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13 Mar 2018

Everybody's Home Campaign

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The housing and community sectors are launching the Everybody’s Home campaign at the National Press Club on March 20 to bring national attention to reforms urgently needed to fix Australia’s housing system.

The campaign will move Australia’s housing debate beyond questions of housing affordability  – because we all know there is a problem – to the urgently needed solutions.

The campaign calls for urgent reforms across the housing continuum by recalibrating tax settings, supporting larger scale investment in housing models such as community housing, improving renter’s rights to make it a viable housing choice, relieving chronic rental stress and ending homelessness.

Key partners are launching the campaign on the national stage at a National Press Club luncheon on Tuesday, March 20. The day and the following day are also an ideal opportunity to meet with Senators sitting in Canberra that week and get our agenda onto their agenda. We’d love you to join us! REGISTER HERE

 

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05 Mar 2018

Compass contributes to inquiry: Australian Government’s role in the development of cities

Compass has welcomed the opportunity to contribute to the inquiry into the Australian Government’s role in the Development of Cities.

In a submission to the Commonwealth Standing Committee on Infrastructure, Transport and Cities, Compass offered the following observations:

The Commonwealth needs to be involved in urban development planning and monitoring of cities for several reasons including:

  1. The Commonwealth has given undertakings to the international community in various United Nations forums and General Assembly resolutions concerning cities that it needs to have a role in ensuring fulfilment, for examples the Paris Agreement, Agenda 2030 (Sustainable Development Goals) and the New Urban Agenda;
  2. The Commonwealth has a primary role in trade and the national economy which is underpinned by the efficiency of cities and infrastructure requirements, including social infrastructure (e.g. affordable housing);
  3. The Commonwealth has a primary role in immigration policy which is underpinned by the adequate provision of infrastructure, including social infrastructure (e.g. affordable housing) for either immigrating households or those who are displaced from the housing system due to scarcity;
  4. The growing international trend towards polycentric cities and transport hub cities connected by enhanced mobility in mega cities should be logic that is applied to Australia’s east coast and more specifically and obviously between Newcastle, Central Coast and Sydney;
  5. Affordable Housing is a key economic as well as social infrastructure investment.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD COMPASS’ FULL SUBMISSION TO THE INQUIRY


Submission delivered by Greg Budworth, Group Managing Director, Compass Housing Services and Vice President of the General Assembly of Partners to UN Habitat,  2 March 2018.

Research authored by Martin Kennedy, National Communications Manager, Compass Housing Services

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03 Jan 2018

Should we be following Canada's lead on housing?

Community housing provider Compass Housing have proposed that the Australian Government should follow Canada's lead and produce a national housing strategy in order to combat our growing housing crisis.

"For almost 40 years, federated Commonwealth governments around the world have accepted only limited responsibility for housing policy or supply," said Compass group managing director, Greg Budworth.

Canada last month broke this longstanding tradition and released a national strategy called A Place to Call Home, an historic first for them and based on a national conversation begun by the then newly elected Prime minister, Justin Trudeau. Canada's 10-year strategy will cost $40 billion and has key targets that, if achieved, will make it the envy of many nations struggling with the crisis of housing affordability.

"Like Canada, Australia's major population centres routinely feature in lists of the least affordable housing markets in the world, and younger generations are increasingly locked out of home ownership," he said.

"Add to that the fact we have more than 200,000 households on the waiting list for social housing, and that more than 40 per cent of people receiving rent assistance are still in housing stress, and it's clear we have a serious problem on our hands."

Compass is optimistic the Canadian example will encourage further progress towards the delivery of a coordinated and strategic national housing strategy, overseen by a dedicated Minister for Housing.


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Media contact: Martin Kennedy 0418 353 913

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Greg Budworth, Compass Group Managing Director
03 Jan 2018

Hunter business leader of the year scores new United Nations’ role

The Hunter’s business leader of the year has also been elected to another more senior role within a United Nations’ sponsored forum and picked up an Australasian award.

Group managing director of Compass Housing Services, Greg Budworth, has been elected as vice president of the UN Habitat General Assembly of Partners (GAP). He was elected after votes by the Executive Council. Mr Budworth is also the co-chair, UN Habitat Civil Society Organisations Partner Constituent Group (PCG). He was re-elected to a second term (2017-19) in that role.

