The Registrar of Community Housing aims to ensure a well governed, well managed and viable community housing sector that meets the housing needs of tenants and providers assurance for government and investors.
Who we are
The Registrar is an independent statutory officer appointed by the NSW Minister for Family and Community Services to carry out the functions established under the National Law for community housing providers.
The Registrar is assisted to carry out these functions by a small staff of financial analysts, analysts and regulatory support officers.
In addition to the Registrar’s role under the National Law for community housing providers, the Registrar also has a specialist team of analysts and financial analysts conducting assessments under the Provider Assessment and Registration Scheme (PARS) on behalf of the Aboriginal Housing Office.
The Registrar has also been tasked by the Minister to establish a local scheme for registration of housing providers in NSW that cannot meet some of the legislated criteria for the National Scheme. In the first instance (in 2017/18), this relates to the registration of Aboriginal Local Land Councils.
Who are community housing providers?
Community housing providers are non government organisations which provide housing for people on very low, low and moderate incomes.
The majority of housing offered by community housing providers is long term housing. However, there are many community housing providers supplying specialist housing services such as crisis accommodation or transitional housing where tenants receive housing for a limited period of time while they receive support services designed to assist them to move forward and be able to maintain long term tenancies.
The main authority of the NSW Registrar is derived from:
- Community Housing Providers (Adoption of National Law) Act 2012 (NSW) https://www.legislation.nsw.gov.au/#/view/act/2012/59
Other instruments of authority include:
- Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA)
A joint ministerial agreement, signed by relevant Ministers which commits governments to proceeding with the National Regulatory System for Community Housing and outlines the basis for its establishment and operation.
- National Regulatory Code
The code forms the rules governing participation in the scheme
- National Charter The Charter sets out the overarching vision, objectives, regulatory principles and philosophy of the National Regulatory System for Community Housing (NRSCH)
The role of the Registrar of Community Housing in the National Regulatory System for Community Housing
The Registrar is responsible for the implementation of the National Regulatory System for Community Housing in New South Wales.
The National Regulatory System for Community Housing (NRSCH) aims to ensure a well governed, well managed and viable community housing sector that meets the housing needs of tenants and provides assurance for government and investors.
The governance arrangements for the NRSCH are shared by the governments of all participating jurisdictions via housing ministers, Registrars and advisory forums. New South Wales is a participating jurisdiction in the NRSCH.
The key objectives of the NRSCH are to:
- provide a consistent regulatory environment to support the growth and development of the community housing sector
- pave the way for future housing product development
- reduce the regulatory burden on housing providers working across jurisdictions
- provide a level playing field for providers seeking to enter new jurisdictions
How does the Registrar implement the NRSCH?
The National Law for community housing providers establishes a number of functions for the Registrar. These include:
- to maintain the National Register of community housing providers along with Registrars in other participating jurisdictions;
- to assess the suitability of entities to be registered as a community housing provider;
- to register entities as registered community housing providers and to cancel the registration of registered community housing providers;
- to monitor compliance by registered community housing providers with community housing legislation and to exercise enforcement and intervention functions under the legislation;
- to investigate complaints about the compliance of registered community housing legislation.
Registrar's Strategic Plan
Additional information on the NRSCH or National Law can be found at www.nrsch.gov.au
Additional information on the Provider Assessment and Registration Scheme (PARS) can be obtained from the Aboriginal Housing Office http://www.aho.nsw.gov.au/housing-providers/build-grow/pars/overview,
you can contact the Aboriginal Housing Office on 1800 727 555 or AHOEnquireies@facs.nsw.gov.au