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HousingPEOPLE August 17

AHI HousingPEOPLE e-Newsletter
August 2017
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Issue: August 2017

Welcome to the August edition of the HousingPeople newsletter. The Award season continues with another inspiring reception being held in Hobart at the beginning of August. Congratulations to all award winners! The WA reception will be held in Perth on 19 September. Registrations are open. 

Spring is a time of new beginnings and new possibilities. In September we are launching the inaugural Housing Excellence Showcase, an upcoming series of special events showcasing some of the standout achievements from the 2017 AHI Professional Excellence in Housing Awards. The first Housing Excellence Showcase event is scheduled in Brisbane on Thursday, 14 September.

We are also very excited to be introducing a new series of professional practice seminars, Emerging Practices in Housing Management. The first seminar of the series will be held in Perth on Tuesday, 19 September. For the launch of this new series we are offering an exclusive 3-for-2 discount! 

Finally, all AHI members are warmly invited to attend the 2017 Special AHI General Meeting of Members & NSW Member Networking event which will be held on Thursday, 21 September from 6.00pm in Sydney. After an extensive process of review and member consultation, the AHI Board has prepared a draft revised Constitution that will improve the organisation’s governance and democratic processes and position AHI for future growth. The Board called a General Meeting of members to consider the proposal (a “special resolution”) to adopt the new Constitution. The AHI Board urges all members to participate in the vote on the new Constitution by attending the General Meeting or by sending in a proxy form that enables your vote to be counted.

We hope to see you at one of the events!

New AHI Members 

Warm welcome to our new members. Read more

September 2017 HousingWORKS: Call for Contributions

The topic for the September joint edition of Parity  and HousingWORKS will be 'Current Issues in Housing Tenure'. Click here to read contribution guidelines. All contributions need to be submitted by COB Friday, September 9th 2017.

Housing Jobs

See the recent job opportunity in NSW. Read more


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Upcoming PD Events

Early bird closes today!
Tue, 19 Sept 2017
Perth,  WA

Fri, 27 Oct 2017
Auckland, NZ

Upcoming Networking Events

AHI Special General Meeting of Members & NSW Member Networking Event | AHI Board of Directors called a General Meeting of Members to consider the proposal to adopt the new Constitution. After the formalities of the General Meeting, join the discussion on why older women are at great risk of housing stress and homelessness today.
Thu, 21 Sept
6:00pm – 8:00pm
FREE event

Other Industry Events

Past Events

In August the AHI hosted an Asset Management and Innovation in Social Housing Professional Practice Seminars. Read more

2017 AHI Awards Update

Winners of the AHI Professional Awards announced in Tasmania!  Read more

Upcoming Awards receptions:

Launch of the Inaugural Housing Excellence Showcase

AHI is launching an upcoming series of special events showcasing some of the standout achievements from the 2017 AHI Professional Excellence in Housing Awards. Read more

The first Housing Excellence Showcase event is scheduled in Brisbane on Thursday, 14 September 2017. Register here

AHI Member News

We're delighted to welcome new individual members and Certified Housing Professionals in August!
New AHI Members:
  • Michele Adair, The Housing Trust, NSW
  • Marjorie Anderson, Aboriginal Housing Office, NSW
  • Loshana Karthikeya, Aboriginal Housing Office, NSW
  • Maria Kevin, Aboriginal Housing Office, NSW
  • Sally Kubiak, Aboriginal Housing Office, NSW
  • Ashley Livingston, Aboriginal Housing Office, NSW
  • Robert Macfarlane, Aboriginal Housing Office, NSW
  • Winsome Matthews, Aboriginal Housing Office, NSW
  • Sharron McConville, Aboriginal Housing Office, NSW
  • Rodney Neale, Launch Housing, VIC
  • Simon Newport, Aboriginal Housing Office, NSW
  • Garry O'Toole, Aboriginal Housing Office, NSW
  • Patricia Oxford, Aboriginal Housing Office, NSW
  • Judy Tomas, NSW
  • Craig Torrance, Aboriginal Housing Office, NSW
  • Julie Van Agten, Aboriginal Housing Office, NSW
New Certified Housing Professionals:
  • Su Groome, Access Housing Australia, WA
  • Georga Rogerson, Housing Choices Tasmania, TAS
Click here to see the full list of accredited housing professionals. Click here to learn how to promote your membership and accreditation to your professional network.