The new role is another string to Mr Budworth’s bow of accolades. He took out the Outstanding Achievement Award for an individual at the Australasian Housing Institute's Awards in Sydney on November 29. He took out the NSW Award in July and was a finalist in the national awards with the other winner from each Australian state and New Zealand.  In August he was named Hunter Business Leader of the Year in the 2017 Hunter Business Awards. The organisation he heads, Compass Housing, was also named Business of the Year.

He said he was honoured to be elected for the GAP role from a group of some esteemed colleagues from around the world.

GAP members contribute to the implementation of Habitat III, a global program advancement of new ideas and ways of doing things in the field of sustainable urban development, and its New Urban Agenda 20-year outcome document.  Mr Budworth contributed to the development of the New Urban Agenda and, along with Australia’s Ambassador to the UN, was part of the Australian delegation at Habitat III.
 
Mr Budworth said his job was made easier by his excellent team who continually strive for excellence in the provision of housing for tenants and display care, diligence and hard work.

"Community housing is an important piece of community infrastructure that makes a fundamental difference to people's lives," Mr Budworth said.  

 “My vision is for GAP to grows into a wider, more inclusive and engaging consultative platform that gets the New Urban Agenda implemented globally,” he said.
 
“Locally, I want to see Australia implement the New Urban Agenda including developing a national housing plan linked to other economic development and infrastructure plans.”

Under Mr Budworth’s leadership, Compass Housing has grown to be an international community housing provider managing more than 4,600 properties and community development projects in Australia, New Zealand and Vanuatu. It has been an accredited organisation with Special Consultative Status with the UN Economic & Social Council (UNECOSOC) since 2016.


Media information:

Greg Budworth is available for interview. Contact Craig Eardley on 0437 477 493.

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17 Oct 2017

Compass to take on management of an additional 1796 social housing tenancies

Hunter based Compass Housing Services has been announced as one of the big winners under a new project that will see thousands of social housing dwellings transferred to the not-for-profit community housing sector.

Minister for Social Housing Pru Goward today announced that from mid-2019 Compass will take on the management of an additional 1796 social housing tenancies in the Cessnock, Singleton, Dungog, Mid-coast and Muswellbrook local government areas as part of the Social Housing Management Transfer initiative.

Compass was selected following a rigorous three-tiered evaluation process that assessed its capacity to deliver quality services and ability to deliver good outcomes for social housing clients.

The move will bring Compass’ portfolio to more than 6200 dwellings, making it one of the largest community housing providers in the southern hemisphere.

Compass’ Group Managing Director Greg Budworth said as well as industry leading tenancy and property management, social housing tenants in the package area would benefit from a range of Compass community development programs.

“At Compass we believe community housing is about more than just providing accommodation, it’s also about building communities,” he said.

“That’s why we offer a range of programs that help tenants achieve better social and economic participation and foster a sense of belonging and connection to their homes and their communities.

“By providing links to education and employment we are also able to help those tenants with the capacity to do so to transition out of the social housing sector and into private accommodation. 

“Studies consistently show that tenants of community housing providers report high levels of satisfaction and Compass last year recorded an overall satisfaction rate of 93 per cent.  We’re excited to be able to extend our offering to our new tenants and look forward to having them as part of the Compass community.”

Currently around 19 per cent of social housing dwellings in NSW are managed by the not-for-profit sector. That figure will rise to 32 per cent under the Social Housing Management Transfer program.

Mr Budworth said the transfer would improve the financial viability of the sector by enabling tenants to access Commonwealth Rent Assistance.

“As well as contributing to high quality maintenance, and the delivery of new community programs, the additional cash flow will enable Compass to add to the supply of new affordable housing dwellings,” he said.   

The NSW Government will maintain ownership of all of the properties subject to management transfers in the Cessnock, Singleton, Dungog, Mid-Coast and Muswellbrook areas and will lease them to Compass for 20 years to provide social housing.

Tenants will remain in their homes, retain all of their tenancy rights and will not pay more rent from their current income as a result of this change.

Information sessions will be held over the months ahead to give tenants an opportunity to meet Compass staff and ask any questions they may have about the transfer.

Any Department of Family and Community Services staff affected by the transfer will be offered ongoing employment with Compass on equivalent terms and conditions.

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