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Constitution Template and Guide for NHs
Constitution Template for Neighbourhood Houses looking to update their constitution. See the companion guide as a complimentary document to help make decisions about the content appropriate for your House.
Governance Video 4 - Board roles
The role of every Board Member is to ensure the House, for which you re responsible on behalf of the membership of the Association, and the community, fulfills its purpose. The guiding question for all Board Members should be: "How will this assist the House to Fulfill its purpose?"
Constitution - NHT 2016
The Constitution of Neighbourhood Houses Tasmania - Supporting members to strengthen their communities.
Governance for Purpose - Steve Bowman Masterclass May 2018
Governance video 6 - Strategic Planning
The boards purpose is to ensure that the House fulfills its purpose, and its purpose is community development. to achieve this, the Board sets the strategic direction of the House and then monitors that things are on course.
Governance video 5 - Financial reporting
One of the key roles of being a Board member is to monitor the finances of the organisation. All board members are responsible for the overall finances of the organisation.
Governance Video 3 - Governance and Management
Governance is the role of the board. It has a big picture, strategic focus.
Management is the role of the Manager. It has a day-to-day operational focus.
Governance Video 2 The Purpose of a House
Neighbourhood Houses are places where people come together and find support, belonging and purpose. They work together to support their local community and make a real difference in people's lives.
Houses are run b y the community, for the community and offer a wide range of programs and activities for local people. The purpose of the House is Community Development
Governance Video 1 – The Role of the Board
The purpose of the Board is to ensure the House achieves its purpose. The purpose of the House is community development.
This video links to the first chapter of the Handbook For Neighbourhood House Boards.
Guide to Board Minutes
A guide to the taking of Board meeting minutes.
Meeting Minutes Template
A template for the taking of Board minutes.
Role of the Board President
A summary of the duties and responsibilities of the Board President.
Role of the Board Secretary
A summary of the duties of the Board Secretary.
Board Self Assessment
Checklist to assist the Board self assess its performance.
Induction of Board Members
A checklist for the induction of new Board members.
Handbook for Neighbourhood House Boards
A Handbook for Neighbourhood House Boards. A fantastic resource, with chapter summaries. A must have for all board members.
Election Priorities March 2021
NHT's Election Priorities for the 2021 State Election
Newsletter November 2019
Newsletter November 2019
NHT Membership Policy
Neighbourhood Houses Tasmania's membership policy
NHT Strategic Plan
NHT's Strategic Plan for 2021-24 outlining our vision, mission and goals.
Cormac Russell Presentation 1
Cormac Russell Presentation 1 from Wednesday 25 September at Conference 2019
Governance presentation from Tracey
Governance presentation from Tracey at Conference 2019
Governance presentation - Richard Rollins from Quartz
Governance presentation - Richard Rollins from Quartz
Expo registration form
Register for NHT Conference Expo - 16 September
Group booking spreadsheet
Spreadsheet for House group bookings for conference
Training room booking form
Booking for for the NHT training and meeting room
Friends of NHT Membership form
Friends of NHT membership costs $44.00 per year (inc GST). As a Friend you will receive a copy of our newsletter and invitations to and information about forthcoming events and activities.
Program for Conference 2019
Reports and Submissions
Creating Community Food Security through Neighbourhood Houses 2021
Creating Community Food Security through Neighbourhood Houses 2021 FINAL with funding recommendations for the future. NHT summary from surveying Neighbourhood Houses about their Food Security related activities.
Child and Youth Health Strategy Submission 2021-22
NHT's Child and Youth Health Strategy Submission 2021-22
Budget Submission 2021-22
NHT's Budget Submission 2021-22
2019-20 Financial Report NHT
The NHT audited financial report for 2019-20
Thriving Communities Healthy Families report
The final service report to the Department of Health and Human Services by Neighbourhood Houses Tasmania forthe Thriving Communities Healthy Families project.
2020 Future of Gaming In Tasmania Submission
NHT has provided this submission to the Tasmanian State Government for the Future of Gaming in Tasmania (Future Gaming Market) Policy.
NHT's Budget Priority Statements: 2018-19 onwards
NHT's Budget Priority Statements to the Tasmanian Government for the State Budget from 2018-19 onwards .
