              es. Small providers which fall
   On October 24, we held our      within the third tier of regis-
annual general meeting at          tration should expect the DHW
which the members elected          to call for applications in
Annette Chivers of Zonta           March, 2009.
House Refuge Association and
Pauline Farrell of First Fre-
mantle to the board. Popular
                                    New Legislative
former board member Richard           Framework
Sheridan has remained on the
board as an ex officio member.        The DHW is seeking feed-
   On behalf of the staff at       back on a proposed new Leg-
CHCWA I would like to extend       islative Framework for Com-         ing is not seen as being ade-
a warm welcome to our new          munity Housing in WA. Ac-           quate by housing advocates
board members and thank            cording to the DHW, “the over-      with leading researcher and
those who have moved on for        arching intent of the legislative   National Affordable Housing
the great support they have        proposals is to grow and            Summit Chairman Julian Dis-
given the staff of CHCWA dur-      strengthen the community            ney stating that at least $900
ing their time in office.          housing sector, to improve or-      million for social housing was
   Since the last issue, we have   ganisations capacity to work in     needed each year.
lost two staff members, Gary       partnership with Government            Despite disappointment in
Kleyn, policy officer and Lou-     and private sector, and to have     the amount committed to so-
ise Leicester, training support    an increased focus on organi-       cial housing, at a time of finan-
officer. Alice Hennessy is the     sational performance and            cial uncertainty within the
new training support officer       quality outcomes for tenants.”      Australian community, it is
assisting Daniel Guise.               CHCWA has sought and re-         heartening to see government
   At this stage, we do not have   ceived an extension from the        make a serious commitment to
a permanent replacement for        DHW from December 19, 2008,         reducing homelessness.
Gary, however we have been         to the end of January, 2009,           To conclude my report, I
very fortunate to have the ser-    which will allow CHCWA the          would like to thank those
vices of Julie-ann Lorca, a        opportunity to conduct a sec-       CHCWA members who have
former Executive Officer, until    tor forum in mid-January.           made me feel most welcome
December 19. Julie-ann is             On November 29, 2008, the        when I have visited them, the
moving to Victoria in January,     Council of Australian Govern-       CHCWA board for their guid-
2009, when her husband takes       ments met and issued a com-         ance and support and not least
up a new post.                     muniqué committing $800 mil-        CHCWA’s staff who have as-
   After the AGM, a forum was      lion over five years to combat      sisted me in many ways since
convened for CHCWA’s small         homelessness. The allocation        I commenced earlier this year.
providers of which there were      will be split 50/50 between the        I would also take the oppor-
some 30 attendees. At the re-      commonwealth and the states         tunity to wish all the readers a
quest of the small providers,      and is part of a commitment of      safe and enjoyable time with
the former Director of Commu-      $10 billion in COAG’s Afford-       their family during the Christ-
nity Housing at the Depart-        able Housing Agreement              mas and new year period and I
ment of Housing and Works,         which also includes $1.94 bil-      look forward meeting and talk-
Roger Guinery, and Garry El-       lion over 10 years for remote       ing to you in 2009.
lender, the current acting Di-     indigenous housing.
rector of community housing,          The pledge of $400 million       Colin McClughan
attended.                          over two years for social hous-     Executive Officer
4   Housing Update Summer 2008

Diving into the surplus pool
       he    Department        of   that could potentially be in-      lowance for a land component.
      Housing and Works             vested.                               The DHW proposes two op-
      (DHW) recently circulat-         No information was provid-      tions to deal with surpluses.
ed its ‘Discussion Paper on         ed in the paper as to how the      Overall, providers were not in
Rental Surpluses Policy’ to         financial modeling exercise        favour of Option 1 ‘Compulso-
community housing organisa-         was scoped. Inevitably, there-     ry Pooling of Surpluses within
tions asking them to consider       fore, questions arise as to what   the Department,’ which would
and comment on the draft.           amount has been factored in        see all community housing or-
   Thanks go to all those Local     for the massive input by vol-      ganisations required to report
Government associations and         unteers, local donations,          annual surpluses and return
not for profit community hous-      grants and fundraisers which       those to the DHW. The DHW
ing providers who provided          have for many years support-       also agrees this would not pro-
feedback which will help to         ed and subsidised many com-        vide sufficient flexibility for
provide an informed sector re-      munity housing providers and       providers. A further question
sponse.                             contributed to them achieving      under this model would be how
   According to the discussion      any surplus.                       deficits might be handled and
paper, financial modeling un-          Some providers have voiced      whether the organisations that
dertaken as part of the DHW’s       concern about the ability to       have contributed to surpluses
Community Housing Review            attract ongoing volunteer,         may then be reimbursed in
2007 estimates that $3 to           fundraising and donation par-      deficit years.
