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HousingPEOPLE July 2015

AHI HousingPEOPLE Newsletter
July 2015
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Issue: July 2015

Welcome to the July edition of the HousingPEOPLE newsletter. We have a bumper edition this month for you, including an update on the Professional Excellence in Awards program and the Professional Practice Seminar series.
The AHI team is currently enjoying numerous opportunities for networking with Institute's members and colleagues. If you haven't had a chance to attend a recent event, we do hope to see you at one of our upcoming events.

The winners of the New South Wales Professional Excellence in Housing Awards were announced on the 25th of June in Sydney. The next reception will be held in Melbourne on the 23rd of July.   Read more
19 housing professional around Australia and New Zealand have been awarded certificates of professional recognition. Read more

We are delighted to welcome our new Corporate Member -  Evolve Housing. Read more

Organised in partnership with Homelessness NSW to coincide with the National Homeless Persons Week, the 2015 Forum will examine the current issues and trends in service planning and delivery for older women. Read more

Past Seminars

In June the Institute team was pleased to meet members and colleagues during the professional practice seminars in Melbourne and Adelaide. Seminar participants had opportunity to discuss two important topics: asset management and partnerships. Read more
Follow us on Twitter and our closed LinkedIn discussion group to keep up to date with daily media from the social housing industry. You can also send your stories to the AHI office to share them with your colleagues all around Australia and New Zealand. 

Upcoming AHI Seminars:


Tenant Participation and Engagement Professional Practice Seminar

Tuesday, 25 Aug 2015, Sydney

Indigenous Housing Professional Practice Seminar

Friday, 9 Oct 2015, Brisbane
Call for speakers

Upcoming Workshops

We are currently seeking expressions of interest from the sector to attend the AHI's workshops Canberra.

Working with Complex and Demanding Clients

Working with clients who have drug and/or alcohol dependency

August 2015, Canberra Read more

The workshop dates will be confirmed when sufficient interest is received.

Housing Jobs


2015 AHI Housing Awards Update

On the evening of Thursday 25 June the great and good of the NSW housing world descended on Sydney for the AHI NSW Professional Excellence in Housing Awards presentation. Excited nominees for the eight categories, including the soon to be named winners, mixed in with CEO’s, CCO’s, Operational Managers, Community Development Specialists, Communication gurus, Retirees, the Doers,  AHI members and staff as well as Politicians. There was a sense of excitement in the air that did not abate throughout the night and all 100+ displayed a sense of pride in being at such a prestigious event.
This prestige was backed up by the presence of the Honourable Brad Hazzard, Minister for Family and Community Services and Social Housing; and Paul Vevers, Deputy Secretary at FaCS as well as significant sponsorship from our partners.  The Minister played a significant role on the night, addressing the event at the start before going on to present two of the awards. He spoke highly of the AHI and the awards presentation and reminded attendees that he was hugely in favour of innovation and looking at new ways to increase the social housing portfolio, he felt the nominations to the AHI awards were excellent examples. A harbinger of what may come and reminder of how important these awards are, and can be, to the sector.
The night was all about the awards itself and who the judges felt tipped the scales in each of the categories. Congratulations to all the winners, the Australasian awards reception in October in Perth awaits: 
  • Excellence in Social Housing Award: Evolve Housing. Highly Commended: SGCH Sustainable Tenancies Team 
  • Outstanding Achievement Award: Andrea Galloway | Evolve Housing. Highly Commended: Bernie Coates | NSW Land and Housing Corporation 
  • Inspirational Team Member Award: Bernadette Welfare  | Argyle Housing
  • Leading Tenant Engagement Practice Award: Bridge Housing Community Team. Highly Commended: Community Housing Ltd 
  • Leading Housing Development Project Award: Compass Housing Islington Project 
  • Leading Asset Management Award: Bridge Housing Strategic Asset Management Plan
  • Leading Innovation Award: Evolve Housing Website. Highly Commended: Achieve Australia Crowle Gardens 
  • Tenant Led Initiative Award: Greenway Tenants Group Inc. Highly Commended: Janette Crocker | Oakley Gardens | Thornleigh
Photographs from the reception are available here.

