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

Local governments who are funded by the Department of Housing and Public Works  (HPW) 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 governments 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 governments funded by HPW 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 HPW.  

The QSRSCH registration timeframes

On 1 October 2014, local governments who were funded by the  HPWto provide community housing, were invited to commence the registration process under the QSRSCH. As of June 2017, registration arrangements had been made with all local government 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. 
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.

Local governments applying for registration

The following documents are provided to guide local governments through the requirements of the QSRSCH:

The Queensland State Regulatory Code (PDF, 159KB) sets out the performance outcomes and performance requirements registered local governments must comply with in providing community housing under the Housing Act 2003.

The QSRSCH Evidence Guidelines the performance indicators and evidence sources that will assist local governments in preparing their application for registration.

The QSRSCH Notifications Guidelines (PDF, 189KB) are provided to assist local governments to understand which events or incidents may be considered a notifiable event, how and when to notify the Queensland Registrar and the type of information they need to include in their Notifications Policy.

These publications were produced prior to the current government.

The following documents will be revised shortly:

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. 

Queensland Regulatory Information Community Housing (QRICH)

The QRICH database is the web portal established for local governments 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 governments can access the QRICH database using a web browser e.g. Internet Explorer, Google, or Firefox.   

Contact us

Phone: 13 QGOV (13 74 68)
Postal address: Regulatory Services, Queensland State Regulatory System for Community Housing, PO Box 690, Brisbane, Queensland 4001. 

Q Shelter

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


Last updated 12 July 2017    Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

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