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HousingPEOPLE December 2014

AHI HousingPEOPLE Newsletter
December 2014
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Australasian Housing Institute

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Upcoming AHI Events:

Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Monday, 23 Mar 2015 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Monday, 4 May 2015 9:00 AM – 6 May 2015 4:30 PM

Tuesday, 5 May 2015 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Monday, 25 May 2015 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM


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: December 2014

Welcome to the December 2014 edition of the HousongPEOPLE newsletter. First and foremost, on behalf of the AHI board of directors and staff, we would like to wish all our members a very happy and safe holiday. We have had an extremely busy and successful year at the Institute and we look forward to working with you all again in 2015.

For AHI Members

AHI AGM and 2015 Board of Directors  

The Institute held its AGM in Sydney on 28th November 2014 with over 50 people in attendance. Guest speaker for the evening was Hon. Paul Green MLC, a Member of the Legislative Council in the NSW Upper House. Donald Proctor presented the Presidents report, Annual report and announced the director positions for the coming year. The Institute welcomes Ken Craig, Director - Indigenous Housing, to the board and says a goodbye and thank you to Kathleen Gregory, Director of the WA Branch.
In 2015 the Institute Board of Directors will be led by: 
  • Donald Proctor - President
  • Francis Brazil - NSW
  • Frances Paterson Fleider - QLD
  • Greg Orchard - NZ
  • Andrew Davis - SA
  • Faye Minty - ACT
  • Haleh Homaei - VIC
  • Ken Craig - Indigenous Housing
Following the formalities of the AGM, a celebration of the career of Bernie Coates was held. Bernie has held significant roles in the sector in NSW and South Australia where he has been always focussed on achieving “better places to live” outcomes for the most disadvantaged in our community.  Dare Kavanagh along with several other colleagues and tenants shared their stories on Bernie’s career. To top the evening of Bernie was presented with Life Membership to the Institute.
We would like to thank the NSW branch committee for their support and assistance in making the event a success. 

Picture: Donald Proctor, AHI President, is presenting a certificate of Life Membership to Bernie Coates.

AHI End of Year Member Networking Event in South Australia

The South Australian State Branch held a successful end-of-year breakfast celebration to mark a successful year, and for members old and new to catch-up. Breakfast seems to be the popular choice in Adelaide, so the event was held early on a beautiful Adelaide morning at a popular outdoor garden café. The complimentary  event  was attended by 22 AHI members, who shared a nice breakfast  and a few laughs to wind-up the AHI year. Avoiding formalities,  Branch Chair Andrew Davis noted a successful year for AHI, and thanked key sponsors Housing SA, Unity Housing and Smallacombe Sanderson, for their support throughout the year. SA Members are now looking forward to next years AHI events.

AHI office hours over Christmas

The AHI office will be closed from Monday 22nd December, and will reopen on Monday 19th January 2015. However, please note that our reception will still be available in January for urgent inquiries. If your enquiry is not urgent, please e-mail to and your e-mail will be responded to on Monday, 19th January. We look forward to working with you to make 2015 a great year for housing.

AHI Professional Accreditation and Recognition - Housing doesn’t sit still

Please, don't forget that professional accreditation and recognition for housing professionals is now available for AHI Members. To claim your points, please, log in to Members Only section of the AHI web-site and follow the instructions
Professional recognition provides a clear and tangible signal to the community, government, industry and employers that Certified Housing Professionals are experienced, knowledgeable, and committed to building the profession through their AHI membership and continuing professional development.. Learn more

2015 Professional Excellence in Housing Awards

Nominations for the 2015 AHI Professional Excellence in Housing Awards are now open and we encourage you to nominate your colleagues or outstanding projects for one of eight categories. The Institute has run an awards program since 2004. This program has become increasingly popular with members and other housing professionals. In 2015 the AHI Australasian Award presentation traditionally will be held during the National Housing Conference. Awards will go to housing professionals who are judged to have made a significant and lasting difference: to tenants or service users, to their community, to their colleagues and to their profession.  The Awards recognise the contributions and achievements of our colleagues in the many disciplines which make up the housing profession. The full details, rules and the nomination form are available in the Awards Brochure. Download Nomination Form

Silver Sponsors:

We would like to thank Lake Maintenance Pty. Ltd. and Compass Housing Sevices for their generous support of the Awards Program as Silver Sponsors. A variety of sponsorship packages are available for the program. Sponsorship of the AHI Professional Excellence in Housing Awards provides organisations with a unique opportunity to reach a wide audience of housing leaders and professionals throughout Australia and New Zealand, enhance longterm relationships with potential customers and associate brands with the industry success and achievements. DOWNLOAD SPONSORSHIP BROCHURE

Upcoming AHI Events

AHI is exploring the topic of Indigenous Housing 

In collaboration with the NSW Aboriginal Housing Office, the Australasian Housing Institute is exploring the topic of Indigenous Housing
Following this initiative, we have focused the December 2014 edition of the HousingWORKS journal on the issues and peculiarities of housing services for the Indigenous community. The journal is already on its way to its readers and we hope you'll enjoy the read during your Christmas break.

