Compass Housing Services (Compass) provides secure and affordable housing for low to moderate income earning households, as well as housing products for disadvantaged people who have difficulties sourcing adequate and affordable accommodation in the private market.
Compass is committed to upholding the UN Charter of the Human right to “adequate, safe and sustainable housing for all”.
Compass currently has operations in Australia (NSW & Queensland) and New Zealand as well as International Development (ID) Projects and Activities in the Pacific Region.
Compass has sought to increase its influence on world and domestic housing policy in line with its vision, “that all people have appropriate and affordable shelter and are engaged in sustainable communities”.
Compass’ International Strategy (IS) focus is to take our experience, skills and expertise to the broader Asia Pacific Region by offering support and assistance through our development projects, community development initiatives, capacity building work, strategic advice and other services for housing and community rebuilding and development.
Our International Mission
Compass becomes a recognised International Housing Provider (IHP) of adequate, safe and affordable housing with an aim to connect and empower our constituents to engage in sustainable communities and positively influence the future.
To build the capacity of Compass as the housing provider of choice to all the United Nations (UN) systems and other key major global and regional stakeholders.
To grow as an International Housing Provider that is well recognised and supported Internationally and Regionally, particularly in the Asia Pacific region.
To establish and support appropriate international programs that assist Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Pacific with their social and community rebuilding and regeneration, capacity building, slum upgrade and relocation, climate resilience adaptation and disaster preparedness.
To generate greater community and political support for the human right to “adequate, safe and sustainable housing for all” through the provisioning of adequate housing.
Our Journey So Far
In the past three years Compass Housing Services has with a modest investment been able to achieve the following key milestones towards achieving our International Strategy Goals and Objectives:
- Granted Special Consultative Status by the UN ECOSOC (Economic & Social Committee). This enables Compass to participate in UN- system related regional, global, High-level and thematic Forums, as well as the UN- Systems General Assembly including the UN General Assembly.
- Compass’ Group Managing Director (GMD) was nominated and elected as Co-chair for the Civil Society Organisation Partners Constituent Group (PCG) of the UN General Assembly of Partners (GAP).
- Participated in key UN-Habitat and Regional events leading to the UN HABITAT III Conference at Quito, Ecuador. Events included: Preparatory Committee meetings (2nd and 3rd) in Nairobi and Surabaya, Indonesia, the UN-Habitat High Level Regional meeting Asia Pacific in Jakarta and the Asia-Pacific Urban Forum (APUF) at Jakarta.
- Attended HAB III. Compass’ GMD made a Statement at the UN-Habitat General Assembly in support of the New Urban Agenda (NUA). Compass was the lead and coordinator of the Australia Delegation to HAB III and together with the Australian Permanent Ambassador to the UN co-hosted a social and networking events for all delegates.
- Compass organised two (2) follow up International NUA Conferences on the implementing the New Urban Agenda. Dr Joan Close, the former Executive Director (ED)was the Guest of Honour to deliver the keynote address at the first Compass NUA Conference in Melbourne in 2017.
- Compass’ GMD was elected as Vice President (VP) of the UN General Assembly of Partners (GAP). Manager (Special Project) was elected Co-chair of Civil Society Organisation Partners Constituent Group (PCG)
- Attended the World Urban Forum (WUF10) in Kuala Lumpur and hosted Training Events on “The Deep Place Methodology” and Side Event on the International Global Network. Compass’ GMD and Knowledge Manager also sat on a variety of housing related Panels.
- Attended the UN High Level Political Forum, one dealing with the future of UNH and another on fulfilment of Member State in the implementation of the SDGs.
- Compass is currently an associate member of the New Zealand Council for International Development.
CURRENTLY in 2019
- World Urban Campaign (WUC) - Compass become Lead Partner to the World Urban Campaign (WUC) and a member of the Steering Committee.
- First Meeting of the Un-Habitat Assembly - Compass GMD and the Manager, Special Project attended the First meeting of the Assembly of the UN-Habitat at Nairobi in April 2019. Compass GMD made a Statement at the UN-Habitat Assembly Plenary Session in support of implementing NUA as an accelerator of the SDGs and the newly created UN-Habitat governance structure.
- The Fifth Pacific Urban Forum (PUF5) was held from 1-3 July at Nadi, Fiji. Compass was co-sponsor and a member of the Steering Committee for the recently held Pacific Urban Forum (PUF5) in Nadi from 1-3 July 2019. Compass is also a member of the Forum Drafting Committee to prepare the PUF5 Outcome Statement or Declaration. During the Forum, Compass co-led with UN-Habitat to organise the Special Session on “Affordable Housing” and serve as the Session Moderator and presenter on the Panel. Compass was also a speaker on the Panel for the Side Event on “Affordable Housing “hosted by the Fiji and PNG Governments.
International Development Projects and Activities
In March 2015 the most powerful cyclone, Cyclone PAM ever to hit the Pacific ripped through the island of Vanuatu causing widespread destruction and leaving tens of thousands of people homelessness.
Compass partnered with Liberty for the Nation provided emergency shipment of food, clothing, bedding, cookware and tools to affected areas.
Compass and Liberty for Nation then developed a plan to help the shuttered community heal by undertaking the following rebuilding and construction projects:
Freswota, Port Villa
The first Project is the construction of a community hall and the reconstruction of an outdoor stage that was totally destroyed by Cyclone PAM in 2015, leaving nothing but the original foundations.
Prior to its collapse during Cyclone Pam, the Freswota Stage was utilised by all locals, particularly the people of poorer communities. The stage was a crucial social and enterprise hub
Louniel, Tanna Island
The second Project is the construction of two (2) multipurpose community centres (also known as the New Generation Community Centre and Cyclone Refuge) that also double as ‘storm shelters’ in times of cyclonic activity. Both these buildings have been constructed to withstand Category 5 cyclones. The facilities have a solar panel that provides enough power for adequate lightings in the facilities and the 15-amp input will allow a generator to provide power during storm recovery operation.
It is our ambition that the completed facilities will serve as a Community Hub for communal, social and traditional festive activities and a one stop shop for people living in the local neighbouring villages/communities to access health, education and women’s services.
Solomon Island (Honoria) - Un-Habitat Urban/Climate Resilience Adaptation Program
The overarching goal of this project is to enhance the resilience of Honiara and its inhabitants to current and future climate impacts and natural disasters, with a focus on pro-poor adaptation actions that involve and benefit the most vulnerable communities in the city.
Compass is a partner in a “consortium” of the UN-Habitat ROAP (Regional Office Asia Pacific), the Solomon Island Ministry of Lands, Housing and Survey (MLHS), Ministry of the Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management & Meteorology (MECCDM). The local Honiara City Council and RMIT were successful in its application to the Climate Adaption Fund for US$4.4 million funding to implement a four year Adaptation Fund Project for a climate resilience Honiara. The project will commence in 2019.
Compass was also referred by UN-Habitat to a large Grass-Root Non-Government Organisation (NGO) in Fiji experiencing governance and other problems disaffecting sustainability to explore collaboration and partnership opportunity to build and enhance the capacity of the organisations in areas relating to governance, financial and management systems and work towards becoming a sustainable organisation.
Compass is engaged with the Vietnamese Ministry of Construction & Real Estate Market on affordable housing and has held a Housing Technical Workshop for senior government bureaucrats and other stakeholders in January 2019. Compass is currently working with the training arm of the Vietnamese on an MoU to facilities information sharing; training and development and exchange between Compass and the Vietnamese Government Departments.