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HousingPEOPLE April 17

AHI HousingPEOPLE e-Newsletter
April 2017
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Issue: April 2017

Welcome to the April edition of the HousingPeople newsletter. Let the celebrations begin! We're looking forward to see our members and friends at the upcoming Awards receptions, where we will meet to honor the inspirational staff, outstanding leaders and successful programs that have made a significant and lasting difference to their community and to our profession. First state reception will be held next Tuesday, May 2, in Brisbane, followed by the Adelaide reception on Tuesday, May 23.

In 2017 the Australasian Housing Institute will collaborate with the Aboriginal Housing Office NSW to provide a forum for housing professionals whose primary focus is housing for Indigenous people to exchange ideas and views on existing issues and future Indigenous housing needs. Thus, in May we will run the second Aboriginal Housing Master Class in Sydney and focus the June edition of HousingWORKS on the theme of Indigenous Housing. We would like to invite you to join the conversation!

Below you'll also find a list of upcoming professional development events. 

New AHI Members 

Warm welcome to our new members. Read more

Membership Renewal

Have you renewed your AHI membership for 2017/18 membership year? Read more

Member Referral Offer

Do you have someone in mind who is not yet taking advantage of all that AHI Membership has to offer? Refer a colleague for AHI membership and receive a $50 voucher that you will be able to redeem towards any AHI professional development event. Read more

2017 AHI Awards Update

The dates for the Awards receptions are now announced!  Read more

Housing Jobs

See the recent job opportunities in NSW and VIC. Read more

Other Industry Events

Upcoming PD Events

Aboriginal Housing Master Class
16-17 May 2017
NSW - Sydney
There are only two weeks left to register for the Aboriginal Master Class which will be held on 16-17 May 2017 in Sydney. The full program will be released next week, but, please, see the preview of the program and register online here.  

Thu, 6 Jul 2017
Hamilton, NZ

Thu, 10 Aug 2017
Sydney, NSW

Wednesday, 30 Aug 2017
Christchurch, NZ

Friday, 27 Oct 2017
Auckland, NZ
The first HousingINFO newsletter will be delivered to its subscribers next week. If you haven't had a chance to subscribe to our fortnightly newsletter, please, click here. If you would like your story to be included in the newsletter, please, email us your articles, company news, job advertisement or recent publication. Read more

Past Events

Didn't have a chance to attend the latest events in NSW and New Zealand?  
Please, click on links below to read event summaries:

Indigenous Housing - share your story! 

In 2017 the Australasian Housing Institute will collaborate with the Aboriginal Housing Office NSW to provide a forum for housing professionals whose primary focus is housing for Indigenous people to exchange ideas and views on existing issues and future Indigenous housing needs. Thus, in May we will run the second Aboriginal Housing Master Class in Sydney and focus the June edition of HousingWORKS on the theme of Indigenous Housing. As always we welcome your contributions. Please send us your article, examining one or more unique issues related to housing services for the Indigenous community, by Tuesday, 30 May 2017. Read more

Exclusively to AHI Members! Win a ticket to the The NUA Conference!

The AHI is delighted to offer its Members a unique chance to win a ticket to the New Urban Agenda Conference in Melbourne. For your chance to win, simply email us your response to the following question: 

“In 25 words describe why you’ve chosen to be a member of AHI”.

Winner will be announced on Monday, 1 May via email. Terms and Conditions apply.

