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HousingPEOPLE March 2015

AHI HousingPEOPLE Newsletter
March 2015
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Issue: March 2015

Welcome to the March edition of the HousingPEOPLE newsletter. March is traditionally a month when AHI membership renewal reminders are sent to our members. It's always an exciting time for the AHI team, because for us your continuing support shows that we are doing our job right and people in the sector see the value in our activities. Thank you for your ongoing loyalty - only with your contributions do we have an opportunity to build up the profile of the social housing profession in Australia and New Zealand. This year we've received a record number of the nominations for the Professional Excellence in Housing Awards Program - more than 120 inspirational stories! Good luck to all nominees and we look forward to seeing you at one of the upcoming receptions.

Nominations for the 2015 Award Program are now closed. We're thrilled to have received more than 120 nominations from all around Australia and New Zealand! The first state Awards reception to be held in Brisbane.   Read more
The AHI's membership year runs from 1 April to 31 March, and now it's time to renew your membership. Read more
The Institute welcomes Chris Chaplin to the board as the new Victorian director. Read more

Networking Breakfast with Steven Persson,

Chief Executive Officer,
The Big Issue in Australia Ltd

5 May 2015, Melbourne
Read more

Indigenous Housing Professional Practice Seminar 

On Monday 23rd March the AHI's Indigenous Housing Professional Practice seminar was held in Sydney, bringing together 65 public and community housing professionals. The AHO NSW took the opportunity to launch their Foundations for Success guide, with delegates gratefully receiving a copy. Read more
The AHI's NZ Branch and CHA hosted a relaxed evening discussion with the Hon Paula Bennett, Minister for Social Housing, on Tuesday, 17 March. About 60 people from the sector attended the event and listened to the Minister share her insights on the Social Housing Reform programme and reflect on her time as Social Housing Minister. Read more
The March edition of HousingWorks is on it’s way to you. So it’s now time to think about the next edition, the topic for the July 2015 edition will be Tenant Participation and Engagement - don't miss this opportunity to share your story with sector peers.
Read more

Upcoming AHI Seminars:

Leadership Master Class

17 May 2015 – 19 May 2015
Sydney, Read more

Asset Management Professional Practice Seminar

Monday, 15 June 2015,
Melbourne, Read more

Partnerships to Support Social Housing Tenants Professional Practice Seminar

Monday, 29 June 2015, Adelaide
Details will be available soon - book the day in your diary!

Tenancy Management Professional Practice Seminar

Thursday,23 July 2015,
Details will be available soon - book the day in your diary!

Upcoming Workshops

Building Resilience

Thur, 23 Apr, Sydney
Register now!

Working with Complex and Demanding Clients

Fri, 24 Apr, Sydney
Register now!

Working with Complex and Demanding Clients

Wed, 20 May, Darwin
Register now!

Working with clients who have drug and/or alcohol dependency

Thur, 21 May, Darwin 

Our Twitter account and the closed Linked Discussion group has recently changed. 
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.

AHI Inner Urban Walking Tour - Adelaide

AHI South Australian Branch would like to invite you to join the AHI Inner Urban Walking Tour: STURT STREET ADELAIDE SA Renewal, Housing, Places and People. The event is FREE for AHI Members. Read more

AHI Membership Renewal Reminder

The AHI's membership year runs from 1 April to 31 March, and now it's time to renew your membership. We do hope that you will continue to support the Institute and will be a part of the housing professionals network - a network of dedicated people who share their enthusiasm and commitment to the housing career and the profession. 

The AHI welcomes new members and as in the past at the beginning of the new membership year, every existing AHI member is able to receive a 25% discount off the renewal fee or a 15% discount off any event if s/he recruits 2 colleagues to join the Australasian Housing Institute. Please, contact the AHI office to claim the discount.

Corporate Membership is available to those organisations who seek to foster the personal and professional development of the staff by investing in them. Corporate membership is a great chance to advance the career development of your staff and connect them through networking opportunities, online discussion forums and newsletters. Read more about Corporate Membership and join the community of like minded sector leaders, that are already enjoying the benefits of the AHI membership:

We look forward to your continued support and invite you to renew your membership! Renew now

Welcome to New Director

The Institute welcomes Chris Chaplin to the AHI board as the new Victorian director. Chris has 20 years’ experience in the housing and homelessness sectors, including in direct service delivery, management, policy and research.  From 2008-2011 he was the senior policy analyst for the Community Housing Federation of Victoria, including 4 months as Acting Executive Officer, and more recently he has worked as a consultant to the not-for-profit sector, specialising in public policy and corporate governance.  He is currently employed at Port Phillip Housing Association Ltd as Manager, Policy & Compliance.
We are delighted to have Chris on the board and look forward to working with him to raise the profile of Institute in Victoria.

