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HousingPEOPLE April 2014

AHI HousingPEOPLE Newsletter
April 2014
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Australasian Housing Institute

The AHI Event Portal provides you with information about our workshops, seminars and events designed to promote and develop a skilled and professional sector.

Upcoming AHI Events:

Creating People Places Professional Practice Seminar
Tuesday, 17 June 2014 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Working with Complex and Demanding Clients
Tuesday, 24 June 2014 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Melbourne - VIC

Working with clients who have drug and/or alcohol dependency
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Melbourne - VIC

Networking Breakfast with the Hon Bill Marmion
Thursday, 17 July 2014 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Perth - WA


Business Continuity and Disaster Planning for Housing Providers
28 Jul 2014 9:00 AM – 29 Jul 2014 2:00 PM

Sydney - NSW


AHI Members Survey 2014

In an ongoing effort to better serve our members the AHI is conducting a member survey to request feedback on the 2014-2016 Strategy Plan for the AHI and to also determine levels of satisfaction with the AHI activities, programs and events. We need your input to help shape how we build and deliver support for housing professionals, their businesses and the profession as a whole. The completion of this on-line survey will take about 15 minutes. We would be grateful if you would let us know your opinion as the input of every member matters. Thank you in advance for your time and cooperation! Take a survey

Professional Development Guide

Please, download the AHI's Professional Development Guide which contains a wide range of professional development opportunities, from traditional one-day workshops to more complex networking seminars and master classes.  

Issue: April 2014

Welcome to the April edition of HousingPEOPLE newsletterThe long-awaited Easter Holidays is fast approaching and we hope this holiday fills your hearts and your homes with love and joy, and maybe even some chocolate. In the meanwhile, it's been a busy time for the AHI team and we have prepared lots of reading for you. First, the AHI Board of Directors has released the draft of the Strategic Plan 2014-2016 and we'd like to invite you to review and have your say. Second, the April edition of HousingWORKS journal is on its way to your mailboxes. We hope you'll have a nice read over the holidays. Third, we are very excited to announce that our brand new website is live! Go and check it out at . We would love to hear what you think of it. We are also working on a variety of exciting events in different regions and hope to meet you there soon.

News for Memebrs

Hello from the President

Dear members,
I’m writing this intro to HousingPeople after attending an AHURI seminar in Melbourne presenting the recent paper  “Enhancing affordable housing investment via an intermediary and guarantee”.  The authors Julie Lawson, Mike Berry, Carrie Hamilton and Hal Pawson are my Housing Heroes of the month, for bringing together years of development work into a feasible model for enabling super funds and insurance companies to purchase housing bonds to fund community housing development projects.  No done deals yet as the government needs to come to the party with a guarantee.  Congratulations to the authors and AHURI for bringing together housing researchers, the finance industry, government and the community housing sectors to produce this great work.
Also while in Melbourne I caught up with the Victorian Government’s “New directions for Social Housing - A framework for a strong and sustainable future”, released by the Minister for Housing the Hon Wendy Lovell MLC. This document focuses on a framework of better communities, better opportunities and better assets.  The Minister has asked the Victorian Director of Housing to consider transferring up to 12,000 public housing units to the community housing sector.  
The Victorians certainly have been busy.  The State’s peak bodies: Community Housing Federation of Victoria, Victorian Council of Social Services, Council to Homeless Persons, Victorian Public Tenants Association, Tenants Union of Victoria, Domestic Violence Victoria and Justice Connect Homeless Law have produced their own housing framework titled: Making Social Housing Work – Better Homes for Low Income Victorians.
I’m very glad AHI board member Haleh Homaei provided me with all this interesting reading matter while I’m stranded late at Melbourne airport courtesy Jetstar (Jetblackhole).
Donald Proctor

Building Your Professional Association

The AHI is developing a Strategic Plan for 2014-16 and we would like to invite you to review and make comment on the plan. Our mission is to support, enable, connect, inspire and acknowledge social housing professionals across Australia and New Zealand. We plan to re-focus the Institute, create a new modern website, encourage more activity by local branches, provide a better value proposition for our members, stakeholders and sponsors, introduce further professional development opportunities for our members through various technology means ie webinars and online discussion forums. Download the Draft Strategic Plan.

