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INCH Housing Inc Board Member

Posted : Monday, 13th November 2017 - 5:15 pm

Organisation : INCH Housing Inc.

Location : Brisbane

Time required : 1 - 5 hours per week

Duration of project : Dec 2017 - Dec 2018 Minimum

Contact Name : Tracy Simpson

Contact Phone : 0430161861

Contact Email :

About the Role

The Association

INCH Housing Inc (INCH) is a non-profit association with charitable status and has been providing social and community housing since September 1991. Its core business is the provision and management of transitional and long term rental housing in the inner northern suburbs of metropolitan Brisbane to people on low incomes. INCH manages 155+ properties, across 5 different housing service lines.
INCH is governed by a volunteer Board (up to 8 members) who are drawn from a diverse range of professions to ensure the Board comprises the necessary skills, experience and drive to best support INCH in delivering transitional and Long term housing to people on low incomes. INCH’s workforce consists of 8 paid staff (2 full time and 6 part time workers), 3 volunteers and 8 University students.

INCH’s membership averages between 30-35 members annually, a large majority of whom are current or ex-tenants of properties managed by INCH. Other members are Board members, staff, community service providers, volunteers and general community members.
Our Vision: To provide safe, affordable, accessible housing for all people in South East Queensland

Our Mission: To assist people to successfully retain safe, affordable housing

Our Clients: INCH’s clients are people who have high or very high needs (as defined by the Department of Housing and Public Works) and identify as belonging in one of the following social groups:
• People with disabilities or mental health issues; Indigenous people; people escaping domestic violence; homeless people; youth and older people; low income single people and people from international cultures

Our Partners: INCH works in partnership with
• Queensland Department of Housing and Public Works, which provides funding for transitional housing programs and head leasing arrangements for long term housing
• Brisbane City Council, which provides head leasing arrangements for the homelessness program
• A diverse range of community services, government agencies and local businesses, who provide support options and assistance to our clients

The Role of the Board Member

The INCH Board is seeking a Board member who has demonstrated experience in the community housing sector and/or who has participated at a high level in the governance of a charity association.


• Prepare for and attend Board meetings
• Take responsibility for any delegated tasks that arise from Board meetings
• Be an active participant in sub-committees (eg, Finance and Audit, Business, Certification and Risk and Fundraising sub-committees)
• Act within the ‘authority’ of the Board
• Be familiar with the responsibilities and liabilities associated with being a Board member specifically with respect to statutes of both state and federal jurisdictions. E.g. Work Health and Safety Act 2011
• Be familiar with INCH policies and assist in developing new policies and/or evaluating existing policies


• You must have a genuine interest in providing community housing services to the most vulnerable people in our community who have very high or high complex needs and are on a low income
• You must possess the ability to communicate effectively at all levels of society and continuously promote a culture of mutual respect
• You must be able to commit to a minimum of 12 months service on the Board
• You must be able to attend at least 7 night Board Meetings (8 -10 meetings per annum which are usually held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month) as well as Sub Committee meetings (3 – 5 per annum)
• You must be able to contribute approximately 1- 5 hrs per week to undertake the duties and responsibilities of a Board member
• You must demonstrate the necessary skills, knowledge and experience in understanding the needs of disadvantaged people in Brisbane Metropolitan area

About the Organisation

Organisation Name : INCH Housing Inc.
Not for Profit : Yes

Apply for this Position

For details concerning this role , please contact

Tracy Simpson

Phone : 0430161861

Email :

Please quote in application: INCH Housing Inc Board Member via Pro Bono Australia.


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