AHI Member News

We're delighted to welcome almost 50 new individual members in April!
  • Malo Ah-You, Ministry of Social Development, New Zealand
  • Simon Bell, Housing Authority WA
  • Nic Blakeley, Ministry of Social Development, New Zealand
  • Ruth Bound, Ministry of Social Development, New Zealand
  • James Branford, Unity Housing Company Limited, SA
  • Denise Brown, Christchurch City Council, New Zealand
  • Lance Carden, FACS - Housing NSW
  • Myriam Hernandez Chacon, Foundation Housing, WA
  • Nadine De Villa, SGCH, NSW
  • Terri Finlay, Christchurch City Council, New Zealand
  • Robin Fletcher, ,Link Housing, NSW
  • Scott Gallacher, Ministry of Social Development, New Zealand
  • Hannah Greenwood, ComCare Trust, New Zealand
  • Terrena Griffiths,  Auckland Council, New Zealand
  • Hayley Hamilton, Ministry of Social Development, New Zealand
  • Shane Hamilton, Aboriginal Housing Office, NSW
  • Gaylene Harris, Dept. of HPW QLD
  • Warwick  Harrison, Foundation Housing, Western Australia
  • Belinda Jones, Anglicare Tasmania, Tasmania
  • Lindsay Kelly, The Housing Trust, NSW
  • Simon MacPherson, Ministry of Social Development, New Zealand
  • Sue Masters, Haven; Home, Safe, Victoria
  • Suellen McCaffrey, SGCH, NSW
  • John McFarland, Argyle Housing, NT
  • Barb McKenna, SGCH, NSW
  • Rene McKenzie-Low, City West Housing Pty Ltd, NSW
  • Sonja  Moore-Carter, Anglicare, Queensland
  • Maureen Mundy, Comcare Trust, New Zealand
  • Kate Noller, Housing ACT
  • Charles  Northcote, BlueCHP Limited, NSW
  • Shannon O'Connell, SGCH, NSW
  • Robert Orchard, Christchurch City Council, New Zealand
  • Sue O'Shea, ComCare Trust, New Zealand
  • Milan Ostojic, SGCH, NSW
  • Edward Palad, Christchurch City Council, New Zealand
  • Andrew Plant, Ministry of Social Development, New Zealand
  • Sandra Preston, Ministry of Social Development, New Zealand
  • Sheryl Rainbird, Centacare Evolve Housing, Tasmania
  • Alana  Reid, Dunedin City Council, New Zealand
  • Ian Rennie, Compass Housing Services Ltd, NSW
  • Julie Rushton, Wellington City Countil, New Zealand
  • Jayne Russell, Ministry of Social Development, New Zealand
  • Jess Rutland, ComCare Trust, New Zealand
  • Karen Tansley, ComCare Trust, New Zealand
  • Kimberley Thirkle, Foundation Housing, Western Australia
  • Lisa Washington, Christchurch City Council, New Zealand
  • Rilla Williams, Foundation Housing, Western Australia
  • Jeremy Wilson, Ministry of Social Development, New Zealand
We hope our new members will enjoy all the benefits the Institute has to offer and will also consider boosting their career by applying to the Certified Housing Professionals program (CHP). The Becoming a Certified Housing Professional webinar is now available online to AHI members. The video guides AHI members through the process to become accredited through the AHI’s professional recognition program. Watch the webinar anytime, take the online test and apply for accreditation when and where it is convenient for you!

During the last month we had two new CHP applicants, who were successfully approved - Marc Slade, Koromiko Consulting, NZ and Julia Medley, Bridge Housing, NSW. Congradulations! Click here to read how you can promote you achievement to your network.

It’s a great honour to announce Accessible Properties as a new Corporate Member of the Institute. Welcome aboard!
Corporate Membership offers significant career development opportunities for the staff of proactive housing and human service businesses and organisations. Join our community! Read more about corporate membership.

Membership Renewal

The AHI's membership year runs from 1 April to 31 March and now it's time to renew your individual membership for 2017/18 membership year. Thank you to those members, who promptly renewed! If you haven't had a chance to renew yet, please, visit the Members Only area on the AHI site. We do hope that you will continue to support the Institute and will be a part of the housing professionals community - the network of dedicated people who share their enthusiasm and commitment to the housing career and the profession!