AHI Housing Awards - First Awards Reception to be held in Brisbane

Nominations for the 2015 Award Program are now closed and we're thrilled to have received more than 120 nominations from all around Australia and New Zealand! The AHI Awards Committee will definitely be busy with reading and making decisions over the next couple of weeks and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all Committee Members for contributing their valuable time.
QLD Reception Sponsor:
The first State Awards reception for Queensland will be held in Brisbane on Tuesday, 21st April 2015 at 6:30 pm.  Don't miss this rare occasion to celebrate the success of housing people and congratulate the worthy winners. Register now. Other state receptions will be held according to the following schedule:
  • SA: Adelaide, 28th May- 6:30pm-8:30pm

  • NSW/ACT: Sydney, 18th June – 6:30pm-8:30pm

  • VIC/TAS: Melbourne, 23rd July- 6:30pm- 8:30pm

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

  • NZ: 22nd October, time and location tba

Finalists from each jurisdiction will automatically be entered in the Australasian Awards.The National 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

HousingWORKS July 2015: Tenant participation and Engagement.
Call for Contributions

The March edition of HousingWORKS magazine is now on its way to our members. 
The topic of tenant participation and engagement always raises considerable interest with our members. With two successful seminars held in Sydney and Melbourne, and the popular Leading Tenant Engagement Awards Category, we see interest to continue the discussion. Consequently, this winter we'll be exploring approaches for tenant participation, engagement and empowerment in Australia, New Zealand and internationally in the July 2015 edition of HousingWORKS. We will also deliver the third Tenant Participation and Engagement Professional Practice Seminar, which will be held in Sydney in August 2015.
As usual, we are seeking for contributions from the sector to the journal and welcome articles which focus on practice issues, opinion, policy and research. We also aim to include contributions from people in New Zealand, around Australia and overseas. The closing date for contributions is Tuesday, 30th June 2015. Read our Contribution Guide

Upcoming AHI Seminars

Leadership Master Class: Empowering Social Housing Leaders

17-19 May 2015 Sydney

Seminar Silver Sponsor:

The Australasian Housing Institute would like to invite social housing leaders to attend the Leadership Master Class that will be held in May 2015 in Sydney. The Leadership Master Class provides an opportunity for existing and emerging leaders within the social and community housing sector to participate in a high-level development program with their industry peers. 
Purposefully residential, the Leadership Masterclass empowers delegates to take focused time and space to refresh and extend their leadership capabilities to aid success and meet demands of future industry growth and change. 
An engaging schedule of sessions and workshops will be presented by facilitators with experience and proven track records of success in leadership development and experienced housing leaders with focus on building understanding and capacity in four key areas: Self-leadership, Interpersonal leadership, Team leadership and Strategic leadership.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Mike Allen | Former Chief Executive of Housing NSW | Department of Family and Community Services & Past Chair of the former Housing and Homelessness Ministers’ Advisory Committee
  • Steve Bevington | Managing Director | Community Housing Limited Group
  • Greg Budworth | Group Managing Director | Compass Housing Services
  • Michael Lennon | Managing Director | Housing Choices Australia
  • Nazha Saad | CEO | St George Community Housing
  • Phil Fagan-Schmidt | Executive Director | Housing SA

The draft program is now available on the AHI web-site. Don't miss this exceptional opportunity to network with industry leaders! Register for the event now 

Asset Management Professional Practice Seminar

Monday, 15 June 2015, Melbourne

The Melbourne Asset Management Professional Seminar has been postponed until the  15 June 2015 to give us more opportunities to engage further speakers and contributors. This seminar providing senior housing professionals with an interest in asset management the opportunity to exchange ideas and innovative practice methods to manage housing portfolios for sustainable stakeholder outcomes. During the seminar participants will be able to hear from representatives of such organisations as Department of Human Services Victoria,  Compass Housing Services, Housing Choices Australia, Access Housing, SPM Assets, Hi-Tech Inspect. The full program will be available very soon, book your spot now.

Networking Events

Networking Breakfast with Steven Persson

5 May 2015, Melbourne

STEVEN PERSSON, Chief Executive Officer, The Big Issue in Australia Ltd will be speaking at an AHI networking breakfast in Melbourne on the 5th of May 2015 from 7am to 9am.
Steven will be speaking about the Homes for Homes project.Homes for Homes is an initiative that will help raise an ongoing supply of new funding for social and affordable houses. Homes for Homes was inspired by a smaller, developer-driven model established in the US. In 2008, an advisory group of industry leaders, including Steven Persson, began work on developing a similar, but independent model tailored to suit the needs of the Australian market. Homes for Homes has undergone significant concept development and business planning over the past six years, involving extensive reviews and consultations, including by government treasuries and housing departments. Read more and register on-line.

AHI Inner Urban Walking Tour

23 April 2015, Adelaide

AHI South Australian Branch would like to invite you to join the AHI Inner Urban Walking Tour: STURT STREET ADELAIDE SA Renewal, Housing, Places and People.

