Community Housing Master Agreement
The Master Agreement is the core funding agreement between the South Australian Housing Trust and all community housing providers registered under the National Regulatory System (NRS). The agreement applies to properties and tenancies where a registered community housing provider holds the title to a property.
This agreement brings together all pre-existing agreements to provide consistency between:
- reporting requirements
- performance measures.
All registered community housing providers must enter into the Master Agreement and all new funding opportunities will be negotiated under this agreement.
Each community housing provider has a business relations specialist (BRS) assigned as a key contact point.
Business relations focuses on:
- early engagement
- building strong relationships
- best outcomes for tenants.
The BRS will develop contract management plans for each community housing provider in line with the contract management framework (currently under review)
Any identified reporting or performance issues will be dealt with through early consultation. Significant issues will be progressed to general performance management.
Key performance indicators
Key performance indicators (KPIs) have been developed to measure a provider's performance against contracted obligations. They relate to:
- housing the right people
- providing fair and accountable tenancy services
- managing project properties.
KPIs measure how community housing is providing accommodation that is affordable for people on very low to moderate incomes, prioritising vulnerable households needing support to maintain their tenancy. Benchmarks are set according to the business of the community housing provider.
Selected KPIs are monitored quarterly with performance results sent to the provider. A more comprehensive compliance and performance assessment will be done annually, with information from various sources including:
- asset management planning information
- summary maintenance plans
- compliance reports and determinations from the Office of Housing Regulation
- rent audits
- property condition audits
- the AIHW Data Collection.
Core operating policies and procedures
The following are core operating policies and procedures regarding the operations of community housing contracted under the agreement (as per the Master Agreement Schedule 2, Part A, 1.1.6):
- Intervention order notifications procedure
- CH Housing needs assessment guideline
- CH Managing the housing register guidleline
- Community housing rent policy
- Addendum 1 - Community housing rent procedure for General Tenancies
- Addendum 2 - Community housing rent procedure for Supported Tenancies
- Addendum 3 - Community housing rent procedure for Affordable Tenancies
- Addendum 4 - Community housing rent procedure for NDIS-SDA Tenancies
- Community housing property transaction policy
- Community housing property disposal procedure
- Community housing property return request form
- Community housing transfer of tenanted property request form
- Community housing property sale to tenant procedure
- Community housing property sales request form
- Community housing use of property as security for debt finance procedure
- Community housing maintenance accommodation standards
- Disability access and inclusion policy
- Disability modifications procedure
- Group self-build (equity redemption) policy (grandfathered for properties in which equity investment shares remain issued - this policy remains in its original format)
The Master Agreement sets out the reporting requirements. If you have questions about these please contact your BRS.
SAHT transfer properties
Visit Transfer of public housing properties to community housing providers for more information.
For policies which apply to community housing providers with properties under the BPSC leased or ROSAS transfer programs, see the ‘Guidelines’ link on the SAHT Transfers Project page.
Supportive and supported housing program
For those community housing providers with supported tenancy types outcomes as part of their Master Agreement obligations, the relevant Supported and Supportive Housing Program policies and guidelines are:
Specialised housing program
These programs address the needs of people who are homeless, have disabilities or are disadvantaged.