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HousingPEOPLE July 17

AHI HousingPEOPLE e-Newsletter
July 2017
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Issue: July 2017

Welcome to the July edition of the HousingPeople newsletter. The Award season continues with inspiring receptions being held in Sydney and Melbourne during July. Congratulations to all awards winners! We are always inspired by teams and changes they make in our community. This Thursday we will hold the Tasmanian reception in Hobart. Good luck to all the nominee's. Don't miss your last chance to register

In August we will be offering three professional practice seminars - Asset Management Seminar in Sydney, Innovation in Social Housing Seminar in Melbourne, and Anti-Social Behaviour Management Seminar in Christchurch, NZ. These events offer unique programs and networking opportunities for those working in the social housing field. We hope to see you at one of the seminars!

New AHI Members 

Warm welcome to our new members. Read more

Past Events

On 6 July in Hamilton, NZ, the Australasian Housing Institute hosted a Tenant Participation Seminar, an inspiring session that highlighted the power of relationships and strong communities. Read more


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Other Industry Events

Upcoming PD Events

Less than 2 weeks to register!
Thur, 10 Aug 2017
Sydney, NSW

Early bird closes today!
Thur, 24 Aug 2017
Melbourne, VIC

Wed, 30 Aug 2017
Christchurch,  NZ

Fri, 27 Oct 2017
Auckland, NZ

September 2017 HousingWORKS: Call for Contributions

The topic for the September joint edition of Parity  and HousingWORKS will be 'Current Issues in Housing Tenure'. Click here to read contribution guidelines. All contributions need to be submitted by COB Friday, September 9th 2017.

Housing Jobs

See the recent job opportunities in NSW. Read more

2017 AHI Awards Update

Winners of the AHI Professional Awards announced in NSW and VIC!  Read more

Upcoming Awards receptions:

Parity: Calls for contribution

Parity, a national publication of the Council to Homeless Persons and a national homelessness publication in Australia, is seeking expressions of interest from prospective contributors to be published in August, October and November editions.


AHI Member News

We're delighted to welcome new individual members and Certified Housing Professionals in July!
New AHI Members:
  • Gemma Bateman, Emerge Aotearoa, NZ
  • Jess Berridge, Accessible Properties NZ Ltd, NZ
  • Jamie Chalker, NT Housing, NT
  • John Cook, Emerge Aotearoa, NZ
  • Brenda Dobbs, Accessible Properties NZ Ltd, NZ
  • Len Griffiths, NT Housing, NT
  • Sally Hammond, Accessible Properties NZ Ltl, NZ
  • Dan Jackson, Housing New Zealand Corporation, NZ
  • Bethan Jones, Accessible Properties NZ Ltd, NZ
  • Linda Kelm-Handley. Accessible Properties NZ Ltd, NZ
  • Mabel Lam, City West Housing Pty Ltd, NSW
  • Sharon Lambert, Nga Rau Tatangi Ltd, NZ
  • Phillip Luck, NT Housing, NT
  • Richard Maffey, Emerge Aotearoa, NZ
  • Renee Martin, Housing New Zealand Corporation, NZ
  • Lynn Prentice, Accessible Properties NZ Ltd, NZ
  • Julie Rannard, NT Housing, NT
  • Kieran Taylor, Wellington City Council, NZ
  • Carwyn Walker, Accessible Properties NZ Ltd, NZ
  • Michelle Walker, NT Housing, NT
  • Cheryl Wall, NT Housing, NT
  • Allan Williams, Quantum Support Services, VIC
  • Stephen Wilson, Housing New Zealand Corporation, NZ
  • Yvonne Wilson, Nga Rau Tatangi Ltd, NZ
  • Sally Wright, Southern Cross Housing Ltd Rvl, WA
New Certified Housing Professionals:
  • Trish Buhagiar, Anglicare SA
  • Michael Lennon, Housing Choices Australia, VIC
  • Lynden Penticott, Department of Health & Human Services, TAS
  • Will Roden, Elton Consulting, NSW
  • Jess Rutland, Comcare Trust, NZ
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 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!

New Corporate Member: 

Emerge Aotearoa

Emerge Aotearoa provides a wide range of community-based mental health, addiction, disability support and social housing services nationwide. We believe that everyone is capable of living full and rich lives in their communities of choice. In every aspect of our work we are committed to helping our service users be the best they can be. Click here to access their website.

"Emerge Aotearoa is committed to growing as a community housing provider in New Zealand. Our team of housing professionals is growing and we view corporate membership with AHI as a recognised professional body as an important link for the ongoing development of our people". Hope Simonsen, National Housing Manager.

The AHI can play an important role in helping housing and human service organisations improve the productivity of their workforce and promote housing and human service work as a worthwhile career in an increasingly competitive labour market.

AHI Corporate membership is open to any non-government housing or 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. Click here to read more and join now.

New Corporate Supporter: 

Aboriginal Housing Office

The Aboriginal Housing Office (AHO) is focused on delivering better housing choices for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in NSW. Their website has comprehensive information on the AHO for Applicants, Tenants, Aboriginal Community Housing Providers and the general public.

The AHI is very pleased to maintain a strong relationship with state housing authorities, and we thank AHO for their corporate support.

Celebration of Life - Natalie Jameson

It is is with great sadness that we share with you the passing of one of our members Natalie Jameson on the 18th of July. Many in the sector will know Natalie who worked to develop policy and in operational roles in social housing across Australia and New Zealand. Natalie worked for the AHI during 2011 and was also a member of the AHI Awards committee panel during 2014/15. She worked for Housing Choices Australia and Link Housing in Australia.  In New Zealand, she worked for Housing New Zealand; Community Housing Aotearoa and CORT Community Housing in New Zealand.  She also undertook consultancy assignments for HousingIS for Bridge Housing; Unity Housing and The Housing Alliance. Natalie was passionate about the provision of good housing and about the professional development opportunities for people in the sector.