Member Survey

In an ongoing effort to better serve our members the AHI is conducting a member survey to request feedback on the 2014-2016 Strategy Plan for the AHI and to also determine levels of satisfaction with the AHI activities, programs and events. We need your input to help shape how we build and deliver support for housing professionals, their businesses and the profession as a whole. The completion of this on-line survey will take about 15 minutes. We would be grateful if you would let us know your opinion as the input of every member matters. Thank you in advance for your time and cooperation! Take a survey

It's here! New look, new functionality, new member services

We are very excited to announce that after months of planning we have finally launched our brand new website. The revamped site will allow easy access across mobile and desktop devices with improved navigation and more content. More importantly, we are going to develop a "Members Only" section, where you will find a range of services accessible only to AHI members. Please, go and check it out at  and don't forget to leave your feedback in our survey or e-mail to

Time to Renew

The AHI's membership year runs from 1 April to 31 March, so it’s now time to renew your membershipThe AHI team is planning to introduce a variety of new products and services in 2014-2015 Membership Year, including fortnightly industry digest, webinars and an updated Members Only section on our web-site. We'll also continue to deliver high quality events, run our popular Excellence in Housing Awards Program and publish industry HousingWORKS magazine. So we do hope that you will continue to support the Institute and be a part of the housing professionals network. Please, renew your membership on-line

AHI Professional Practice Seminars

Creating People Places

17 June 2014, Sydney
We are excited to announce that the "Creating People Places" Seminar will be held in Sydney on 17th June 2014. The seminar will provide social housing and place making leaders opportunity to:
  1. consider concept and strategy for creating interesting and engaging places
  2. explore place making projects and approach that contribute to positive social change in a community
  3. emphasise place making in a social housing context
Please, visit our web-site to read more and register for the event. A 25% Early Bird discount is available until Friday, 16th May 2014.
Attractive sponsorship packages are available for this Seminar. Don't miss the opportunity to network directly with your target audience. Download Sponsorship Brochure

Business Continuity and Disaster Planning for Housing Providers 

28-29 July 2014, Christchurch
A focus of the seminar in Christchurch will be on learning from housing providers and industry professionals who have been responsible to enact business continuity and disaster plans and are actively involved in disaster recovery. Business continuity and disaster planning aims to ensure that an organisation’s critical business functions can continue to be executed in the event of a major disruption or disaster. The organisation is more resilient, survives the event and is able to minimise the impacts on its business operations and clients. The site tour on Day two provides the chance to view Christchurch reconstruction efforts. 
A 25% early bird discount is available until 30th April 2014. View the draft program and register on-line
We would lie to thank our Sponsors for their generous contributions. Only with your support we are able to deliver high quality events to the whole industry.
Silver Sponsors:

Sponsorship options are still available for this Seminar, please, download the Sponsorship Brochure.

Partnerships to Support Social Housing Tenants

27 August 2014, Sydney
Mark the date in your diary now!  This professional practice seminar aims to provide opportunity for social housing professionals to explore partnership options between housing providers and support and community services that assist tenants to manage sustainable tenancies and aid their positive engagement and integration into the wider community. Speakers will be invited from support and community services and housing providers showcasing working partnerships. If you wish to express your interest as a potential speaker, please email your expression of interest to

AHI Networking Events

Networking Breakfast with the Hon Bill Marmion, Minister for Housing WA 

17 July 2014, Perth
We would like to invite you to join us for the AHI Networking Breakfast with the Hon Bill Marmion, Minister for Housing WA. During the breakfast you'll have an opportunity to hear from the Minister about his vision for social housing in Western Australia, ask questions, catch up with your friends and colleagues, and of course enjoy a delicious breakfast.
An Early Bird 50% discount is available to all AHI members in Western Australia. Enjoy a fabulous breakfast for only $30! This Early Bird offer is available only until Wednesday, 30th April 2014. Register now!
Thank you to our Sponsors for their support and contributions:
Gold Sponsors:                    Silver Sponsor:

