AHI Professional Excellence in Housing Awards Program

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. 

Awards go to housing professionals who are judged to have made a significant and lasting difference: to tenants or service users, to their community, to their colleagues and to their profession.  The Awards recognise the contributions and achievements of our colleagues in the many disciplines which make up the housing profession.

The Institute has run an awards program since 2004. This program has become increasingly popular with members and other housing professionals. In 2017 the Institute received the record number of nominations - 142 entries from all over Australia and New Zealand. 

2019 Awards Program

Key dates for 2019 Awards cycle:

  • June 1 - July 15 2018 - Call for judges and sponsors 
  • October 2018 - Award nominations open 
  • January 2019 - Award nominations close 
  • February 2018 - July 2019 - Awards judging and jurisdictions awards receptions 
  • 28 August 2019, Darwin - Australasian Awards reception

2019 AHI Awards Sponsorship

Sponsorship options are available for the 2019 AHI Awards Program. 

By partnering with AHI on the project you will:

  • demonstrate your support of the Australasian housing sector
  • reach a wide audience of housing leaders and professionals throughout Australia and New Zealand
  • enhance long term relationships with your potential customers and partners
  • associate your company’s name with the industry success and achievements
  • have an opportunity to network face-to-face communication with your clients and stakeholders.

to download the sponsorship brochure. 

2019 Awards Sponsors

Gold Sponsor:

Silver Sponsors:



Awards Reception Sponsors:






  • To reward great work and achievements by individuals and teams 
  • To recognise best practice and high standards of service 
  • To promote and celebrate innovation 
  • To develop and increase the profile of our profession 
  • To promote the Australasian Housing Institute

Australasian winners are rewarded by:

  • Public appreciation and recognition by their peers
  • Promotion of their achievements and ideas through AHI publications and networks
  • An article on their work in HousingWORKS journal (written by themselves or others)
  • An opportunity to further promote and explore their ideas through presentations as part of the AHI seminar and workshop programs
  • One year subscription to HousingWORKS for each person who receives an award
  • One year free membership of the AHI for the winners of individual awards

2017 Housing Excellence Showcase


In 2017 Australasian Housing Institute launched the inaugural Housing Excellence Showcase – a series of special events showcasing some of the standout achievements from the 2017 AHI Professional Excellence in Housing Awards in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland, Western Australia and New Zealand.

These best-practice sharing events saw 2017 award winners and highly commended award recipients from each jurisdiction present the development or initiative that was formally recognised for its significant and lasting impact on the social housing sector.

The Australasian Housing Institute Awards acknowledge outstanding professional practice at all levels and promote the difference that social housing professionals make to people's lives. With the Awards program growing in size and popularity since it began in 2004, we believe our industry’s greatest success stories should be celebrated by members, other housing professionals, and the wider community.

Join us at any Housing Excellence Showcase event to support the housing sector and discover the leading innovations and projects of 2017.

2017 Showcase Sponsors

Silver Sponsors




  • 2017 Australasian Award Winners

    November 2017, Sydney

  • 2015 Australasian Award Winners

    November 2015, Perth

  • 2013 Australasian Award Winners

    October 2013, Adelaide

  • 2012 Australasian Award Ceremony

    November 2012, Brisbane

  • 2011 Australasian Award Winners

    October 2011, Melbourne

Past Awards

2017 Awards Cycle

29 November 2017, Sydney

The Australasian Winners for the 2017 Australasian Professional Excellence in Housing Awards were announced on 29 November 2017 at the Awards Gala Dinner during the National Housing Conference 2017 in Sydney. The reception at the International Convention Centre was a full house with 230 guests gathering together from across Australia and New Zealand to celebrate the success stories and achievements of housing professionals.

2015 Awards Cycle

28 October 2015, Perth

Working in housing is anything but a glamorous job, yet one that housing professionals have chosen to dedicate their lives. Recognising how important it is for us to stop, smell the roses and recognise the triumphs and accomplishments of our colleagues, the 2015 AHI Professional Excellence in Housing Awards ceremony was held at Perth’s Convention and Exhibition Centre to coincide with this year’s National Housing Conference. Shattering the previous record crowd for an AHI Awards reception, a capacity gathering of 180 guests enjoyed the opportunity to get together with colleagues from across Australia and New Zealand on 28th October for the gala occasion.

2013 Awards Cycle

31 October 2013, Adelaide

The National Winners for the 2013 Australasian Professional Excellence in Housing Awards were announced on 31st October 2013 at the Awards Presentation Dinner during the National Housing Conference 2013 in Adelaide. People from all around Australasia had an opportunity to gather together to celebrate the success and achievements of housing professionals, hear inspirational stories and congratulate the worthy winners.

2011-2012 Awards Cycle

1 November 2012, Brisbane

The National Winners for the 2011-2012 Australasian Professional Excellence in Housing Awards were announced on 1st November 2012 at the Awards Presentation Dinner during the National Housing Conference 2012 in Brisbane. The dinner brought together national industry leaders and a number of special guests and was an excellent illustration that there is much to celebrate in the social housing industry.

2009-2011 Awards Cycle

27 October 2011, Melbourne

A successful AHI Australasian Awards event was held in Melbourne yesterday, 27 October 2011. Held just once every two years, the event was a celebration of the most recently completed cycle of AHI Awards for Professional Excellence in Housing, where the achievement across, and winners from, previous awards are lifted to a nation-wide level.