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Customer Service Standards

Bridge Housing’s primary goal is to achieve excellence in the provision of quality service delivery to our clients, tenants, and internal and external stakeholders.

Read about our Customer Service approach.

Read our Customer Service factsheet.

Read Customer Service Standards brochure in English.

Read Customer Service Standards brochure in a community language.

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We have implemented a new approach to customer service to ensure our service is reliable, consistent and meets customer needs.

A key element is our new Customer Service Standards. The customer service standards build on and enhance our current service culture. They provide staff and customers with greater clarity about the type of service they can expect from Bridge Housing.

To support the service standards, a number of improvements have been implemented across the organisation including: a new complaints and appeals policy, new telephony and email standards, additional customer service training for staff, and improvements to the Bridge Housing reception area.

Our Customer Service approach

Bridge Housing is people focused. We value our customers and deliver services with fairness, respect and sensitivity. When you deal with Bridge Housing, you can expect us to:

Be easy to contact

We will:

  • Ensure we can be contacted by phone, fax, email, via the website or in person
  • Let you know when we will be available and provide alternative contacts for emergencies
  • Ensure our offices are accessible and clearly signed
  • Provide interpreter services if you need them.

Provide good quality information

We will ensure our information is accurate, consistent, clear and jargon-free.

Treat you with courtesy and respect

We will:

  • Address you by name and speak to you in a friendly and professional manner
  • Identify ourselves when we speak on the phone and wear a name tag when we visit. Be clear about the information we require and contact you if we have not received it.

Maintain your privacy and personal information

We will keep your information and feedback confidential, in line with privacy laws and standards.

Deal with matters promptly

We will:

  • Aim to resolve your matter when you raise it. If we cannot, we will arrange a time to contact you.
  • If you are a tenant, support you to maintain your tenancy by addressing issues before they escalate.

Response times

We will

Missed phone calls

Return your call within 24 hours on weekdays

Emails

Reply to your email within 24 hours on weekdays

Appointments

Be on time for appointments or advise you if there is a delay

In person - no appointment

Aim to have someone meet you within 10 minutes or arrange an appointment for you.

For tenants and service partners

Provide avenues for you to shape our services

We will:

  • Pay attention to your views, including the views of those who don’t usually get involved
  • Support you to form and run the Tenant Advisory Group
  • Support you to actively engage with each other and your broader communities
  • Provide quarterly updates through the tenant newsletter.

Have clear, accessible compliments, complaints & appeals processes

We will:

  • Ensure the policy and processes are easy to find and understand
  • Treat your information confidentially
  • Keep a record of your issue, feedback or complaint and let you know what we are doing to address it.

Action and Response Times

We will

Housing applications

Process your application within 40 working days

Tenant Welfare Checks

Check within 8 weeks of you signing your lease and then annually

Rent statements

Issue your rent statement quarterly

Rent reviews

Review your rent twice a year – in March and September

Repairs

Provide a 24–hour emergency repair service. We will let you know who will do the repairs, when they will be done and who in Bridge Housing you can contact.

Urgent Repairs

Respond within 24 hours

Routine repairs

Respond within 5 days

Non–urgent repairs

Respond within 21 days

Acknowledge complaints and appeals

2 working days.

How you can help us meet our standards

Please:

  • Treat us with courtesy and respect
  • Provide us with accurate information
  • Read or have read to you the information we send to you
  • Tell us if your details or situation changes
  • Let us know if there is anything you don’t understand
  • Give us feedback on our performance. You can do this by contacting us on: customerservice@bridgehousing.org.au (02) 8324 0800

Need more information?

Read our Customer Service brochure in:

Learn more about Compliments, Complaints & Appeals processes.  

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