To assist in creating environmental, social and financial sustainability, and importantly equity, within our communities, Nightingale Housing is committed to providing quality housing for individuals who provide key services or contributions to our communities. We are also committed in assisting minority members of society to gain access to social participation and secure housing.
Each Nightingale project allocates, through a Priority Ballot system, up to 20% of homes to Key Community Contributors, carers of people or individuals with a disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and single women, trans and gender diverse people aged 55 years and over.
Entry in the Priority Ballot is open to all persons over the age of 18 who meet the respective priority criteria as defined within this document. Those unsuccessful in the Priority Ballot will be included in the project’s standard ballot.
This policy has been created for and by Nightingale Housing with the intention of creating a broad and transparent practice of inclusion in the housing sector.
Individuals wishing to be included in the Priority Ballot will be required to provide documentation substantiating their eligibility. Please see details below for the required documents for each group.
The Balloting Process
For each Nightingale project, the ballot will be drawn in 2 (two) separate draws:
Key community contributors are people whose occupations are considered essential to the functioning of cities, but who are typically on fixed, low to moderate or casualised wages. Nightingale housing recognises that a broad range of low-paid occupations are important for a city’s function, its humanity and economic sustainability.
1.1 Nightingale Housing key community contributors criteria
1.2 Key Community Contributor Occupations
We understand key community contributors to be individuals who perform a function that is vital in the delivery of an important skill or service to our society. We’ve identified Key Community Contributors as individuals fulfilling the following occupations, or working in the following industries:
* including but not exclusive to asylum seekers, people experiencing domestic violence, vulnerable youths, people experiencing homelessness, people living with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals
Please note, individuals must be employed as a Key Community Contributor at the time of balloting.
If you believe you qualify as a Key Community Contributor and do not see your role reflected in these guidelines, please contact Nightingale to discuss your circumstances.
1.3 Key community contributor income assessment
Additionally, we understand that some individuals fulfilling the above occupations (or working in the above industries) will not require our assistance with housing as their role affords them a sufficient salary. As such, the Nightingale Key Community Contributor definition also includes a means-tested requirement. To be eligible under the Nightingale Key Community Contributor definition, your earnings must not exceed the following maximum income limits:
We have considered the following in determining these income limits:
We believe that an individual's ability to service a loan for an average apartment in the local area of the Nightingale project is the most appropriate indicator to determine whether an individual can purchase a home in said locale; and therefore, whether they require assistance via the priority ballot.
The median price for an apartment in Brunswick is $480,000. Base on the figures below*, individuals or households that earn over the income thresholds defined above, will contribute 30% or less of their income towards mortgage repayments and, as such, will experience both reduced mortgage stress and need for assistance.
*4.00% interest rate on a 30-year home loan, for a $480,000 apartment and includes other purchaser fees such as legal costs, etc.
Please note, individuals and households that do not meet the means-testing criteria are not eligible for priority balloting but are encouraged to participate in the standard balloting process.
1.4 Verification process
Your eligibility to partake in the Priority Ballot as a Key Community Contributor will be assessed via the following process:
Nightingale Housing recognises that Carers form an integral part of our community and health support systems. We want to assist those wishing to care for loved ones endeavouring to live together or independently in any given Nightingale building. To this end we will, wherever possible, accommodate proximity between carers and the persons they are caring for.
Carers are people who provide unpaid care and support to family members and friends who have a permanent and significant disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness, or who are frail aged. Caring provides help and support in any of the daily activities of the person being cared for, and may include physical and personal care, assistance such as dressing, lifting, showering, feeding or providing transport. Carers provide emotional, social and/or financial support.
2.1 Nightingale Housing carers assessment criteria
If a person with a disability requires a Carer in a separate apartment and is successfully drawn in the priority ballot, we will then, to the best of our ability, allocate an apartment to their Carer also and vice versa. Carers must be caring for individuals with a disability at the time of balloting and intend to do so on an on-going basis.
2.2 Verification Process
Your eligibility to participate in the Priority Ballot as a Carer will be assessed via the process:
If you are a carer applying for the Priority Ballot, please include the full name and details of the individual you care for, or will be, caring for, on their ballot form.
Nightingale Housing aspires to facilitate the creation of inclusive communities through the provision of housing that caters to all levels of accessibility. We recognise the importance of caring for those in need and providing an environment of connection and belonging.
3.1 Nightingale Housing Disability Assessment Criteria
Individuals eligible for the Priority Ballot will experience a permanent disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness, or frail age which:
3.2 Verification Process
If you are an individual with a disability applying for the Priority Ballot with a Carer, please include the full name and details of your Carer on your ballot form.
At Nightingale Housing it is important for us to demonstrate in practical and tangible ways our acknowledgement of the Traditional Custodians and Owners of the Lands on which we build and meet.
One way we try do to this is by providing priority balloting to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
4.1 Verification Process
The following process outlines Nightingale Housing’s assessment of your eligibility to part take in the Priority Ballot as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person. The verification process is as follows:
Nightingale Housing acknowledges the contribution to community and culture provided by existing community members. Existing residents have the ability to bring a level of experience and understanding to new Nightingale communities. We expect existing residents wishing to move to new Nightingale buildings to share in their wealth of Nightingale experience, to act as advocates or instigators in creating meaningful community, and to assist in ensuring the ongoing integrity of Nightingale communities.
It is acknowledged that existing Nightingale residents wishing to transfer to other Nightingale buildings are freeing up their initial apartment for others in the Nightingale purchaser community. We'd like to incentivise existing Nightingale residents to work with us to secure affordability and as such, these residents will be offered the opportunity to participate in the Priority Ballot.
Individuals or households eligible for the Priority Ballot as existing Nightingale residents will satisfy the following criteria:
5.2 Verification Process
The following process outlines Nightingale Housing’s assessment of your eligibility to part take in the Priority Ballot as an existing resident. The verification process is as follows:
Nightingale Housing acknowledges that older people identifying as women was the fastest growing cohort of Australians facing homelessness between 2011 and 2016.* The combination of high housing costs, an ageing population, and a lower rate of wealth accumulation relative to cisgender men has contributed to this problem.
One way that we can aim to address this is by offering an entry in the priority ballot to women and people from gender minorities who are aged 55 or over and fulfil the following factors.
6.1 Assessment Criteria
Individuals eligible for the Priority Ballot as Women, trans people and gender diverse people aged 55 and over will satisfy the following criteria:
Additionally, we understand that some individuals fulfilling the above risk categories will not require our assistance with housing. As such, the Nightingale Women, trans people and gender diverse people aged 55 and over category also includes a means-tested requirement. To be eligible, your earnings must not exceed the following maximum income limits:
6.2 Verification Process
The following process outlines Nightingale Housing’s assessment of your eligibility to part take in the Priority Ballot as a woman, trans person or gender diverse person aged 55 or over. The verification process is as follows:
Individuals must read and understand Nightingale Housing’s Women, trans people and gender diverse people aged 55 and over definition and assessment criteria. If you believe that you are eligible, please select the corresponding box on your online ballot form.
*As revealed in the 2016 Census, reported by the Australian Human Rights Commission