Safe and secure homes in strong communities

About us

CHC is the largest not-for-profit community housing provider in the ACT. We have over twenty years’ experience in providing quality affordable housing.

Our mission is to provide affordable homes, principally for rent, to individuals and families.

What we do
CHC was established to help fill the affordability gap that exists between government-provided public housing (Housing ACT) and the private market, by providing affordable homes priced at less than 75% of market rent.

We deliver homes for the community in various locations across Canberra and are continuously growing our rental portfolio. To ensure transparency, eligibility requirements must be met by all of our tenants. CHC’s eligibility criteria is structured to provide housing opportunities for Canberrans on low to moderate income, who are most in need.

Safe and secure homes in strong communities



Customer Centric
Everything we do directly or indirectly delivers value to our current or prospective future tenants
We are genuine and respectful in our dealings with our tenants, staff and all other stakeholders
We proactively partner with others to deliver greater value and manage risk
We bring fresh thinking to tackle industry challenges and to better meet our tenant needs
Continuous Improvement
We strive to continuously improve all we do, and to accept that some of the greatest learnings and advances will result from initiatives that fail

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

    B.Bus(Acctg&Fin) MBA FCPA GAICD. Jill has had extensive experience in both federal and state level public sector, with a focus on large scale procurement and project management, finance and accounting, and residential housing management. Jill has held senior executive level positions with Defence Housing Australia, National Blood Authority and as Head of ACT Shared Services Centre. 


  • 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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