$4million of rental surpluses       ticipation from the local com-        Option2, ‘Varied Response
are generated annually within       munity where the surpluses         based on Registration Catego-
the sector. Based on say a          generated in that community        ry,’ would see Growth and Pre-
$3million surplus per annum,        may be at risk of being allocat-   ferred Providers retaining their
and with 241 providers in WA,       ed to other areas.                 surpluses, subject to an ap-
the surplus equates to about                                           proved growth plan, and hav-
$12,450 per provider. And,
with about 5,000 properties in       Concern over                      ing the ability to attract sur-
                                                                       pluses from ‘Registered Provid-
                                                                       ers.’ Registered Providers
the sector, the average is $600
per unit of accommodation.             ‘pooling’                       might have the option of pool-
   The DHW believes the sur-                                           ing surpluses with another
pluses are not being reinvest-         There was a similar concern     Growth, Preferred or Regis-
ed into social housing growth,      about ensuring that where          tered Provider; returning sur-
an issue that has been the sub-     ‘pooling’ may be undertaken,       pluses to the DHW for reinvest-
ject of debate for some time.       only those organisations with      ment with Growth or Preferred
Sector feedback indicates           similar missions and client        Providers; using surpluses for
smaller providers generally         groups be matched together.        property upgrade or improve-
achieve minimal surplus, no            But, should the sector          ments/refurbishments; using
surplus or a deficit which can      achieve a surplus of about         surpluses to purchase addi-
change each year depending          $3million in practice, and as-     tional equity in existing
on the age of stock and vary-       suming it could be collected       projects or using surpluses to
ing requirements for refurbish-     and administered without a         build new community housing
ment, repair, upgrade or im-        considerable burden and cost       units.
provement.                          to both the DHW and the sec-          There was qualified support
   Historically, some larger pro-   tor, the ‘surplus’ could poten-    for Option 2 with most provid-
viders have contributed to joint    tially add about six properties    ers wishing to retain indepen-
venture projects utilising cash     per annum (based on develop-       dence in use of their surplus-
reserves although it is unclear     ment costs of about $450,000       es by applying them to refur-
as to whether those reserves        per unit) to the State’s social    bishment, upgrade and fit-out
were generated solely from          housing portfolio. Although the    projects. This is particularly
rental surpluses. Determining       DHW estimates an additional        relevant to the sector, given the
what percentage of cash re-         20 units per annum was             amount of ageing accommoda-
serves generated solely as rent-    achievable with $3million, or      tion stocks currently making
al surpluses in DHW funded          around $150,000 per unit,          up providers’ portfolios which
projects were injected back         CHCWA believes seven units is      will require a higher level of
into social housing growth          more realistic in the current      investment to ensure their
would assist in painting a          building and real estate mar-              • More Page 5
clearer picture of the amount       ket. This figure also makes al-
                                                                             Housing Update Summer 2008 5

 Lynne Evans back as board chair
      ynne Evans was returned as chair of the       Council to Homeless Persons Australia:
      Community Housing Coalition of WA             Lynne Evans, St Barts, and Marjorie Caw, Hills
      Board at its annual general meeting on        Community Support Group, proxy
Friday, October 24, 2008.                           Independent Living Program (ILP):
  Leanne Strommen was again elected Secre-          Marjorie Caw, HCSG
tary and Ernie Hansen, Treasurer.                   Community Sector Services:
  Four board positions fell vacant this year and    Colin McClughan, CHCWA Executive Officer
they were filled by existing board members Don      SAAP Training Committee:
Tunnicliffe and Kathleen Gregory and Pauline        Daniel Guise, CHCWA BPU Manager
Farrell and Annette Chivers were elected to the     Housing and Urban Research Institute of WA
board for the first time. Richard Sheridan was      (HURIWA):
invited to become an ex-officio board member.       Colin McClughan, CHCWA EO
  Greg Ledger was appointed auditor for 2008/       WACOSS Peaks Forum:
2009, after having filled that role for the four    Colin McClughan, CHCWA EO
preceeding years.                                   WACOSS Consumer Utilities Program (CUP):
  Committee representatives for the coming          Colin McClughan, CHCWA EO
year are:                                           SAAP Training Advisory Committee (TAC):
Community Housing Federation of Aust:               Daniel Guise, BPU Manager
Daniel Guise, CHCWA BPU Manager, and                SAAP Protocols:
Pauline Farrell, FOHCOL                             Colin McClughan, CHCWA EO

 Comment on rental surpluses policy sought
                                   regulatory requirements.            to circulate an annual report
       • From Page 4               There is already a requirement      but no details are available as
suitability in the longer term.    for organisations to provide in-    yet to articulate how evalua-
Maintaining flexibility in the     dependently audited financial       tion will be made and what the
approach as to how such sur-       reports which should provide        performance indicators will be.
