A new online database will allow community housing providers to register information about their projects, services and expertise in a centralised location, making it easier for local councils and property developers to partner with the not-for-profit sector.

The tool will be on the NSW government’s eTendering and ProcurePoint sites, which will prequalify CHPs, helping to deliver affordable rental housing projects across Sydney.

“By connecting community housing providers directly with councils and developers, the tool will help us meet growing demand in NSW for affordable rental housing in more local communities,” NSW Federation of Housing Associations chief executive Wendy Hayhurst said.

“This new tool will streamline the tendering process and, importantly, cut the costs involved. Dollars saved in tendering go towards more housing outcomes in the proposals.”

The new tool follows the release of new strategic directions for Landcom – NSW’s land and development agency – which put an emphasis on housing affordability in the state.

“One of Landcom’s strategic directives in the marketplace is to innovate and help deliver different housing products to meet the diverse needs of NSW,” Landcom managing director and chief executive John Brogden said.

“Helping the not-for-profit community housing sector facilitate the delivery of affordable and diverse housing is part of the solution to our housing affordability challenge.”