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HousingPEOPLE July 2013

Issue: July 2013

Welcome to the July edition of theHousingPEOPLE newsletter.

AHI news

AHI NSW Branch welcomes new Director as they say farewell to Greg Budworth

After more than two years on the Australasian Housing Institute's governing board,Greg Budworthis stepping down. With Greg's active support, the AHI NSW Branch has initiated a number of exciting activities and events, which made it one of the most active AHI Branches.On the Board, Greg has been an invaluable contributor into the latest AHI strategy development and we would like thank him graciously for all his initiatives in his time with us. AHI President Tony Gilmour says:'Greg is a great team player. We’ve been very fortunate to have him with us, including during some challenging times. Our current strong position has been greatly helped by his contribution’'.We wish Greg all the best in his future endeavours.

It is our great pleasure to welcome Donald Proctor, who was elected as the new Director by the NSW Branch Members.Becoming interested in housing issues while studying architecture and urban planning, Donald was a founding member of STUCCO, the Sydney University Student Housing Co-operative. He went on to become a member of the Co-op Housing Alliance and was a board member of the Association to Resource Co-operative Housing for about 6 years.Donald was in the fortunate position to witness the commencement of the Community Tenancy Scheme in NSW in 1983, and wrote a thesis about it.After stints in private practice and local government, Donald joined Housing NSW where he was until recently Director of Asset Programs for the NSW public housing asset portfolio.He has now left the public service to pursue research and support the broader housing sector as a freelance consultant.Donald currently holds the post of Practitioner in Residence with the Henry Halloran Trust at University of Sydney.He is conducting a research project on “Workplace Communities of Practice”. After his election Donald said:"I hope to play my part on the board to ensure the highest standards of governance, help the team to enhance services to members, and support increased vitality to the AHI “Community of Practice”.

AHI Homeless Persons WeekPractitioner Forum

Organised to coincide with Homeless Persons' Week, the 2013 AHI Practitioner Forum'Engaging consumers in homelessness service design and delivery'will be held on Thursday,8 August from 12:00 to 16:00 at the Redfern Town Hall. This year the Forum will explore innovative consumer engagement in service planning and delivery for homeless people. Forum participants will be able to discuss the opportunities and challenges of engaging consumers and showcase some practical examples of this work.Find more about the program and register on-line.
Thank you to our Sponsors:

AHI Seminars

Tenant Participation and Engagement Professional Practice Seminar
We are excited to announce that the registrations are now open for the Tenant Participation and Engagement Professional Practice Seminar, which will be held in Sydney on 17thSeptember 2013. The theme of this Seminar is“Engaging tenants to build great communities”. The Seminar provides senior housing professionals with opportunity to explore strategy, initiatives and good practice to engage with tenants and promote tenant participation in property and tenancy management, and in their communities.An exclusive 25% early bird discount is available only until 31st July.
We also invite interest from people who would like to speak/present or join a panel discussion at this event.Please read the Speaker Submission Instructions for Seminars and express your interest or request more information by emailing
The AHI networking events give exceptional opportunities for sponsorship.Sponsorship enables businesses to highlight their support of the housing sector, effectively network with the target audience and enable the AHI to deliver a first-rate events.Download a brochure for sponsors.

2013 Awards Program

Nominations for the AHI Professional Excellence in Housing Awards are open until 31st August for everyone who works in the housing sector, whether in a paid or volunteer role.The 2013 AHI Awards feature eight categories:Inspirational Colleague,Outstanding Achievement,Excellence in Social Housing,Leading Innovation,Leading Housing Project,Leading Asset Management,Leading Tenants Engagement Practice,Tenant Led Initiative.Read more about 2013 AHI Awards Program.
The National Award Winners will then be announced on the 30th October 2013 at the Awards Presentation Dinner which will be held during the 8th National Housing Conference in Adelaide.Register for the event on-line. An exclusive 25% Early Bird Discount is available until 31 July 2013.
2013 AHI Awards
Silver Sponsor:
Lake MaintenanceWe would like to thank sponsors that have already committed to supporting the 2013 Awards Program:Lake Maintenance Pty Ltd(Silver Sponsor of the Program),Brisbane Housing Company Limited, Housing Action Network, NFPAS, bankmecu and Perform HR(Category Sponsors).
Attractive sponsorship packages are available,download the Sponsorship Opportunities Brochure.
Download the 2013 Nomination Form

