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HousingPEOPLE February 18

AHI HousingPEOPLE e-Newsletter
February 2018

Issue: February 2018

Welcome to the February edition of the HousingPeople newsletter. As always, it’s a pleasure to bring you the latest resources and information from the social and affordable housing sector.

Reflecting on the 2017 AHI Member and Friend Survey, I have noticed a growing demand and need for quality connections and support among members of our close-knit social housing professionals community. In order to grow talented future leaders who would make a real difference in the social housing space, we need to work on providing them opportunities today that will open the doors and inspire their hearts tomorrow. As a result, at the beginning of 2018 we launched a pilot of to Mentoring Program in New South Wales. So far we have received great interest from mentees and mentors keen to engage in the meaningful mentoring relationships. The pairs have been successfully matched and the launch event is scheduled for the 22 March 2018. With the assistance of the NSW branch committee and the support of program sponsor, Blooming HR, we look forward to expanding this program to all jurisdictions following the pilot program.

On the professional development note, the first speakers for the Aboriginal Housing Master Class have been announced and we are proud to see how the program is shaping up. Don't miss an opportunity to book your ticket! Early Bird discount closes on 6 April 2018. 

Kelly Badewitz,
Executive Officer, 
Australasian Housing Institute

New AHI Members 

Warm welcome to our new members. Read more

AHI Mentoring Program Launch

Launched as a pilot in 2018 for NSW members, the AHI Mentoring Program has received great interest from mentees and mentors keen to engage in the meaningful mentoring relationships. Read more

Upcoming webinars

Becoming a Certified Housing Professional Webinar
28 March 2018
Becoming a Certified Housing Professional webinar will guide AHI members through the process to become accredited through the Australasian Housing Institutes professional recognition program. Register online

New AHI Board Directors

Congratulations to Bernard Wilson, Michelle Walker and John Shevlin who have recently joined the AHI Board of Directors. Read more


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Other Industry Events 

Upcoming events

Aboriginal Housing Master Class
9-10 May 2018
SA - Adelaide
First speakers announced!
This Master Class event will provide a forum for senior housing professionals whose primary focus is housing Aboriginal people and leaders from emerging Aboriginal housing providers to exchange ideas and views on existing Aboriginal housing issues and future Aboriginal housing needs. Register now

Housing Excellence Showcase
23 May 2018
VIC - Melbourne
Save the date!
Showcasing recipients of the AHI Professional Excellence in Housing Awards in Victoria. Details will be available soon, but we encourage you to save the date in your calendars.

AHI Member News

We're delighted to welcome 12 new individual members in February!

New AHI Members:
  • Sheryl Batrouney, Haven; Home, Safe, VIC
  • Jeff Fiedler, Housing for the Aged Action Group, VIC
  • Rico Hayden, Accessible Properties NZ
  • Jordan Kendrick, Community Housing Aotearoa, NZ
  • Judi Little, Accessible Properties NZ
  • Aobakwe Mamona, Housing Authority WA
  • Eileen McLean, Accessible Properties NZ
  • Kate Phillips, Compass Housing, NSW
  • Suzanne Tana, Accessible Properties NZ
  • Andrew Veysey, Accessible Properties NZ
  • Li Wang, Hume Community Housing Association, NSW
  • Georgina Willers, Accessible Properties NZ
Advance your career in 2018 - Become Certified Housing Professional!

Certified Housing Professional (CHP) is the accreditation awarded to housing professionals who have demonstrated a commitment to their profession and continuing professional development. CHP provides the mechanism for identifying highly skilled and ethical housing professionals. Certification 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.
The Becoming a Certified Housing Professional webinar is now scheduled for AHI members. It will guide you through the whole process to become accredited through the Australasian Housing Institutes professional recognition program. Register now

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 Australasian Housing Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of three new members to its Board of Directors. Congratulations to Bernard WilsonMichelle Walker and John Shevlin who joined the Board at an Annual General Meeting at the end of 2017. Click here to see the full AHI Governing Board. 

