Common Equity Housing South Australia Ltd (Common Equity) actively promotes and enacts the principles of co-operation in order to provide a high standard of service, and welcomes feedback on services and staff. We would love to hear about your experiences in accessing our services as it provides us with further opportunities to continuously improve our services.
How to provide feedback
Common Equity has several ways to receive feedback from its tenants and Common Equity Member Organisations (Volunteer Member Tenant Managed Organisations), which could be in the form of a complaint, a comment, or a suggestion. Feedback on Common Equity services and the way the service has been delivered can be provided by:
- Using the complaint form
- Phone: 8354 2790
- In person: Suite 2, 32 West Thebarton Rd, Thebarton
You can ask to speak with the CEO about our team, our services and decisions made.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Writing to Chief Executive Officer, Common Equity Housing South Australia Ltd, PO Box 382, Torrensville Plaza 5031
All feedback will be acknowledged within 24 hrs of receipt.
Making a complaint
What can you make a complaint about?
Common Equity wants to make sure our services work for the people who need and use them. This could include an expression of dissatisfaction with a specific aspect of Common Equity’s services (standard or type), lodged by an individual party or group, or their representative. If the issue is addressed and still unresolved, a complaint can be made via the same channels as stated in the Common Equity’s Guidelines on providing feedback relating to:
- how a service was provided
- the conduct of a team member
We want to know if you believe that:
- you were given unsatisfactory service
- you did not receive enough information or choice
- you were denied respect, dignity or privacy
You can also contact Common Equity and ask to speak to the supervisor of the team member who:
- provided the service
- made the decision
- you would like to complain about
All complaints are dealt with courteously, treated seriously and confidentially. Your feedback will be acknowledged in writing within a few days, and addressed promptly according to an agreed timescale. When making a complaint, it may be useful for you to keep note of:
- who you spoke with
- the date and time you talked to them
- what you talked about e.g. what you were told, and what they were going to do
Please refer to the Common Equity’s Compliments and Complaints Management Policy and Procedure if you require further information:
Lodging a complaint and seeking a resolution can sometimes involve sensitive issues. Common Equity can provide assistance and support throughout the process of making a complaint, and can arrange an interpreter to help with language services. You may also give permission to someone else to lodge a complaint on your behalf.
What happens to the information collected about complaints?
Your personal information, and any information related to people who are the subject of a complaint is protected by law, including the Privacy Act 1988, and should be confidential, and only used for the purposes of addressing the complaint and any follow up actions.
Although the investigation of your complaint may involve sharing your personal information with other relevant areas within Common Equity to achieve a resolution, your personal information will be kept confidential and only be used or disclosed for the purposes of addressing the complaint, or any related purpose that you would reasonably expect.
Common Equity also collects and uses a range of personal information for delivering, planning, funding, monitoring, evaluating and improving our services and functions, and for meeting statutory requirements. Unless it is necessary for the purpose of the collection, Common Equity will remove identifying details from this personal information.
If you are not satisfied with the way your complaint has been dealt with, you can contact:
Tenants’ Information and Advocacy Service (TIAS)
Phone: 8305 060 462 – 1800 060 462
Additional related information
- Options for resolving disputes with a community housing provider
- NRSCH fact sheets – complaint information can be found here