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Our History


Spinner 1993

Registration Completed

CHL registered as a housing association auspiced by Common Equity Housing Ltd (CEHL – the stockholder of housing for the common equity rental cooperative sector).

Spinner 1994

Building the team

Start of operations with the appointment of Steve Bevington as the first staff member.

Spinner 1995

Commenced designing houses

Establishment of a design capacity and completion of design for the very first project in Moe and appointment of Chris Shields on the CHL Board.

Spinner 1996

Growing the capacity

19 properties under management moved out of CEHL’s premised to Blackburn in Victoria.

Start of a continuing relationship with MELBA Support Services and commission to deliver 8 special purpose dwellings in Lilydale.

Spinner 1997

Introduced a new service

CHL secured the contract for Transitional Housing Management (THM) Services in Eastern Metropolitan Melbourne.

Spinner 1998

CHL registered as a builder

CHL registered as a builder and constructed its first project in Croydon through private finance.

Spinner 2001

Expanding the Victorian reach

Expansion of THM services to Central & East Gippsland.

Spinner 2004

Established first partnership with an Aboriginal community

Start of our first relationship with Aboriginal Community with the partnership with Gippsland and East Gippsland Aboriginal Cooperative in Lakes Entrance.

Spinner 2005

CHL goes international

Establishment of operation in Timor Leste and incorporation of Community Housing (Vic) Ltd.

Spinner 2006

Set up operations in Tasmania

Received approval to build 40 dwellings as part of Home Folio program in Tasmania and partnership with MECU to introduce finance in sector.

Spinner 2007

CHL establishes operations in NSW

Registration of Community Housing Ltd (CHL) in Timor Leste as a subsidiary of CHL and registration in New South Wales (NSW).

Spinner 2008

Board approves the first merger and a new office in Chile

Approved as a growth provider by the NSW and Tasmanian government. Merger with Community Housing Mid North Coast in NSW. Establishment of operation in Chile South America CHLA.

Spinner 2009

CHL expands reach into WA and SA

Approved as growth provider in Western Australia and South Australia and received the first ever incentive under National Rental Affordability Scheme (317 in Victoria) and 82 houses under Nation Building Economic Stimulus Plan in Victoria.

Spinner 2010

CHL moves into WA heartland

Approval as a regional provider in Western Australia’s Mid West.

Spinner 2011

CHL moves into management of remote Aboriginal Communities

Establishment of office in Kununurra in the East Kimberley and management contract for properties in remote aboriginal communities.

Spinner 2012

New offices set up in Queensland and India

Completed registration in India and Queensland. Steve awarded the Community Achievement Award by the CEO Magazine.

Spinner 2013

Second merger event gets a nod

Merger with Fraser Coast Housing Ltd in Queensland. Completion of first project in ‘San Jose De Maipo’ in Chile.

Spinner 2014

CHL celebrates twentieth anniversary milestone

CHL was transferred the management of close to 1200 social housing properties in Tasmania as part of the Better Housing Futures Reform CHL celebrates its 20th Anniversary.

Spinner 2015

CHL starts building the largest housing project in Timor

In Suai, Timor-Leste, CHL commenced construction on
two housing projects comprising 87 houses involving the employment of nearly 300 people including the training of 100 people in materials
manufacture and construction.

CHL expands management of remote aboriginal communities in WA, and receives ‘Excellence in Services to Tenants Award’ by NSW Federation.

Spinner 2016

CHL expands management of remote housing into the Goldfields

In Western Australia we commenced a three-year contract to
manage 126 remote Aboriginal housing tenancies in the Goldfields and Broome.

A new subsidiary company was registered in Peru to undertake affordable
housing development.

Spinner 2017

CHL broadens it's international reach

CHL registered new subsidiary companies in Rwanda and Indonesia.

In South Australia, CHL signed a deed to accept transfer of 767 properties under 20 year lease in Northern Adelaide.

Spinner 2018

CHL now manages over 9,000 properties across 6 states

Transfer of 1,300 properties on the NSW’s mid north coast under SHMT with CHL NSW taking on the lead role in coordinating social housing and homelessness services in the region. CHL now manages over 9,000 properties across 6 Australian states. CHL also opened new offices in Port Macquarie and Kempsey.

Spinner 2019

Horizon Housing and CHL Integrated

Queensland based Horizon Housing announced integration with the CHL Group. Over 2,500 homes were added to the CHL portfolio in QLD with the merger.

Launch of CHL’s Reconciliation Action Plan and registration of Aboriginal Community Housing Ltd as an approved community housing provider