2017 Referral offer

Do you have someone in mind who is not yet taking advantage of all that AHI Membership has to offer? Now is the best time to refer someone for AHI Membership! Refer a colleague for AHI membership and every new member you refer will receive a 25% discount off their membership fee. In return for each new member you recruit, you will earn a $50 voucher that you will be able to redeem towards any AHI professional development event. So, please, encourage your colleagues to  join the Institute!  Read more


This year we were overwhelmed to receive 143 nominations from all over Australia and New Zealand and now it's time to announce the Winners! Join your local or Australasian reception to celebrate and recognise the achievements, innovations and partnerships throughout the social housing sector! To register online, please, click the links below:

Thank you to the 2017 Awards Sponsors:

Gold Sponsor:

Silver Sponsors:



Sponsorship opportunities

The AHI Professional Excellence in Housing Awards provides numerous opportunities to promote your business. 




Discussion with Hon Amy Adams, Minister for Social Housing, 5 Apr, Wellington, NZ

In spite of the aftermath of cyclone Debbie buffeting the city, newly appointed  Social Housing Minister, The Honourable Amy Adams, drew a good crowd. A key theme of her speech was the importance of central government partnering and drawing on the third sectors' expertise. While delivery of more homes to meet growing demand was a government priority, developing a greater variety of housing options continued to be the challenge that required wider social housing sector involvement. AHI NZ Branch Committee member and MC, Scott Figenshow, thanked the Minister and acknowledged her active involvement in a range of forums held by the sector in recent weeks.

Young Housing Professionals Assemble at the Housing Buzz, 5 Apr, Sydney

Our second Housing Buzz event took place on Wednesday 5 April 2017 at the Hive Bar in Erskineville. Housing Buzz events have been created to provide sector professionals a fun, informative and informal opportunity to come together and discuss topical housing issues. 
Three young leaders presented their housing manifestos to a packed room of housing professionals from across the sector. Our panel covered all things youth, from the challenges being faced by young people in accessing housing, to experiences of young people working in the sector. 
Dr Laurence Troy, Research Fellow for the City Futures Research Centre, opened the event by urging young people in the audience to sit up and take notice of the biggest issues in our current housing system, namely, lack of social contribution from housing developers, mum and dad investors driving up prices, our construction fuelled economy, and the failure of our politicians to take any real action. Laurence’s extensive research and knowledge in this area provided a valuable contribution to the debate in a mostly operational audience, and left us with the question, why aren’t more young people angry?! 
Trina Geasley, Manager of the City of Sydney Homelessness Unit, followed Laurence’s manifesto with her message of hope. Trina started by asking the audience to identify what home meant to them, and why it was so important. Reflecting on her extensive experience working with homeless youth on the streets of Sydney, Trina argued that the solution to youth homelessness is not out of reach,  and how working collaboratively and using co-production techniques can address the problem before young people become entrenched in the homelessness cycle. Her overall message was to work for revolutionary change rather than patch work solutions to the problem.
Sasha Cochrane, Project Coordinator for Business Opportunities at SGCH, shared her own personal experiences of homelessness as a young person, and how these experiences have impacted her career and driven her desire to contribute to real changes in the sector. She also spoke about how her involvement in an international young leaders program has further inspired her, and why now is the time for young leaders to rise up and take action for change.
The night was impassioned, engaging and thought provoking, and on the back of this event the AHI will be looking at further opportunities to empower young people in the sector to become engaged in addressing contemporary housing issues and challenges and driving systemic change.
AHI would welcome ideas from any members about what topics they may like to see discussed at a future Housing Buzz events. Watch this space for further events in this highly popular series!
Christina Hough I Tenancy Services Manager | City West Housing Pty Ltd

New research on positive outcomes in affordable housing, 12 Apr, Wellington, NZ

On Wednesday 12 April the New Zealand Housing Foundation (NZHF) publicly released three new research reports on the benefits of transitioning people into housing tenures that offer affordable ownership outcomes. The reports have been written by the Family Centre Social Policy Research Unit (FCSPRU), Business and Economic Research Limited (BERL), and Nexus Research.

