News relating to Victoria.

Job: Biz Systems Admin for Unison

Unison is looking for a qualified, experienced and dedicated person who sees themselves participating in an innovative environment and developing a best practice service with positive outcomes for staff and the organisation.

Reporting to the Director – Corporate Services, the Business Systems Administrator has end-to-end responsibility for our information needs by supporting the ongoing use and development of our software systems.

Key Accountabilities include:

  • Leadership
  • Business Application Project Coordination
  • Data Integrity and Reporting
  • System Maintenance and Development
  • Staff Support and Training
  • Teamwork and Collaboration

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PPHA now Housing First

Job: Sirovilla seeks CEO for Victoria

Sirovilla retirement village is seeking to appoint a team oriented Executive to provide executive leadership to the organisation and lead a team of two part-time staff.

The Executive Officer has both strategic and operational responsibilities and will be expected to drive a culture of continuous improvement and growth working with the Board to develop, resource and implement strategic priorities and service standards.

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More investment needed in affordable housing

In an article in Melbourne’s The Age newspaper, Community Housing Industry Association Chair Michael Lennon has said the Victorian Government was dancing around the issue of providing affordable housing.

‘Victoria has the lowest proportion of social and affordable housing of any state or territory,’ he said. ‘It’s because of a protracted period of under investment by progressive state governments.’

Aside from an apparent lack of will to invest in affordable housing, Mr Lennon said the government’s steps forward appear to show compelling developers to build affordable housing was in the too-hard basket.

‘Obviously anything which will provide addition supply is to be supported, however from international experience it’s a legal minefield to put the burden of supply on landowners who put forward an application.’

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Victorian budget ignores housing crisis

Victoria is set to retain its unenviable record of having the lowest percentage of social housing in Australia, with the budget lacking the type of investment needed to provide safe, secure and affordable housing for those on low incomes.

Chief Executive Officer of Community Housing Industry Association Victoria (CHIA Vic) Lesley Dredge says whilst the Victorian Government is to be commended on implementing the Homes for Victorians strategy, and putting in place the architecture needed for growth in social housing, Victoria’s level of social housing will continue to go backwards.

The latest statistics show there are currently 36,742 households on the Victorian Housing Register, awaiting social housing, including 17,848 on the priority list.

‘Those figures represents only some of the Victorian households experiencing extreme housing stress – impacting on all aspects of their lives and the communities in which they live, Ms Dredge says.

‘We must address the urgent backlog of social and affordable housing in Victoria. With Melbourne growing by 125,000 people last year and housing stress increasing in our regional centres, doing nothing is just not an option,’ Ms Dredge says.

‘We need 1800 properties just to stand still and remain the worst in the country – whilst the Budget target is a drop of 45 social housing dwellings.’

Ms Dredge says there were positives to come out of the Budget, including
– rebuilding the TAFE system and aligning the training system with industry
– big investments in mental health and addiction
– further investment in health and education
– continuation of the large focus on infrastructure.

‘But without an affordable, well-located home it is hard for those on low incomes to make use of these initiatives.’

PPHA delivers 73 new homes for low income residents

Port Phillip Housing Association (PPHA) will team up with the Whitehorse City Council and property developer MAB Corporation (MAB) to deliver 73 brand new architect-designed, affordable homes for low income residents, particularly older people and those living with a disability.

The $25 million affordable housing project in Bruce Street, Box Hill will further expand PPHA’s social housing capacity in the inner-eastern suburbs of Melbourne, at a time when rental properties for low income residents, are critically low.

Whitehorse City Council is one of the first local authorities in Melbourne’s east to take the lead in increasing affordable housing.

PPHA Chairman Frank O’Connor said: ‘This project proves just what can be achieved when private enterprise, local government, great design and innovative community housing come together with a sincere, common purpose.

‘A critical solution to the housing affordability crisis being felt right across our communities, is to fundamentally increase the number of affordable, quality homes available to rent.

‘There are simply not enough affordable homes to fill the need, where that need is located,’ Mr. O’Connor said.

‘Building contemporary, beautiful, good quality homes where people can live safely, with dignity and at an affordable price brings relief not just to them, but to the whole community.’

Whitehorse Mayor, Cr Andrew Davenport said this new development will provide 73 well designed apartments for local residents who will pay rent only within their means.

‘In Whitehorse, only 1.6 per cent of all rental vacancies in 2016 were classified as affordable,’ Cr Davenport said.