A special thank you to the award presenters – Deb Sinclair, Paul Vevers, Lynden Esdaile, Minister Brad Hazzard, Kirsten Adam, Donald Proctor and Trevor Wetmore.
And a big thank you to our sponsors on the night: Silver – Lake Maintenance and Compass Housing, Reception Sponsor – FaCS and Award Sponsors – Horizon Housing, Bric Housing, Churches of Christ Care, Compass Housing, Pacific Link Housing, Housing Action Network, Not for Profit Accounting Solutions and Smallacombe Sanderson.
Finally, for me personally I was very happy to be asked to MC and was then humbled to be presented with my Certified Housing Professional Certificate along with 7 other NSW housing professionals, 3 of whom were present Nicholas Loder, Julie Barnett and Kathleen Cain.  See for how you too can receive this recognition.
A night to remember indeed.
Francis Brazil in the capacity of AHI Director NSW

The following award receptions will be held according to the following schedule:
  • VIC/TAS: Melbourne, 23rd July- 6:30pm- 8:30pm

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

  • NZ: Wellington, 22nd October, 5:30pm-7:30pm

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

19 social housing professionals from NSW, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland and New Zealand have recently become Certified Housing Professionals (CHP) and received their certificates of professional recognition. The first Australasian certificates are being presented at the Professional Housing Awards receptions to highlight the recognition in front of employers, partners, clients and the broader community.  
AHI Professional Accreditation and Recognition program provides the mechanism for identifying highly skilled and ethical housing professionals.  CHP will become the industry benchmark for competency and professionalism in housing. Certification 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. 2015 applications for CHP levels 1, 2 & 3 are now open on an ongoing basis. Read more about the program and be among the first recognised housing professionals
Photo: Donald Proctor, AHI President, presents CHP certificates to Nicholas Loder, Francis Brazil, Kathleen Cain and Julie Barnett during the NSW Awards Reception 

AHI Member News

We are delighted to welcome our new corporate member, Evolve Housing, to the community of like-minded organisations willing to invest in the professional development of their teams and support the social housing profession in Australasia. We are very proud to see our growing membership with representation from all over Australia and New Zealand.
Corporate Membership of the Australasian Housing Institute play an important role in helping housing and human service businesses and organisations improve the productivity of their workforce and promote housing and human service work as a worthwhile career in an increasingly competitive labour market. The AHI Corporate Membership assists in partnering with businesses and organisations that are committed to positive career development principles and objectives. 
We also would like to thank all individual members who have renewed their membership subscriptions for the 2015-2016 membership year. In the year ahead we will continue to unite people working and volunteering in the multi-disciplinary social housing industry in Australia and New Zealand; and with the consultations with the sector, deliver a series of networking and professional development events on current topical issues. By paying their membership fees, AHI members not only invest in their careers, but also demonstrate the support of the whole profession and sector. If you haven't renewed your membership yet, you can do so at any time on-line.

Upcoming AHI Seminars

Tenant Participation and Engagement Professional Practice Seminar

Tuesday, 25 August 2015, Sydney

The topic of tenant participation and engagement always raises considerable interest with our members. With the success of two fully-booked seminars in Sydney and MelbourneMarch 2013 issue of HousingWORKS journal,and the high number of nominations for the Leading Tenant Engagement Award category, we see the interest to continue the discussion. 
The third seminar will be held again in Sydney on Monday, 25 August 2015. The topic of this event will be Achieving quality improvement within social housing service through tenant participation and engagement.

The Sydney event on the 25th August has attracted a great speaker line-up, including:

The seminar will also include a participatory roundtable discussion "Beyond Participation".
Read more and register on-line
Seminar Silver Sponsors:

The AHI offers attractive event sponsorship packages for all budgets. Sponsorship of AHI events enables your business to highlight your support of the housing sector, effectively network with your target audience and enable the AHI to deliver first-rate events. Download Sponsorship brochure

Indigenous Housing Professional Practice Seminar

Friday, 9 October 2015, Brisbane

CALL FOR SPEAKERS. The AHI now welcomes expressions of interest from industry professionals to contribute to the upcoming Indigenous Housing seminar on 9th October 2015 in Brisbane. 
This seminar aims 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. Read more

AHI Homeless Persons Week Practitioner Forum

Tuesday, 4 August 2015, Sydney

Organised in partnership with Homelessness NSW to coincide with the National Homeless Persons Week, this forum will examine the current issues and trends in service planning and delivery for older women. The forum will bring together practitioners from across the housing and homelessness sectors to hear up to date research about the drivers and impact of older women's homelessness and examine effective service delivery responses that could input into the development of the Affordable Housing Fund and broader Housing Policy. 

