Community Housing: How it Works and Why it Matters

What are registered community housing providers and how do they work?

Why do they matter when it comes to social and affordable housing?

At this workshop, experts from across Australia’s registered community housing sector explain the structure, advantages and benefits that CHPs provide in property and tenancy management as well as their key role in providing more social and affordable housing for low to moderate income earners and key workers. This informative session will answer your questions about the CHP business model, how additional funds from the Commonwealth and elsewhere can be secured for the NT, and access to low-cost finance and tax exemptions through non-profit, charitable status. It will explain the modus operandi of CHPs – their business ethos and track record.

This workshop is suitable for those employed in the social and affordable housing sector, Government, finance, property and construction sector, and anyone with an interest in understanding why community housing is now considered a vital part of the solution to the Territory’s current housing crisis.


Wendy Hayhurst – CEO, Community Housing Industry Association

Professor Hal Pawson – City Futures Research Centre, University of NSW

Karen Walsh – CEO Venture Housing

Simon Moore – Managing Director, Moore Advisory

Peer Support Forum: Strong Foundations

NT Shelter are working on a number of projects devoted to strengthening tenancies. An important pillar in this work is understanding people’s journeys to overcome adversity and establish strong households allowing their families to thrive. The health sector has long recognised the importance of the importance of people with a lived experience but peers are an underutilised resource in the housing and homelessness sector.

This exciting online forum looks an innovative proven model for training and employing people with lived experience to work with first time tenants and those whose tenancies are at risk to develop strong foundations to create homes not just tenancies. During this forum you will hear from people who have overcome adversity, you will learn about their journey and how they are working to pass on their knowledge to others. We will hear from peer program designers, managers and educators to learn how peer support can be a legitimate employment path and improve the outcomes of tenancy support programs and contribute to the culture of organisations and agencies.

Who should attend this important Zoom session: Tenancy support practitioners, tenancy managers, potential peer workers, program designers, policy officers, government and non government employees working with struggling tenancies.

Please contact the NT Shelter office to register your interest in attending this session.

Alice Springs Accommodation Action Group

Through our Accommodation Action Groups (AAGs), we engage with our members, stakeholders and the broader community to promote awareness, determine priorities, identify solutions and advocate for improved outcomes for people at risk of or experiencing homelessness.

Please contact the NT Shelter office if you would like to be included on the ASAAG mailing list.