Who we are

The Community Housing Council of South Australia (CHCSA) is the Peak Industry Body that represents community housing providers and other not-for-profit housing providers in South Australia.

The Community Housing Council of South Australia (CHCSA) was established alongside the development of the original legislation as a “peak body” for community housing providers (CHPs) with a focus on providing advocacy and support on behalf of the emerging community housing sector.

Peak bodies can be defined as:

“…representative, non-government organisations whose membership predominantly consists of other organisations of allied interests and which are recognised by other peaks and their sectors generally as a representative of the whole of their sector.”

CHCSA is a member driven community organisation, governed by a Member elected Board of Directors that includes staff members sourced from member agencies. Membership is open to SA based CHPs registered under the National Regulatory System for Community Housing (NRSCH) across all registration tiers. Associate membership for individuals or other interested organisations is also available.


CHCSA provides a range of services and advocates on behalf of its members, however we are not a housing provider and do not own any property in our own right.

We want people to feel connected to their community and able to sustain their housing choice.

What we stand for

Our Vision

A community housing sector and industry network delivering leading-edge, affordable housing and landlord services in thriving neighbourhoods.

Our Purpose

We support the further growth of a strong, vibrant and sustainable South Australian community housing industry.

Our Values

We believe in collaboration, respecting diversity, promoting excellence, sharing knowledge and acting with integrity.

Accelerated property transfer and housing reform supported by government
will generate significant economic and social benefits for SA.

What is Community Housing?

Community housing is an alternative to public housing and caters for people on very low to moderate incomes, who are or may be in rental stress or face barriers to entry into the private housing market.

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Who are our members?

CHCSA is a member driven community organisation, governed by a Member elected Board of Directors that includes staff members sourced from member agencies.

Community Housing Providers are not-for-profit organisations providing housing for people with special housing needs.  They are administered, maintained and managed by paid staff.

A Volunteer Member-Tenant Managed Organisation (also known as housing co-operatives) is a group of people with a common interest who work together to maintain and manage housing for its members.

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Why We Do It

We strive to lead and develop a successful community housing industry so that no South Australian lives in housing stress.

A Shared Vision

Community housing providers in South Australia have been delivering quality housing to low income and disadvantaged tenants since the 1980s.

Providers are driven by their determination to house people on low incomes or people with a particular disadvantage; these include people escaping domestic violence, refugees, Aboriginal people, people with a disability, people exiting the prison or justice system, single parents and young people.

With the correct support, the community housing sector can showcase their value offering as a sector. With the support of CHCSA, community housing providers will be able to better service tenants, and understand their needs through these changes, particularly those experiencing homelessness, disability and niche disadvantages to alleviate pressure on the system.

Why is it Important?

A successful community housing industry allows providers to develop more affordable housing options for those who are most vulnerable in our community so they can enjoy stable, independent, and productive, socially connected lives.

Community Housing providers in SA have been delivering quality housing
to low income and disadvantaged tenants since the 1980’s.


The Community Housing Council of South Australia supports and advocates on behalf of it’s members and stakeholders to deliver safe, secure and affordable homes for vulnerable South Australians.   Keep up to date with our news, activities and events as we work towards our shared aspirations for the sector.

Movable studios to prevent youth homelessness

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Jobs boost: new affordable apartments to be built at Bowden

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Green light for major Oaklands Park social housing redevelopment

Vickie Chapman MP | Michelle Lensink MLC A $135 million dollar housing initiative at Oaklands Park is one step closer, with the Planning Minister approving its re-zoning application. This allows for social, affordable and market housing to be built at the 20 hectare site. The proposed redevelopment, known as Oaklands Green, is expected to boost […]

CHCSA acknowledges the support of:

CHCSA acknowledges traditional owners of country throughout South Australia, and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, and to elders both past and present.