pluses are utilised is critical,   the DHW with a sufficient lev-      Although it supports an annu-
especially for organisations in    el of comfort in regards to         al evaluation process, the sec-
regional areas where there is      transparency of an organisa-        tor would like to see more de-
overwhelming support to re-        tion’s business operations.         tail.
tain funding within the area,      But, should such an expendi-           An extension of time for im-
and with specialist providers,     ture list be implemented, it        plementation would allow for
many of which have much            would assist providers if broad     further comprehensive detail
higher repair and maintenance      items of expenditure, such as       and sector input and it would
costs due to their high needs      what comprises ‘staff and ad-       be envisaged that as this poli-
client group. Similarly, the       ministration costs?’ or in par-     cy will be impacted by the leg-
potential to purchase addition-    ticular ‘any other costs the        islative framework, a time-
al equity in existing housing      DHW may reasonably deem as          frame for implementation
projects is favoured by several    necessary from time to time,’       would be in line with the legis-
organisations. As always,          could be more clearly defined.      lation’s introduction.
though, the devil is in the de-       Another issue is the DHW’s          There are several subsidiary
tail, and the critical issue is    current policy of setting aside     issues canvassed in the docu-
who decides how the money is       1 per cent for long-term main-      ment and a full report on the
applied. That is, how much         tenance. Given the ageing           sector responses will be avail-
autonomy will providers have       stocks currently held by the        able on CHCWA’s website in
in determining how funds are
                                   sector, many feel this is not       the near future. Although
                                   sufficient. It also has implica-    there are several issues that
  The draft policy also discuss-
                                   tions when calculating rental       require further detail, CHCWA
es the ‘authorised categories of
expenditure’ and what would        surplus. CHCWA will investi-        and the sector welcome the
be allowable by the DHW. It is     gate further and engage the         opportunity to work with the
interesting to ponder why such     DHW in discussion on the is-        DHW in the development of a
a list would be necessary, giv-    sue to establish what formula       workable, sustainable rental
en the high financial compli-      may be more appropriate.            surplus policy and CHCWA
ance required by organisations        The evaluation of surpluses      looks forward to liaising further
through both the DHW’s reg-        will also be a key driver for the   with both the sector and DHW
istration process and other        sector. The DHW is planning         to progress the policy.
6   Housing Update Summer 2008

HCSG says thanks for support
      he Hills Community Sup
     port Group recently held
     a Sundowner for stake-
holders and funding bodies at
the group’s Enterprise House
in midland.
   The Sundowner was the fi-
nal 25th Anniversary celebra-
tion in a series of ‘thank you’
events that have been rolled
out throughout the year.
   The theme for all events has
been ‘giving back to the com-
munity’ – a thank you for its
support, its response to the
group’s initiatives and for the
care for those the group works
   Enterprise House was filled
with artwork created in work-
shops for the event by an en-      HCSG Chief Executive Officer Helen Dullard with Lotterywest
thusiastic group of older peo-               Chairman Clyde Bevan at the Sundowner.
ple, people with disabilities     expressed his belief on ‘the she said.
and Aboriginal ladies.            value of taking the time to cap-   HCSG’s Chief Executive Of-
   Artworks from the work-        ture the journey through tell- ficer, Helen Dullard, acknowl-
shops were presented to Lot-      ing the story.’                  edged the encouragement,
terywest and Midland Brick in       Author, Alice Nelson, spoke support and wisdom given to
thanks for their tremendous       on the personal impact that HCSG in the past 25 years.
support for many years.           gathering the ‘stories’ had on     Each Government Agency,
   The 25 years History Update,   her.                             Local Authority and others who
Next of Kin, was launched by        “I will never forget this. I attended the Sundowner have
Councillor Dr Alan Pilgrim who    could easily work for HCSG,” watched HCSG grow from an
                                                                   insignificant little entity with
                                                                   nothing but a dream to what it
                                                                   is today, an organisation with
                                                                   strong foundations, innovative
                                                                   and successfully building an
                                                                   infrastructure that will en-
                                                                   hance its capacity to meet the
                                                                   ever increasing challenges of
                                                                   the sector.
