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 Master Agreement applies to properties and tenancies where a registered community housing provider holds the title to a property.
The Master 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 Business Relations Specialist 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. More 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 Master Agreement (as per the Master Agreement Schedule 2, Part A, 1.1.6):
- Eligibility policy
- Rent management policy
- Community housing property transaction policy
- Community housing property disposal procedure
- Community housing property sale to tenant procedure
- Community housing use of property as security for debt finance procedure
- 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 Business Relations Specialist.
SAHT transfer properties
For more information visit Transfer of public housing properties to community housing providers.
For policies which apply to community housing providers with properties under the BPSC leased or ROSAS transfer programs, please 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:
- Additional service levy application form
- Community Housing Asset Renewal Program (CHARP) Guidelines
- Community Housing Expression of Interest Guideline
- Project Agreement A template (Financial Contribution)
- Project Agreement B template (Real Property Contribution)
- Deed of priority
- Deed of statutory charge
- Non-annexure third party guarantee
- Core operating policies and procedures Q and A
- What are Community Housing Assets?
- Merger Easy Guide
- Community housing rent assessment guidelines: Capping
- Market rent query form
- Domestic squalor guidelines