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!

Celebration of Life - Nazha Saad

It is with great sadness that we share with you the passing of one of our members, Nazha Saad. Nazha passed away after a two-and-a-half year battle with cancer.

Nazha had been an AHI member for many years and always supported the Institute’s work. She was an extraordinary woman and high achiever, as recognised in 2014 with her nomination as one of the Westpac and Australian Financial Review “100 Women of Influence”.  She was truly inspirational and deeply loved and will be missed greatly by all that knew her. Our sincere condolences go to Nazha’s partner Ross and family.
Rest in Peace Nazha. 



Winners of the 2017 AHI Professional Excellence in Housing Awards in Tasmania were announced on Tuesday, 3 August in Hobart.


Leading Community Engagement Practice
JOINT Winners: 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
Social Entrepreneurship: "Lend a Hand", Anglicare - Tasmania 

Excellence in Social Housing
Common Ground Tasmania 

Thank you to the 2017 Awards Sponsors:

Gold Sponsor:

Silver Sponsors:



Upcoming receptions:

This year we were overwhelmed to receive 143 nominations from all over Australia and New Zealand! 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: 




Join us at the 2017 Australasian Awards Gala Dinner, which will be held on Wednesday, 29th November 2017 in Sydney from 7.30pm. Registrations are now open!

Run every second year, to coincide with the National Housing Conference, the AHI Awards Gala Dinner is a rare opportunity to celebrate the success of social and affordable industry peers and to congratulate the worthy winners personally. 
Finalists of the 2017 AHI Professional Excellence in Housing Awards have been announced in most of the jurisdictions and have automatically entered the Australasian Awards.  Click on the links below to see the lists of finalists and photographs from the regional receptions.

Queensland · South Australia  · New Zealand  ·  New South Wales  ·  Victoria  ·  Tasmania

Thank you to the 2017 Australasian Award Reception Sponsor:


Reception details:

  • Date: Wednesday, 29 November 2017
  • Time: 7.30pm-10.00pm
  • Venue: International Convention Centre, Sydney


The Australasian Housing Institute is delighted to launch the inaugural Housing Excellence Showcase – an upcoming 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, Western Australia, Queensland and New Zealand.

Starting in September 2017, these best-practice sharing events will see recent 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 first event of the series will be held in Brisbane on Thursday, 14 September 2017. Register now to support the housing sector and discover the leading innovations and projects of 2017. 

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.

Thank you to our Silver Sponsors:




Sponsorship opportunities:

The AHI Housing Excellence Showcase provides numerous opportunities to promote your business. 

All AHI Members are warmly invited to attend a Special AHI General Meeting of Members, which will be held on Thursday, 21 September from 6.00pm in Sydney.

After an extensive process of review and member consultation, the AHI Board has prepared a draft revised Constitution that will improve the organisation’s governance and democratic processes and position AHI for future growth. The Board called a Special General Meeting of members to consider the proposal (a “special resolution”) to adopt the new Constitution.

The AHI Board urges all members to participate in the vote on the new Constitution by attending the General Meeting or by sending in a proxy form that enables your vote to be counted. To be valid, the Proxy Form must be completed, signed and delivered to AHI no later than 4:30pm on Monday, 18 September.

Following the formalities of the General Meeting, the NSW branch would like to invite you to join the discussion on why older women are at great risk of housing stress and homelessness today. 

During the event, you'll have a chance to hear from guest speakers Sue Cripps, CEO of SC Consulting Group, and Deborah Georgiou, Head of Policy & Communication at NSWFHA.

Drinks and canapes will be served. Register for this free event here


Asset Management Professional Practice Seminar, 10 August 2017, Sydney, Australia


On 10 August in Sydney, the AHI hosted the 5th Asset Management Professional Practice Seminar, an inspiring session discussing ideas and innovation to manage housing portfolios. Participants heard from a range of passionate and experienced practitioners including and also made the most of the opportunity to network and learn from others. The AHI would like to thank all speakers for making the event a great success. We would also like to thank SPM Assets for sponsoring the seminar. The next event of series will be held in Auckland on the 27th of October.  

