Australasian Housing Institute - Supporting Housing Professionals

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Welcome Australasian Housing Institute

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.

Who We Are

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

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.

What we do

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

Quick Links

  • Join Us

    Join now and be connected to the broader social housing community locally, throughout Australasia and internationally!

  • Professional Recognition

    Become a Certified Housing Professional to demonstrate your commitment to the profession and continuing professional development

Our Services


  • Individual and Corporate Membership

    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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  • Professional Development and Recognition

    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.

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  • Access to Industry Information

    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.

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  • Professional Excellence in Housing Awards

    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.

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A Word From Our Members

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

Mike Allen PSM, Chief Executive, Housing NSW

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.

Greg Budworth, CEO, Compass Housing

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.

Philip Fagan-Schmidt, Executive Director, Housing SA

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.

Dr Vivienne Milligan, City Futures Research Centre, UNSW

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.

John Nicolades, Chief Executive Officer, Bridge Housing Limited

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.

Scott Figenshow, Director, Community Housing Aotearoa

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!

Dr Tony Gilmour, CEO, Housing Action Network

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