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HousingPEOPLE February 2015

AHI HousingPEOPLE Newsletter
February 2015
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Issue: February 2015

During the last month of the summer the AHI team has been working on numerous opportunities for housing people around Australia and New Zealand to network and develop their careers. In autumn 2015  we will be offering our Members and colleagues various options to be involved - from our traditional workshops and seminars to the Leadership Master Class, the 2015 Housing Awards Program and the professional accreditation and recognition program. 

Following numerous requests from our colleagues, we have extended the closing date for the AHI Professional Excellence in Housing Awards nominations for two weeks. Nominations now close on Friday,  13th March 2015. The dates for the State and National Award receptions are now confirmed. Read more
AHI welcomes new Corporate Member - Aboriginal Housing Victoria. Read more

Networking Breakfast with Steven Persson,

Chief Executive Officer,
The Big Issue in Australia Ltd

5 May 2015, Melbourne
Read more
We are excited to announce that applications are now being accepted for the professional accreditation and recognition program for housing professionals. 2015 applications are accepted until 16th March. Read more
HousingWORKS March 2015 - Call for Contributions.
Read more
AHI signs Memorandum of Understanding with Community Housing Aotearoa to grow and develop the capability of the social housing sector in New Zealand. Read more

Upcoming AHI Seminars:

Indigenous Housing Professional Practice Seminar

Monday, 23 March 2015
Sydney, Read more

Leadership Master Class

17 May 2015 – 19 May 2015
Sydney, Read more

Asset Management Professional Practice Seminar

Monday, 15 June 2015,
Melbourne, Read more

Partnerships to Support Social Housing Tenants Professional Practice Seminar

Monday, 29 June 2015, Adelaide
Details will be available soon - book the day in your diary!

Tenancy Management Professional Practice Seminar

Thursday,23 July 2015,
Details will be available soon - book the day in your diary!

Upcoming Workshops

Building Resilience

Thursday, 23 Apr 2015, Sydney
Register now!

Working with Complex and Demanding Clients

Friday, 24 Apr 2015, Sydney
Register now!

AHI Housing Awards - Nomination Closing Date has Been Extended

Following numerous requests from our colleagues, we have extended the closing date for the AHI Professional Excellence in Housing Awards nominations for two weeks. Nominations now close on Friday,  13th March 2015. Don't miss this exceptional opportunity to highlight the efforts and dedication of your team among the best Australian and New Zealand social housing providers and projects. 
The dates for the State Receptions are now announced:
  • QLD/NT: Brisbane, 21st April- 6:30pm-8:30pm

  • SA: Adelaide, 28th May- 6:30pm-8:30pm

  • NSW/ACT: Sydney, 18th June – 6:30pm-8:30pm

  • VIC/TAS: Melbourne, 23rd July- 6:30pm- 8:30pm

  • WA: Perth, 13th August, 6:30pm-8:30pm

  • NZ: 22nd October, time and location tba

Finalists from each jurisdiction will automatically be entered in the Australasian Awards.The National Award Winners will then be announced during the National Housing Conference 2015 in Perth on the 28th October 2015 at 7:30 pm. 
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 still 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

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

The Australasian Housing Institute is excited to announce that Professional accreditation and recognition for housing professionals is now available for AHI Members. 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. 
CHP provides the mechanism for identifying highly skilled and ethical housing professionals.  CHP will become the industry benchmark for competency and professionalism in housing. 

2015 applications are accepted until 16th March. Useful Links:

Aboriginal Housing Victoria joins AHI as a Corporate Member

Welcome to our new Corporate Member - Aboriginal Housing Victoria. AHV’s vision is that  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Victorians secure appropriate, affordable housing as a pathway to better lives and stronger communities. Stable housing is the foundation upon which people can better their lives and strengthen their communities. AHV is committed to excellence in service to the Aboriginal community.
At the AHI, we are very proud of the growing network of social housing providers around Australia and New Zealand that recognise the importance of professional development of their teams and rising the profile of the social housing profession. We invite you to join our network of like-minded organisations and improve the productivity of your workforce and promote housing and human service work as a worthwhile career in an increasingly competitive labour market. Apply for the Corporate Membership now.

AHI signs Memorandum of Understanding with Community Housing Aotearoa

The Memorandum of Understanding was signed on the 17th February 2015. This MOU will assist the partners to clarify their respective roles, and to coordinate learning and development activities for members in order to both grow and develop the capability of the sector in New Zealand.
CHA is the primary peak body for the community housing sector in New Zealand representing over 70 organisations nationwide. Both the AHI and CHA have an interest in the development of the community housing sector in New Zealand and acknowledge each other as partner bodies. Both organisations have a membership base in common and see benefits in a coordinated approach to many activities.
The AHI will focus on the professional development and formal recognition of individuals working in the social and affordable housing sector including government and other sectors, while CHA will focus on the development and support of organisations who deliver social and affordable housing and related services.