Making a Difference for our Communities
Our Outcomes Report for the Neighbourhood Houses Network for 2016-17
Administrative, Reports and Submissions
2019-20 NHT Financial Statement
Statement from NHT's Auditor
NFP’s have been impacted by the increased reporting requirements with new accounting standards AASB 1058 Income of Not-for-Profit Entities, AASB 15 Revenue from Contracts with Customers and AASB 16 Leases all applying for the first time, coupled with the implications arising from COVID-19. Significant delays were encountered to satisfy these increased requirements. To ensure adequate disclosures and accuracy of the financial statements further time was required to prepare the financial statements.
2019-20 NHT Annual Report
Neighbourhood Houses Tasmania's Annual Report for 2019 - 2020
2020 Neighbourhood Houses Survey Summary
In April 2020, NHT undertook to a mapping exercise of the Neighbourhood House network to get an overview of
- what Houses were seeing as the current needs in their communities;
- what was needed to help address these needs;
- how they expected to spend the additional $20K allocated to each House;
- what future needs or issues might be, and
- what good things were happening in their communities.
This is a summary of NHT's findings.
Administrative, Policies and Procedures
NHT Grievance and Complaints Policy
The purpose of this policy is to guide NHT, its Board of Management, employees and volunteers in resolving grievances and complaints raised by people or organisations external to NHT.
External Resources, Human resources
Equal Opportunity: a workplace guide for employers in Tasmania
Equal Opportunity Tasmania has prepared this guide for everyone involved in employment in Tasmania. It provides a practical ways to make Equal Opportunity work for and not against you. It provides action checklists which will help you make your workplace fairer.
House Operations, Projects
Daily Counting Sheet
A new daily counting sheet for activity data collection
Activity Data template 2020-21
Activity Data collection template 2020-21
Participant survey template with Tracked changes shown
Partner survey template
A template from which to create a survey to gain feedback from your partners
Instructions for partner survey
How to survey your important partners to gain useful and meaningful feedback
Instructions for participant survey
how to use the participant survey template to create useful surveys and gather meaningful feedback
Participant survey template
A template for you to refine to help you gather feedback from your participants
Instructions for priority area reporting
Instructions on how to use the Priority Area Reporting Template
Priority area reporting template
The template for planning and reporting on your priority areas.
Instructions for collecting activity data
Instructions for how to complete the Activity Data Template
Emergency Relief Leaflets
These Emergency Relief Leaflets are in easy English and are separated into the three regions - North West, Northern and Southern Tasmania.
Aurora Energy - Information for Community Service Providers
Aurora has compiled this fact sheet outlining financial support as well as energy tips and tools for Community Service Providers to assist people during Covid-19.
Information was compiled in June 2020.
How not to get PTSD in trying times
Andrew Fuller provided the Network with an overview about looking after ourselves in challenging times, and responded to questions from the network, on Thursday 4 June. Here is a brief summary of that information.
Elder abuse poster
Elder abuse resources from the Aus Human Rights Commission
Elder abuse bookmark
Elder Abuse bookmark from Aus Human Rights Commission
Fact Sheet - Cash Flow Assistance for Businesses
This Fact Sheet has come from the Federal Government outlining their assistance to businesses including NFP. To keep up to date with the assistance available go to the ATO
Coronavirus (Covid - 19)
These resources have been sourced from the World Health Organisation WHO , Department of Health (TAS) and Department of Health (AUST) the phone number for the Public Health Hotline (TAS) is 1800 671 738. Please visit their sites for more information and further resources.
For information regarding employment conditions relating to coronavirus visit Fair Work Ombudsman
Outcomes reporting update 202004
Update on our Outcomes Reporting process
Work for the Dole Agreement - Template
NHT in collaboration with member Houses and the Department of Education, Skills and Employment has developed this Work for the Dole (WFD) Agreement template for Houses to use with Jobactive Providers.
Users Rights and Responsibilities Wall Chart
A sample poster covering the rights and responsibilities of House participants and visitors. Available in A3 and A4 formats
Participants' Conduct Wall Chart
A sample poster covering the code of conduct for participants in House activities.
Social Media Guide
A guide to the use and understanding of social media.
