Australasian Housing Institute - Supporting Housing Professionals
+61 2 6494 7566
The AHI exists to unite and support a vibrant and self confident social housing profession across New Zealand and Australia. As a social housing professional in Australasia you are one of approximately 11,000 people working in paid and voluntary positions in public, community, Indigenous and supported housing services and in tenancy advice.
Our purpose is to support people in achieving excellence in their work, and the best possible outcomes for their clients, local communities and their organisations. We do this through a range of services designed to promote and develop a skilled and professional sector.
The AHI offers members the opportunity to:
• Be recognised as a social housing professional – membership, awards, development of practice standards/accreditation, observance of our code of practice
• Make connections with your colleagues – events, publications, networks, branches, consultants and links
• Engage in social housing specific professional development – events, publications, networks, branches, qualifications Influence social housing policy and practice – comment, contribution, attendance
Join now and be connected to the broader social housing community locally, throughout Australasia and internationally!
Become a Certified Housing Professional to demonstrate your commitment to the profession and continuing professional development
Check our calendar of professional development and networking events
Visit the AHI Social Housing Job Board
AHI members will benefit from the opportunities for continuing education and development, from the Professional Development programs available to you and from sharing ideas and knowledge with fellow professionals. Your commitment to the AHI also shows your support of the housing profession, adding to its strength, which benefits us all.
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The objective of the AHI Professional Development activities is to enhance the current and future performance and capability of the social housing industry through the continued growth and development of the industry’s most valuable resource, its people. Professional Accreditation and Recognition provides a clear and tangible signal to the community, government, industry and employers that Certified Housing Professionals are experienced, knowledgeable, and committed to building the profession through their AHI membership.
The Institute releases a number of publications each year, including our AHI quarterly premier journal on social housing matters in Australia and New Zealand HousingWORKS and monthly electronic newsletter HousingPeople.
The Australasian Housing Institute Awards provide an opportunity to showcase social housing success stories. The Awards formally recognise and reward excellence in professional practice, from the grass roots to the most senior levels. They promote to our colleagues and the community at large the difference that social housing professionals make to people’s lives.
Since joining the AHI in 2001 as one of the founding members, I have watched with pride its growth, not only in membership but in the suite of services it offers. The AHI remains an important avenue for those involved in social housing to share knowledge and ideas. The role it plays in ensuring members are kept up to date with developments in social housing policy and practice can not be underestimated. The evolution of the AHI from its early days of "public/government" housing focus to the wider focus of including non government housing - social and affordable housing - shows that the AHI continues to understand the changing needs in the community
The AHI is a well governed industry body that uniquely spans public, community housing and associated partners and is dedicated to improved professionalism of housing provider staff. Compass is proud to be a corporate member and has much benefited from our ongoing association since 2007.
At Housing SA we really value the leadership which the AHI brings to our industry. Housing is in a period of quite remarkable transformation and we need strong industry bodies like the AHI to build our skills and knowledge and provide a forum for cross sector and cross border collaboration.
I am a founding member of the AHI. I was the inaugural editor of HousingWorks and I have also served a term on the Institute’s Board. I am well aware of the difference that the AHI has made to our industry, especially by fostering professional development, building a national network of housing workers and providing high quality information on topical issues. The AHI has helped to give the work we do professional standing and it has assisted in promoting the value of our diverse endeavours on behalf of our housing clients. I am proud to have been associated with the AHI since its foundation.
Bridge Housing Limited is a corporate associate of the Australasian Housing Institute. I first became aware of the work of the AHI when I became a member and I have always been impressed by the work of the AHI as professional development body. The AHI provides training and development to support staff in social housing across both asset and tenancy management through to corporate risk and governance issues. As a corporate associate Bridge Housing Limited is able to take full advantage of the work of the AHI at reduced rates for our staff to attend training, participation in conferences and seminars and ensuring we can take advantage of the excellent networking that membership of the AHI provides access to. I would encourage other organisations to consider corporate membership as a means to strengthen the knowledge base amongst staff working in the social and affordable housing industry.
AHI membership has provided a solid resource to develop professionally. The challenge of drafting articles for HousingWorks is a great opportunity, and I have found the quality of the trainings to be exceptionally high. I strongly recommend becoming a member to enhance your professional practice in housing.
Since joining the AHI in 2009 I’ve really benefitted from great networking events, and cutting-edge professional development courses. I strongly recommend joining AHI, and ideally participating fully by joining a Branch Committee. They’re a great crowd!
Housing NSW has supported the Institute since its foundation in 2004
The Australasian Housing Institute (AHI) is the professional association of people working and volunteering in the multi-disciplinary social housing industry in Australia and New Zealand. Our purpose is to support people in achieving excellence in their work, and the best possible outcomes for their clients, local communities and their organisations.
PO Box 6100
Mawson ACT 2607
+61 2 6494 7566