Innovation in Social Housing Professional Practice Seminar, 24 August 2017, Melbourne, Australia

This was the second 'Innovation in Social Housing' offered in Melbourne following the success of the earlier one in July 2016 featuring several excellent presentations from representatives and associates of community housing organisations based in Victoria.  Much appreciated sponsorship on this occasion was provided by Port Phillip Housing Association. Attendees from Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia and New Zealand ensured there were a variety of perspectives and experiences enriching the conversations occurring throughout the day.   

Michael Lennon, Managing Director of Housing Choices Australia acted as key note first speaker for the second year running. He noted that whilst undersupply of affordable and social housing is a recognised problem in the public policy space at both national and state levels, recent initiatives have been modest and limited in meeting the size of the problem. He outlined figures demonstrating the dimension of the current shortfall and the level of investment required to address a problem which is likely to continue to deteriorate  He pointed out that there is an important 6-8 months window right now to influence governments during which the replacement arrangements for the current National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA) are being explored and negotiated. He indicated that the Commonwealth Government is dissatisfied with the actual reduction in social housing unit numbers over the period of the ten years that the current NAHA has been in place, and is looking for much better outcomes from the next agreement. Michael presented a suite of proposed inclusions for a new agreement that the Community Housing Industry Association (CHIA) has developed as the highest priorities for action and is advocating with government.   

Jeanette Large, CEO at Women's Property Initiatives (WPI) stressed the importance of demonstrating both social and economic value of investments in social and affordable housing to investors. Her organisation has commissioned two studies on return on investment in recent years which have identified that $1 in investment has returned $11 in value. Jeanette highlighted the ongoing difficulties that single income households in particular single women with children and older women without partners are facing in sourcing affordable housing. Her presentation also touched upon the dilemma of how much social housing should be concentrated in any one property or location which resonated in other presentations at various times during the day.. 

Jack Panton, General Manager Development and Assets at Port Phillip Housing Association commenced by paying tribute to the Victorian Minister Fiona Richardson who had died overnight, noting her contribution to government action on family violence. He presented data to quantify the scale of housing need in Victoria. Jack then re-iterated Michael Lennon's observation of the funding gap with investments in development of social housing due to the low net rental income able to be achieved from the finished product on an ongoing basis and thus owner-landlords actually subsizing the provision of the housing by up to 75% of the true cost.. He identified a range of instruments to bridge the gap, from tax concessions and/or credits, to supportive planning mechanisms (for example inclusionary zoning, and density bonuses), private sale of proportions of the units constructed,  provision of government land at low or no cost,  and subsidies and grants. His presentation concluded with two case studies, one of a development (City Gate Apartments) where a significant re-development is just getting underway, and a second (Ashwood Chadstone Gateway Project) which has delivered significant outcomes to date. He indicated that the future probably involved growth through debt funding rather than grant funding, involving partnerships and institutional investment. He also highlighted the importance of organisational scale, citing the example of three London housing associations recently merging to create a $60 billion company managing 135,000 homes. 

Matthew O'Rourke, Strategic Project Co-ordinator at Melbourne City Mission (MCM), described a unique shared equity model focusing on helping people move on from public and social housing to home ownership.  He suggested that the continuum from homelessness to crisis housing to transitional / short term to longer term social housing to private rental to home ownership currently has significant blockages at each transition point. Matthew indicated that figures provided to MCM suggested that 14.4% of households (over 9,000) living in public housing in Victoria were currently paying full market rent. The MCM model has assisted 28 households into home ownership to date by reducing the actual purchase price by 37%. It is supported by the banking sector and households housed so far had mortgages of around $300,000, average gross household income of $85,890 pa, and average savings at time of application of $63,237 which was more than enough to cover the required deposit of $30,000.  Matthew noted too that there are some similar models overseas in the UK and Canada. 

