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HousingPEOPLE February 17

AHI HousingPEOPLE e-Newsletter
February 2017


Issue: February 2017

Welcome to the February edition of the HousingPeople newsletter. We are excited to see the number of nominations submitted for the Professional Excellence in Housing Awards and with the deadline for the submissions being today, we're expecting to receive a lot more.
If you haven't had a chance to nominate, please, click here to submit your entry now - you only need to answer four questions to recognise the achievements and career success of your team!
The dates for the first Awards receptions have been announced - pencil them in your diary or register online today. We also encourage you to register for the upcoming Aboriginal Housing Master Class and two seminars that will be held in Sydney and Melbourne in the coming months. 

New AHI Members 

Warm welcome to our new members. Read more

2017 AHI Awards Update

Nominations for the 2017 AHI Professional Excellence in Housing Awards close TODAY. The Judging Panel and the first dates for the awards receptions have been announced.  Read more

Other Industry Events

Read more about the Homelessness and Housing Solutions Conference in Brisbane. 

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, 5 Apr 2017
NSW - Sydney
Ideas and innovation to manage housing portfolios.

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. A new program is under development. 

 - NEW Seminar!
Thursday, 1 Jun 2017
VIC - Melbourne
Innovations and approaches in the development and provision of social housing for people with a disability.

HousingWORKS: Call for contributions

In the next HousingWORKS edition will explore the important topic of Innovation in Social Housing. We welcome your valuable contributions to this edition of the premier journal on social housing matters in Australia and New Zealand. Click here to read contribution guidelines. Contribution deadline has been extended until Tuesday, 14th March 2017. Read more

How to become a CHP Webinar

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! Read more

Housing Jobs

See the recent job opportunities in the Australasian social housing sector. AHURI, Northcott and Argyle Community Housing are now hiring! Read more

AHI Member News

Please join us in welcoming a number of new members in February.
We are delighted to welcome Housing Plus as a new Corporate Member of the Institute.
Corporate Membership provides meaningful career development opportunities for the employees of housing and human service businesses and organisations that are committed to these positive objectives. Read more about Corporate Membership.

We also welcome the following individual Members:   

  • Caroline Butterworth, Housing New Zealand Corporation
  • Justin  Cantelo, Housing Plus, NSW
  • Vanessa Cliffe, Housing Plus, NSW
  • Sharon Collinge, Bridge Housing Limited, NSW
  • Paul Commons, Housing New Zealand Corporation
  • Kelli  Dendle, Queensland University of Technology, Queensland
  • Penny Dordoy, Housing Plus, NSW
  • Louise Dyer, Central Australian Affordable Housing Company, Northern Territory
  • David Fisher, Housing Plus, NSW
  • Shannon Gatfield, Housing New Zealand Corporation, New Zealand
  • Nerilie Gilson, DHHS - Tasmania
  • James Gutherson, Housing Plus, NSW
  • Karen Hitchcock, Housing New Zealand Corporation
  • Frediano    Iezzi, Idearchitecture, Queensland
  • Emma Kable, Housing Plus, NSW
  • Simon Kay, Housing Plus, NSW
  • Kevin Laughton, Housing Plus, NSW
  • Andrew McKenzie, Housing New Zealand Corporation
  • Mimi O'Reilly, Housing Plus, NSW
  • Angela Pearce, Housing New Zealand Corporation
  • John Shevlin, Community Services Directorate ACT
  • Jeff Williams, The Housing Trust, NSW

Nominations for 2017 AHI Awards close TODAY! Last chance to shine the light on an outstanding social housing professional or team.
How to enter? 

2017 AHI Awards Committee

One of the strengths of the AHI Awards program is the comprehensive judging process, which relies on the generosity of the panel of judges who are highly experienced and respected social housing professionals from all around Australia and New Zealand. The Judging process is transparent, fair and independent. We thank those whose job it is to make the very difficult decisions:
  • Francis Brazil, Chair, NSW
  • Chris Chaplin, VIC
  • Andrew Davis, SA
  • Alicia Follent, QLD
  • Rosie Gallen, New Zealand
  • Nerilie Gilson, TAS
  • Victor Jackson, QLD
  • Alison Kimber, SA
  • Nicholas Loder, NSW
  • Wendy Malycha, SA
  • Kathryn Moorey, WA
  • Mark O'Dwyer, NSW
  • Clare Phythian, QLD

Award reception dates

We are delighted to announce the schedule of the Awards receptions in 2017. Registrations are now open, so add the dates in your diary and register now. Dates for the ACT, New Zealand, NT, TAS, WA receptions tba soon. 

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. 

HousingWORKS March 2017: Innovation in Social Housing.
Call for contributions

Do you have an opinion, comment or analysis of innovative approaches and practice methods in the social housing sector – past, present or future? Are you keen to write an article and share it with your industry peers? If the answer is yes, please send us your contribution by Tuesday, 14 March 2017.

As with other industries, the social housing sector faces the constant pressure to innovate, improve and meet the expectations of governments, stakeholders, staff and of course, tenants. Your article may focus on one of the following or any other relevant topic:
  • Business innovation
  • Social enterprises / non-traditional revenue streams
  • Innovative housing practice
  • Innovative housing types
  • Innovative financing / funding models
  • Partnerships with private sector or NGO 
Too busy to write a full article? Contribute to one of our regular columns.
Vox Pop Section
This edition we’re asking the question: What's the best thing that's happened in the Australasian social housing industry in the last 10 years?”. Please send a short (150-200 words) opinion piece to  for the chance to be featured in our leading journal.
Dear HousingWORKS: Readers’ Point of View
Thoughts on previous editions of the journal? Send the editor your feedback by completing the ongoing HousingWORKS review survey. Your comments may be shared in the next edition of the journal under the Dear HousingWORKS: Readers’ Point of View section.
Social Housing Update
This column offers social housing providers and relevant businesses the platform to share brief (up to 250 words) company news updates and announcements.
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.
Principal Policy Analyst, Auckland Council
Interested in a role where you can lead a project that makes a visible difference in the lives of Aucklanders? Auckland Council are looking for experienced principal policy analysts to join their thriving teams.
Area: New Zealand
State Manager - Victoria, Housing Choices Australia
Housing Choices Australia currently have an exciting opportunity for a State Manager. The position is for an initial 12-month contract (maternity leave cover) with the possibility of ongoing opportunities. The role will inspire and lead staff in the provision of housing services in Victoria.
Area: VIC
Project Administration Officer, Wentworth Community Housing
Wentworth Community Housing Limited is a not-for-profit housing company founded in 1996 that provides affordable rental housing and other assistance to eligible people on low to moderate incomes in Western Sydney. They are looking to fill the vacancy of Project Administration Officer for a 2-year duration with the possibility of extension.
Area: NSW
Research Administrator, AHURI
The Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) is seeking a talented Research Administrator with initiative and drive to join their dynamic Research Services Group. The Research Administrator assists with the ongoing development of Research Management Systems and the day-to-day research and contract management.
Area: VIC



Homelessness and Housing Solutions Conference

31 March 2017, Brisbane

AHURI invites policy-makers and practitioners from across Australia to join them at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre for the national one-day Homelessness and housing solutions conference. This is an exciting opportunity to learn more about the latest AHURI evidence on the homelessness system in Australia, find out examples of housing solutions for formerly homeless people or those at risk of homelessness and see a big picture examination of the support services required to create housing stability for low-income Australians. Read more or register for the event.

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
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