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HousingPEOPLE June 16

AHI HousingPEOPLE Newsletter
June 2016

Issue: June 2016

Welcome to the June edition of the HousingPEOPLE newsletter. Today is the last day of the 2015/16 financial year but there is still time to add a couple of professional development items to your tax return! In this newsletter you'll find news from our members in Sydney and Wellington as well as plenty of upcoming networking opportunities. Don't forget to follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn to be always up to date with our latest news.

Meet Our New Members 

Welcome to our new members and Certified Housing Professionals. Read more

CHP Update 

We're very pleased to announce new Certified Housing Professionals and invite you to attend the upcoming CHP webinar to hear more about the accreditation for housing professionals. Read more

Missed an event in your area?

In June the AHI team had the pleasure to meet with housing professionals in Sydney, Brisbane and Wellington (NZ). Didn't have a chance to attend the events? Please, read event summary:

Upcoming Networking Events

Upcoming Seminars

LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER! Exploring new ideas and innovative approaches in social housing. Keynote speaker: Michael Lennon, Housing Choices Australia. Plus presentations, showcase, networking & more
5 Jul, Melbourne

Building social inclusion and empowering tenants
22 Sep, Wellington, NZ

Innovation in mixed housing tenure development
29 Nov, Auckland

Upcoming Master Class

The intent of this two-day residential Master Class event is to provide an opportunity for senior housing professionals whose primary focus is housing Aboriginal people and leaders from emerging Aboriginal housing to share results and generate ideas to work toward resolving existing Aboriginal housing issues and act on future Aboriginal housing needs.
8 – 9 Sep, Sydney
Attractive sponsorship packages are available for all AHI Seminars. Collaboration with the AHI will help you to deliver your message to a broad audience of housing professionals. Contact AHI office to find out about  discounts for sponsoring multiply events.
The June 2016 edition of HousingWORKS is on it’s way to you, in fact it should be in your mail box this week. The journal features a number of articles with a theme of long-term asset management and housing strategy. Don't forget to leave your feedback in our ongoing HousingWORKS survey. AHI members may claim 5 CHP points for each review.

October 2016 HousingWORKS: Call for Contributions

The topic of the October joint edition of Parity and HousingWORKS will be 'The Future of Housing Support'. A complete contribution guide will be available shortly - keep an eye out for our email inviting you to contribute. However, mark the contribution deadline in your diary - all contributions need to be submitted by COB Friday, October 7th 2016.

Share your news with your peers!

Social Housing Update is a new HousingWORKS column, where social housing providers and businesses involved in the sector can share their company short (up to 250 words) news and announcements. We accept free and advertorial articles. To read contribution guidelines or to submit your announcement, please, click here.

Housing Jobs

See the recent job opportunities in the Australasian social housing sector.
Read more

AHI Member News 

We are proud to welcome 17 new members to the Australasian Housing Institute in June. AHI Membership is a great start to the continuous professional development for housing professionals and we do hope to see our new members among Certified Housing Professionals soon.  Our warmest welcome to: 
  • Emma O'Hara, Compass Housing Services, NSW
  • Salvin Gounder, University of Tasmania, Victoria
  • Rodney Holmes, Churches of Christ Care, Queensland
  • Tania Driver, Community Housing Council of SA, South Australia
  • Jennifer Rosser, BRC Recruitment, NSW
  • Andrew Elvin, Coast2Bay, Queensland
  • Mary Marshall, Murchison Region Aboriginal Corporation, Western Australia
  • Natasha Franklin, Junction Australia, South Australia
  • Ronan Daly, Active Community Housing Limited, Victoria
  • Susan Bailey, Argyle Community Housing, NSW
  • Ali Birbeck, Junction Australia, South Australia
  • Brian Duggan, Southern Cross Housing WA, Western Australia
  • Olive Pring, Southern Cross Housing WA, Western Australia
  • Lesley Pearce, Southern Cross Housing WA, Western Australia
  • Rebekah Halgeri, FACS NSW, NSW
  • Rachael Skipper, Haven; Home, Safe, Victoria
  • Adrianna Burnes-Nguyen, Junction Australia, South Australia
In June 2016 two AHI Members were accredited and became Certified Housing Professionals 
Ivan Burton, Wellington City Council, NZ (CHP Level 2) and Liz Kemp, Housing Trust, NZ (CHP Level 1).
Ivan Burton, Project Manager, City Housing, Wellington City Council, said: "I’m so pleased, dare I say “chuffed to bits”, with becoming a level 2 Certified Housing Professional. Becoming a certified member of the AHI gives me personally, a legitimacy to my contribution of working in the social housing industry. This is especially true for me here at City Housing - Wellington City Council, where I’m able to fully utilise and now be recognised for the use of my architectural skills and background. Becoming a Certified Housing Professional gives me the opportunity, through my certification and membership, to support, grow and strengthen our industry across Australasia."

