Australasian Housing Institute

Steve Bevington

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Steve BevingtonSteve Bevington has been involved in the development and management of affordable and community housing for over 30 years including development of cooperative housing in London, chairmanship of London Borough of Camden Council Housing Authority, Housing Cooperative Programs- Victorian Ministry of Housing & Construction in the 1980s, Managing Director of Community Housing Ltd Group of Companies (CHL) since 1994 to the present day which develops, designs, constructs and manages community housing. 

Steve Bevington is one of Australia’s leading experts on housing affordability. He is a registered builder and holds a Diploma of Senior Management from Melbourne Business School. He is on the board of Community Housing Federation of Australia, Australia’s peak body for community housing and is a key contributor to policy advocacy influencing government housing policies and initiatives. 

Steve Bevington has lead CHL from a one worker organisation in one State in Australia to business operations into three of the four regions of the world which harbour extreme poverty including establishing a presence in Timor Leste, Papua New Guinea, Chile and India.  In Australia the property portfolio of the company has been increasing significantly each year and it currently manages more than 5700 properties in Australia across all six Australian States. 

From an initial grant of $63,000 in 1993 the company has reached new heights with over 250 national and international staff on its payroll, annual operating revenue of $71 million, assets of $496 million and equity of $315 million in 2014. 

CHL has a particularly strong commitment to housing people with high and complex needs whilst developing ancillary programs for people who have been disadvantaged in the market place. Alongside this CHL has a strong commitment to housing, employment creation and training in construction in aboriginal communities in Australia and for its overseas activities.

Internationally CHL’s operations are continuing to grow through a continuous program of housing advocacy, development and project management of affordable housing programs whilst training and employing significant numbers of local people in the regions where it has operations.