Memorandum of Understanding Template
Example of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for use by Houses.
Key Dates Checklist Template
A template for the list of key dates for House activities and requirements.
Food Safety Standards Fact Sheets
Food safety practices as advised by the Australia New Zealand Food Authority.
Risk Management Information Handbook
Information on the types of risk faced by Houses and how to manage them.
Emergency Action Guide
Sample signage for exiting in case of emergency.
House Contact List
A spreadsheet of the contact details for all Neighbourhood Houses in Tasmania
Conflict and Grievance Resolution Information Handbook
Handbook covering conflict and grievance resolution both internal and external.
Administrative, External Resources
Self assessment for risk of Corona virus COVID-19
A tool to help you understand your level of risk and what action you should take to assess your status
Administrative, House Operations
Coronavirus and Neighbourhood Houses
NHT is providing this information to assist Neighbourhood Houses with the current Coronavirus situation. NHT will keep updating this information as often as possible. Please contact us with any questions or concerns and we will do our best to assist.
Fact Sheet - Transfer Crown Leases to Communities Tas (Housing)
Neighbourhood House Program, Crown property ownership changes
In 2020, Crown owned properties (occupied by Neighbourhood Houses) will be transferred to the Department of Communities and managed by Housing Tasmania.
From 1 February 2020 reporting of emergency and maintenance issues is to be made through: Housing Tasmania Portfolio Maintenance 1300 665 663
The affected Houses have been contacted directly by Community Services Policy and Programs.
Please note: There are no changes for Houses with leases through Housing Tasmania, or that have other lease arrangements (or own their own properties)
EWF - Location of Groups
A list of where to find Eating With Friends groups in Tasmania
EWF - 16 Years On
Eating With Friends - Still creating healthier lives 16 years on
EWF Benefits of Social Eating
Eating with Friends and the Benefits of Social Eating
Art from the Heart (CLOSED)
Information and Funding Request form for the Art from the Heart grant of $500
Daily Counting Sheet template
Daily Counting Sheet template, This document can be used to collect daily contacts. It can then be collated into the Activity Data Template - where the report collates the data for reporting purposes.
Projects, Reports and Submissions
Everyday Literacy for Local Communities Evaluation
Everyday Literacy for Local Communities (ELLC) project was independently evaluated in 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018 by PDF Management Services Pty Ltd.
External Resources, Governance
Strategic Framework 2019-23 Part 2
STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK 2019–2023 PART 2
Celebrating, Doing – Community Development in Action
Part 2 of Neighbourhood House Program Strategic Framework 2019-2023 provides an overview of the operations and practice of the Houses. The Strategic Framework has been developed in partnership between the Tasmanian Government and the Neighbourhood House Network, and aligns with the Tasmanian Government and Neighbourhood Houses Shared Commitment to Collaboration: A protocol for working together for the benefit of local communities.
Working with Men - Glen Poole AMHF
Working with Men - Glen Poole AMHF - presentation from Conference 2019
Nicole Battle presentation on ANCHA
Nicole Battle presentation on ANCHA given at Conference 2019
Grant Writing - Mike Brindley
Grant Writing Workshop by Mike Brindley from RDA
Cormac Russell Presentation 2
Cormac Russell Presentation 2 - Thursday 26 September 2019
External Resources, Reports and Submissions
2019 Newstart Inquiry - ANHCA Submission
ANHCA's submission to the Inquiry into the Adequacy of Newstart and related payments and alternative mechanisms to determine the level of income support payments in Australia.
Community development, Reports and Submissions
It's a Starting Point - Community Development... It works beautifully
Stories about the real difference that people and Neighbourhood Houses can make
Our Stories - Stories from Neighbourhood Houses Around Tasmania
Stories of Us. Showcasing success in Tasmania communities.
Policies and Procedures
Bringing Children to Work Policy template
A sample policy covering the circumstances where children may be brought to work.
Conflict and Grievance Resolution Policy template
Policy template covering conflict and grievance resolution.
House Operations, Human resources
Working with Children Check Results
A guide to the results from a Working with Children Check.
Volunteers Guide - Working with Children Check
Guide to the Working with Children Check for Volunteers.
