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About AHI Membership

About the Australasian Housing Institute:

The Australasian Housing Institute is the professional body for everyone who works in social housing. The AHI unites and supports a vibrant and self confident social housing profession across New Zealand and Australia. There are approximately 11,000 people working in paid and voluntary positions in public, community, Indigenous and supported housing services and in tenancy advice. 

The Australasian Housing Institute today:

  • has a diverse membership of more than 400 individuals;
  • has active branches around Australia and New Zealand linking and supporting people locally;
  • provides training and other professional development opportunities for more than 1400 housing professionals every year;
  • provides Certified Housing Professional (CHP) accreditation awarded to housing professionals who have demonstrated a commitment to their profession and continuing professional development.
  • recognises and rewards excellence in professional practice with the Housing Awards;
  • issues monthly electronic newsletter for housing professionals HousingPeople and produces the premier journal on social housing matters HousingWorks.

Join us!

As an AHI member, you 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.

Membership categories:

  • Individual membership

    Open to anyone working in the social housing sector, in either a paid or unpaid capacity, or with an interest in the social housing sector.

  • Corporate membership

    Open to any non-government housing or human service business or organisation, with a commitment to supporting the career development of their employees. Corporate membership is also open to local government organisations active in the housing sector.

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

What our Corporate Members Say

Housing New Zealand is very pleased to be a Corporate Supporter of the Australasian Housing Institute. We get great value from it, with AHI providing leading edge, quality professional development opportunities and frequent forums to network with peers across Australia and New Zealand. AHI is building the capability of the social housing workforce, and this will become only more important as the sector continues to change and evolve.

Andrew McKenzie, Chief Executive at Housing New Zealand Corporation

We are delighted to be joining AHI as a corporate member as it is consistent with our goal to build a high performance culture.  Wentworth has a strong commitment to staff development and training, and we value the quality of professional services and networking opportunities that AHI provides. As a corporate member, Wentworth will benefit from the discounts available on training and events, allowing our staff to maximise opportunities for their personal and professional development.

Stephen McIntyre, CEO, Wentworth Community Housing

I’ve attended a few conferences and seminars that are run by AHI and found them to be very relevant and useful. Being a Corporate Member allows our staff to benefit from this training and development. AHI is a recognised body in the community and social housing sector and membership allows access to sharing in the industry-specific knowledge culture, and is strategic in order to progress in the wider aspect of responding to issues and initiating solutions on a collective basis.

Kim Sinclair, CEO, CHC Affordable Housing

Unity recognises the need to continue to grow the professionalism of our housing sector, and has been a longstanding supporter of the AHI through event sponsorship and participation. Becoming a Corporate Member was the next logical step in our support of the AHI. I believe there is an obvious need to develop an accredited and benchmarked professional training structure across the national housing sector, and the AHI is the obvious vehicle to achieve that.

Matthew Woodward, CEO, Unity Housing

I'm from the U.K. and one of the striking differences between the Australian community housing sector and the British sector is a lack of supply of talent. We find recruiting the right talent difficult, and I really believe that organisations like the AHI should be strengthening the capacity of our sector by building capability and capacity in our future leaders.

Nicola Lemon, CEO, Hume Community Housing

The Māori Housing Network was established in 2015 within Te Puni Kōkiri (Ministry of Māori Development).  It brought together a range of different government funding streams and our funds have increased over the last two Budgets.  We currently invest just under $20 million per year across Māori housing in three focus areas: Building the capacity of the Māori housing sector; improving the quality of housing (principally repairs) and increasing the supply of affordable rental housing.  It was a logical step to join the AHI as we build on the expertise and professionalism of our staff working with Māori communities on housing.

Robert Macbeth, Maori Housing Network

HCA became a member of AHI as it is seen as one of the leading member organisation supporting the social and community housing professionals. The AHI offers great value across the range of activities it provides especially the engagement and connections with colleagues and peers across the sector. The AHI also has excellent professional development opportunities that ensures the social and community housing sector increases its capability and capacity to meet the needs of providing quality services and affordable housing to those most in need.

Michael Lennon, CEO, Housing Choices Australia

Emerge Aotearoa is committed to growing as a community housing provider in New Zealand. Our team of housing professionals is growing and we view corporate membership with AHI as a recognised professional body as an important link for the ongoing development of our people.

Hope Simonsen, National Housing Manager, Emerge Aotearoa