Our thoughts are with Natalie’s husband Roger and their daughters Sarah and Emma.
"She was at peace, and had a beautiful smile, we just stood and looked at her for hours yesterday morning. Her face was golden.  It was very comforting to see her like that.  I think she knew on Sunday night that the end was near as her condition rapidly deteriorated during the course of Monday. The hospice staff all thought she is a wonderful, inspirational woman who touched all of their hearts". Roger Jameson 

HousingWORKS September 2017: Current Issues in Housing Tenure.
Call for contributions

Once again the Australasian Housing Institute and the Council to Homeless Persons are combining their resources to publish a joint edition of their two publications. This will be the September 2017 'Current Issues in Housing Tenure' joint edition of HousingWorks and Parity

The vast majority of households not able to afford home ownership rent their housing, either in the private rental market or in social housing, that is, in either public or community housing. However, some households are forced into more marginal forms of housing such as regulated or unregulated rooming houses, or into caravan parks or other forms of substandard accommodation. All these forms of housing have tenancy issues that impact on the issues of security of tenure and tenant amenity.

The central aim if this joint edition of Parity and HousingWorks is to examine and discuss the range of tenancy issues that impact on the ability and capacity of people, particularly people attempting to exit or at risk of homelessness, to establish, maintain and sustain their tenancies in the different forms of housing available to them.

A Framework for Discussion: 
  1. Housing Tenure in Context
  2. Regulating Tenancies
  3. Tenancies at Risk
  4. Supporting Tenancies
  5. New Forms of Housing Tenure
Click here to read full Contribution Guide. All contributions need to be submitted by COB Friday, September 9th 2017.

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 reforms in the various residential tenancies legislation are necessary to better protect both tenants and landlords?”. 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.


New South Wales

Winners of the 2017 AHI Professional Excellence in Housing Awards in New South Wales were announced on Thursday, 6 July in Sydney.


Inspirational Team Member Award: Joint winners Julie Davenport, Hume Community Housing and Joy Sneesby, Evolve Housing
Leading Community Engagement Practice: Heading Home – Ending Homelessness Here! Wentworth Community Housing
Leading Housing Development Project: Joint winners Lawrence Street, Peakhurst, SGCH and Maccarthur Gardens CLT Apartments, BlueCHP Ltd. Highly Commended: Ashfield New Generation Boarding House, Bridge Housing
Leading Asset Management: Compass Housing. Highly Commended: Two Fold Aboriginal Corporation Project, AHO
Leading Innovation: Hand UP, Bridge Housing
Tenant Led Initiative:  Stucco Solar and Stroage, Stucco Co-operative. Highly Commended: The Collectives-Utlising Lived Experience Insight, Hume Community Housing
Outstanding Achievement: Greg Budworth, Compass Housing
Excellence in Social Housing: Compass Housing


Winners of the 2017 AHI Professional Excellence in Housing Awards in Victoria were announced on Tuesday, 18 July in Melbourne.


Inspirational Team Member Award: Kristie Looney, Property Initiatives Real Estate
Leading Community Engagement Practice: Love Your Laneway Mural Project, Housing Choices Australia
Leading Housing Development Project: Reynard Street Coburg Development, Women’s Property Initiatives
Leading Asset Management: Tenant Induction Program, Port Phillip Housing Association
Leading Innovation: HomeGround Real Estate, Launch Housing. Highly Commended: National Housing Service Standards, Housing Choices Australia
Tenant Led Initiative:  Ashwood Cook Up, PPHA
Outstanding Achievement: Steve Bevington, Community Housing Ltd Group
Anthony Hardy Excellence in Social Housing: Sidney Myer Haven, Haven: Home, Safe

Thank you to the 2017 Awards Sponsors:

Gold Sponsor:

Silver Sponsors:



Upcoming receptions:

This year we were overwhelmed to receive 143 nominations from all over Australia and New Zealand! Join your local or Australasian reception to celebrate and recognise the achievements, innovations and partnerships throughout the social housing sector! To register online, please, click the links below: 


Tenant Participation Seminar, 6 July 2017, Hamilton, New Zealand


On 6 July in Hamilton, the Australasian Housing Institute hosted a Tenant Participation Seminar, an inspiring session highlighting the power of relationships and strong communities. Participants heard from a range of passionate and experienced practitioners and also made the most of the opportunity to network and learn from others.

Themes of trust, authenticity and transparency were woven through the day, as well as the need for clear boundaries and holding the ‘difficult conversations’ well. The importance of communities taking ownership and the benefits of doing so came through many of the sessions, as well as an array of successful housing models operating in Australia and NZ.

The tenants that attended provided valuable insights through the generous sharing of the challenges they faced as social housing tenants and ‘hot tips’ for improving tenant services. A quote shared by one of the presenters summed up the sense of optimism at the end of the day: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has”. 
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Tenancy Officer, CHC Affordable Housing, ACT
An opportunity currently exists for a 6-month contract Tenancy Officer to effectively manage and monitor a growing portfolio of CHC Affordable Housing properties and provide excellent customer service to ensure a positive tenant experience.
Housing Coordinator - Supported Partnerships, Hume Community Housing, NSW
Hume Community Housing is a nationally accredited Tier 1 Community Housing Provider with over 1700 properties under management. They are growing and are ready for a bright and exciting future and seeking a permanent full-time (35 hours a week) Housing Coordinator.


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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