About CHIA

CHIA is the peak industry body for the community housing sector in Australia.


CHIA is funded by its member organisations, which between them own or manage over 60,000 affordable rental properties across every state and territory in Australia.


It represents the growth provider with a portfolio of 5,000 properties, the small organisation which exists solely to manage the 13 properties which it owns, as well as the organisation which provides affordable housing as an adjunct to specialist services such as mental health or disability support. As such, CHIA is uniquely positioned to provide a truly national voice for the community housing industry.


On behalf of its members CHIA undertakes research, policy development and advocacy around social and affordable housing issues. It leads representation of  community and affordable housing issues at the national level through strong partnerships with Government, research bodies, peak bodies and other industry groups with an interest in affordable housing. Through industry development and member services, CHIA’s work supports the delivery of quality affordable housing across the country.


CHIA  is a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity.  CHIA operates like any other limited company but all financial surpluses stay in the company to be re-invested in activities that advance quality affordable housing for people on low to moderate incomes.


In 2013, a committee of industry and peak body representatives began scoping the development of a first of its kind, member funded national, independent, peak body for community housing providers. That work provided the basis for the formation of CHIA in 2015 following the decision of the Commonwealth government to cease funding for the existing peak, the Community Housing Federation of Australia (CHFA).


CHIA’s foundation members saw a clear need for a single voice for the industry, a one-stop shop for providers and a single source of policy, advocacy, representation, training and resourcing. Like any industry peak body, CHIA would be funded by members and other income streams which it developed over time.


In addition to its advocacy and representational role, CHIA aims to combine the expertise and resources of the network of state and territory peaks to improve support for members, create more opportunities for peer-to-peer networking, and lift the quality of housing and other services provided to community housing tenants.


While staying true to its roots, CHIA reflects the 20-year evolution of community housing in Australia from a large number of small-scale housing providers to a much more diverse and sophisticated national market, which now includes organisations with property portfolios worth billions of dollars and which operate across several states and territories.


board members

  • Michael Lennon


  • Geoff Barber

    Board Member, SA Region Director

  • Jed Donoghue

    Board Member, TAS Region Director

  • Chris Glennen

    Board Member, VIC Region Director

  • John Nicolades

    Board Member, NSW Region Director

  • Frances Paterson-Fleider

    Board Member, QLD Region Director

  • Jillian Ritherdon

    Board Member, NT Region Director

  • Stephen Seesink

    Board Member, ACT Region Director

  • Stephen Walker

    Board Member, WA Region Director

  • Stephen Bevington

    Board Member

  • Greg Budworth

    Board Member

  • Jennie Vartan

    Board Member


  • Peta Winzar

    Executive Director

  • Barry Doyle

    Project Director WA

  • Kate Robertson

    Media & Communications Manager

  • Shelly Forceville

    Administration Officer

Foundation members



Interested in joining CHIA? Please send us your contact details below and we will get in touch.

contact us


Level 3, 350 Queen Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

PO Box 4056, Weston, ACT, 2611




02 6232 5043


9.00am - 5.00pm
Monday - Friday

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