The National Regulatory System for Community Housing (NRSCH) is the national system of registration, monitoring and regulation of community housing providers that came into effect on 1 January 2014. It creates a consistent legislative environment across all participating states and territories.
On 1 January 2014, amendments to the Housing Act 2003 (PDF, 488KB) enabled the NRSCH to operate in Queensland. These amendments:
- separate funding and regulatory decisions and include the establishment of Regulatory Services
- define funded housing services as ‘social housing’ or ‘ancillary services’
- apply consistent performance standards to local government providers through a state register
- require existing registered providers funded for community housing to retain registration as a condition of funding
- remove the requirement for organisations which only deliver ancillary services (such as crisis, specialist homelessness services and private housing assistance) to maintain registration.
To ensure that community housing providers who want to continue to deliver services in Queensland have sufficient time and adequate support to successfully register, the transitional period has been extended.
For non-government providers and local governments the transition period has been extended to 30 June 2017.
Due to complex issues surrounding registration, Indigenous local governments and specified Indigenous Community Housing Organisations will have to 30 June 2019.
Providers who applied for registration by 31 December 2014 will have more time to complete the registration process, including the opportunity to address some of the gaps in their applications. For those providers that are exiting, it will mean more time to negotiate a preferred exit option.