‘With Port Phillip Housing Association and MAB Corporation involved in the project, Box Hill locals can be assured that the development will be attractive and will integrate beautifully into the character and amenity of the local area.’

This will be the second affordable housing collaboration between PPHA, HAYBALL architects and MAB Corporation, a leading, diversified Melbourne-based development group. The same team was behind the Moorabbin Affordable Housing development completed in 2011 with a project value of $23 million. Located in South Road Moorabbin, the project delivered seven storeys and 75 apartments at completion.

The Bruce Street Box Hill project will comprise;

  • 73 architect-designed affordable housing apartments,
  • built to the Victorian Government’s Better Apartment Design standards,
  • a mix of studio, 1 and 2-bedroom and dual key dwellings,
  • will include apartments specially designed for those living with a disability, with
  • 40 apartments suitable for older residents.

The site will also include a social enterprise café as well as commercial and retail opportunities, to create a supportive vibrant neighbourhood for residents.

PPHA Chief Executive Haleh Homaei said building resilient and sustainable neighbourhoods to support good quality housing is the key to long term, stable, affordable housing tenancies and ensuring return on investment.

This expertise, plus our 30+ years’ experience in tenancy management are the unique elements that we, as a robust, regulated community housing agency, bring to this table and to all our collaborative partnerships.

‘We are thrilled to be working on our next exciting project with Whitehorse City Council, MAB and Hayball. This project will deliver $25 million high quality – affordable housing to Box Hill.’

  • article contributed by PPHA

Job: Launch looking for CEO

Launch Housing is seeking to appoint an outstanding Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to provide visionary leadership to the organisation and drive performance in every aspect of service delivery.

Reporting to the Board, the CEO will lead the design and implementation of the strategic plan, provide leadership and identify opportunities to enhance, and contribute to the overall objectives of Launch Housing. Maintaining a strong public profile, delivering improvements in performance and further strengthening stakeholder relationships across all levels of government, community and corporate agencies, the CEO will represent and advocate for the interests of the organisation’s client base.

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Job: Unison seeking Management Accountant Melbourne

We are currently seeking applications for the Management Accountant position to play a key role in our Finance team. As a Management Accountant you will support Unison by providing management accounting and financial support services, such as completing month end processes, project and asset accounting, cost centre reporting, budgeting/forecasting, responding to queries from the organisation, compliance and governance activities along with providing general accounting advice and analysis.

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Job: Unison seeking Facilities Manager

Unison is seeking applications for the Manager – Facilities and Services position to play a key role in our Asset Management team.

On offer is the chance to lead our Facilities Management and Property Services function and contribute to continuous improvement activities across the organisation.

Reporting to the Director Asset Management, and with the support of a team of 4 direct staff and other Asset Management colleagues, this position is responsible for the delivery of the Asset Management operating budget and associated regulatory and legislative compliance.

This role requires excellent attention to detail, great communication and people skills, and the ability to prioritise tasks and manage time effectively. A strategic working knowledge of Facilities, Project, and Contract Management is essential, with relevant tertiary qualifications and a minimum of 8 years’ experience.

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Job: National Manager, Specialist Housing Group, Melb

Housing Choices Australia are seeking an exceptional National Manager, Specialist Housing Group to join its team located in the Melbourne CBD.

The National Manager, Specialist Housing Group manages the specialist Housing Group, this role acts as the central point of contact for all NDIS matters and maintaining HCA’s business knowledge and superior brand in the NDIS space.

This role is a key leadership position that will drive continuous development of accounting processes, systems and workflows leading to greater efficiency and providing a sound platform for growth.

Ideally you will be tertiary qualified with demonstrated experience and understanding of the complex needs of people with disability, and their families and carers, and effective service models.

As the National Manager, Specialist Housing Group, you will need to have an extensive understanding of the sector standards, policy, direction and chances including the National Disability Insurance Scheme and Aged Care Reforms.

You will be able to demonstrate experience in establishing and building partnerships and achieving common desired outcomes with a wide range of stakeholders.

Well-developed organisational skills, including the ability to manage conflicting priorities and high work volumes, without impacting the quality of service delivery will be critical. You will also demonstrate initiative, openness, and personal accountability.

This is an excellent opportunity to be part of a rewarding environment. You will receive great employee benefits including salary packaging (up to $15,900 of salary tax free), training and development opportunities, a reward program, a great company culture and a day off for your birthday!

You can view the full position description and learn more about HCA here 

For further information or an informal discussion, please contact our HR team 03 8636 9419.

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We are looking to fill this role immediately and shortlisting we commence as soon as possible.