News specific to Western Australia.

New State Manager for CHIA WA

CHIA WA has appointed Jennie Vartan to their State Manager role.

CHIA WA’s Regional Director Garry Ellender welcomed Jennie to the position. ‘I’m excited by the appointment of Jennie and am confident members will benefit from her energy, commitment and expertise.’

Jennie began her career in the property industry and successfully transitioned to various  leadership roles within the NFP sector. She brings with her more than 20 years experience at an Executive Management level, with 11 years in NFP businesses in Perth, including senior roles at Amana Living and Foundation Housing.

Jennie possesses a thorough understanding of  the current issues facing the Community Housing sector in WA  and is committed to working with members and the WA Regional Committee to develop and expand members services.

Some of her key focus areas will be sector development and training; communication and stakeholder engagement; policy development and advocacy; revenue diversification –  exploring initiatives to secure funding from the State Government to provide sector development and capacity building services for our members.

Jennie will officially commence her duties on Monday, June 11.

Help ‘Furnish the Gap’

A remote West Australian Aboriginal community has launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds needed to turn new and refurbished social housing into homes by providing the funds to purchase essential household items, from beds to kettles.

Tjuntjuntjara is located in the Great Victoria Desert, about 690km north-east of Kalgoorlie. Access to the community is difficult due to the surrounding terrain, with food supplies flown in on a fortnightly basis.

The 2011 census reported the community’s population as 162, but Tjuntjuntjara has grown over the last few years and now acts as a service centre for surrounding outstations.

In December 2017, the West Australian Government announced a major capital works and essential services package to upgrade existing social housing and to improve essential services in the community. Work on the properties is nearly complete and, in June, the residents will receive access to 10 new multigenerational houses and 12 upgraded existing houses.

Not-for-profit community housing organisation Community Housing Ltd manages the properties on behalf of the Department of Housing.

Whilst the construction works have been funded by the National Partnership in Remote Housing, the community and residents themselves are completely responsible for furnishing their homes. This presents a big challenge for most community members who are on low incomes. The high cost of freight to the community makes purchasing essential household items unaffordable for low income residents.

The Paupiyala Tjarutja Aboriginal Corporation (PTAC), which manages the Tjuntjuntjara community on behalf of the Spinifex traditional owners, has launched a ‘GoFundMe’ appeal on behalf of the community to solicit donations in cash and kind. CHL is supporting the appeal as part of its broader community engagement program.

‘CHL is committed to community development with dedicated staff who focus on facilitating community development projects which have been generated and are led by community,’ says CHL’s Community Development Project Manager, Rachel Lattimore.

‘CHL’s approach is based on identifying the strengths, knowledge, and capability within communities and developing innovative ideas to create sustainable, resilient, communities. CHL has adopted an Aboriginal Community Strategy, and a Community Development Framework to ensure best practice.’

PTAC can accept gifts or donations on behalf of donors that are tax deductible and directly benefit the community. They are looking for the public’s assistance to raise money or donate physical items such as: storage and transport of items to Tjuntjuntjara, fridges, bedframes, dining furniture, kettles and washing machines.

For details, and to support the campaign, see GoFundMe, or PTAC’s website.

Job: CHIA WA looking for state manager

CHIA WA is seeking to appoint a State Manager, who will report to the CHIA WA Regional Director and receive some administrative and secretariat support from Access Housing Australia Ltd, a member organisation of CHIA WA.

The State Manager will be independently responsible for the following areas:

  • Sector Development & Training
  • Communications and Stakeholder Engagement
  • Policy Development & Advocacy
  • Revenue Consolidation and Diversification

This role is currently budgeted as Part Time (0.5 FTE) for a period of two years subject to funding.

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Access a new GM role

Access Housing is recruiting a General Manager role in Western Australia.

Reporting to the Chief Executive, the General Manager is a key member of Access Housing’s Executive Leadership Team.

With responsibility for a large operational budget you will drive strategic and operational improvements in the delivery of tenancy services across Access Housing’s regional and metropolitan rental portfolios.

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What impact will the WA Budget have on community housing?

The WA State budget was handed down in parliament on Thursday by Treasurer, Ben Wyatt.

This year’s budget is, like last year, set against a backdrop of falling State revenue, a budget deficit and increasing public sector debt. State Government forecasts suggest that it believes the worst is over in terms of the post mining boom slump. However, only modest growth is forecast in terms of State final demand, employment and Government revenue. WA’s population growth has slowed sharply since 2014 and low population growth is expected to continue according to the forward estimates.

Download CHIA’s briefing paper on the WA budget.