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HousingPEOPLE April 16

AHI HousingPEOPLE Newsletter
April 2016
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Issue: April 2016

Welcome to the April edition of the HousingPEOPLE newsletter, which is packed with event updates, member news and new career opportunities. Don't forget to follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn to be always up to date with our latest news.

Member News 

We would like to welcome our new individual and corporate members, and kindly remind you that 2016-2017 AHI Membership is now due for renewal. Read more

Call for Contributions: HousingWORKS June 2016 - Asset Management

In June 2016, HousingWORKS will focus on the topic of asset management and we're seeking contributions from the sector. Read more

Housing Jobs

See the recent job opportunities in the Australasian social housing sector.
Read more

Upcoming Seminars

It is our pleasure to present a calendar of upcoming professional practice seminars and master class events aimed at housing professionals.
MAY 2016

Ideas and innovation to manage housing portfolios
10 May, Adelaide
The full program is now available!

JUNE 2016

Exploring the relationship of affordable housing and social housing
9 Jun, Sydney
Don't miss out - the 25% Early Bird discount is available only until the end of April!

Building social inclusion and empowering tenants
23 Jun, Brisbane

During the upcoming months AHI members and colleagues will be able to meet in Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Wellington to exchange ideas about asset management, affordable housing, sector innovations, tenant participation and housing for Aboriginal communities.
JULY 2016

Exploring new ideas and innovative approaches in social housing
5 Jul, Melbourne

Supporting a sustainable housing sector for Aboriginal people
8 – 9 Sep, Sydney
Attractive sponsorship packages are available for all AHI Seminars. Collaboration with the AHI will help you to deliver your message to a broad audience of housing professionals. Contact AHI office to find out about  discounts for sponsoring multiply events.

Membership Renewal

April is renewal time for AHI Members and if you haven't renewed your membership yet, we would like to remind you that the 2016-17 AHI Membership is now due. We do hope that you will continue to support the Institute and remain part of the housing professionals network - a network of dedicated people who share their enthusiasm and commitment to their housing career and the profession.

Don't miss the chance to take up a special membership referral offer during the 2016 renewal period. Refer a colleague for AHI membership during April 2016 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 event. So, please, encourage your colleagues to join the Institute! To read more about the offer, please, visit AHI website.

AHI Member News 

We would like to extend a warm welcome to our new members. We continually strive to connect social housing professionals around Australia and New Zealand and we're very excited to see our community growing.  In April we welcomed the following people as new AHI Members: 
  • Salvin Gounder, University of Tasmania
  • Rodney Holmes, Churches of Christ Care, QLD
  • Tania Driver, Community Housing Council of SA
  • Jennifer Rosser, BRC Recruitment, NSW
  • Andrew Elvin, Coast2Bay Housing Group, QLD
  • Stephen McIntyre, Wentworth Community Housing Ltd, NSW
  • Ken Marchingo, Haven' Home, Safe, VIC
  • Mary Marshall, Murchison Region Aboriginal Corporation, WA
Also we welcomed Wentworth Community Housing (NSW) as our new Corporate Member and Haven; Home, Safe (VIC) as a Corporate Associate.
Stephen McIntyre, Wentworth Community Housing CEO, commented as they joined: “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.”
Wentworth Community Housing Limited is a Tier 1 registered community housing provider with the National Regulatory System for Community Housing and has also been awarded a three year accreditation status against the National Community Housing Standards. Wentworth manages almost 2200 properties with the majority located in the Penrith, Hawkesbury, Blue Mountains and Blacktown Local Government Areas. Wentworth also manages properties in The Hills Shire

Haven; Home, Safe has been providing services to the homeless and disadvantaged for more than two decades across the Loddon and Mallee regions of the state. They are a not-for-profit company, limited by guarantee and hold public benevolent institution status. In 2005, they became Victoria's first registered Affordable Housing Association, creating new housing options for those in our community seeking affordable housing alternative. Following a merger with Preston-based housing provider North East Housing Service (NEHS), HHS employs more than 150 staff across six offices and has a $27 million operating budget. They own and manage more than 1600 homes with our balance sheet assets of more than  $275 million as at June 2014.

Do you want to learn more about how becoming an AHI Corporate Member will assist the professional development of your team? Read more here about the Membership and join now!


In June 2016, HousingWORKS will focus on the topic of asset management and we would like to invite you to participate in our new vox pop section of the magazine. The question of this month is “What should social housing asset managers do to protect our nation's housing assets in the long-term?”. Please, send a short 150-200 words opinion piece to to have a chance to be featured in the premier journal on social housing matters in Australia and New Zealand.

We're excited to receive your valuable feedback about the previous issues of HousingWORKS through our ongoing survey. We believe that some of the comments are worthwhile to share with colleagues in the industry and, therefore, starting from the June 2016 edition, we are launching a Readers' Point of View section in the journal. Please, follow this link to review the March 2016 edition and, if permission is given, your commentary may be included to the next edition of HousingWORKS

Past AHI events

AHI Networking Breakfast with Paul Vevers in Newcastle: the Future Direction for Social Housing in NSW

Following the success of the breakfast with Paul Vevers in Parramatta earlier this year, a second networking event was held in Newcastle on the 4th of April. 25 housing professionals came together to hear from Paul. Paul shared his thoughts, and that of the government, on the Future Directions for Social Housing Reform in NSW. Attendee’s were grateful for the opportunity to openly discuss the reform and the effect it will have on social housing in NSW. A lovely breakfast was enjoyed by all at the Harbourview Function Centre. Past President Donald Proctor was MC on the day, we would like to thank Donald for his continued support to the Institute. We would also like to thank Silver Sponsor Kinetics for the ongoing support.

