What is HANZA?

Incorporated in 2006, the Homeshare Australia & New Zealand Alliance Inc. (HANZA) is a network of individuals and organisations that support homesharing as a viable, affordable and sustainable model of supported shared living.  This includes organisations operating or planning to operate a Homeshare program, and individuals and organisations who want to support and promote the concept and practice of homesharing.

As described in the 2020-2023 three-year strategic plan HANZA plans to do this by:

  • Promoting the Homeshare model: Increasing our impact on key policy and actions by working towards the acceptance and integration of Homeshare options into policies and programs for vulnerable populations.
  • Increasing the spread of Homeshare Programs: Supporting the establishment and development of homeshare programs in Australia and New Zealand, and building an evidence base that underpins the growth of homesharing as a viable and desirable option.
  • Building HANZA into a dynamic and sustainable organisation: Ensuring that HANZA Inc. meets all legislative and regulatory requirements, is managed with integrity and accountability, and is financially sustainable.

HANZA provides a range of services to those wishing to establish a Homeshare program or those looking to find a Homeshare organisation in their community. We provide information, advice and resources about Homeshare, we connect Homeshare programs within Australia and New Zealand to one another and to international programs and we run training programs and a community of practice for organisations currently delivering a homeshare program.

HANZA also operates the Home Share Melbourne program.  Home Share Melbourne focuses on homeshare services for people living with a disability and people at risk of homelessness. If you are interested in this program please contact it directly at www.homesharemelbourne.org.

HANZA does not register Householders or Homesharers to help them find a shared living arrangement. If you are looking to register for a Homeshare plan, or you wish to find a Householder, we recommend that you contact a Homeshare program near you.

Apart from the Home Share Melbourne Program in Victoria which runs under the auspices of HANZA, the Programs listed are all run independently by the named agencies.

Our Vision

Supported, shared living arrangements for mutual benefit and community wellbeing, available to vulnerable populations.

Our Mission

To build a network of committed organisations and individuals across Australia and New Zealand that promotes policy, actions and programs around homesharing as a viable, affordable and sustainable model of supported shared living.

Our Strategic Goals

  • To promote the Homeshare model: Increasing our impact on key policy and actions by working towards the acceptance and integration of Homeshare options into policies and programs for vulnerable populations.
  • To increase the spread of Homeshare Programs: Supporting the establishment and development of homeshare programs in Australia and New Zealand, and building an evidence base that underpins the growth of homesharing as a viable and desirable option.
  • To build HANZA into a dynamic and sustainable organisation: Ensuring that HANZA Inc. meets all legislative and regulatory requirements, is managed with integrity and accountability, and is financially sustainable.

Donations to HANZA

Members’ fees provide the major funding available to HANZA. Donations to HANZA Inc. of $2 or more are tax deductible in Australia. If you would like to donate to HANZA, you can do so on our Donations page. Any and all contributions are accepted gratefully!

Rules of HANZA Inc.

To download and view a full copy of HANZA Inc.’s Rules, click here.