Do you want to hear how you can demonstrate to your employer and the community that you're taking your housing career seriously and that you are committed to continuous professional development? Click here to join the AHI FREE webinar on the 22nd of July!

If you haven't renewed you membership yet or know a colleague who is not a member yet, here are five excellent reasons to renew or join before the 30th June:

  1. You have an opportunity to apply for the Certified Housing Professional (CHP) accreditation for FREE. CHP is the accreditation awarded to housing professionals who have demonstrated a commitment to their profession and continuing professional development. More than 40 highly experienced social housing professionals across Australia and New Zealand have already become Certified Housing Professionals (CHP) and received their certificates of professional recognition. The list of current Certified Housing Professionals is now available on-line.
  2. With the end of ​2015-2016 financial year just around the corner, there is no better time to renew your professional membership and register for PD events! Renew your membership by the 30 June 2016 to claim on this year's tax.
  3. Don't miss the chance to take up a special 2016 Membership ​Referral Offer which ends at the end of the month. Now is the best time to refer someone for AHI Membership! Refer a colleague for AHI membership and every new member you refer will receive a 25% discount off their membership fee. In return for each new member you recruit, you will earn a $50 voucher that you will be able to redeem towards any AHI event. So, please, encourage your colleagues to  join the Institute!  Read more about the offer.
  4. June 2016 edition of HousingWORKS: Long-​Term ​Asset ​Management and ​Housing ​Strategy is on its way to the subscribers. In September 2016 we will review our subscriber list and if you would like to continue receiving the premier journal on social housing matters in Australia and New Zealand, renew your membership now. 
    With generous discounts for members on CPD offerings and networking events, your renewed membership may well pay for itself in savings over the year. Renew now and register for one of the upcoming events to be able to claim it in the current financial year. AHI 2016 calendar is full of professional practice seminars and master class events aimed at housing professionals. During the upcoming months AHI members and colleagues will be able to meet in Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Wellington (NZ) and Auckland​ (NZ​) to exchange ideas about asset management, affordable housing, sector innovations and housing for Aboriginal communities. Check out our calendar of upcoming networking events.
Past AHI events

Affordable and Social Housing Professional Practice Seminar

9 June, Sydney

A good crowd of community housing practitioners, Team Leaders CEOs, COOs from around Australia and New Zealand braved the post-deluge traffic and public transport to be regaled by an erudite collections of practitioners, academics and consultants.

Dr Vivienne Milligan and Professor Peter Phibbs set the scene with their in-depth research overview of the Australian affordable housing industry, its highpoints and some low points – mostly around short sighted objectives and lack of recurrent funding hampering investor confidence in the industry. In terms of the shift in Australia towards unaffordable housing Peter mentioned the affordability purchase gap is so impossibly wide he felt  a political party founded by baby boomers for their children may not be long off and extremely successful in an election!
John Nicolades in his talk ‘The coming wave of globalisation’ spoke too of the shifts in the housing market, ageing, and funding supply. His terrific graph of the 5000 year span of interest rates and the trillions of dollars in private investment funds showed clearly now is the time for innovative investment approaches. JVs rock!
‘Rethinking the home in the shared economy – affordable alternatives to traditional approaches to private housing’ was the title of Giovanni Cirello’s after lunch thought-provoking and iconoclastic talk. His views on nuclear family-based housing and the current Apartment Design Guides showed housing typologies need to evolve, as do the planning controls. Housing is expensive because there is little room to move with so much regulation whereas his boarding house models was well worth listening to for its simplicity and economy.
Then Brian Haratsis talked on ‘Destructive Cities – A Paradigm shift in building to deliver low cost housing’ was just the best mind-blowing analysis of the opportunities in the affordable housing space. Cities are here to stay, and attract talent-rich economy-generating jobs. Industry Super funds may be coaxed into this industry considering CHPs  underlying stability and yields slip towards 3% - and their members will require housing!
The final part of the day was a lively panel discussion on ‘Affordable Housing – a wicked problem or wicked policy.’ After a ‘sound bite’ from each of the panellists (keeping with  an election theme),  questions  were directed at the panellists (Rebecca Richardson, Brian Haratsis, Giovanni Cirello and John Nicolades) on whether the affordable housing sector can survive without continued government support, whether affordable housing and social mix plays a part in the new economy (free land helps!) and the role Regional communities can play by specialising and attracting talented workers to their region-specific industries.

