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Sector Development Fund

The Community Housing Sector Development Fund (the Fund) is designed to build the capacity of not-for-profit community housing providers to manage the growth of social and affordable housing under the Big Housing Build.

The Fund was established in 2020 with $6 million and has two funding streams – an Aboriginal component supporting capacity building for the Aboriginal housing sector and a non-Aboriginal component. At least 10% of the Fund was committed for the Aboriginal component. To date, $2,861,172 or 47 per cent of funding has been allocated to projects focussed on building the capacity of the Aboriginal Housing Sector.

The Fund has provided grants to five organisations across 16 projects taking place between 2020 and 2025. The projects are outlined below.

The projects

Breaking Down Barriers for ACCOs to the Big Housing Build

The project objective is to support Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations participating in the Big Housing Build program and increase the number of ACCOs and Traditional Owners seeking to deliver social housing.

Community Partnerships Brokerage Role

The project objective is to fund a two-year position to broker partnerships between Aboriginal organisations and registered housing providers to directly support the design and development of proposals within the Big Housing Build Aboriginal stimulus package works. 

Local Government Partnerships Project

The project objective is to increase the understanding of the housing needs of Aboriginal people in selected Local Government Areas.

Supporting Aboriginal Registration

The project objective is to support and increase the number of Aboriginal housing providers by supporting Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations and Traditional Owner groups in the registration process.

Community Engagement Framework and Support

The project objective is to engage an expert engagement consultancy to build the community engagement capacity of the sector through training and specialist hands-on support. The project will implement the Community Engagement Framework developed in partnership between CHIA Vic and Homes Victoria to support the delivery of new homes funded under the Big Housing Build.

Creating Policies that Meet Renters’ Needs

The project objective is to improve practice in the community housing sector and build capacity to manage new dwellings delivered through the Big Housing Build by creating policies that meet renters’ needs.

For further information on the resources, contact CHIA Vic at leadingpractice@chiavic.com.au

The resources are available to CHIA Vic members here.

Developing the Workforce of the Future

The project objectives are to develop a workforce strategy and implementation plan to support implementation of the strategy; and to fund two 3-year fixed-term positions in CHIA Victoria to guide and implement the Workforce Strategy.

Read for further information on Workforce Strategy 2023 – 2025 

Digital Transformation

The project objectives are to identify the future IT needs of the sector and available solutions to inform a plan to upgrade sector IT infrastructure; and to prepare detailed strategies, resources, and templates to assist sector organisations to develop and implement customised digital strategies.

Read for further information on CHIA Vic Launches Digital Transformation Project

Human Rights Focussed Policies and Practices

The project objective is to improve practice in the community housing sector and build capacity to manage new dwellings delivered through the Big Housing Build by delivering human rights focused policies and practices.

For further information on the resources, contact CHIA Vic at leadingpractice@chiavic.com.au

The resources are available to CHIA Vic members here.

Reimagining Rooming Housing

The project objective is to understand the current physical state of the portfolio and provide information to begin the development of asset plans for each building and the potential associated costs.

Renter Satisfaction and Outcomes Improvement

The project objective is to develop an improved approach to collecting and using renter data to drive improvements to services and ultimately renter satisfaction and renter outcomes.

Read For further information on CHIA Vic

Renter Voice

The project objectives include preparing an engagement framework and action plan to guide capacity building for providers and tenants to build tenant voice in planning, developing, and managing social housing; and creating opportunities for tenants to influence and shape the planning, development, and management of social housing.

For further information on the renter voice

Social Procurement Support

The project objective is to support the community housing sector with social procurement and undertake activities to develop model resources, support suppliers to tailor and implement relevant policies and strategies, identify and organise relevant training, act as a connection point with Homes Victoria and the sector for social procurement, and support implementation of other requirements such as inclusive workplace practices on construction sites.

Read For further information on Social Procurement Support

Affordable Housing Project Development Worker and Consultancy Project

The project objective is to provide a connection point between local governments and community housing providers to develop partnerships. Other project activities include financial modelling of the impacts of leasing land from the community housing sector to develop and operate an affordable or social housing development; analysis of the opportunities and constraints that the models impose on councils and community housing organisations, based on the research as well as the input of the advisory group; recommendations for the renewal of guidelines for the sale, exchange and transfer of land, considering implications of the Local Government Act requirements.

Read for further information on Developing Affordable Housing 

Feasibility of Assets and Organisational Capability

The project objective is to deliver reports that provide an analysis of individual Aboriginal organisations’ financial and organisational capacity to become registered housing agencies and explore alternatives where this is not feasible.

Women’s Housing Framework Organisational Audit Tool

The project objective is to develop a Women’s Housing Framework Organisational Audit Tool (the Audit Tool). The Audit Tool will provide a platform for Community Housing Providers to audit their housing and services providing guidance as to whether the processes support positive housing, and individual outcomes for the women they house through the Big Housing Build.