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HousingPEOPLE February 2014

Issue: February 2014

Dear Member,

Welcome to the first edition of HousingPeople for 2014. With our newly appointed President and Board Members, with fresh ideas and ambitious plans, we hope to create many opportunities for our members to network and develop their careers. In the year ahead we will definitely continue our successful Professional Practice Seminars and will deliver workshops. We also plan to widen significantly the way we communicate on-line to provide an opportunity to join discussions for those who have busy schedules or are located in rural areas.    

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The NSW Legislative Council and the Senate Economics References Committee are both conducting separate inquiries into social, public and affordable housing and the AHI intends to make submissions to both inquiries nationally and in NSW and we would like to invite members to contribute. There are three ways to contribute through the AHI:

The AHI closing date for NSW submissions is this Friday, 7th February. The National inquiry submissions AHI deadline is also not far away: Friday, 28th February.

AHI Professional Practice Seminars 

Tenant Participation and Engagement Professional Practice Seminar

Tuesday, 4 March 2014, MelbourneFollowing the success of the AHI's Tenant Participation and Engagement Professional Practice Seminar in Sydney and numerous requests from our members, we are excited to announce that the second Seminar will be held in Melbourne on 4th March 2014. The theme of the Seminar is "Tenants as Customers and Stakeholders" and we have invited various industry specialists, leaders and researchers in the tenant participation field, together with tenant representatives to share their view for involving tenants as customers and stakeholders so to enhance tenant morale and communities.  

The draft seminar program is now available to download.

Don't miss - an exclusive 25% early bird discount is available only until this Friday, 7th February 2014Register now!

We have some attractive sponsorship packages available at really affordable prices. Sponsorship of AHI events enables businesses to highlight their support of the housing sector, effectively network with the target audience and enable the AHI to deliver first-rate events. Download Sponsorship Brochure

Business Continuity and Disaster Planning for Housing Providers

28 - 29 July 2014, Christchurch
Business continuity and disaster planning aims to ensure that an organisation’s critical business functions can continue to be executed in the event of a major disruption or disaster. The organisation is more resilient, survives the event and is able to minimise the impacts on its business operations and clients. With the seminar in Christchurch a focus will be on learning from housing providers and industry professionals who have been responsible to enact business continuity and disaster plans and are actively involved in disaster recovery. The site tour on Day two provides the chance to view Christchurch reconstruction efforts.


Expression of interest is now invited from community housing providers, government officials and professional service providers (consultants, developers, property maintenance groups, financiers) who have been involved disaster planning and/or recovery in a social and community housing context.

Potential sessions include:

  • Business Continuity and Disaster Planning Consultant – exploring vital aspects of business continuity and disaster plans for housing providers
  • Rebuild challenges – speaker to present overview of impact of Christchurch earthquakes on housing stock and state of rebuild efforts, including rebuild hurdles
  • Christchurch housing providers – sharing experience and lessons learned
  • Tenant perspective – a tenant group sharing experience of disaster from their point of view
  • Other types of major disruptions and disaster pertinent for housing
  • Australian and/or International perspectives – case studies and approaches to disruptions and disaster within housing sector from abroad

If you wish to express your interest as a potential speaker, please email your expression of interest

HousingWORKSAHI collaborates with Community Housing Aotearoa to focus on housing issues in New Zealand

The topic for the first HousingWORKS edition for 2014 will be"Social Housing in New Zealand” and we are delighted to collaborate with Community Housing Aotearoa to explore in detail the New Zealand social housing Industry. We are currently seeking a mix of contributions from Government, academics and mainstream NGOs and want to ensure that there is a contribution from every region and that regional and urban issues are covered. Please, read the detailed Contribution Guide. Articles should be submitted electronically by e-mail to by Friday, 14th March 2014. Remember, you do not need to be a professional writer to publish interesting and valuable work. Read more 

AHI Workshops

Don't forget that the Making Tenant Participation and Engagement Meaningful Workshop is scheduled in Sydney on Tuesday, 25th February 2014. This one-day workshop uses a strong blend of theory and practice to give participants a clear context for engaging with tenants as part of social housing service delivery. Participants will explore a range of aspects of tenant participation and engagement using practical tools to plan and achieve outcomes for their agencies and the people they serve. The workshop is designed to strengthen skills and expand techniques for tenant engagement;  enable participants to better understand the value and purpose of engaging tenants; and to strengthen a culture of tenant engagement in line with good practice in social housing management. Read more and register on-line

AHI Welcomes New Corporate Member

We would like to welcome Argyle Community Housing Limitedwho has recently joinied us as a Corporate Member. Argyle Community Housing Limited is a not-for-profit community based provider of social and affordable housing in NSW. Argyle currently serves over 4,500 residents through management of over 2,300 tenancies and provision for maintenance of over 2,200 properties. Argyle has over 25 years experience managing tenancies and properties across metropolitan and regional NSW and in the ACT.  It has a commitment to delivering services which are localised and easily accessible to clients. Argyle’s core focus is captured in its vision which states: By providing housing as the foundation, assist our customers and their communities to achieve a better future”.

Corporate Membership of the AHI is open to any housing, human service business or organisation, with a commitment to supporting the career development of their employees. Corporate membership is also open to local government organisations active in the housing sector. Read more

We look forward to meeting you at our events,
the AHI Team