The National Community Housing Forum is a not for profit community based organization. The Forum’s mission is to engage key national community housing stakeholders –government and non government- in developing a long term strategic vision for community housing in Australia. The Forum is funded by the Australian and each of the State and Territory Governments.
The Forum provides a range of opportunities for debate and dialogue between government and non government agencies around key issues impacting on community housing. It plays an important role in the area of research and development, national strategic planning, and promotes national debate through an annual seminar series, facilitating the dissemination and exchange of information amongst its members, through the publication of a number of discussion and research papers and a quarterly newsletter. The Forum plays an active role in promoting community housing as a legitimate affordable housing option for low income people across Australia.
Through a small national secretariat, the Forum resources its members and provides active support to a range of national networks, including the National Accreditation Council, the Government Officers Group and the Policy Advisory Committee. The Forum actively participates in a range of national committees and initiatives to advance the community housing sector, and is responsible for organizing national events such as the National Awards For Excellence in Community Housing.
The National Community Housing Forum was established at a Foundation National Meeting on 15-16 July 1996.
The founding meeting was the culmination of over two years work. Since 1994, a small working party had been working to establish a body which would allow all community housing stakeholders to see themselves as part of a common national project – to create a system of community housing which expands the range of options available to low income tenants in Australia.
Copies of the Proceedings of the Foundation National Meeting of the National Community Housing Forum are available from the Secretariat: