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2017 Awards Cycle

Nomination Summaries

In 2017 the Institute broke the previous record and received 142 nominatons from all over Australia and New Zealand.

There were an amazing collection of nominations, outlining successful projects and inspiring stories from housing authorities, small and large community housing providers, from tenants and dedicated teams. There were some really hard decisions for the AHI’s Award Committee Members as all of the nominations were very inspiring.


2017 Awards Cycle

The Australasian winners for the 2017 Professional Excellence in Housing Awards were announced on 29 November 2017 in Sydney during the National Housing Conference.

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.

The 2017 Australasian Professional Excellence in Housing Awards Winners are:  

Excellence in Social Housing Award:
Sidney Myer Haven | Haven; Home, Safe | VIC

Outstanding Achievement Award:
Greg Budworth | Compass Housing | NSW

Inspirational Team Member Award:
Julie Davenport | Hume Community Housing | NSW

Leading Innovation Award:
Hand Up | Bridge Housing | NSW
Highly Commended: AAHS Collaborative Investment | Horizon Housing | QLD

Leading Community Engagement Practice Award:
Community Action Programme | City Housing, Wellington City Council | NZ

Leading Housing Development Project Award:
Specialist Disability Accommodation Bundaberg | Regional Housing Limited | QLD
Highly Commended: Lawrence Street, Peakhurst | SGCH | NSW

Tenant Led Initiative Award:  
Stucco Solar+Storage | Stucco Co-operative | NSW

Leading Asset Management Award:
Compass Housing Services Co | Asset Management Compass Housing | NSW

Photographs from the reception are available here.

2017 Awards Categories:

State winners for the 2017 Awards Cycle


Inspirational Team Member Award: Murray Thompson, Churches of Christ Housing Services Ltd 

Leading Community Engagement Practice Award: Social Buttons - Enabling Community Engagement, BHC - Creating Liveable Communities 
Leading Housing Development Project Award: Specialist Disability Accommodation Bundaberg, Regional Housing Limited. Highly Commended: Homes4Life – Sippy Downs Coast2Bay Housing Group Ltd, Ausmar Homes Pty Ltd, and Synapse
Leading Innovation Award: AAHS Collaborative Investment, Horizon Housing 
Tenant Led Initiative Award: The Green Square Art Project, BHC - Creating Liveable Communities 
Excellence in Social Housing Award: Mission Australia Supported Accommodation Facilities Cairns. Highly Commended: Compass Housing Queensland 

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Inspirational Team Member Award (joint): Julie Davenport, Hume Community Housing AND Joy Sneesby, Evolve Housing 

Leading Community Engagement Practice Award: Heading Home - Ending Homelessness Here! Wentworth Community Housing
Leading Housing Development Project Award (joint): Lawrence Street, Peakhurst, SGCH AND Maccarthur Gardens CLT Apartments, BlueCHP Ltd. Highly Commended: Ashfield New Generation Boarding House, Bridge Housing  
Leading Asset Management Award: Compass Housing. Highly Commended: AHO/Two Fold Aboriginal Corporation Project  

Leading Innovation Award: Hand UP, Bridge Housing 

Tenant Led Initiative Award: Stucco Solar and Stroage, Stucco Co-operative. Highly Commended: The Collectives - Utlising Lived Experience Insight, Hume Community Housing
Outstanding Achievement Award: Greg Budworth, Compass Housing 

Excellence in Social Housing Award: Compass Housing 

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Leading Housing Development Project Award: Bloomfield Street Project, Central Australian Affordable Housing Company


Inspirational Team Member Award: Nicole Chaplin, St John's Youth Services 
Leading Asset Management Award: UNO, St John's Youth Service, Unison and Housing SA. Highly Commended: Improving Assets Together, Westside Housing Association 
Leading Community Engagement Practice Award: Tenancy Education Program,
Leading Housing Development Project Award: Bowden Rent-To-Buy Development, AnglicareSA Housing Ltd
Leading Innovation Award: Vacancy Maintenance Inspection Application, Department for Communities and Social Inclusion - Housing SA. Highly Commended: Sustaining Complex Tenancies, AnglicareSA Housing Ltd 
Tenant Led Initiative Award: Tenant Art Exhibition - Unity Housing, Unity Housing Company Ltd 
Outstanding Achievement Award: Matthew Woodward, Unity Housing Company 
Excellence in Social Housing Award: Unity Housing & Bedford Alliance 

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Inspirational Team Member Award: Kristie Looney, Property Initiatives Real Estate 
Leading Community Engagement Practice Award: Love Your Laneway Mural Project, Housing Choices Australia 

