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HousingPEOPLE December 16

AHI HousingPEOPLE e-Newsletter
December 2016


Issue: December 2016

As I look back over the year just gone, I feel lucky to be surrounded by so many inspiring people, dedicated to the social housing profession. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our members, employees, sponsors and partners who have made 2016 another successful year for us. We wouldn't be able to make all the events and projects happen without the contribution of the many volunteers who dedicated their time and support to the Institute financially. Special thanks to the members of AHI committees, people who contributed to our publications, spoke at our events; and of course our wonderful sponsors.

The AHI office closes from 21 December 2016 to 16 January 2017. In the New Year we will continue providing you with high quality professional development services, networking opportunities and informational resources to support your career success in 2017. 

Kelly Badewitz, 
Executive Officer

2017 AHI Awards Update

Don't forget that nominations are now open for the 2017 AHI Professional Excellence in Housing Awards. Read more

Didn't have a chance to attend the latest local events? 

In the past month we ran four events in Auckland, Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney. Please, click on links below to read event summaries and see pictures:

2016 AHI Member and Friend survey

Thank you for sharing your ideas!

Thank you everyone who participated in the 2016 Member Survey! We've received numerous ideas of the topics for future events and noted all your feedback about our service delivery. 
The winners of the draw prize (a $100 voucher to use towards AHI events in 2017) are:
  • Kim Bomford, Housing Choices Tasmania
  • Julie Cosgrove, QLD Department of Housing and Public Works
  • Bob Chown, Department of Housing WA
  • Nathan Kreft, Housing New Zealand Corporation
Congratulations to you all!

Save the dates 

The first events of the 2017 are now announced!

Wednesday, 5 Apr 2017
NSW - Sydney

Aboriginal Housing Master Class
16-17 May 2017
NSW - Sydney
After the tremendous success of the first Master Class event in 2016, we are delighted to announce that the second event of the Aboriginal Master Class series will be held on 16-17 May 2017 in Sydney. Ultra Early Bird registration is available until Tuesday, 31 January.

Housing Jobs

See the recent job opportunities in the Australasian social housing sector. Hume Community Housing and Women's Housing Company Ltd are now hiring!
Read more

HousingWORKS is on its way to you!

December HousingWORKS edition is now on its way to readers. It's also available for download in the Member Centre of the AHI website.   As always, this edition serves a broad range of topics.
The topic of the first edition in 2017 will be Innovation in Social Housing. The details Call for Contribution will be sent out at the beginning of the year, however, you can start putting your first ideas on paper during your summer break.

Nominations for the 2017 AHI Professional Excellence in Housing Awards are now open and will close on Tuesday, 28 February 2017. The Awards provide an opportunity to showcase social housing success stories. The Awards formally recognise and reward excellence in professional practice, from the grass roots to the most senior levels. They promote to our colleagues and the community at large the difference that social housing professionals make to people's lives.
How to enter? 


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. 


AHI South Australian Branch Christmas Event

7 December 2016, Adelaide

South Australian Branch members were invited to join together to celebrate the events of the past year, to network together and have an informal chat about the future of the Association – all in the form of a delicious breakfast for members and potential members on 7 December at the Peel Street Café.
Thirty attended at a very early hour of the morning to share their ideas with one another and to discuss happenings across all the housing sectors – government, non-government and business. It was an excellent opportunity for members to pause from their busy schedules to share ideas about the future directions of housing and discuss matters of common interest in an informal environment.
The Chair of the SA Branch, Julie Rehn, welcomed everyone, summarised the year’s activities and provided a glimpse of the program of events for 2017.
The AHI President, Andrew Davis took advantage of the opportunity to introduce the newly launched AHI strategic directions and invited members to support them to ensure the forward momentum of the AHI continues. He also thanked the various corporate sponsors in South Australia and acknowledged the important role played by the State’s public housing authority and thanked Phil Fagan-Schmidt as the Executive Director of Housing SA for his organisation’s ongoing sponsorship of the AHI.
On behalf of the SA Branch members he then made a presentation to long serving committee member and former Board member, Shirley Trebilcock, acknowledging the importance of her contribution to the work of the AHI in South Australia.
Members then consumed a lovely breakfast, including coffee and fresh juice, before heading to their respective work places.

AHI and CHPs for QLD End of Year Networking Event

14 December 2016, Brisbane

The AHI and CHPs for QLD hosted a joint end of year networking event on the 14th December.   Hosted by McCullough Robertson’s at their Eagle Street, Brisbane offices, the event was attended by 24 guests from across the social housing sector including State Government, Community Housing Providers, Support Providers and For Profit Organisations.   The room was buzzing with conversation as people shared and reflected on 2016 and made new connections for potential projects looking forward into 2017. The guests enjoyed a sit down Christmas lunch served with wine and soft drinks.  The informal nature of the event provided for excellent networking in a relaxed environment. 
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.
Housing Manager, Link Housing, NSW
Reporting to the Team Leader, Housing, this position calls for an experienced Housing Manager who will provide exceptional client service, tenancy management and support tenant engagement and community development programs.
Sustainable Communities Coordinator, Link Housing, NSW
This 9-month fixed term contract position of Sustainable Communities Coordinator is responsible for the development and implementation of Link Housing's Sustainable Communities Strategy around community development and tenant engagement with the key purpose of building their tenants capacity and sustainability.
Tenancy Officer, Argyle Community Housing, ACT
Located in Queanbeyan, this 35 hour per week full time permanent position offers an opportunity to work with a leading not for profit organisation with great benefits.
Administration Support Officer, Argyle Community Housing, NSW
Work with a growing Tier 1 community housing provider showing your organisational and administration flair in this permanent part-time (9-4pm Mon & Fri -11-5pm (Tues, Wed & Thurs) position.
Administration Support Officer, Argyle Community Housing, ACT
Argyle Community Housing Limited is a not-for-profit provider of social and affordable housing and is seeking an Administration Support Officer to provide office and administrative support to 3 of Argyle Housing's operations teams.
Senior Manager - Housing & Supported Independent Living, Northcott, NSW
* Manage service delivery for people living with disabilities * Provide leadership; ensure best practice services; deliver outcomes * Multiple facilities totalling 70 beds across greater Sydney and regional NSW
Tenancy Officer, Argyle Community Housing, NSW
Located in beautiful Bowral with plenty of travel to various NSW locations (35 hour week), the Tenancy Officer role is a critical part of the organisation and aims to provide housing assistance solutions and tenancy management in a specific housing portfolio.


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
The AHI wishes to acknowledge the Corporate support from the following organisations:



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