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 National Regulatory System

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.

 As of June 2017, registration arrangements had been made with all community housing providers that wanted to continue delivering services in Queensland’s funded housing and homelessness assistance system. Arrangements were also made with providers who wished to exit the community housing sector. 

Because of the complex issues surrounding registration, land tenure and Indigenous housing, Indigenous local governments and specified Indigenous Community Housing Organisations have until 30 June 2019 to register under NRSCH.

Community housing providers interested in joining this national system should apply for registration through the registrar in the state or territory where they do most of their business.

A range of resources and news are available to assist community housing providers prepare for registration. We welcome your feedback on how these tools are meeting your needs.

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Last updated 18 July 2017    Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)


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