Leading Housing Development Project Award: Women’s Property Initiatives Reynard Street Coburg Development, Women’s Property Initiatives
Leading Asset Management Award: Tenant Induction Program, Port Phillip Housing Association 
Leading Innovation Award: HomeGround Real Estate, Launch Housing. Highly Commended: National Housing Service Standards, Housing Choices Australia 
Tenant Led Initiative Award: Ashwood Cook Up, PPHA 

Outstanding Achievement Award: Steve Bevington, Community Housing Ltd Group
Anthony Hardy Excellence in Social Housing Award: Sidney Myer Haven, Haven: Home, Safe  

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Tenant Led Initiative Award: Ainslie Village Cycle Recycle Workshop, Argyle Community Housing Ltd
Leading Housing Development Project Award: Mura Gunya - Older persons housing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, Housing and Community Services 

Leading Community Engagement Practice Award: Linking into new communities taskforce and the transforming communities partnership, Housing and Community Service 
Excellence in Social Housing Award: Common Ground Canberra, A Canberra Housing Proposal 

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Inspirational Team Member Award: Rosie Gallen, City Housing, Wellington City Council. Highly Commended: Alice Daniel-Kirk, Housing New Zealand Corporation
Leading Community Engagement Practice Award: Community Action Programme, City Housing Wellington City Council 

Leading Housing Development Project Award: Tāmaki Makaurau Community Housing Ltd, New Zealand Housing Foundation
Leading Innovation Award: Smokefree Social Housing Toolkit, Community and Public Health, Canterbury District Health Board 

Tenant Led Initiative Award: City Housing tenant C.H.O.I.R, City Housing, Wellington City Council  

Outstanding Achievement Award: Peter Jeffries, CORT Community Housing
Excellence in Social Housing Award: City Housing, Wellington City Council  

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Leading Community Engagement Practice Award (joint): Resident Community Fund Grant Program, Housing Choices Tasmania AND Tenants Strengthening Communities, Mission Australia Housing 
Leading Housing Development Project: Trinity Hill: Partnering for Innovation in Youth Housing, Anglicare - Tasmania 

Tenant Led Initiative Award: Social entrepreneurship: ‘Lend a Hand’, Anglicare - Tasmania 
Excellence in Social Housing Award: Common Ground Tasmania  

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Inspirational Team Member Award: Tony Benson, Access Housing Australia
Leading Housing Development Project Award: Sustainable Housing for Artists and Creatives Development, Access Housing Australia 

Leading Innovation Award (joint): Foundation Housing ‘Homes for Carers’ Program, Foundation Housing, Western Australian Department for Child Protection AND Family Support; Western Australian Housing Authority and SHIP Assisted Rental Pathways Pilot, Housing Authority of WA 
Leading Community Engagement Practice Award: Transitional Housing Program, Housing Authority of WA in partnership with Kimberley Development Corporation. Highly Commended: Creating Choices Program, Access Housing Australia 
Excellence in Social Housing Award: Foyer Oxford, Housing Authority of WA in partnership with Anglicare WA, Foundation Housing Ltd and North Metropolitan TAFE 

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2017 AHI Awards Committee

Francis Brazil, Chair, NSW

Francis has worked in housing for nearly 20 years in Australia and the UK. He now works in the largest Community Housing provider in NSW and works as a Place Coordinator connecting community services and government organisations with public and private tenants to increase the overall collective impact in turning around areas of disadvantage and increasing outcomes. He is a member of the AHI NSW branch and is the NSW Director on the AHI board. He is also a part time teacher at TAFE teaching community development and engagement methods.

Chris Chaplin, VIC

Manager, Policy & Compliance at Port Phillip Housing Association
Chris Chaplin has 22 years in the not-for-profit sector, including 18 years in housing and homelessness across a diverse range of roles including strategy, governance, policy and compliance, management, public policy, teaching and research, and project management; and direct service delivery in tenancy management, front-line homelessness and outreach, public housing support and advocacy, and student housing. Chris is an active member of the Victorian Branch Committee and sits on AHI’s Awards Review Committee.

Andrew Davis, SA

Andrew has 20 years of experience in senior leadership roles within the private and not-for-profit sectors. Over the past nine years Andrew has served in executive positions in the disability, community housing and homelessness sectors. He has also served on various peak body boards and sector reference groups in the not-for-profit sector and is the current AHI President and Chairperson of Shelter SA. Andrew has a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (Management), Diploma of Business (Human Resource Management) and Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment.

Alicia Follent, QLD

Alicia is the Operations Manager – Business Support with Churches of Christ Housing Services and has been working in the community housing for 10 years currently specialising in quality and compliance, risk management and project governance. She is currently the treasurer of Queensland Shelter and has previously represented the sector as a Board member the Queensland Community Housing Coalition. Alicia passionate about social housing and strongly believe in supporting providers to build a robust and professional community housing sector.