                                                                     Helen said how hard it was
                                                                   to believe that HCSG had
                                                                   grown to where it is now and
                                                                   that 96 per cent of that growth
                                                                   had happened in the last five
                                                                     Helen also shared some of
                                                                   the milestones and significant
                                                                   issues that, in the last 25
                                                                   years, have impacted on HC-
                                                                   SG’s growth from a cottage ser-
                                                                   vice to an organisation confi-
                                                                   dent in its ability to provide
                                                                   high quality services through-
                                                                   out the Eastern Region.
    Mundaring Shire Councillor, Dr Alan Pilgrim, launches the
         HCSG 25 years History Update, Next of Kin.                        • More Page 7
                                                                           Housing Update Summer 2008   7

Stage set for Gimme Shelter ‘2’
      he picturesque Fremantle
      Arts Centre will again
      come alive to the sound of
music as the second Gimme
Shelter concert takes to the
stage on Saturday, February
21, 2009.
  After months of planning,
countless meetings, the St
Patrick’s Starlight Hotel Choir
diligently rehearsing every
Thursday morning and endless
emails between the dedicated
organising committee, the big
event is on again and there is
no turning back!
  Rising local stars Abbey May
and The Rockin’ Pneumonia
along with the Dream State
Circus are already confirmed
bookings for the concert.
  The organisers are hoping
that the local community will
get right behind the event as
they did last year and help
make it even more successful.           St Patrick’s Starlight Hotel Choir set for another stunning
  If anyone is interested in be-             performance at the next Gimme Shelter Concert.
coming a sponsor, helping           ary, 2008, also at the Freman- encore performance in the Arts
spread the word through their       tle Arts Centre.                   Centre courtyard.
networks, helping out on the           The community support for         St Pat’s and other organisa-
night, having an information        the event was strong with more tions which provide support for
stall if they are a non-Govern-     than 1,000 people turning up the homeless, had information
ment-organisation or becom-         for the concert on the south stalls and the Gimme Shelter
ing involved in any way then        lawn with great local bands, wristband             appeal     was
please get in touch with Victor     speeches and entertainment launched.
Crevatin       by    email    at    including St Pat’s own Star-         The night was an overwhelm-
vcrevatin@stpats.com.au             light Hotel Choir which per- ing success both financially
  The inaugural Gimme Shel-         formed on the main stage and and in terms of raising aware-
ter concert was held in Febru-      then raced off to do a special ness.

HCSG says thanks
        • From Page 6
  HCSG was founded 25 years
ago to respond to community
needs and it was those needs
that created HCSG’s diversity
which has ‘mushroomed’ to
embrace youth, aged, people
with disabilities and carers.
  In addition, a team of skilled,
experienced and dedicated
staff and volunteers provides
the capacity for HCSG to plan
for the future.
(Right) HCSG Chief Executive
  Officer Helen Dullard with
Kym Cramer of Midland Brick.
8   Housing Update Summer 2008

                                                                      BPU Manager
                                                                       elected to
                                                                      CHFA Board
                                                                             he Community Housing
                                                                            Federation of Australia
                                                                            (CHFA) held its annual
                                                                      general meeting and National
                                                                      Members’ Meeting in Adelaide
                                                                      on November 27 and 28, 2008,
                                                                      with delegates from every state
                                                                      and territory meeting to dis-
                                                                      cuss the many issues confront-
                                                                      ing the Community Housing
                                                                      sector across the nation.
                                                                         At the meeting, CHCWA’s
                                                                      Best Practice Unit Manager
                                                                      Daniel Guise was elected to the
   CHCWA’s Best Practice Unit Manager Daniel Guise meets
                                                                         Ciarán Synnott and Derek
Karen Worth, the Chief Executive Officer of Marra Worra Worra
                                                                      Yule were re-elected unop-
         Aboriginal Corporation, in Fitzroy crossing.
                                                                      posed in the positions of Chair-

      BPU focuses on
                                                                      person and Treasurer respec-
                                                                         Daniel joins Adam Farrar,

        training for
                                                                      Steve Bevington, Mike Myers
                                                                      and Jed Donohue as the other
                                                                      elected board members.
