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About AHI

About AHI

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.

The AHI has grown from our 16 Founding Members in 2001 to: 

  • A diverse and growing membership of more than 400 individuals 
  • A Board elected by the membership, drawing on expertise from all parts of the sector and every jurisdiction to provide robust governance 
  • A team of three staff developing and delivering an exciting program of professional development opportunities and member services 
  • Active branches around Australia and New Zealand linking and supporting people locally 
  • Generous and committed corporate supporters and sponsors

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

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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AHI Strategic Plan for 2016-20

In recent years the AHI has established a solid foundation as the professional member organisation for people working in the public, community and private housing sectors. Through our Strategic Plan for 2016 – 2020 we aspire to remain the leading provider of professional development and accreditation services for housing professionals, by continuously building the value we deliver to our members and partners. Our Strategic Plan has been developed in the context of the rapidly changing and increasingly complex environment of the housing sector in Australia and New Zealand, and the resulting challenges and opportunities this presents for housing professionals.

Our Story

Roll of Presidents

Name Period

Deborah Georgiou 2001 - 2002
Gina Pearson 2002 - 2003
Joan Ferguson 2003 - 2004
Rhonda Phillips 2004 - 2005
Malcolm Downie 2005 - 2007
Shane Edmonds 2007 - 2009
Lynden Pennicott 2009 - 2011
Tony Gilmour 2011 - 2013
Donald Proctor 2013 - 2015
 Andrew Davis  2015 - Ongoing