AHI Networking Breakfast with Martin Foley

Minister for Housing in Victoria

It was a capacity crowd for AHI’s recent networking breakfast in Melbourne, with an introduction by AHI’s President, Andrew Davis, and featuring guest speaker the Hon. Martin Foley, Victoria’s Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing.
Martin recapped on the Victorian Premier’s announcement the previous week of a $152m “Housing Blitz” in response to the Family Violence Royal Commission’s recommendations, including $50m in “rapid housing assistance” to provide 130 new social housing properties as a first stage and headleasing for up to 100 dwellings. He also described the ongoing development of a Victorian Housing Register, and hinted at a role for the private sector. Martin questioned the Commonwealth Government’s commitment to CRA, criticised their inadequate funding of the housing component under NDIS and highlighted the Commonwealth’s dramatic reduction in housing investment in recent years. The Minister encouraged the community housing sector to consider how it can partner with government to grow social housing stock, and noted the increasing importance of integrated service delivery.
Thanks to Housing Choices Australia and Community Sector Banking for their sponsorship of the event. HCA’s Managing Director, Michael Lennon, gave a fascinating presentation on the decline in government funding of social housing. And of course the breakfast was also a great opportunity for networking amongst the highly diverse audience of housing professionals.

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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, send your job advertisement in PDF format to AHI job listing is currently a FREE service.
Housing Officer, Housing Choices Australia, VIC
Housing Choices is a not-for-profit organisation committed to the provision of a wide range of accommodation solutions for low income people and people who are disadvantaged, have a disability or are homeless. They are currently seeking a full time Housing Officer to join their team located in the CBD
Service Delivery Team Leader, Assets & Maintenance, Hume Community Housing, NSW
Hume Community Housing is a nationally accredited Tier 1 Community Housing Provider with a proud history of providing safe and affordable housing solutions for customers across NSW. They currently have a full time opportunity for an experienced Service Delivery Team Leader to join their Assets & Maintenance team based in Fairfield and be a key part of this continued success story and exciting future.
Housing Administration Assistant, NSW
Southern Cross Community Housing currently manages over 1150 properties across the south east coast and inland of NSW. We have offices located in Nowra (Head Office), Ulladulla, Batemans Bay, and Cooma. Their Nowra office is looking for a Housing Administration Assistant to join the team. It is a full time position, Monday to Friday.
Housing Services Manager, VIC
Housing Choices Australia (HCA) is a leading and growing housing provider and own or manage over 3,400 homes across Victoria, Tasmania, and South Australia. Theya are currently looking for a Housing Services Manager to join their team on a 12 month fixed term contract.
Asset Management, NSW
Join the management team of Argyle, a leading for-purpose not-for-profit community housing organisation serving over 4,500 tenants and 2,300 properties across NSW and the ACT.
General Manager, Housing & Community, Link Housing, NSW
Link Housing is a Sydney-based community housing provider employing over 35 staff and managing more than 1,300 homes. They are looking for a General Manager, Housing and Community to become an integral member of their senior management team
Chief Financial Officer, Hume Community Housing, NSW
Hume Community Housing is a nationally accredited Tier 1 community housing provider and manages and/or owns 1,800 social housing properties. They are looking for a suitable CFO who will be responsible for long term strategic and compliance financial planning and management, accounting and treasury practices.


National Disability Insurance Scheme Housing: The Missing Piece

5 May 2016, Richmond, VIC
People with disability will have housing vouchers they can spend on new and existing housing from 1 July 2016. Between 500-900 properties are expected to be built every year for the next 8 years. Presented in partnership with the Disability Services Consulting, Community Housing Federation of Victoria and Bank Australia, this workshop will detail how this new funding stream will operate. We will identify the housing development opportunities, likely demand issues and cash flow risks. Industry experts will present on how to best incorporate innovative and accessible design in new housing. Housing providers and support providers will have the opportunity to meet potential partners through a speed networking session. Read more

Community Housing Directors' 2016 seminar series

April & May 2016, Sydney
NSW Federation of Housing Associations is pleased to announce a seminar series developed and specifically tailored for community housing directors to be delivered in the first half of 2016. 
As the community housing industry expands and becomes more complex directors of community housing providers face new challenges.  This seminar series has been specifically developed to assist directors to meet these new challenges and the requirements of our new environment. Upcoming event:

Affordable Housing Conference

28-29 July 2016, Sydney
The NSW Federation of Housing Associations and Homelessness NSW are jointly hosting the conference, with support from the University of Sydney (Urbanism program). The conference theme is, "What would it take to create 100,000 new affordable housing dwellings in NSW?". Read more
The AHI wishes to acknowledge the Corporate support from the following organisations:



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