Risk Assessment Process
Department of Justice guide to the impact of different types of criminal record on the Working with Children Check.
Working with Children Check - Paid Workers Guide
Guide to the Working with Children Check for paid workers.
Working with Children Check - Frequently asked questions.
Frequently asked questions about the Working with Children Check.
Exemptions from Working with Children Check
A Department of Justice guide to exemptions from the Working with Children Check.
Employers Guide - Working with Children Check
Guide to verifying a person's Working with Children Check.
Working with Children Check - What gets assessed.
Details of what is assessed when you apply for a Working with Children Check.
Child Care Services Sector Guide
Department of Justice guide for those working in child care services.
Applying for Working with Children Check
Department of Justice guide to applying for a Working with Children Check.
Volunteer Induction - PowerPoint
PowerPoint presentation covering the requirements for Volunteer induction.
Volunteer Induction - PowerPoint Notes
Notes from PowerPoint presentation covering the requirements for Volunteer induction.
Volunteer Induction Record
A sample spreadsheet designed to keep track of when Volunteers are inducted and when updates to training or information are required.
Guide to Staff Development and Performance
Guide to the use of staff performance reviews.
Level 7 - Senior Manager Position Description
A template for the position description of a Senior Manager.
Level 6 - Manager Position Description
A template for the position description of the House Manager.
Level 5 - Assistant Manager Position Description
A template for the position description of a Assistant Manager.
Level 4 - Project Coordinator Position Description
A template for the position description of a Project Coordinator.
Level 4 - Finance-Admin Officer Position Description
A template for the position description of a Finance-Admin Officer
Level 3 - Project Worker Position Description
A template for the position description of a Project Worker.
Level 3 - Administrative Officer Position Description
A template for the position description of an Administrative Officer.
Level 2 - Cleaner - House Worker - Position Description
A template for the position description of a cleaner or House worker.
Level 2 - Assistant Administration Officer Position Description
A template for the position description of an Assistant Administration Officer.
Position Description Templates Overview
A summary of position titles, levels and tasks.
What is Unlawful Discrimination?
Fact sheet on unlawful discrimination.
Anti-discrimination, Harassment and Bullying Information Handbook
Guide to dealing with discrimination, harassment and bullying.
Neighbourhood Houses Heart of the Community Video (2mins)
Neighbourhood Houses Tas has created a video that promotes the fantastic work done through the 35 Neighbourhood Houses across Tasmania.. There is also a 30 second Community Announcement version below.
Exploring Community Development with Peter Westoby video (10mins)
Peter Westoby and Tina Lathouras presented the Spiral Method Community Development workshops in June 2019. Here Peter talked further about Commuinty Development, some history and context around CD.
Community Development Resources
Practical resources for Neighbourhood Houses and communities.
Community Development in Action: A Handbook for Neighbourhood Houses is our latest resource, available here electronically or in your Tassie based Neighbourhood House. Additional copies are available for purchase - please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to place an order
In a previous project we worked with Tasmania Medicare Local to develop a toolkit in partnership with Kylie Eastley Consultancy, Neighbourhood Houses Tasmania and the Tasmanian Government Department of Health and Human Services . The Toolkit included an introductory manual and some additional resources
House Operations, Policies and Procedures
Child's Photo Consent Form
A sample form for gaining consent to take images of a child.
Participants Conduct Policy
A sample policy covering what is acceptable behaviour for all visitors to the House.
Adult's Photo Consent Form
Consent form for collecting images of an adult.
Workplace Communication Policy
Sample policy for Houses to provide a framework for good communications within the workplace.
Sample policy for Houses covering the framework and guidelines for establishing valuable partnerships with Sponsors.
Social Media Policy
Sample policy for Houses covering the use of social media.
Risk Management Policy
Sample policy for Houses covering risk awareness and mitigation.
Premises and Facilities Hire Policy
Sample policy for Houses providing guidelines for the hiring and use of House premises and facilities.
Personal Protective Equipment
Sample policy for Houses setting out the guidelines for the use of personal protective equipment.
Sample policy to assist Houses to establish a framework for an effective working relationship with the media.
Manual Handling Policy
Sample policy for Houses detailing the safe approach to manual tasks.