Peter Danks, Manager Director EFG and Advisor to the Big Issue presented a generational scheme called Homes for Homes, an initiative of the Big Issue but which has a range of powerful and influential partners involved. The scheme involves placing a permissive caveat on property titles to direct 0.1% of a property's sale price to Homes for Homes at the time of sale. It aims to become a significant source of capital for affordable and social housing into the longer term future. At present it is focused on the wholesale housing market (developers and others) rather than 'mums and dads'. Peter indicated that with around 600,000 property transactions per year in Australia the scheme had the potential to generate $1 billion or more per annum in the future depending on the level of ultimate buy-in. 

Heather Holst, Deputy CEO of Launch Housing described a unique partnership in Melbourne's western suburbs between a philanthropist family, a housing provider, a local government and state government (in this case VicRoads) in which vacant land earmarked for future use (road widening) has removable architect-designed stand-alone studios placed on it to house people in particular those who have been homeless. The initiative involves nine parcels of land with 57 units to be placed on these. Heather suggested that Vic Roads had around 22,000 parcels of such vacant land and other state government authorities such as VicTrack also had vacant land some of which might be suitable for similar initiatives. She highlighted the importance of having project concepts and ideas worked up so that when unexpected opportunities arise they can be responded to quickly. 

The final section of the seminar program showcased specific innovative partnerships through brief presentation by four speakers. Michael Perusco CEO of Unison Housing described the agency's 5 year partnership with RMIT University which will develop a course in housing and homelessness, conduct  research in four key areas including a longitudinal survey of its tenants, and expose other students at the University to housing and homelessness. Michael Deschepper, CFO at Wintringham Housing outlined the agency's partnerships with philanthropists, in particular the ANZ Foundation and the Alexander Miller Estate Trust. Chris Glennen CEO Active Community Housing described the partnerships his agency has with specialist disability services and the challenges to the social housing sector that the NDIS brings with as many as 80,000 people with disabilities currently living at home who could seek more independent housing outcomes via their NDIS funding packages. Amanda Donohoe CEO Servants Community Housing presented examples of close partnerships which her agency has formed locally with neighbours, schools, and Rotary Clubs and the benefits this has brought to both her tenants and the local communities. 

After a very stimulating program we all enjoyed refreshments in the lounge bar area of the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel at which the seminar had been conducted.

Michael Forbes, Victorian Branch Chair, Australasian Housing Institute

HousingWORKS September 2017: Current Issues in Housing Tenure.
Call for contributions

There is still time to contribute to the September 2017 'Current Issues in Housing Tenure' joint edition of AHI's HousingWorks and Council to Homeless Persons' Parity

The vast majority of households not able to afford home ownership rent their housing, either in the private rental market or in social housing, that is, in either public or community housing. However, some households are forced into more marginal forms of housing such as regulated or unregulated rooming houses, or into caravan parks or other forms of substandard accommodation. All these forms of housing have tenancy issues that impact on the issues of security of tenure and tenant amenity.

The central aim if this joint edition of Parity and HousingWorks is to examine and discuss the range of tenancy issues that impact on the ability and capacity of people, particularly people attempting to exit or at risk of homelessness, to establish, maintain and sustain their tenancies in the different forms of housing available to them.

A Framework for Discussion: 
  1. Housing Tenure in Context
  2. Regulating Tenancies
  3. Tenancies at Risk
  4. Supporting Tenancies
  5. New Forms of Housing Tenure
Click here to read full Contribution Guide. All contributions need to be submitted by COB Friday, September 9th 2017.

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Doing Things Differently – Aboriginal Housing in NSW Conference

27 Sept 2017, Sydney
Are you a leader? Are you prepared for the changes to social housing in NSW? Aboriginal Housing Office will challenge you to shift the conversation from simply ‘how we house Aboriginal families and communities’ to ‘how we partner to create a real difference to the Aboriginal future of NSW’. Participate in this conference and seize the opportunity to identify new partners, business models and novel ways to deliver housing services to Aboriginal people. 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. Partnership opportunities are available, download the official 'Partnerships Prospectus' to find out how you can align your brand as an official NHC 2017 partner. Read more


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