Introduction

Unity Housing was established in 2008 to provide safe, affordable and sustainable housing to people on low incomes. Unity was formed with the transfer of assets from several well-established housing organisations and is currently the largest single provider of affordable and community housing in South Australia.

Our primary aim is to provide affordable and sustainable housing for vulnerable people and people on low incomes, particularly those living with a disability or experiencing and at risk of homelessness.

This is achieved through the provision of around 3,000 units of accommodation that house more than 5,000 people on low to moderate income per annum. With a turnover of more than $25 million per annum, we manage an asset base valued at more than $800 million with staff of more than 90 operating out of six offices across the Adelaide metropolitan area and an office in the mid-north and south-east region.

Our ongoing commitment to continuous improvement, evidence-based practice and innovation in service delivery has reinforced our long standing reputation as a leader in the social and affordable housing sector.

As one of a select number of community housing providers that has achieved Tier 1 status under the National Regulatory System, we aim to rapidly increase the scale and breadth of our housing portfolio so that we can continue to achieve our vision of creating opportunities for people to live in affordable and sustainable housing of their choice.

We seek to build balanced and functional communities through a diverse housing portfolio of low income, affordable and high needs housing. We deliver a continuum of housing options including: a boarding house program, a community housing program and an affordable housing program. These programs have distinct asset management requirements that need to be addressed.

We have a skills-based Board who assume responsibility for strategic, policy and overall financial decision making for the Company. Operational responsibilities are delegated through the Chief Executive Officer and a highly skilled and experienced management team.

Board sub-committees, with clearly articulated delegations and Terms of Reference provide an effective link between Board and Management ensuring good information flow, assisting Directors to fulfil their fiduciary responsibilities, making the skills and the knowledge of Directors available to the operational side of the business and supporting senior management in their responsibilities. Board sub-committees are:

  • Executive Management;
  • Finance, Audit and Compliance; and
  • Property Development

Unity has a depth of experience, expertise and qualifications in managing assets in the organisation at all levels including the Board, Executive and staff. The asset management experience of the team includes disposal, acquisition, life cycle costings, maintenance budgets, contracting and coordinating maintenance work.

We have a comprehensive strategic asset management plan and a suite of maintenance plans for the relevant programmes as annually audited by our regulator at both the national and state level.

The Strategic Asset Management Plan and Maintenance Plans are reviewed annually to enable accurate financial year forecasting to be included in the annual budgeting process. Budget adjustments are informed by data collected through building assessments.

Unity successfully delivers sound asset management practice through an active development program including significant upgrades and an ongoing responsive and programed maintenance service.