                                                                         The National Members’
     housing providers                                                Meeting began with a presen-
                                                                      tation by guest speaker Phil

      his year, the Best Practice   largest Aboriginal Resource       Fagan-Schmidt, Deputy Chief
      Unit (BPU) focused on         Agency in the Kimberly region.    Executive of the Department of
      providing as many com-          It currently services 35 com-   Families and Communities for
munity housing providers as         munities located throughout       the South Australian Govern-
possible with training and          the Kimberley, providing them     ment.
                                                                         Mr Fagan-Schmidt outlined
business improvement re-            with ongoing support and as-
                                                                      his government’s viewpoint on
sources.                            sistance as well as offering
                                                                      the affordable housing crisis
   This has called for the fre-     them a voice and avenue to        and detailed some of the South
quent running of training           Government.                       Australian Government’s re-
courses in both metropolitan          The BPU discussed with          sponses, including their
and regional areas.                 Karen her hope and vision for     HomeStart and Property Loca-
   The objective of running the     the organisation’s future and,    tor Programs.
courses is to expose organisa-      where appropriate, advice was        The National Member’s
tions to best practice policies     offered about the best way to     Meeting covered many topics
and procedures which will in        apply various improvement         during the two days including
turn improve an organisation’s      strategies.                       the National Affordable Hous-
ability to deliver quality out-       The organisation was also       ing Agreement, National Rent-
comes.                              supplied with relevant resourc-   al Affordability Scheme, the
   In November, 2008, the unit      es which will aid in implement-   charitable tax status of hous-
travelled to Fitzroy Crossing to    ing updated policies and pro-     ing providers, common equity
meet Karen Worth, the Chief         cedures.                          schemes around Australia and
Executive Officer of Marra            The whole process was a         the CHFA constitution.
Worra Worra Aboriginal Corpo-       success and we look forward          Delegates also worked to de-
ration (MWWAC).                     to working with MWWAC in the      velop CHFA’s 2008-09 finan-
   MWWAC is the oldest and          future.                           cial year work plan.
                                                                          Housing Update Summer 2008   9

Combined ‘Housing Celebration Day’
      he Australasian Housing
     Institute (AHI) and Swin
     burne University held a
combined ‘Housing Celebra-
tion Day’ at the Novotel Lan-
gley Hotel in Perth on Novem-
ber 12, 2008.
   The day provided an oppor-
tunity for past and present
Swinburne students, and the
WA AHI membership to net-
work and share industry skills
and knowledge in addition to
celebrating the great work
done by all in the social hous-
ing sector.
   The day was attended by
CHCWA and Department of
Housing and Works staff and
others who are past and               (Left to right) Michael Pelling of Swinburne University, Neil
present Swinburne students         Sandel, Australasian Housing Institute NSW Director and Gary
as well as AHI members.              Gardiner Australasian Housing Institute Indigenous Board
   The day’s events started          Member discuss the topics at the Housing Celebration Day.
with breakfast and were           held a special general meet- housing professionals and op-
opened by AHI President           ing followed by its annual portunity to offer input into a
Shane Edmonds who then            general meeting the keynote vision for the future direction
chaired a discussion on the       speaker for which was Gra- of Aboriginal and Torres
topic ‘Challenges for Profes-     hame Searle.                         Strait Islander Housing in
sional Education in Human           At the AGM, Shane Ed- Australia.
Services.                         monds, Matthew Woodward                 The housing conditions of
   Speakers included the          and Anthony Rantell were ap- Australia’s Indigenous people’s
DHW’s Director General,           pointed to positions of Presi- are a significant cause for con-
Grahame Searle, Swinburne         dent, Community Housing and cern and an issue which is re-
University’s Dean of the Fac-     Volunteer representatives.           ceiving Government attention.
ulty of Life and Social Scienc-     The final event of the day was        Much of the focus is on re-
es, Russell Crawford, and         a joint policy forum run by the mote communities although
Brendan Moran of Housing          AHI and Swinburne Universi- most AHI members agree that
South Australia.                  ty facilitated by Joan Fergu- there are also major issues in
   This was followed by a ses-    son, AHI CEO.                        urban and regional centres.
