Creating housing opportunities for nearly two decades

About us

As one of Australia’s leading providers of sustainable and socially responsible housing, CHC’s focus is the accessibility of living options for every age and at every stage of life.

Established in 1998, CHC is not-for-profit, financially independent and governed by a skills-based board. We pride ourselves on high standards of corporate governance and an exceptional leadership team, hand-selected for their experience and aptitude within the community and housing sectors.

The CHC offering comprises new developments, rental properties and speciality housing. Our work is guided by and measured against key values including accountability, leadership, creativity, sustainability, respect and ethical practice.


CHC works closely with government and industry to deliver on our goals and achieve award-winning outcomes. We engage in valuable and considered partnerships and sponsorship within the community.

CHC strive to be at the forefront of housing solutions in Canberra. We continuously explore inventive strategy and aim to be a benchmark for quality, encourage and support our peers and positively impact the lives of our residents.

Corporate Governance

CHC is governed by a skills-based Board of Directors. Membership of the board is contingent on maintaining a skill-set appropriate to the provision of affordable housing and community services.

CHC has a comprehensive system of corporate government practices, designed to provide appropriate levels of accountability and disclosure.

The organisation has a set of guiding standards, policies and systems including:

  • CHC Constitution
  • Corporate Governance Charter
  • Risk Management Plan
  • Fraud Control Policy
  • ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management

The work of CHC is measured against internal and external audit processes. In accordance with our constitution, the ACT Auditor-General is responsible for auditing financial statements.

CHC’s internal audit delivers a systematic and disciplined approach to risk management, control and governance processes. The internal audit work program is endorsed annually by the Audit Committee, with results, progress and performance regularly reviewed by the committee.

CHC operate a rigorous system of risk oversight, management and internal control. The organisation’s approach is to identify, assess and manage risks that affect (or have the potential to affect) our business.

Board of Directors

  • Chair, Chair Development Committee

    Colin Alexander

    OAM, BA (Acc), FCPA. As founding CEO of CIC Australia Ltd, Colin is a respected member of Canberra’s development industry. He is Chairman of the MBA Fidelity Fund, a Board member of ACT Property Council and a Council member of Canberra Business Council.

  • Deputy Chair, Member Development Committee, Member Audit Committee

    Paul Green

    MG, BA, LLB (Hons). As a previous managing partner of Meyer Vandenberg Lawyers, Paul has extensive experience providing legal advice to property developers. He is a former lecturer in at the University of Canberra and a Board member of the Lidia Perin Foundation.

  • Chair Audit Committee, Member Community Committee

    Cathi Moore

    BA (Soc Sci). Cathi has extensive experience in public administration, both in social policy and program management. Cathi held a senior role with the former Commonwealth Department of Administrative Services (DAS), managing commercial and operational areas and reviewing efficiency.

  • Director, Chair Community Committee

    Rebecca Vassarotti

    BA/MEnvLaw. Rebecca is the Deputy CEO of the Australian Council of Social Service and has held previous appointments as Executive Director of YWCA Canberra and CEO of the Consumers Health Forum of Australia. Rebecca is a member of National Implementation Panel to Reduce Violence Against Women & Children.

  • Director
    Member Community Committee

    Clare Wall

    B Ec, Dip Rec. Pl, M Pub Pol. Clare is an Associate with consultancy firm, SGS Economics and Planning. She has previously worked in housing policy for the Commonwealth Government, and in senior planning roles for the ACT Government. Clare is a member of the Planning Institute of Australia.

  • Director, Member Development Committee

    Paul Carmody

    BA Administration. Paul has extensive experience in the ACT construction industry and has held executive level positions with the National Capital Authority, Hindmarsh Pty Limited, the Commonwealth Department of Health and was Deputy Director General Health Infrastructure in the ACT Health Directorate.

  • Director, Chair Finance Committee, Member Audit Committee

    Jill Divorty


  • Property Council of the ACT
  • Australasian Housing Institute
  • Community Housing Industry Association
  • ACT Shelter
  • Australian Institute of Management
  • Australian Property Institute
  • Australian Human Resources Institute
  • CPA Australia


  • Domestic Violence Crisis Service (DVCS)
  • Red Cross
  • ANU
  • YWCA
  • ACT Council of Social Services (ACTCOSS)
  • ACT Shelter

Our Achievements

  • 2016 HIA CSR ACT & Southern NSW Apartment Complex of the Year – Symphony Park


  • 2007 Boral MBA Excellence in Building Awards Special Purpose Dwelling – Abbeyfield


  • 2003 HIA ACT/Southern NSW Housing Awards Specialised Accommodation of the Year


  • 2002 HIA Prime Television ACT/Southern NSW Housing Awards Medium Density Projects
    (less than 140sqm)


  • 2002 MBA Excellence in Building Awards Environmental Best Practice Award Residential Division


  • 2002 MBA Excellence in Building Awards Special Purpose Dwellings – 50 Moorhouse Street O’Connor


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