News relating to Victoria.

Job: Female tenancy manager needed

Women’s Property Initiatives (WPI) is a Community housing developer and registered housing provider creating homes that will enable low-income women and their children to live with dignity as contributing members of local communities.

WPI currently manages 84 properties with ongoing expansion expected in the near future. WPI is looking for a woman (Human Rights List Exemption H246/2016) to provide management of tenancies, records and reporting, property maintenance, contractor management, maintenance tracking, input into asset management and other administrative support for the organisation.

Women’s Property Initiatives (WPI) is an innovative social housing developer and manager of properties that provides female-headed families on low to moderate incomes appropriate housing options to enable them to live with dignity as contributing members of local communities.

It’s mission is to build a future for women and children in need by developing and providing good quality, long term, affordable housing.

Click here for details on how to apply for this role.

Job: Support worker, Melbourne

Launch Housing is looking for a patient, yet passionate, person to join its dedicated team supporting families living in its South Melbourne crisis accommodation and in the community.

Launch is looking for someone who understands homelessness and wants to work with people in the community to address barriers to long term, sustainable housing. If you are empathetic, organised, enjoy collaboration and working with people in their space, this is the job for you.

Fixed term, full time role until 2/11/2018 (maternity leave cover), $62,900 +Super,  salary packaging benefits & additional leave.

Position description and application details are available here.


CHIA Vic opens early bird tix

CHIA Vic’s has released early bird tickets for the Brave New World of Community Housing conference, to be held on Thursday, April 19.

Keynote speaker, Derek Ballantyne, is the new Chair of the organisation tasked with the implementation of Canada’s new National Housing Strategy.

Derek will provide insights into the development of the strategy, and expected a vital educational and networking event that provides our members and key stakeholders access to the industry’s latest developments, policy and best practice via inspirational speakers.

See details on the conference program, or secure your early bird tickets now.

People role at CEHL

Common Equity Housing Ltd is searching for someone to fill a similar role to a Senior HR Business Partner in the corporate sector.

The position is a strategically focused role that will partner with CEHL’s Executives and leaders.  You will lead and manage strategic and operational matters as they relate to the management and development of people in the business, whist driving and implementing commercial and customer centred strategies.

Reporting to the Corporate Director and working closely with the Program Director and MD, you will be a trusted advisor who delivers practical and integrated people solutions that ultimately improve the customer experience and deliver on the employee value proposition.

Download details of the role and the position description.

Housing Officer role at Housing Choices

Join us and share our Vision:

‘All people affordably housed in neighbourhoods that support life opportunities’

With our residents central to everything we do, as a leading and growing housing provider in Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia, we have ambitious plans for greater impact nationally to increase our reach in helping people find quality, affordable housing.

Housing Choices is a not-for-profit organisation committed to the provision of a wide range of accommodation solutions for low income people and people who are disadvantaged, have a disability or are homeless.  Our success is built on our dedication to our clients and strong customer service culture.

We are now seeking passionate and experienced Housing Officer to join our team located in the Melbourne CBD.

You will have outstanding customer service and communication skills and be willing to go the extra mile for clients.  Ideally you will have a background in property or tenancy management.  You will be responsible for coordinating a portfolio of approximately 150 properties and undertaking the following tasks:

  • Collecting rents/bonds
  • Managing a tenancy
  • Monitoring arrears
  • Responding to maintenance queries
  • Filling vacant properties
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with various support agencies

You will need to develop excellent working relationships and show empathy and commitment to the needs of people who are disabled and/or socially disadvantaged. You will demonstrate an ability to work autonomously, have excellent time management skills and be highly organised.

This is an excellent opportunity to be part of a fun and rewarding environment where you will build on your previous experience. You will receive tremendous employee benefits including salary packaging (up to $15,900 of salary tax free), extensive training and development opportunities, a great company culture and a day off for your birthday!

Check our website or more information about HCA.

We are looking to fill this vacancy immediately, shortlisting will commence as soon as possible.

Click here to apply and view the position description.

Tree change position at Haven

Haven; Home, Safe is looking to recruit an Executive Director of Northern Operations.

The ED will manage and grow programs and services across a vast geographic catchment area, leading and motivating a team of 14 based in Mildura. Capitalising on opportunities for strategic business development is a primary focus of the role.

They are looking for a well-qualified human services professional who is keen to make their mark by enhancing the quality of client outcomes throughout the Region.

Click here for details.

Churches of Christ seeking EO

Churches for Christ are seeking to appoint a visionary leader to build on the solid foundation that has been put in place by their predecessor and bring with them their own set of unique skills to lead, inspire and grow the organization in Victoria and Tasmania. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the EO will provide the strategic leadership and drive to create and deliver the plans of the movement whilst ensuring CCVT’s culture, vision and passion remains strong, and the organization is run with excellence. In addition, the EO shall also be a Director of Community Care, Stirling Theological College, Churches of Christ Financial Services and is a trustee of the Properties Corporation. You will also be responsible for;

• Strategic Leadership and Mission Development.
• Vision and Communication, ensuring that the Board and Staff have sufficient and up to date information.
• The overall leadership and oversight of CCVT and the leadership team.
• Management and Risk Management, having oversight of all the operations on CCVT Inc.
• Compliance, Financial Management, Stewardship and Fundraising;
• Other duties requested or approved by the Board.

Click here to read more.

The Converation Terry Burke

In defence of community housing

CHFV Board member and Swinburne University academic Terry Burke has put up a spirited argument in support of community housing as a sound platform for fair social housing in an article featured in The Conversation this morning.

CHFV mobilised its response in The Conversation to tackle recent criticisms made in the online publication, and other media, around the transfer of public housing to community housing as the government ‘wriggling out’ of its responsibilities.

Prof Burke clearly states the case for community housing providers playing a key role in public housing renewal programs.

‘The (not-for-profit) sector can grasp the opportunities offered by policy reform in a way the public sector cannot, and provide sustained affordability and security,’ Prof Burke argues.

Click here to read the full article.

Lesley Dredge Age response

CHFV defends public housing renewals

Melbourne’s The Age newspaper has today published an opinion piece by CHFV Executive Officer Lesley Dredge that calls for a creative approach to the Victorian Government’s public housing renewal program.

The article reinforces the urgent need to revitalise ageing public housing estates and demonstrates the ability of not-for-profit community housing providers to deliver vibrant, mixed-use precincts that provide tenants with the dignity that comes from having secure, affordable and appropriate housing to call home.

Click here to read the full article.

CHFV becomes CHIA Vic

CHFV’s board and members have continued to demonstrate their strong support of the Community Housing Industry Association (CHIA) by agreeing to adopt the trading name CHIA Vic in the new financial year.

The ‘trading as’ name change is part of CHFV’s compact with CHIA, which will it act as the Victorian state branch of the national organisation, whilst retaining its own legal entity. The move is a natural progression of CHFV’s strong support of CHIA, which dates back to 2015.

CHFV will launch a new website and branding in light of the name change.

CHIA expects to successfully complete negotiations with the other state peaks by the end of June this year, which will  clarify how the organisations will work together to advance the community housing industry.