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 Applying for registration under the Queensland State Regulatory System for Community Housing

Local government councils and prescribed state providers who are funded by Department of Housing and Public Works (DHPW) to provide community housing are required to apply for registration under the Queensland State Regulatory System for Community Housing (QSRSCH). The QSRSCH is administered by the Queensland Registrar. 
 
The Queensland state regulatory framework is established under the Queensland Housing Act 2003 (PDF, 603KB) (the Act). 

The differences between QSRSCH and NRSCH 

The QSRSCH was implemented to regulate local government councils and prescribed State providers as opposed to the National Regulatory System for Community Housing (NRSCH), which was implemented specifically to regulate non-government organisations. The QSRSCH aligns itself with applicable code provisions of the NRSCH and requirements of the Housing Act 2003 (QLD).  

Who is required to register under the QSRSCH?  

All local government councils and prescribed state providers funded by Department of Housing and Public Works (DHPW) to provide community housing in Queensland are required to apply for and successfully attain registration under the QSRSCH, in order to continue their funding relationship with DHPW.  

The QSRSCH registration timeframes

On 1 October 2014, the Office of the Registrar invited local government councils (who are funded by DHPW to provide community housing), to commence the registration process under the QSRSCH. The deadline for councils to submit their intention and application for registration under the QSRSCH was 31 December 2014.  

Extension to the transition period 

The transition period refers to the length of time a provider has to successfully achieve registration or to discontinue their funding relationship with Housing Services, Department of Housing and Public Works. 

Transition period (timeframes) for local government councils

The transition period for local government councils was recently extended by two years to 30 June 2017, to allow sufficient time for providers to have their registration application assessed and receive a registration determination from the Queensland Registrar.
 
This means that:
  • Local government councils who applied for registration by 31 December 2014 may be provided  additional time to address identified evidence gaps in their application; and
  • Local government councils choosing to exit the one social housing system, will have additional time to negotiate an exit strategy with Housing Services, Department of Housing and Public Works.  

Transition period (timeframes) for Indigenous councils

The transitional period for local Indigenous councils has been extended by four years to 30 June 2019 to allow sufficient time for providers to have their application for registration assessed and receive a registration determination from the Queensland Registrar. Indigenous councils have been provided additional time due to the complexities surrounding land tenure and Indigenous housing

Requirements for registration

As mentioned above, local government councils are governed by the Queensland State Regulatory System for Community Housing (QSRSCH), which is aligned with applicable code provisions of the national regulatory code and relevant requirements of the Housing Act 2003 (QLD).
 
Local government councils must comply with the applicable code provisions identified under the QSRSCH and associated performance outcomes and requirements. 

Queensland Regulatory Information Community Housing (QRICH)

The QRICH database is the web portal established for local government councils and prescribed state providers to submit their formal application and associated evidence when applying for registration under QSRSCH.
 
QRICH was developed in house using Microsoft’s SharePoint. SharePoint is a web application platform. It provides a secure place to access information and upload, organise and store evidence documents against the relevant performance requirements.
 
Local government councils and prescribed state providers can access the QRICH database using a web browser e.g. Internet Explorer, Google, or Firefox.   

Q Shelter

Q Shelter provides a range of resources and services to assist local government councils and community housing providers. Tools and resources, including training webinars, are available on the Q Shelter website.
 
 
Phone Q Shelter: 3831 5900

Registration

A suite of documents detailed below will form the regulatory principles and guide the registration process.

The Evidence Guidelines (PDF, 1MB) describe the performance indicators and evidence sources that must be met by local governments and prescribed state providers of community housing in Queensland that wish to register on the State Register.

Evidence sources are divided into two categories:

  • evidence sources to demonstrate the provider’s capacity to meet the principles of NRSCH in accordance with the Act at the time of registration
  • evidence sources to demonstrate the provider’s ongoing compliance with performance indicators.

The Performance Outcomes 1-6 Workbook (XLS, 97KB) is used to collect evidence from the provider. 

Community Housing Asset Summary Report (XLS, 29KB) is used to collect asset information and evidence from the provider.

Financial Performance Report (XLS, 858KB) is used to collect and report financial information from the provider.

More information

Contact the Office of the Registrar
  
Phone: 13 QGOV (13 74 68)
 
 
Address mail to: 
 
The Office of the Registrar
National Regulatory System for Community Housing
PO Box 690, Brisbane, Qld 4001. 

 



Last updated 16 June 2016    
 

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