Where serious issues brought to the Registrar’s attention about a registered agency are to be investigated, the Housing Act 1983 sets out a range of powers for the Registrar to use to conduct an investigation.
On 1 January 2005, amendments to the Housing Act 1983 introduced a new system of regulation for non-government rental housing agencies. The legislation established a Registrar of Housing Agencies as the body to be responsible for this regulatory system.
The Housing Registrar does not manage or own any housing. We also do not manage any waiting lists or accept applications for housing.
To obtain registration a not-for-profit rental housing agency must satisfy the Registrar that it meets all criteria specified within Schedule 7 of Part VIII of the Housing Act 1983 and meets or has the strong capacity to meet Performance Standards.
Monitoring and assessing compliance and performance of registered agencies is a major role and an integral part of day-to-day functions of the Housing Registrar.
The Housing Registrar report provides a summary of the events of the prior year. It highlights changes and developments of the sector as well as major initiatives of the Housing Registrar. The report also provides a service and financial snapshot of the sector.
There are currently ten positions in the Housing Registrar. An Assistant Director heads up the work unit with the nine remaining staff divided into three teams.
Once an agency has made an enquiry through CHiMES, a member of the Housing Registrar team will contact you to discuss your agency's individual circumstances and suitability for registration.
The Housing Registrar’s approach to regulation and registration is underpinned by the Housing Act 1983, particularly Part VIII, and Schedules 7 and 8. These sections were implemented as amendments to the Act in January 2005.