The Forum speakers include: 

  • The Hon. Brad Hazzard, MP | Minister for Family and Community Services, and Minister for Social Housing
  • Kay Dolman | Tenant | Women’s Housing Company
  • Katherine McKernan | CEO | Homelessness NSW
  • Prof Hal Pawson | Associate Director - City Futures - Urban Policy and Strategy, City Futures Research Centre, City Housing
  • Rebecca Pinkstone | General Manager, Operations | Bridge Housing Limited
  • Felicity Reynolds | CEO | Mercy Foundation

Find the full program and register on-line

Forum Partners:


Past Events

Asset Management Professional Practice Seminar

On Monday, 15th June, a group of senior housing professionals with an interest in asset management came together in Melbourne for a one-day Asset Management Professional Practice Seminar.
The 35 delegates representing 23 organisations from across Australia and New Zealand were treated to a great lineup of speakers who drew on their extensive experience to share ideas and approach for planning, managing and measuring asset portfolios.  Through working group discussions, delegates also shared their approach to benchmarking asset management performance.
Delegates expressed a keenness for asset managers to network on a regular basis, and the AHI hopes to explore options to enable this in the future.
The AHI sincerely thanks the speakers who shared their expertise and ideas so willingly: Chris Chaplin, Tom Graham, Donald Proctor, James Henry, Su Groome, Jonathon Eutropius.
Photo: Steve Lyons, SPM Assets, presenting about moving from a reactive to planned approach.

Partnerships to Support Social Housing Tenants Professional Practice Seminar

On 29th June representatives from 18 organisations across Australia and New Zealand came together in Adelaide for the Partnerships to Support Social Housing Tenants seminar. 
This was the 2nd time the AHI has facilitated this seminar, following the success of the first Partnerships seminar in Sydney August last year.
The Adelaide program attracted a great lineup of speakers, who each presented partnership options between housing providers and support and community services that assist tenants to manage sustainable tenancies and aid their positive engagement and integration into the wider community.  Presenters included:
  • Carol Shard | Director, Services and Practice | Housing SA
  • Trish Burden | Executive Manager | Accommodation Services |Unity Housing Company
  • Wendy Malycha | CEO | St John’s Youth Services
  • Joe Gannon | Manager Homelessness Services | UnitingCare Wesley Port Adelaide
  • Craig Rigney | CEO | Korna Winmil Yunti
  • Putting the ‘People’ in ‘Placemaking’
  • Sue Phillips | General Manager Community Services | Junction Australia
A complementary roundtable discussion enabled group in-depth discussion and sharing of successful tenant support models including real-life case management approach for supporting at-risk tenancies.
SA Branch Director Andrew Davis concluded the day with an insightful round-up of the day.
The AHI sincerely thanks all speakers for their contribution to the seminar and delegates for their active participation. Special thanks also to our event sponsor - Junction Australia.
Photo: Trish Burden, Unity Housing, is sharing details of successful partnerships


Field Services Officer, Community Housing Limited (CHL), Melbourne

Community Housing Limited (CHL) Group of Companies is an innovative and best practice affordable housing organisation which assists access to, develops and manages sustainable housing for people in need. CHL is currently looking for an experienced Field Services Officer, located in Melbourne, to be a part of the Asset Management team. Read full position description

Business Development Manager, AHURI, Melbourne

AHURI is seeking an experienced and commercially astute manager to undertake the role of Business Development Manager. This strategic position reports directly to the Executive Director and regularly liaises with members of the AHURI Limited Board, including the Audit, Finance and Risk Management Committee (AFaRM) and the AHURI Executive Management Group. Read more 


Executive Director, Q Shelter, Brisbane

Q Shelter is seeking a highly experienced and respected leader for the role of Executive Director.  Q Shelter is a Queensland based, peak housing organisation assisting the community housing sector to implement housing and homelessness reforms and to ensure that community housing providers are ready for the National Regulatory System for Community Housing (NRSCH). The position of Executive Director is accountable for the viability of Q Shelter as a resourcing service to Queensland’s community housing providers and associated organisations for compliance with the NRSCH, by assisting providers to maintain governance and operating practices for reliable housing services and sustainable tenancies. Read more and apply online



National Housing Conference 2015

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.


NAHRO National Conference

15-17 October; Los Angeles, CA
The National Conference is the USA 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.
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