AHI Professional Networks

On Tuesday 9th July, 2013 the South Australian branch of AHI held a Networking Breakfast with the Hon Tony Piccolo MP,Minister Communities and Social Inclusion, Minister for Social Housing, Minister for Disabilities, Minister for Youth, Minister for Volunteers as the guest speaker.
52 guests from the Non-Government sector and the Government sector attended to hear the Minister speak and network at a time of rapid change in Social Housing in South Australia.Phil Fagan-Schmidt, Executive Director, Housing SA welcomed guests and introduced the Minister who provided his view of the successes and challenges for Social Housing providers in SA. The Minister acknowledged the history of quality housing service provision by Housing SA and the not for profit sector across the state and the essential links between housing provision, education, work and community engagement.The upcoming program of property and tenancy management transfer from Housing SA to the not for profit sector facilitated some interesting questions and discussion on national and international practices with stock transfer projects.
The event also afforded attendees with the opportunity for successful networking with housing industry professionals with feedback from guests being very positive.Time allowed for Minister Piccolo to meet and engage with guest both before and after his presentation.Guests commented on the fact that the Minister was engaging and that he spoke with as many people as possible.
Special thank you to our Sponsors! Breakfast Sponsors of the Networking Breakfast in South AustraliaAnglicare SA,CHINTARO,Not for Profit Accounting Specialists (NFPAS),Smallacombe Sanderson.


Breakfast with the Hon Tim Mander, Minister for Housing and Public Works, 8 August 2013, Brisbane
The AHI will host the next Networking Breakfast with the Hon Tim Mander,Minister Housing and Public Works, which will be held on Thursday, 8th August 2013, 7-9 am, at the Royal on the Park Hotel Brisbane.The Minister will share his vision for social housing in Queensland and his new portfolio. MC for the event is Tony Gilmour, AHI President. Register for the event in Brisbane.
Special thanks to our Sponsors for the Networking Breakfast in Queensland:
Gold Sponsors:

Silver Sponsor:

Breakfast Sponsor:Queensland Shelter


A Call for Contributions for the July 2013 HousingWORKS – Parity Joint Edition

The following weeks are the last chance to contribute your article to the joint edition of the HousingWORKS – Parity journal as the closing date for contributions is Friday 19 July 2013. The following edition will concentrate on two main topics:The Future of Public and Social Housing &Sustaining Public and Social Housing. Please, read the detailed Contribution Guide.
This joint edition of HousingWORKS and Parity is sponsored by the Tenants Union of Victoria, the Tenants Union of New South Wales, the Community Housing Federation of Australia, HomeGroundServices, St Kilda Community Housing, the Community Housing Coalition of Western Australia,Housing Choices Tasmania and National Shelter.
Please, note that the HousingWORKS journal is a part of your AHI Membership Package and you will receive your copy only if your membership fee for 2013-2014 Membership Year is paid. If you haven’t had a chance to renew yet, please download your invoice andrenew on-line.
Have your say in HousingWORK's magazine survey
We would like our members and HousingWORKS readers to complete a short survey - little in size, but big on importance.We need only several minutes of your time to gain an understanding of how we can improve our professional magazine and find out what topics are of most interest to you.Please,click hereto complete the survey.

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Advertising opportunities are also available in the journal. HousingWORKSis the most efficient media to deliver your message right to your target audience. Our readers include a broad audience of housing professionals:policy and decision makers in government leaders in the growing community housing sphere,finance and property professionals in the private,public and community sectors;housing service delivery practitioners – executives through to front line staff;Indigenous housing and community organisations;supported housing services;tenancy advice;working with the homeless;academics;tenants of social housing organisations. Our rates start just from just $380 with significant discounts for the annual advertising package. Download our advertising brochure.

