WA’s community housing providers are taking on an increasingly significant role in delivering affordable housing, which is a key initiative in the State Government’s Affordable Housing Strategy 2010-2020: Opening Doors to Affordable Housing.
Expanding the role of the sector is also a key reform arising from the National Affordable Housing Agreement. Jurisdictions across Australia have agreed to explore a nationally consistent regulatory system to support the sector’s growth.
One of these reforms is the development of a nationally consistent regulatory system to enhance the sector’s capacity to operate across jurisdictions.
The COAG Select Council on Housing and Homelessness announced that the National Regulatory System for Community Housing (NRSCH) will start for participating jurisdictions on 1 July 2013 through phased implementation.
The phased implementation includes six months of testing and evaluation (Phase 1) of the new registration process from 1 July 2013 with a number of selected providers. For those jurisdictions that are ready, registration under the system will formally commence from 1 January 2014 (Phase 2).
Phase 1 Implementation
It is intended that up to 25 providers, nationally, will participate in Phase 1. The Phase 1 participants will include representatives from each State/Territory.
Up to four WA community housing providers in the three tiers have the opportunity to opt in for the phasing 1 testing and evaluation. The WA industry peak body has been consulted about the process and selection of providers.
Phase 1 provides an opportunity for WA and other jurisdictions to better assess the regulatory and administrative impact of the NRSCH to government and to community housing providers.
WA will participate in a national level evaluation to assess the activities, processes and procedures within the scope of Phase 1. In addition to this, WA proposes to evaluate alternative regulatory options to applying the National Regulatory Code in WA. The evaluation will be conducted at key points including the preparation of applications by providers, after participants have submitted the application, after the assessment process is completed and once providers have been advised of the outcome.
More information on this trial and the guidelines that would be used to assess the participating providers can be found here
. This link also includes information on the NRSCH vision, objectives and regulatory principles and answers to frequently asked questions.