Sample policy covering the requirements for when the House is locked down for the safety of persons inside the House.
Intellectual Property Policy
Sample policy to give clear guidance on the House's position on ownership and management of intellectual property.
Home Visiting Policy
Sample policy covering the requirements if a home visit is planned by House personnel.
Handling Chemicals Policy
Sample policy for Houses covering the safe use of chemicals.
Alcohol and Drug Policy
Sample policy for Houses covering the workplace rules in relation to alcohol and drugs.
Infection Control Guide
Sample policy and procedure covering the control of infection within a House.
Human resources, Policies and Procedures
Volunteer Screening Policy
A sample policy covering the initial screening required before a volunteer starts.
Workplace Health and Safety Policy
A sample policy covering the requirements and processes to ensure workplace health and safety.
Staff Misconduct and Discipline Policy
A sample policy covering the processes for instances where a staff member may need to be disciplined.
Staff Induction Policy
A sample policy covering the inducting and supporting of new staff members.
Staff Development and Performance Form
A sample form to assist with staff development and performance review.
Staff Development and Performance Policy
A sample policy covering the processes of staff development and performance review.
A sample policy outlining the principles and procedures to be following in the staff recruitment and selection process.
Occupational Rehabilitation Policy
A sample policy covering the approach to be taken with occupational rehabilitation.
Long Service Leave Policy
A sample policy covering the processes associated with long service leave.
A sample policy covering the types of paid and unpaid leave that may be taken.
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
A sample policy covering the requirements for a House to provide equal employment opportunities.
Critical Incident Debriefing Policy
A sample policy covering the requirements for debriefing after a critical incident.
Discrimination, Harassment or Bullying Formal Notification Form
Form to report incident of discrimination, harassment or bullying.
Checklist - Discrimination, Harassment or Bullying Notification
Checklist for action following notification of discrimination, harassment or bullying incident.
Anti-discrimination, Harassment and Bullying Policy
Policy template covering anti-discrimination, harassment and bullying.
House Operations, Human resources, Policies and Procedures
Manager Induction Policy
Policy template covering the requirements for inducting a new House Manager.
Governance, House Operations
Strategic Planning Overview
A guide to strategic planning from the Institute of Community Directors Australia.
A Guide to Strategic Planning
A guide on the whys and wherefores of strategic planning.
Role of the Board Treasurer
A summary of the duties and responsibilities of the Board Treasurer.
Role of the Public Officer
A summary of the duties and responsibilities of the Public Officer.
Delegation of Authority
A guide to the delegation of authority between Board and House Management.
Copy of Associations Incorporation (Model Rules) Regulations 2017
Associations Incorporation Act 1964
Copy of the Act.
What is an Incorporated Association?
Fact sheet on incorporated associations.
Example of an Income and Expenditure Statement
An example of an income and expenditure statement (profit and loss statement).
How to Read a Balance Sheet
Information on how to read a balance sheet.
Guide for Community Treasurers
Guide to the role and responsibilities of a Treasurer in the community sector.
Example of a Basic Budget
An example of the content for a basic budget.
Budgets and Monthly Financial Reports
Guide to budgets and financial reports.
Community development, Governance, House Operations
Methods of Community Engagement
A summary of the different levels or methods of engagement between the House and the community.
A Guide to Community Engagement
A guide for Houses on maintaining a connection between House and community.
Governance, House Operations, Policies and Procedures
Conflict of Interest Policy
A sample policy for Houses covering conflicts of interest for the Board, managers, staff and volunteers
Board and Manager Division of Roles and Responsibilities Policy
A sample policy for Houses to set a clear direction for the Board and Manager to effectively work together.
Code of Conduct Policy
A sample policy for Houses covering ethical behaviour and conduct.
Governance, House Operations, Human resources, Policies and Procedures
A sample policy for Houses setting out the guidelines for the management of confidentiality and privacy in the workplace.
Governance, House Operations, Human resources
Role of the Staff Liaison Officer
A summary of the duties of the Staff Liaison Officer.
Role of House Grievance Officer
A summary of the duties and responsibilities of the House Grievance Officer.
Role of House Manager
A summary of the duties and responsibilities of the House Manager.