sion to celebrate the achieve-      The keynote speaker, Profes-          During the workshop,
ments of Swinburne Univer-        sor Terry Burke of Swinburne themes including funding for
sity students past and            University, spoke on the topic Aboriginal and Torres Strait
present.                          of ‘Failing markets and Hous- Islander social housing, home
   The Dean of the Faculty of     ing interventions’ and chal- ownership programs, assis-
Life and Social Science, Rus-     lenged the audience to think tance into private rental, good
sell Crawford, and Professor      about the future of social hous- quality social rental housing,
Terry Burke were the keynote      ing.                                 building capacity for the sec-
speakers.                           A panel comprising leaders tor, for organisations and for
   An acknowledgement of stu-     of the public and private hous- individuals, innovation, hous-
dents and sharing of student      ing sectors then responded to ing design, construction and
experiences facilitated by AHI    Professor Burke’s speech.            maintenance, land and tenure
Chief Executive Officer Joan        On November 13, 2008, the issues, housing as a founda-
Ferguson followed.                AHI held a workshop at the tion for cultural life, economic
   There was also a presenta-     Mantra on Hay on the topic prosperity, social well being,
tion by the AHI to Swinburne      ‘Aboriginal Housing – Develop- educational opportunity for all
University to formalise profes-   ing a Vision for the Future.’        and good health, housing in
sional acknowledgement of           This was the first of two the remote parts of Australia
Swinburne housing courses.        workshops (the second will be and the relationship between
   In the afternoon, the AHI      run in Sydney) aimed to give indigenous housing organisa-
                                                                       tions and other parts of the
                                                                       housing industry were touched
10   Housing Update Summer 2008

 Phase 1 of ILP evaluation launched
        ue Ash, the Executive Di    tal health services and the         The Phase 1 Policy Review
       rector of the WA Council     NGO sector to provide a com-      contains 21 recommendations
       of Social Service, recent-   prehensive and seamless net-      for ILP future directions .
ly launched the Independent         work of services that promote       The ILP Evaluation Report
Living Program (ILP) Evalua-        recovery and social inclusion     Phase 1: Policy Review can be
tion Report.                        for people with psychotic ill-    accessed       on      http://
   The ILP is a supported hous-     nesses and disability.            www.health.wa.gov.au/mhpr
ing program that has been in
place for more than 10 years.
   The WA Centre for Mental
                                     Small providers meeting
Health Policy Research is un-                Small Providers Meeting was held following the
dertaking an evaluation of the              CHCWA’s annual general meeting on October 24. The
ILP under the auspices of the               meeting was in response to a request from several small
WA Association of Mental             providers via a survey that a meeting be held with represen-
Health and the Mental Health         tatives of the Department of Housing and Works to outline
Division of the Department of        what regulation meant for small providers in the community
Health to provide options for        housing sector.
the future direction of the pro-       The DHW’s Community Housing Director, Roger Guinery,
gram.                                and the now Acting Director, Gary Ellender, attended the
   The evaluation has been sep-      meeting. Roger Guinery told the meeting he was going on a
arated into two phases.              six months secondment overseas and that Gary would be
   Phase 1 as a policy review        the Acting Director from Monday, October 27, 2008.
focused on program manage-             Roger said the DHW had recently seen growth in Commu-
ment, operational and service        nity Housing and in general social housing (including Public
development issues.                  Housing. He said there would be new providers from inter-
   It was based on findings from     state building social housing as well as local WA providers.
literature, examples of best           Some providers were negative towards regulation but Rog-
practice in other jurisdictions      er said they were worrying unnecessarily. He wanted to re-
and input from extensive con-        assure them that regulation would be a lot easier for small
sultations with policy makers,       providers than it would be for growth or preferred providers.
service providers, consumers           Roger also said there were options open to small providers
and carers.                          such as aligning with growth or preferred providers, in stra-
   Phase 2 will be developed as      tegic partnerships, amalgamations or look at grouping with
a retrospective, longitudinal        other small providers so as to reach preferred provider level
study to better understand the       which would entitle them to some SCHIP funding.
characteristics of those who           Registration is a requirement for all providers in order to
are successful in maintaining        keep some level of funding from DHW.
their tenancies and to assess          The DHW said there would soon be a call for expressions
the impact of the program on         of interest for regional growth and preferred providers.
hospital use.                          The DHW feels that local providers would be regarded highly
   It is recommended that the        in the EOI process owing to their local and community knowl-
final report of the Phase 1 pol-     edge. Local small providers could also look at strategic alli-
icy review be read in conjunc-       ances with larger providers to allow for growth opportunities
tion with the report, Reviewing      whilst maintaining autonomy over the day to day manage-
the Independent Living Pro-          ment of their organisations.
gram: Discussion Paper for the         Roger was asked a question from the floor about the role of
Future Directions Workshop           CHCWA to provide independent input into DHW policy on
which outlines the findings          behalf of the sector. Roger said it was important and healthy
from the consultations and il-       for DHW to have CHCWA provide the views of the sector to-
lustrated examples of best           wards DHW policy in an independent way and that this is
practice in supported housing        what CHCWA’s role is.
programs.                              Roger and Gary want CHCWA to help in training all 241
   The review puts forward a         providers in WA. Gary indicated there were currently six
vision modelled on the Victo-        applications for growth providers and nine preferred provid-
rian system, which is regard-        ers. It was not expected that the third tier, registered provid-
ed as the most effective in Aus-     er application would start until March, 2009.
tralia, of a rehabilitation and        The DHW wants the sector to be able to manage suitable
support system that operates         housing and for the organisations to be strong and sustain-
as a partnership between men-        able going into the future.