AHI NZ branch member networking event: ‘P’ epidemic in NZ and its impact on social housing

9 June, Wellington, NZ

The growing issue of methamphetamine contamination is challenging landlords across New Zealand and Australia.
The Australasian Housing Institute in collaboration with Housing New Zealand recently hosted a presentation to share the Housing New Zealand’s approach to managing meth contamination across its national portfolio.
“Meth contamination is unfortunately becoming a problem for all landlords. We manage around 64,000 properties so contamination is something we knew we needed to have a handle on,” says  Regional Manager Jackie Pivac. “We were more than happy to share what we have learnt about this issue as well as how we are dealing with contamination in our properties."  
The presentation was well attended by agencies such as Wellington City Council, the Salvation Army and Community Housing Aotearoa.
“We take a really firm stance on any drug use in our properties, including meth. All front-line Housing New Zealand staff are trained to: recognise signs of possible meth ‘cooking’ and use: to deal with tenants who may be affected by this harmful drug; and, manage any conflict issues that could arise in a meth-related situation. We test all of our properties upon suspicion of contamination as well as any property we are going to sell. If a test comes back above the Ministry of Health guideline levels, we will decontaminate the property. Remediation measures range from specialised cleaning through to re-fitting a property. In some cases where contamination levels are very high the property may need to be demolished. The value of a property is carefully assessed when deciding whether it is prudent to clean or re-fit the property as opposed to demolishing it” shares Jackie Pivac.
Housing New Zealand has recently been selected to sit on a Standards New Zealand technical committee to develop a standard which will cover testing and remediation of properties contaminated by the manufacture or use of methamphetamine. The development of this national standard is an important initiative. There are presently no formal standards for methamphetamine testing and decontamination in New Zealand, instead Ministry of Health guidelines are used broadly as a de-facto standard.
Housing New Zealand Project Manager New Construction, Andrew Rose, will bring his experience of working with laboratories and contractors on the testing, decontamination and reinstatement of the Corporation’s properties to the table. Developing the new standard will result in clearer, simple standards that will be able to be easily interpreted and implemented by all housing providers.
Article provided by Housing New Zealand Communications & Media Department

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 Advisor, Wellington City Council
The City Housing Team at Wellington City Council has an opportunity to make a genuine difference for a passionate, people-oriented and solution-focussed person prepared to take on the challenge of Tenancy Advisor.
Area: New Zealand
Office Manager, Link Housing
Link Housing are looking for an enthusiastic Office Manager with a "can do" attitude to be responsible for ensuring the Link Housing offices operate efficiently through the effective management and resources of reception, facilities, office equipment, maintenance and procurement of supplies and resources in a way that ensures the business meets its operational, financial and strategic goals.
Area: NSW
Housing Independence Officer, Hume Community Housing
Hume Community Housing is a nationally accredited Tier 1 community housing provider and manages and/or owns 1,800 social housing properties. They are seeking a Housing Independence Officer to support clients experiencing or at risk of homelessness to transition into stable and independent accommodation.
Area: NSW
Housing Manager, Pathways, Bridge Housing
Bridge Housing is an award winning community housing provider that provides affordable housing for over 1,600 households and plan to build, own and/or manage over 2,000 by 2018. They are currently seeking a Housing Manager, Pathways.
Area: NSW
Housing Manager, Bridge Housing (Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander identified)
Bridge Housing is an award winning community housing provider that provides affordable housing for over 1,600 households and plan to build, own and/or manage over 2,000 by 2018. They are currently seeking an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander for their vacant Housing Manager position.
Area: NSW


Q Shelter Housing & Homelessness Conference

14-15 July 2016, Cairns
The Q Shelter Housing & Homelessness Conference is being held on the 14 and 15 July in Cairns. The Conference will feature the Hon Mick de Brenni MP (Minister for Housing and Public Works), Dr. Sam Tsemberis (founder of Pathways to Housing in New York City), Lucas Patchett and Nicholas Marchesi of Orange Sky Laundry (2016 Young Australians of the Year) with Jean Kittson as our MC. I really encourage you to attend this terrific event, and also ask that you share this message amongst your colleagues. For more information about the conference program or to register visit

Affordable Housing Conference

28-29 July 2016, Sydney
The NSW Federation of Housing Associations and Homelessness NSW are jointly hosting the conference, with support from the University of Sydney (Urbanism program). The conference theme is, "What would it take to create 100,000 new affordable housing dwellings in NSW?". Read more
The AHI wishes to acknowledge the Corporate support from the following organisations:



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