Victor Jackson, QLD

My primary profession is business accounting and consulting, self employed since 1970. I provided support facilities in management and coaching. This included computerised systems and software. I was invited to assist the local community housing service (1998). Was their treasurer, president and coordinator/manager over time. My prior experience in housing (1970's) stood me well. I have been an active member of AHI’s valuable services since year 2000.

Rosie Gallen, New Zealand

Community Action & Eng Manager | City Housing | Wellington City Council
Rosie is the Community Action Manager for Wellington City Council’s Housing Unit and has worked in social housing for 17 years specialising in community and social development, engagement, place-making, research and case management. Her experience also includes senior leadership, operational management, policy development and is a strong proponent for tenant participation within the delivery of housing services. She has held a number of positions in the non-for-profit sector and is a current member of IACD, IAP2 and is a Level 3 Certified Housing Professional with AHI.

Nerilie Gilson, TAS

Manager Community Housing Programs | Housing, Disability and Community Services | Department of Health and Human Services, Tasmania
As a public sector professional, Nerilie has extensive experience managing complex, changing and challenging service delivery, policy and program settings in health and human services. Over the past 15 years, she has worked in key leadership and change agent positions, successfully imbedding major system and service reform in child protection, child health, mental health (New Zealand), and disability and community services.


Alison Kimber, SA

Principal | ak advisory
Alison Kimber specialises in strategy and governance advice for affordable housing providers. As Director, Community Partnerships and Growth for Housing SA and later Renewal SA, Alison led the introduction of the national regulatory system in SA, the transfer of 1700 public housing properties to the community housing sector and the reform of legacy programs.

Nicholas Loder, NSW

B.Arch, M.Built Env. Grad.Dip PSM, CHP3
Nicholas Loder, Senior Project Officer, Assets division, NSW Land and Housing Corporation, Family and Community Services. Since 2003 he has provided policy advice for all new construction and major refurbishments to the LAHC housing portfolio. Nicholas sits on the NSW Chapter committee of the Australasian Housing Institute and is a founding Director of the Centre of Universal Design Australia.

Kathryn Moorey, WA

Regional Manager – Tenancy Services | Access Housing Australia Ltd
Kathryn is currently Regional Manager – Tenancy Services for Access Housing, WA and has been working in Community Housing in WA for the past 10 years providing front line delivery of property management in both metro and rural settings. With a Degree in Surveying, Kathryn has previously worked in the UK Social Housing sector for both government and the not for profit housing providers. She spent 10 years working in the UK in Housing Advice and Homelessness and has also worked in the areas of Housing Needs, Policy Development, Allocations, Voids, and Supported Housing provision in different settings.

Wendy Malycha, SA

CEO, St John’s Youth Services.
Wendy has over 25 years of experience in housing and homelessness, and is a strong advocate for affordable housing and alleviating homelessness. She has been instrumental in the development of foyers across Australia, and the world’s first apartment based crisis accommodation service located in a mixed tenure high-rise building. Wendy was a founding member of Homelessness SA, has served on the Boards of National Shelter and Shelter SA, and currently sits on the Board of the Foyer Foundation. Wendy’s qualifications are in Social Work and Housing Management and Policy, and is a Level 3 Certified Housing Professional and is the City of Adelaide’s Citizen of the Year 2017.

Mark O'Dwyer, NSW, Tenant Representative

Member of Compass Housing Services N.S.W Operations Advisory Committee & inaugural chair ( 2015 - ), current chair of the CHS Appeals committee, was a CHS Director between 2012 & 2014. In 2014 Mark participated in a study tour looking at UK Social Housing. He is a former CHS tenant and is a strong advocate for tenant involvement and self management in the delivery of housing services. He has served on several CHS Board appointed committees relative to Governance, property enhancement and tenant participation. Mark is also a member of the Management Committee of Hunter Homeless Connect Inc, an organisation committed to eradicating homelessness from the Hunters demographic.

Clare Phythian, QLD

Project Manager, Q Shelter
Clare has 15 years’ experience working in the sector in Australia, New Zealand and the UK in organisations varying from small and large NFPs, a peak-body representative training organisation and Government. Clare’s experience includes executive management, operational management and business improvement. Clare maintains up-to-date and relevant knowledge of the sector through her state-wide position and her memberships and accreditation of the AHI and the Chartered Institute of Housing. Clare has an interest in service improvement and innovation as well as the promotion of the sector through showcasing.

2017 Awards Sponsors

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