                                                                            Housing Update Summer 2008   11

Homeless Connect a success
       n event which brought        son, do not share the comforts     with the service provider sec-
       together homeless people     and lifestyle that so many peo-    tor on implementing the Home-
       and service providers in     ple take for granted.              less Connect Project in Perth.
the central city has been hailed       “The event goes some way to        The study indicated support
an overwhelming success by          improving connectivity be-         from the sector and resulted in
Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi.           tween the city and those who       Volunteering WA and the City
   Perth’s first Homeless Con-      are classified as homeless.        of Perth working collaborative-
nect, held at the City of Perth’s      “While Homeless Connect is      ly to build support for Home-
Citiplace Community Centre,         just for a day, the awareness      less Connect in Perth.
enabled people living on the        of the services and providers         According to the 2006 ABS
streets or who have no perma-       that can be accessed will be of    census data, the number of
nent accommodation to access        longer-term benefit to those       homeless as a proportion of the
a range of services in a one-       who have visited Homeless          population has increased in
stop-shop situation.                Connect.”                          WA while remaining static na-
   They were also able to select       The basic numbers from the      tionally.
donated items of clothing, food,    inaugural Homeless Connect            Data from the 2001 Census
toiletries and other goods          Perth event are 650 people at-     indicated more than 6,500
which will help make their lives    tending overall, comprising        people were homeless within
a little more comfortable.          150 volunteers, 100 service        the Perth metropolitan area, or
   About 44 Government and          provider staff ( 44 service pro-   65 per cent of the State’s
service agencies, ranging from      viders present), 50 launch in-     homeless persons.
Centrelink and the Depart-          vitees and 350 guests.                The 2006 Census identified
ment of Housing and Works              The kitchen provided 500        13,391 in WA were homeless
through to the Salvation Army       meals, 115 haircuts were re-       of which it is estimated that
and Lions Hearing Clinic, pro-      ceived, 24 Showers, four truck-    8,704 are in the Perth metro-
vided one-on-one contact with       fuls of donations were given       politan area.
people who might otherwise          away, equalling about 12              The fundamental concept of
have difficulty accessing such      tonnes.                            the project is connection and
services or who might not              They included clothes, toys,    this is between homeless peo-
know they existed.                  food, toiletries and more and      ple and service providers, be-
   About 150 volunteers helped      250 ‘goodie bags’ were given       tween homeless people and
the homeless people and pro-        away on exit.                      volunteers willing to take the
vided personal care services           The Homeless Connect            time to listen to their stories,
such as hairdressing, podiatry,     project brought together Local     between a range of services
optometry, showers, meals           Government, State Govern-          and between Government and
medical services and massage.       ment, Federal Government,          community.
   The Lord Mayor said Home-        businesses and community              The goals of Homeless Con-
less Connect had its origins in     groups to provide free services    nect are to improve access to
the US and had previously           to homeless people for a day.      services and housing for home-
been staged in Brisbane.               In November 2007, at the        less persons in Perth, engage
   “The Council of Capital City     Council of Capital City Lord       and increase the collaborative
Lord Mayors then took up the        Mayors meeting held in Mel-        involvement of homeless con-
baton and I was very keen to        bourne, the first Australian       sumers, business, non-profit
see an event staged in Perth,”      Homeless Connect Project ini-      community, and individual vol-
Ms Scaffidi said.                   tiated by Brisbane City Coun-      unteers to work together to
   “The City and Volunteering       cil was discussed.                 create solutions to homeless-
WA combined their resources            Due to the significance of      ness, to improve the system of
to make the event happen and        homelessness throughout            care by creating opportunities
all those involved in ensuring      Australia and the impact           for collaboration and sharing
its success are to be strongly      homeless issues have upon          of best practices among Perth’s
commended.                          capital cities, the Council of     homeless provider community
   “About 350 people availed        Capital City Lord Mayors re-       and to leverage private, corpo-
themselves of the various ser-      solved to make the project a       rate and foundation money
vices on offer, including 500       national project supported by      and in-kind support to aug-
meals served.                       the various Capital City Local     ment efforts to increase hous-
   “Our city has to be an inclu-    Government Authorities.            ing options and build service
sive city that takes care of           In 2007, Volunteering WA        capacity for homeless persons
those who, for whatever rea-        conducted a feasibility study      in Perth.
