The Consumer Household Equipment Rental Providers Association Inc., or CHERPA, is the peak body representing the interests of Australia’s household goods rental industry. Our membership comprises a broad range of industry professionals, with the intent of providing rental operators a persuasive voice to government, consumer groups, and other key stakeholders.
Membership of CHERPA comes with a range of benefits, not least of which is to help customers recognise each member company as a reliable and trustworthy provider of household rentals. A CHERPA membership demonstrates adherance to our code of practice, which sets high professional and ethical standards for all members. For our members’ clients, membership establishes their integrity and commitment to professionalism, promoting confidence in an industry that in past has suffered from a lack of regulation and an unscrupulous aspect to many of its operations.
We invite all representatives of the Australian household goods rental industry to become members of CHERPA. Membership is created through a simple eligibility application, and a highly affordable annual fee, a cost we believe provides a return on its investment many times over.
For current members, now is the time to spread the word and try to increase the membership of CHERPA – remember, the greater our numbers, the greater our voice!
Key Committee Members
President – Steven King
Steven King is a director of OzeRentals Pty Ltd, a Tasmanian-based rental franchise operation that has since expanded its franchises interstate. A serial entrepreneur, Steve has also operated a micro-lending business, as well as a small manufacturer of domestic and commercial cleaning products. Prior to his business ventures, Steve worked as a whitegoods service technician for over twenty years, and still occasionally gets calls requesting him to fix a stove or washing machine. A family man and father of five, Steve is also an alderman of the Glenorchy City Council.
Secretary – Kevin Dowd
Kevin previously worked in the Victorian Public Service for over 34 years, with the last 26 years in Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV). He primarily worked in the areas of Conciliation and Compliance, involving the various licensing industries CAV has responsibility for such as Motor Car Traders, Real Estate Agents and Domestic Building. Prior to leaving CAV in November 2012, he was the manager of the Victorian Consumer & Business Centre (VCBC). Kevin also holds a Degree in Business from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.