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HousingPEOPLE January 17

AHI HousingPEOPLE e-Newsletter
January 2017
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Issue: January 2017

A very warm welcome to the AHI’s first e-Newsletter for 2017. Having reflected on a successful 2016, we now turn our attention to the exciting year ahead and the wonderful opportunities available in the social housing industry for our members, employees, volunteers, partners and sponsors. At present we’re working on the all-important events and activities calendar for 2017 – and again we say thank you for sharing your ideas and contributions in the 2016 AHI Member and Friend Survey.

In the meantime, don’t forget nominations for the AHI Professional Excellence in Housing Awards will be open until Tuesday, 28 February 2017. Nominate your colleagues, team or organisation and help us showcase social housing success stories. We also encourage you to register for the Aboriginal Housing Master Class, supporting a sustainable housing sector for Aboriginal people, which will be held in Sydney on 16-17 May 2017.

This year the AHI will continue to support the careers of all members by offering outstanding resources, professional development services and a wide variety of networking opportunities. We look forward to working with you.

New AHI Members 

Warm welcome to our new members. Read more
We’re delighted to congratulate our long-standing member Wendy Malycha on receiving Adelaide City Council Citizen of the Year 2017 award. Over the years Wendy has made significant contributions to the social housing sector in South Australia, including numerous initiatives as a Member of the AHI South Australian Committee. 

2017 AHI Awards Update

Don't forget that nominations for the 2017 AHI Professional Excellence in Housing Awards close at the end of February. Read more

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, 5 Apr 2017
NSW - Sydney

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. Ultra Early Bird registration closes today

Other Industry Events

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

HousingWORKS: Call for contributions

In March 2017, HousingWORKS 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. All contributions need to be submitted by COB Tuesday, 28 February 2017. Read more

Promote your AHI membership

Do you want to demonstrate your ongoing comitment to the professional development? We've prepared a couple of tips on how to promote your AHI Membership. 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 January. We are proud of what we have achieved so far and it’s very rewarding to see this great community grow. As you know, the comprehensive benefits of AHI membership include the ongoing provision of professional development and accreditation services, opportunities to connect with fellow housing professionals and contribute to the development of the profession.
It is also an honour to welcome Yumba Meta Housing as a 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.

New AHI Members:

  • Lacy Barron, FACS - Housing, NSW
  • Jan Burns, Yumba-Meta Housing, Queensland
  • Vince Butler, CHC Affordable Housing, ACT   
  • Dawn Charteris, Yumba-Meta Housing, Queensland
  • Sasha Cochrane, SGCH, NSW
  • Douglas Dunstan, Yumba-Meta Housing, Queensland
  • John McBeth, CHC Affordable Housing, ACT
  • Rhiannon McClelland, CHC Affordable Housing, ACT
  • Katherine McKenzie, CHC Affordable Housing, ACT
  • Julia Medley, Bridge Housing, NSW
  • Tara Munro, CHC Affordable Housing, ACT
  • Martin Pearce, Otautati Community Housing Trust, New Zealand
  • Floyd Stephens, Churches of Christ Care, Queensland
  • Rebecca Stewart, CHC Affordable Housing, ACT  
  • Michele Thompson, Yumba-Meta Housing, Queensland

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, 28 February 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.

Be a part of the Housing Community. Promote your membership!

As an Australasian Housing Institute Member you are distinguished as an industry leader that values professional and ethical behaviour, abiding by the Institute's Code of Conduct. This is a very important message to communicate to your professional network and wider community. 

We have prepared a couple of handy tools and tips how you can promote AHI Membership and your commitment to your social housing career. Find out more about post-nominal initials, special logos and tips for your LinkedIn profile.


Nominations for the 2017 AHI Professional Excellence in Housing Awards are still open and will close on Tuesday, 28 February 2017. The Awards provide an opportunity to showcase social housing success stories. The Awards formally recognise and reward excellence in professional practice, from the grass roots to the most senior levels. They promote to our colleagues and the community at large the difference that social housing professionals make to people's lives.

How to enter? 


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. 

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.
Tenancy Action Worker, Argyle Community Housing, NSW
Argyle Community Housing Limited is a not-for-profit provider of social and affordable housing, currently seeking a Tenancy Action Worker with an understanding of the challenges faced by social housing tenants and the ability to track client progression into areas such as employment, education and community participation.
Tenancy Officer, Argyle Community Housing, NSW
Argyle Community Housing have a part-time or full-time opportunity in Queanbeyan and Goulburn. This is a fantastic opportunity to work with a leading not for profit organisation with over 30 years experience across NSW & the ACT.
Tenancy Team Leader, Argyle Community Housing, NSW
Argyle Community Housing is a not-for-profit provider of social and affordable housing. They have over 30 years experience and currently serve over4,500 tenants and 2,300+ properties across NSW & the ACT. This is a fantastic opportunity for a Tenancy/Housing Team Leader.
Research Administrator, AHURI, VIC
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.
Senior Manager - Housing & Supported Independent Living, Northcott, NSW
Manage service delivery for people living with disabilities by providing leadership and ensuring best practice services. Multiple facilities totalling 70 beds across greater Sydney and regional NSW.



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
The AHI wishes to acknowledge the Corporate support from the following organisations:



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