Housing

Not For Profits in the community housing sector usually help low income Victorians who are:

  • unable to access housing in the private rental market, and/or
  • homeless or at risk of being homeless.

Information on this page includes:

Long term or transitional housing

Not For Profits providing long term or transitional housing in Victoria would generally become registered as a housing association or a housing provider, under the Housing Act 1983 (Vic).

Victorian government policy since registration and regulation was introduced in 2005 has required Not For Profits leasing any state government owned properties or receiving funding for capital development or property maintenance to be registered. This is the regulatory environment administered by the Registrar of Housing Agencies.

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Compliance and reporting

Your NFP registered with the Registrar of Housing Registrar will have a number of compliance and reporting requirements described in the Housing Act 1983 (Vic) and on the Housing Registrar website.

If your Not For Profit housing service receives funding from a government agency (e.g. DHS), you will have an agreement in place that requires you to provide regular financial and other reports to your government partner.

Your agreement with the funding agency contains the details of these reporting requirements and should be your first point of reference if you have questions about your reporting responsibilities.

In some circumstances, NFPs may also provide support to people living in private rental housing. The State Government through the Director of Housing is also a major provider of long term housing in Victoria, generally known as public housing.

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Registered housing agencies at a glance

Registered Housing Associations:

must be registered with the Housing Registrar of Victoria. See the Housing Associations page on the Housing Registrar website

  • must be companies limited by shares or guarantee, and will therefore be regulated by Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).
  • must comply with the performance standards published by the Minister of Housing in June 2014.
  • may have a funding agreement with an agency, e.g. Department of Human Services – Housing. If you have an agreement with an agency, particularly where it involves funding, you will probably also need to provide financial and other reports. If your organisation is funded through the Funded Agency Channel, check the check the FAC website for information about your obligations.

When the government releases housing stock from time to time, it is generally housing associations that have access to the stock.

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Registered Housing Providers:

must be registered as a provider with the Housing Registrar of Victoria

  • must comply with the standard requirements for their legal structure. Registered Housing Providers can be companies limited by shares or guarantee, incorporated associations or co-operatives.
  • must comply with the performance standards published by the Minister of Housing in June 2014.
  • may have a funding agreement with an agency, e.g. Department of Human Services – Housing. An agreement with any entity, particularly where it involves funding, will probably also include financial and other reporting requirements. If your organisation is funded through the Funded Agency Channel, check the check the FAC website for information about your obligations.

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Housing and accommodation services for other groups

Other accommodation is funded by government for specific target groups generally as an extension of the mix of services relating to that target group e.g. disability services.

In the provision of housing for low income Victorians, your Not For Profit needs to comply with various Acts and Regulations, depending on the type of housing you provide.

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Government funding

Not For Profits may want to access Victorian government funds to provide long term or transitional housing, maintain properties and or expand housing stock (rental properties). To be eligible to apply for funding your Not For Profit must be registered with the Victorian Registrar of Housing Agencies as either a Housing Association or Housing Provider.

Your organisation may be funded through multiple funding streams. Funding provided by the Victorian government may be managed through a service agreement between the relevant department and the organisation.

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Further Information

  • for information about managing your organisation, including meetings and other constitutional obligations.

  • for information about managing your organisation's finances, including financial records and reporting.

  • for information on managing staff, volunteers and contractors in your organisation, including workplace health and safety.

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