Please see below Bernard Wilson's profile and we will share more bios in the upcoming editions of HousingPEOPLE.

Bernard Wilson, Director, Queensland

Bernard Wilson is Chief Executive Officer of bric Housing in Brisbane, a Tier 2 registered Community Housing Provider supporting over 800 tenants and families who often have complex support needs. Bric works in partnership with the community, state government, and the private sector through a portfolio of over 200 properties, which comprise studios, units, houses, and boarding houses.
He joins the Board of AHI with an extensive track record of service delivery, financial and organisational achievement in the human services sector, including key organisations such as Open Minds and Legacy Brisbane.
Bernard hopes to build awareness, focus and participation for the aims of the AHI to engage and empower all people working in the Housing Sector in Queensland and nationally.
Bernard has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and holds memberships with the Institute of Management and Leadership (FIML) and Fundraising Institute of Australia (FIA).
Launched as a pilot in 2018 for NSW members, the AHI Mentoring Program has received great interest from mentees and mentors keen to engage in the meaningful mentoring relationships.  

The welcome event of the inaugural mentoring program intake is scheduled on 22 March 2018 in Sydney. Over morning tea mentee/mentor pairs will discuss ideas for managing their mentoring relationship and the process to get the most out of their mentoring experience.

AHI's NSW Director, Francis Brazil, said: "Mentoring is a known tool to help develop skills and create leaders. It fits into AHI’ mission to build the sectors capacity, and, with the drive and know-how from the NSW branch, the board are extremely happy with its launch and look forward to its outcomes."

Stay tuned as we will introduce the matched pairs in the next edition of the HousingPEOPLE e-newsletter.

Exclusive Partner:

Following the tremendous success of the two previous Master Classes in 2016 and 2017, we are delighted to announce that the third event of the Aboriginal Housing Master Class series will be held on 9-10 May 2018 in Adelaide.

The program for the 2018 Master Class will be available soon, but the first speakers have been already announced: 
  • Shane Hamilton | Chief Executive & Executive Director | Aboriginal Housing Office NSW
  • Olive Bennell | Manager Community Integration Partnerships | Anglicare SA
  • Keiran Wong | Director | Cox Architecture
  • Adam Schickerling | National Disability Reform Manager | Synapse
Click here to find out more and book your ticket today. 


Housing Economics for Non-Economists: 2018 Lecture Series

5,12 March 2018, Sydney
Presented by Shelter NSW, these lectures are a critical tool for anyone seeking to understand the key economic issues shaping housing. Held over four Monday afternoons in February/March 2018, attendees will hear from prominent academics on a range of important topics. Read more

Making better economic cases for housing: Seminar on new UNSW City Futures Research Centre report

8 March 2018, Sydney
There is a strong case for housing to be treated as an essential form of productive, economic infrastructure. Sub-optimal housing system performance can have damaging economic effects. A recent news report suggests this perception may be gaining traction within the NSW Government. Read more

New Urban Agenda – Partnering for a resilient, inclusive, sustainable NSW

4 May 2018, Sydney
The Office of Environment and Heritage Sustainable Advantage Department and Compass Housing Services have partnered to bring you The New Urban Agenda: Partnering for a resilient, inclusive, sustainable NSW, an interactive, multi-stakeholder forum that will unpick three of NSW’s most pressing problems. Read more

Everybody’s Home – the 2018 Affordable Housing Conference

27-28 June 2018, Sydney
The 2018 conference theme – Everybody’s Home – highlights the current and growing shortfall of accessible and affordable housing in Australia across the entire housing continuum.
Over two days, housing professionals from the private, not for profit, and government sectors will come together to share expertise and find out about the latest news in the industry. Read more


Upcoming NAHRO conferences:

Washington Conference
22-24 April 2018, Arlington, VA 
Summer Conference
27-29 July 2018, San Francisco, CA

National Conference & Exhibition
25-27 October 2018, Atlanta, GA

Click here to see the full list of NAHRO conferences in 2018, 2019 and 2020

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