Community Housing Regulation

The Western Australian (WA) Government is committed to growing and developing a better and stronger social housing sector with coordinated service delivery between the public and not-for-profit systems.

Effective regulation provides a platform to expand the role of the community housing sector. It establishes the governance infrastructure needed to develop the capacity of the sector; ensure effective, efficient and appropriate use of housing assets; and increase investor confidence to invest in the growth of the sector to deliver more social and affordable housing.

The Community Housing Regulatory Framework (Framework) commenced on 1 April 2017 and is supported by four Appendices and a suite of guidelines and fact sheets.

The WA Framework is consistent with the National Regulatory System for Community Housing (NRSCH) that applies across all states and territories of Australia, except Victoria and WA. The NRSCH however is a legislated system that administers the Community Housing Providers National Law 2012 and the WA Framework is a policy based system.

More information on the NRSCH can be found at

​​Community Housing Regulatory Framework​

The Framework’s vision is for a community housing sector that:

  • is well governed, well managed and viable
  • meets the needs of tenants
  • provides assurance to government and investors.
  • The Community Housing Regulatory Framework and Appendices A, B, C, and D can be found under the Related Information and Documents section.

​Regulatory Approach

The WA Framework is outcomes focused and adopts a risk-based approach to monitor and respond to risks that have serious consequences for tenants, funders and investors, community housing assets and the reputation of the sector.  It is administered by the Community Housing Registration Office, underpinned by a set of regulatory principles that allows for considered, efficient and effective regulatory practices that are proportionate, accountable, consistent, transparent, flexible and targeted.

Community Housing Registration Office

The Community Housing Registration Office is managed by the Community Housing Registrar and its regulatory functions include:

  • assessing applications for registration from providers
  • monitoring the compliance of registered providers with the Framework
  • providing information and advice regarding regulatory requirements and processes
  • maintaining a register of registered providers.

For further information

Please contact Community Housing Registration Office via or telephone (08) 6217 6222.​​​​​​​

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