People and Places Master Class in Sydney

Exploring place management and place making for social sustainability.
The third event in the People and Places Master Class series was held in Sydney on 5-6 June 2013. The Sydney Master Class provided an opportunity for housing professionals with an interest in place making, community renewal and urban regeneration to discuss opinion, approach and good practice in regard to place management and place making for social sustainability.
A distinctive inclusion of the Sydney programwas the involvement of tenants from St George Community Housing and Airdes Bradbury, who provided valuable insight into community building from the tenant’s perspective in a panel led by Dare Kavanagh.
With speakers and attendees from public, private and community sectors present, diverse views were explored and cross-sector networks forged.
Attendee feedback included:
  • I particularly enjoyed the presentation from Wendy Sarkissian - very inspiring and creative. Also the presentation from Tim Horton provided a glance at the future, looking at Housing being the key driver of change for a city and communities.
  • I liked the mix – e.g. architects vs bureaucrats vs private vs researchers vs tenants
  • If you think you may be seeing the same ol same old at work, come along to a Master Class and be recharged!
  • I always mark an even well if involved direct tenant voices. Too many forums etc are about tenants but never with their voices. While it might not always be possible to have tenants voices, this was one forum where it was entirely appropriate, and to your credit for facilitating.
  • Certainly an essential for continuing development and inspiration.
The AHI would like to sincerely thank all speakers and attendees for their contribution to the event’s success.With plans to hold a further People and Places Master Class in Sydney in mid-2014, the AHI welcomes interest from potential speakers. Please email Donella Roberts.
Thank you to our Sponsors:
Gold Sponsor:Bronze Sponsor:

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Industry News

National Housing Conference
The biennial National Housing Conferences are the single largest events for the community housing sector in the Australasian region.Convened by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute in partnership with Housing SA, the National Housing Conference 2013– a new way home is about new ways of solving contemporary housing problems.For the housing industry’s many sectors, 2013 is a landmark year. Against the backdrop of a federal election, key issues including housing affordability, under supply, homelessness and indigenous housing continue to dominate the national conversation. These issues mark this year as a particularly critical moment in time and the National Housing Conference 2013 is perfectly timed to provide the opportunity for all housing industry sectors to come together to chart a new way home...Join us in Adelaide as we celebrate our achievements, workshop innovations in practice, and scrutinise the latest research findings. This conference is for those who seek to make a difference and want to lead the way in creating a new way home for Australia.Register now and take advantage of theearly bird registration rate, available until 31 July. For more information

Industry Events


  • Rural & Remote Social Work Conference,‘Diversity in Rural and Remote Communities: Responding to Challenges & Opportunities', 25th and 26th of July 2013 at the RACV Inverloch Resort, VIC
  • The Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) research seminar -The changing face of private renting and its implications for policy, 30 July 2013 in Melbourne. This AHURI Housing Research Seminar will present two new AHURI projects addressing the changing nature of the private rental sector in Australia and marginal rental housing. A facilitated panel discussion will focus on the marginal rental housing market and key features and data from the Housing Income and Labour Dynamics Australia (HILDA) survey.Read more
  • 4th Asia-Pacific Housing Forum, 2-4 October 2013, Dusit Thani Manila, the Philippines. The biennial event is a major platform for raising awareness of and formulating creative responses to poverty housing issues among policy makers, business leaders, academia, and civil society in Asia-Pacific. The event, which is on its fourth run, has gathered stakeholders from more than 52 countries since its inception in 2007.
  • 8th National Housing Conference, 30 October - 1 November 2013, Adelaide.Convened by AHURI in partnership with Housing SA, the 8th National Housing Conference will provide a platform for sharing, debating, celebrating and promoting ideas in affordable housing research, policy and practice.


  • The National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials(NAHRO) is the leading housing and community development advocate for the provision of adequate and affordable housing and strong, viable communities for all Americans—particularly those with low- and moderate-incomes.The National Conference is the industry’s premier event and offers the most comprehensive representation of products and services that manage the nation’s affordable housing stock. Additionally, the conference provides an educational opportunity for housing and community development practitioners and policymakers to network and learn how public, private, and nonprofit groups are overcoming challenges to create affordable housing and build stronger communities.Read more
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All the best,
the AHI team