Who we are and what we do
The Community Housing Coalition of WA is                                                                    We take your suggestions and rep-
                                                                                                            resent your views to politicians,
the peak representative and service body for                                                                Government departments, the
organisations delivering non-government                                                                     media, special interest groups and
                                                                                                            other stakeholders, ensuring that
social housing in WA.                                                                                       your concerns are heard and re-
CHCWA’s role is to                                    Becoming a member                                     solved.
                                                      Community housing providers are                       We also offer members:
• Represent the interests of Lo-
                                                      a diverse group of organisations,                     • Training in Managing Challeng-
cal Government and non-gov-
                                                      but there are issues which affect                     ing Behaviour, Introduction to
ernment social housing provid-
                                                      the whole sector and which re-                        Community Housing, New Work-
ers in WA.
                                                      quire a united voice.                                 ers Induction, Asset Management,
We make representations on be-
                                                                                                            Developing Policies, Risk Manage-
half of the community housing
                                                      Membership of CHCWA ensures                           ment and Rent Setting.
sector to State and Federal Gov-
                                                      that individual providers can                         • Regular meetings, to enable
ernments and also through our                         make a difference, shaping the                        members to offer input into
membership of relevant State and                      political and social landscape in                     CHCWA policy.
national committees including the                     ways that best serve the needs of                     • Members-only social functions,
Council to Homeless Persons                           providers and tenants.                                giving you an opportunity to meet
(CHP), The Community Housing
                                                                                                            other providers in a social setting.
Federation of Australia and the                       CHCWA speaks with a strong                            • Workshops and forums to dis-
WA Housing Minister’s Forum.                          voice for the sector, as well as pro-
                                                                                                            cuss technical, business and po-
                                                      viding a platform for discussing
                                                      policy direction and best practice.                   litical issues.
• Promote and expand Local
                                                                                                            • Realistic discounts on training
Government and non-Govern-
                                                      Full membership of CHCWA is                           fees.
ment social housing in WA.
                                                      open to:                                              • Access to research and statisti-
CHCWA is intimately involved in
                                                                                                            cal information.
the ongoing promotion and expan-
                                                      • Incorporated non-Government,                        • Members’ section on the web
sion of community housing. This
                                                      not-for-profit organisations that                     site, where you will find current
includes working with National,
                                                      have the provision of community                       events, training opportunities and
State and Local Governments to
                                                      housing as their main objective.                      invitations to members-only func-
increase their commitments to                         • Incorporated organisations that                     tions.
community housing.                                    manage or sponsor community                           • Opportunity for free advertising
                                                      housing projects as part of their                     on our website.
• Improve the delivery of Local                       operations.                                           • Free publications
Government and non-Govern-                            • Unincorporated organisations
ment social housing in WA.                            that have the provision of commu-                     Membership Fees:
CHCWA also works at a grassroots                      nity housing as their main objec-                     Fees are based on the number of
level to improve the delivery of                      tive.                                                 dwellings managed by the appli-
community housing through ad-                                                                               cant:
vice, resourcing and training.                        Other organisations and individ-                      Full membership:
                                                      uals are welcome to join as Asso-                       0 - 10 = $ 80
• Identify unmet social housing                       ciate Members.
                                                                                                             11 - 50 = $190
needs                                                                                                        51 - 100 = $400
Since merging with the Council to                     Membership benefits                                   101 - 250 = $520
Homeless persons in 1999,                                                                                   251 - 400 = $750
CHCWA has become increasingly                                                                               401 - 500 and above = $1100
                                                      Improve the operating environ-
involved in homeless issues and                                                                             (GST included)
                                                      ment for your organisation by pro-
now works to clearly identify un-                     viding input into policies, posi-                     Associate Membership:
met social housing needs.                             tions and practices relating to                       Individual           = $45
                                                      community housing.                                    Organisation         = $95
DISCLAIMER: Housing Update is a publication of The Community Housing Coalition of Western Australia, 33 Moore Street, East Perth WA. Comments contained within
this issue do not necessarily reflect the views of The Community Housing Coalition.
Responsibility for this issue is taken by Colin McClughan, Executive Officer. E-mail: eo@communityhousing.com.au

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