HousingWORKS March 2015: Call for Contributions

During 2014 each HousingWorks had a specific theme, however for the first edition of 2015 we have decided not to restrict our contributors. Therefore we welcome any articles that are related to the social housing matters. We are seeking for a balance between articles which focus on practice issues, opinion and comment, policy and research. We also aim to include contributions from people in New Zealand, around Australia and overseas.
The closing date for contributions is Monday, 16th March 2015. Read our Contribution Guide

Upcoming AHI Seminars

Indigenous Housing Professional Practice Seminar - Final Program

23 March 2015, Sydney

Seminar Silver Sponsor:
The program for the upcoming Indigenous Housing Professional Practice Seminar has now been finalised and with the array of speakers and topics covered, the event has had a significant level of interest within the industry. The aim of this seminar is 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.
Confirmed speakers:
  • Shane Hamilton | Chief Executive & Executive Director | Department of Family and Community Services NSW | Aboriginal Housing Office
  • Cheryl Barnes | Coordinator, Aboriginal | Wentworth Community Housing
  • Jane Bender | Gunida Gunya Aboriginal Corporation
  • Anne Bradford | Chief Executive Officer | Department of Housing | Northern Territory Government
  • Michelle Craig | Madam Chair of the NSW Aboriginal Housing Office Board
  • Margaret Girdwood | Director | Moreton Consulting Pty Ltd
  • Associate Professor Daphne Habibis | Director, Housing and Community Research Unit | School of Social Sciences | University of Tasmania
  • Phillip Luck | Executive Director of Contracts Implementation | Department of Housing NT
  • Kathryn Williams | Manager, Housing Services | Wentworth Community Housing

Leadership Master Class: Empowering Social Housing Leaders

17-19 May 2015 Sydney

Seminar Silver Sponsor:

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.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Mike Allen | Former Chief Executive of Housing NSW | Department of Family and Community Services & Past Chair of the former Housing and Homelessness Ministers’ Advisory Committee
  • Steve Bevington | Managing Director | Community Housing Limited Group
  • Greg Budworth | Group Managing Director | Compass Housing Services
  • Michael Lennon | Managing Director | Housing Choices Australia
  • Nazha Saad | CEO | St George Community Housing
  • Phil Fagan-Schmidt | Executive Director | Housing SA

The draft program is now available on the AHI web-site. Don't miss this exceptional opportunity to network with industry leaders! Register for the event now 

Asset Management Professional Practice Seminar

Monday, 15 June 2015, Melbourne

The Melbourne Asset Management Professional Seminar has been postponed until the  15 June 2015 to give us more opportunities to engage further speakers and contributors. This seminar providing 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. During the seminar participants will be able to hear from representatives of such organisations as Department of Human Services Victoria,  Compass Housing Services, Housing Choices Australia, Access Housing, SPM Assets, Hi-Tech Inspect. The full program will be available very soon, book your spot now.

Networking Events

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.

Tuesday 5 – Wednesday 6 May 2015
The Federation is excited to announce that the 2015 NSW Community Housing Conference will be held in the heart of Sydney’s CBD at the Rydges World Square on Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 May.  The conference is a key event for the community housing sector, and will be attended by over 400 delegates from the community and wider social housing sector, as well as partner organisations from the private, community and public sectors. The conference will have an exciting programme with a range of expert presenters, workshops and practically-focused master-classes. This year the conference will feature its very own phone app, ShowGizmo.
Also come, celebrate and network at the conference Awards Dinner on Tuesday 5 May where the winners of the 2015 NSW Awards for Excellence in Community Housing will be announced. 
For more information and to register for the Conference and the Awards Dinner, click here
For more information on the 2015 NSW Awards for Excellence in Community Housing, click here. 28 - 30 October 2015, Perth
The National Housing Conference 2015 will be convened in Perth by AHURI in partnership with the Western Australia Department of Housing. Traditionally, NHC is the the largest cross-sectoral gathering for the affordable housing industry in Australasia aimed at everyone interested in the delivery of affordable housing in Australasia—whether as a policy-maker, practitioner, builder, financier, researcher, planner, developer or housing and allied service provider. This year the Conference will provide a setting for delegates to:
  • further their understanding, exchange ideas and advance policy debate
  • build important networks, and
  • increase the profile of housing issues with the community and media and other key stakeholders.
Special low super saver registration closes 31 March 2015 – register now.
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