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Partnering with community housing providers

Organisations such as private developers, councils, church-based groups and co-operatives can partner with community housing providers to develop affordable housing. Partnerships bring together key components such as land, funding, development expertise and skills. Bringing together these components can result in the delivery of development projects which no partner could achieve individually.

Community housing providers can also manage affordable housing properties on behalf of organisations, individuals and consortiums.

There are a number of factors to consider before partnering with a community housing provider. All community housing providers are organisations that provide housing for people on a very low, low or moderate incomes or people with additional needs. These organisations are not-for-profit and most community housing providers focus their operations within a particular geographic region.

When selecting a provider ensure it is an organisation registered with the national regulatory body . To achieve and maintain registration a provider must satisfy the Registrar that it is performing in accordance with the requirements of the National Regulatory System for community housing.

Registration is designed to provide assurance for a viable and diverse sector, that delivers quality outcomes for tenants and in which investors and partners can have confidence. The Registrar categorises community housing providers into three groups or tiers.

Tier 1 providers are the largest organisations that in addition to property and tenancy management offer development expertise. Many private developers and individuals already have successful and ongoing partnerships with community housing providers.

There are 131 providers registered whose primary operations are in NSW and these organisations house more than 29,000 households. The organisations range from small local housing providers to large enterprises with major assets.

Community housing providers manage their tenancies and client entitlements in accordance with the Residential Tenancies Act 2010 and their own individual policies.

Information about the National Regulatory System for Community Housing, as well as a full list of registered community housing providers in NSW, is available at Registrar's website.

The Community and Private Market Housing Directorate (CAPMH) is a business unit of DCJ Housing. CAPMH is the primary relationship and contract manager of community housing providers in NSW. The Centre for Affordable Housing is part of the CAPMH Directorate. More information about community housing providers is available at the CAPMH Website

Community housing providers interested in partnership opportunities

Many registered community housing providers are interested in discussing partnership opportunities for developing affordable housing, including the providers listed in the Table below.

If your organisation is interested in exploring partnership opportunities with community housing providers, please contact the provider directly. Up-to-date contact details for registered providers are available through the Registrar of Community Housing’s website.

Community housing providers interested in partnership opportunities

Organisation Operating Area

Argyle Community Housing

South West Sydney, South Western NSW

Baptist Community Services

Sydney, NSW South West, NSW Far North Coast


Sydney, Blue Mountains, Southern Western NSW, Southern NSW

Bridge Housing


Common Equity NSW

Sydney, North Coast NSW, Southern NSW

Community Housing Limited

Sydney, Hunter, Central Coast, Mid North Coast, Far North Coast, Illawarra, Shoalhaven

Compass Housing Services Co Ltd

Newcastle, Hunter, Central Coast, North Coast, Western NSW

Evolve Housing


Ecclesia Housing

South West Sydney, Newcastle

Homes North Community Housing Company Ltd

New England

Homes Out West

South West NSW

Housing Plus

NSW Central West

Hume Community Housing

South Western Sydney, Western Sydney, North West Sydney

Illawarra Housing Trust


Link Housing

North and North West Sydney

Lithgow Community Housing Inc

Western NSW

Metro Housing


Mission Australia Housing

Western Sydney, Southern Sydney, Mid North Coast

On Track

Northern NSW

North Coast Community Housing

Northern NSW

Sapphire Coast Tenancy Scheme Inc

South Coast

Southern Cross Community Housing

Illawarra, South Coast, South West NSW

St George Community Housing Limited

South West Sydney, Inner Western Sydney

Wentworth Community Housing

Western Sydney, Blue Mountains

Women’s Housing Company

Southern Sydney, Western Sydney

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Last updated: 23 Oct 2019