Chairperson's message 2017-2018

Julia DavisThe last 12 months has brought challenges and triumphs for the Tenants’ Union, and our work continues to be very important as private tenancy continues to rise in NSW.

The board has thus spent the last 12 months ensuring it is doing its best to ensure the Tenants’ Union is able to meet the opportunities and challenges ahead. At our annual board reflection and planning day we discussed the Tenants’ Union’s growing skills and capacity for some monetised projects. This is part of our current Priority Areas under our Strategic Plan, specifically of creating a strong, viable and sustainable organisation. The Tenants’ Union has been able to use its in-house IT and communications skills to successfully undertake several IT enhancement projects for its fellow community legal centres.

The sustainability of our work continues to be a key focus for the Board. The Board and staff successfully participated in implementing both cost cutting and income generating measures over the last 12 months, ensuring we can continue to provide valuable support and advice to the TAAS network and tenants in NSW.

The last 12 months have been busy for all Tenants’ Union staff, including the policy team which has put a tremendous amount of effort in to the Residential Tenancies Act 2010 Review including multiple parliamentary briefings and extensive follow-up work with Government in order to achieve the best law reform outcomes for tenants in NSW. And congratulations on the launch of our Rent Tracker Postcode tool!

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all funders, donors and partner organisations. I would particularly like to thank our Tenants’ Union Ambassadors who have pledged to stand beside us in defending renter’s rights by donating at least $50 annually.

And of course we could not achieve what is listed in the forthcoming pages without the extraordinary skill and commitment of all of our staff and volunteers. The quality of their work, creativity and initiative has again shown great results. I would also like to thank my fellow Directors for undertaking the responsibility of guiding the organisation and for providing sound governance. Our newly revised constitution was finalised in October 2017 after lots of hard work by the board and executive team to ensure it will serve the Tenants’ Union long into the future.

My final thanks go to the clients of the Tenants’ Union who each and every day remind us of why the Tenants’ Union remains needed and who motivate us to Make Renting Fair.

Julia Davis


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