HousingWORKS magazine

We are excited to let you know that the April edition of HousingWORKS is already on it's way to readers. In March-April 2014 AHI collaborated with the Community Housing Aotearoa to bring you this Aotearoa/New Zealand-focussed edition of HousingWORKS that explores the challenges New Zealanders face and showcases a ‘taster’ of fantastic, innovative and collaborative community housing projects.
In the meanwhile, we are sending the call for contributions to the next, June, edition of the journal. Once again the Australasian Housing Institute and the Council to Homelessness Persons are combining their resources to publish a joint edition of their two publications. This will be the May/June 2014 'Housing Insecurity and Homelessness' joint edition of HousingWorks and Parity. This edition of Parity/HousingWorkswill examine and discuss the manifold dimensions and implications of housing insecurity and will cover the following topics: 
  • The nature and characteristics of housing insecurity 
  • The Consequences of Housing Insecurity 
  • Responding to Housing Insecurity 
  • Blocking the Housing Pathway into Homelessness 

We are currently seeking a mix of contributions from Government, academics and mainstream NGOs and want to ensure that there is a contribution from every region and that regional and urban issues are covered. Deadline: All contributions need to be submitted by Friday May 16th 2014.  Please, read the detailed Contribution Guide

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AHI Service Delivery Workshops in Melbourne

Two service delivery workshops will be held in Melbourne in June 2014.  

  • AHI Members: $320
  • Non-Members: $425

Registrations are now open and we offer a 25% early bird discount until the end of April

Industry Events


  • Private sector finance: increasing the options for affordable rental housing. AHURI's Research Seminar. 15 April, 2014, Melbourne. Attracting large-scale institutional investment to grow Australia’s supply of affordable rental housing has been a long-term goal for Australia’s affordable housing industry. However, the cost and availability of private finance remains a major obstacle. The key is to balance the most efficient form of risk allocation with the required public good outcomes, whilst attracting the lowest-cost funds and ensure these reach long-term landlords. This AHURI event will bring together leading researchers with senior policy-makers and industry representatives to discuss how this issue can be addressed in partnership with the private and community housing sectors.
  • Possibilities and Realities: private rental housing as a solution. Shelter NSW conference. 30 April, 2014, Sydney. The conference will explore the biggest issue housing policy and low income renters today. More and more lower income households must look to the private rental market to provide them with long term housing.  Is the private rental market it up to the job? What are the constraints? What needs to change? In tight housing markets what do poorer people do? How do advocacy and welfare organizations help them? The findings from three surveys will be announced at the conference.
  • The affordable housing industry: maximising opportunities. AHURI's Research Seminar. Tuesday, 13 May 2014,  Where: SMC Conference and Function Centre, 66 Goulburn Street, Sydney. This event convened by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) will be informed by the significant body of evidence AHURI has developed on this matter including the Final Report Understanding leadership, strategy and organisational dynamics in the not-for-profit housing sector and the soon to be released Final Report Understanding decision making in the not-for-profit housing sector: longitudinal and comparative components. The event will bring together what is known about this issue from the research perspective with what it means to senior policy-makers and the community housing industry. 
  • Seminar: Building communities - community housing providers working in neighbourhoods and estates. Wednesday 14 May 2014, Sydney. The NSW Federation of Housing Associations is delighted to announce a day seminar that will share the ‘best practice’ work that community housing providers are undertaking in neighbourhoods and estates. The seminar includes some of the leading experts in this area from the UK, New South Wales and Victoria. The seminar will practically focus on the following areas: Community renewal, Community development, Community engagement, Tenancy management in neighbourhoods and estates, Partnership working, Measuring impact.
  • Making Community Housing Happen. The impact conference. 4 July 2014, Nelson, NZ. The  IMPACT conference is about making community housing happen.   Delivering 20% of New Zealand’s social and affordable housing by 2020, through the not-for-dividend community housing sector is our focus.  


  • The Chartered Institute of Housing 2014 Conference and Exhibition, 24-26 June 2014, Manchester Central. At Housing 2014, you'll get the opportunity to hear from more than 100 expert speakers from both inside and outside the industry. There will be more than 5,000 delegates and visitors from all corners of housing, who come together to learn from each other, network, and help shape the future of their industry.
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