These reports, along with a summary reports (bulletin and synthesis), are attached here:

HF is a Charitable Trust established in 2003. Its mission is to relieve poverty by helping low income households achieve their aspiration of living independently and sustainably in a stable and secure housing environment. HF provides programmes that offer households the opportunity to ‘pathway’ towards home ownership – Affordable Rental and Affordable Equity (shared equity). More information can be found at

To our knowledge, this is the first time that this research has been done in New Zealand. The FCSPRU report looked at 120 international studies and shows that there are statistically significant benefits to home ownership in health, employment, crime, welfare, economic and education outcomes. The BERL report shows some fiscal benefits of transitioning New Zealand renters into affordable home ownership. The third report by Nexus Research is the most recent in a series of studies conducted in communities that have been assisted by NZHF. This study, based in the Waimahia Inlet community, found that residents’ quality of life has improved dramatically as a result of moving from their previous circumstances.

The Government has recently talked about social investment and NZHF believe that there is a good case for investment in affordable housing. They also believe there is a growing case for private investment into the affordable housing space and for significant policy improvements to occur at both national and local levels. The Housing Foundation believe there is a better way of doing things in the affordable housing space to get the system working and get pathways working, at scale, along the continuum.

Stay up-to-date with current job vacancies with the NEW AHI Social Housing Job BoardIf you wish to advertise your vacancy on the AHI website and Housing People newsletter, please, click here and fill in the form. AHI job listing is currently a FREE service.
Project Manager - Housing Transition, NSW
* Specialist disability accommodation and respite services * 6 or 12 month contract with possibility of extension * Would suit a FACS or ADHC secondment opportunity. 
Consultant Housing Manager, Pacific Link Housing, NSW
Pacific Link Housing are one of the premier community housing providers in NSW. Their head office is located in Gosford and they are currently servicing some 1,000 properties throughout the Central Coast, Newcastle, Port Stephens, Lake Macquarie and the Hunter regions. They have highly ethical values and a reputation of being a market leader in delivering quality service to their clients. There is currently a need for a suitably experienced candidate to fulfil the role of Consultant Housing Manager in a part-time, contract capacity, to support a flexible working arrangement.
Allocations Coordinator, City West Housing, NSW
This growing affordable housing organisation seeks an enthusiastic, driven individual to manage the waiting list and allocations for the organisation, as well as assisting with the promotion of the affordable housing product.
Research Administrator, AHURI, VIC
The Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) is seeking a talented Research Administrator with initiative and drive to join their dynamic Research Services Group. The Research Administrator assists with the ongoing development of Research Management Systems and the day-to-day research and contract management.


Implementing the New Urban Agenda Conference

4-5 May 2017, Melbourne
The conference will provide the first opportunity in Australasia and the South East Asia for those who work in planning, infrastructure, economic development, social inclusion, equalities and sustainable urban environments to explore the implications of the New Urban Agenda and begin the development of a roadmap for its implementation. Read more

2017 CHA- IMPACT Conference

7-9 June 2017, Wellington
The 2017 IMPACT conference asks how the community housing sector can contribute to delivering the vision of ‘all New Zealanders well housed’ and offers an opportunity to join the conversation and become part of the solution to improve housing outcomes for all New Zealanders. Read more

The Future of Australian Housing 2017 – this changes everything

1-2 Jun 2017, Brisbane
Read more

National Housing Conference 2017

29 Nov – 1 Dec 2017, Sydney
Registrations are now open for the National Housing Conference 2017 - Building for better lives. The biennial conference, to be held in Sydney from 29 Nov - 1 Dec 2017, will be the largest cross-sectoral event in Australasia for the social and affordable housing sectors. The most experienced practitioners and the leading policy makers from Australia and abroad will come together to discuss innovation in delivery, leadership in ideas and strategies for transformation. Subjects incorporated into the program will include tenancy management, affordable housing supply strategies, early intervention and prevention of homelessness, private sector investment approaches and many more with a draft program to be released early in 2017. Register now to save $400 on conference registration by visiting the official conference website. Partnership opportunities are also available, download the official 'Partnerships Prospectus' to find out how you can align your brand as an official NHC 2017 partner. Read more


Housing 2017

27-29 June, Manchester Central
Welcoming 8,000 people to Manchester each June, the CIH annual conference and exhibition is the must-attend event of the sector. Early-bird discount ends on 10 April. Read more
The AHI wishes to acknowledge the Corporate support from the following organisations:



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