The Indigenous Housing Professional Practice Seminar will be held in Sydney on 23rd March 2015. This seminar aims to provide an opportunity for mainstream public and community housing professionals to join with experts working in the indigenous social housing field to improve understanding of the respective sectors and identify opportunities for service planning and delivery across all sectors for the benefit of the indigenous community.

The program will be available soon on the AHI web-site. 25% Early Bird discount is available until the end of January 2015.

Asset Management Professional Practice Seminar

3 March 2015, Melbourne

Following requests from the industry the fourth Asset Management Seminar is to be held in Melbourne on the 3rd March 2015. This seminar provides senior housing professionals with an interest in asset management the opportunity to exchange ideas and innovative practice methods to manage housing portfolios for sustainable stakeholder outcomes. 
The AHI now welcomes expressions of interest from industry professionals to present at this event. This is a great opportunity to assist your industry colleagues to grow and develop and share ideas and good practice for the betterment of the industry.  All presenters at AHI events receive 40 CPD pointsAHI members and non-members are welcome to apply.  Please, download Expression of Interest Form. Please submit your proposal to Donella Roberts.

Leadership Master Class: Empowering Social Housing Leaders

May 2015 Sydney

The Australasian Housing Institute would like to invite social housing leaders to attend the Leadership Master Class that will be held in May 2015 in Sydney. The Leadership Master Class provides an opportunity for existing and emerging leaders within the social and community housing sector to participate in a high-level development program with their industry peers. 
Purposefully residential, the Leadership Masterclass empowers delegates to take focused time and space to refresh and extend their leadership capabilities to aid success and meet demands of future industry growth and change. An engaging schedule of sessions and workshops will be presented by facilitators with experience and proven track records of success in leadership development and experienced housing leaders with focus on building understanding and capacity in four key areas: Self-leadership, Interpersonal leadership, Team leadership and Strategic leadership.
The program will be available soon on the AHI web-site. 25% Early Bird discount is available until the end of January 2015.

Networking Breakfast with Steven Persson

5 May 2015, Melbourne

STEVEN PERSSON, Chief Executive Officer, The Big Issue in Australia Ltd will be speaking at an AHI networking breakfast in Melbourne on the 5th of May 2015 from 7am to 9am.
Steven will be speaking about the Homes for Homes project.Homes for Homes is an initiative that will help raise an ongoing supply of new funding for social and affordable houses. Homes for Homes was inspired by a smaller, developer-driven model established in the US. In 2008, an advisory group of industry leaders, including Steven Persson, began work on developing a similar, but independent model tailored to suit the needs of the Australian market. Homes for Homes has undergone significant concept development and business planning over the past six years, involving extensive reviews and consultations, including by government treasuries and housing departments. Read more and register on-line.

Tenancy Management Professional Practice Seminar - book the date in your diary

25 May 2015, Melbourne

This practical seminar aims to provide social housing managers the opportunity to explore, share and discuss good practice for tenancy management in public and community housing that leads to good outcomes for tenants, landlords and local communities. 

Topics for presentation and discussion may include: models of tenacy management; allocations; rent collection and arrears management; managing rent increases; managing antisocial behaviour; property management and inspections; client support visits; supporting tenant participation and engagement; effective referrals; getting the most out of support workers; the Charter of Human Rights; what to do with “neighbour fatigue”.
The AHI now seeks expression of interest from suitably experienced housing professionals to present at this seminar - View process for speaker submissions.

Industry Events


  • Q Shelter Working Together Conference, Townsville, 17 February 2015; Brisbane 19 February 2015. As the future of housing and homelessness services continues to evolve in a context of considerable change, the Working Together Conference will gather community housing providers, homelessness services and associated sectors with a focus on innovation, sustainability and partnerships. Q Shelter is excited to announce the Key Note Speaker David Orr, CEO from the UK’s National Housing Federation. David Orr brings a vision for community housing with a practical understanding of the various challenges and opportunities. David will deliver a keynote address and contribute throughout the day on themes such as achieving a strategic future for community housing, rising to the challenge of stock transfers and building the capacity of the sector to grow.
  • The Australasian Housing Researchers Conference 2015 'Housing Futures, Transforming Living, Changing Lives', 18-20 February 2015, University of Tasmania, Hobart. The Australasian Housing Researchers conference is an important conference for all housing researchers. It provides an essential opportunity for housing researchers internationally to exchange their theoretical and empirical research and engage with colleagues across a wide range of disciplines, and from academic, government and non-government sectors. It is open to all researchers concerned with housing affordability and homelessness, housing policy and planning, housing economics, housing sustainability, and regional, national and international housing markets. As well as established researchers, the input and participation of early career researchers is especially welcome. Call for papers. Organisers invite both theoretical and policy oriented papers from across the social sciences that explore the complex social, economic and political issues in housing today and what these mean for our housing futures. Please note that the Abstract submission deadline is 1 October 2014. Read more
  • National Housing Conference 2015, 28 October 2015- 30 October 2015, Perth. The next National Housing Conference will be convened in Perth by AHURI in partnership with the Western Australia Department of Housing.
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