If you are interested in urban renewal, housing, development, sustainability, people, places or communities, don't miss this unique opportunity to join other professionals to share ideas about the future of our cities. 
Walking Tour commences at 10:00am at the South-West corner of King William and Sturt Streets and include such developments as Ergo Apartments, Housing SA's Reitz Close and Norman/Russell, New Mayfield Apartments, .ECO Affordable Housing, HYPA Youth Housing, Unity Housing's developments. Tour finishes with a funky light food experience with great coffee in the renewed Whitmore Square. We would like to thank you our sponsors St John’s Youth Services for their support. The tour is FREE for AHI Members - register NOW!

March AHI Events

Indigenous Housing Professional Practice Seminar 

Seminar Silver Sponsor:
On Monday 23rd March the Australasian Housing Institute’s Indigenous Housing Professional Practice seminar was held in Sydney NSW.  
Bringing together 65 mainstream public and community housing professionals and experts working in the indigenous social housing field, the seminar aided cross-sector and cross-Jurisdiction understanding with in-depth discussion centred on Indigenous Housing service planning and delivery approaches for improved outcomes. With speakers from Department of Housing NT, Aboriginal Housing Office, Gunida Gunyah Aboriginal Corporation, Wentworth Community Housing, University of Tasmania, and Victoria, delegates gathered valuable insight from diverse presentations including high-level strategic approach, background research underpinning service planning and practical service delivery case studies. 
The Aboriginal Housing Office NSW took the opportunity to launch Foundations for Success, with delegates gratefully receiving a copy.  The Foundations for Success guide proposes a flexible client-centred approach to improving housing outcomes for Aboriginal clients and is an invaluable tool for all social housing providers.  The AHO is holding learning sessions to help you get up to speed with the guide.  Register here for a learning session, places are limited so hurry.
The AHI gratefully acknowledges Silver Seminar Sponsor Aboriginal Housing Office NSW who supported the development of the seminar program, the speakers for their valuable contribution and delegates for their active participation.
Picture: Yvette Park, FACS Programs & Service Design, Mychelle Curran, FACS Programs & Service Design and Shane Hamilton, Aboriginal Housing Office at the launch of the Foundations for Success guide

AHI / CHA Networking Event with Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett

The New Zealand Branch of the Australian Housing Institute (AHI) and Community Housing Aotearoa (CHA) hosted a relaxed evening discussion with the Hon Paula Bennett, Minister for Social Housing, on Tuesday 17 March. About 60 people from the sector attended the event and listened to the Minister share her insights on the Social Housing Reform programme and reflect on her time as Social Housing Minister.
The Minister said she believes there is a place for CHOs to be bigger where government doesn’t have capacity, acknowledging that CHOs have a better ability to work alongside tenants by providing wraparound services and support. She expressed her hopes for CHOs to have an easier ride, with more influence on policy, direction and keeping the focus on the tenants.
Some other points the Minister made were:
  • CHOs need to build their financial autonomy
  • If we don’t get the house right we can’t work on the complexities that cause long term dysfunction
  • Willing to commit to some tenants long term with something along the lines of a ‘social contract’
  • Have to be careful with mixed tenure developments, these need to be well thought out - we need to continually test ourselves about what is best for those that we serve and think about what it will look like in ten years.
When questioned about the future of the proposed rental WOF, the Minister said it is still on the table and is currently being ‘argued out’. She personally thinks it will end up somewhere but they are exploring the unintended consequences which could negatively affect tenants if it were put in place. In response to a question about whether she thought there was a need for a housing strategy, she said to come back to her in 12 months as they still have questions to answer.
CHA Director Scott Figenshow and AHI Board Member Greg Orchard expressed gratitude to Minister Bennett and invited her to “turn on all the switches” to see the housing reforms work better for tenants and the community housing sector.
Picture: the Hon Paula Bennett is speaking at the AHI / CHA Networking Event.

AHI Recent Tweets


Shelter NSW Housing Wellbeing and the City Conference

Thursday 23 April
Poorer and increasingly middle income households are finding it very difficult to house themselves affordably, let alone find their housing in the right place. This is a challenge for regional cities as well as for Sydney. Whoever wins the the opportunity to form (or re-form) government after the NSW election on March 28, this conference is well-timed to focus on the role that good housing policy can play in overcoming inequality. Register now

The NSW Federation of Housing Associations 2015 NSW Community Housing Conference

Tuesday 5 – Wednesday 6 May 2015
The Federation is excited to announce that the 2015 NSW Community Housing Conference will be held in the heart of Sydney’s CBD at the Rydges World Square on Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 May.  The conference is a key event for the community housing sector, and will be attended by over 400 delegates from the community and wider social housing sector, as well as partner organisations from the private, community and public sectors. The conference will have an exciting programme with a range of expert presenters, workshops and practically-focused master-classes. This year the conference will feature its very own phone app, ShowGizmo.
Also come, celebrate and network at the conference Awards Dinner on Tuesday 5 May where the winners of the 2015 NSW Awards for Excellence in Community Housing will be announced. 
For more information and to register for the Conference and the Awards Dinner, click here
For more information on the 2015 NSW Awards for Excellence in Community Housing, click here.

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. This year the Conference will provide a setting for delegates to:
  • further their understanding, exchange ideas and advance policy debate
  • build important networks, and
  • increase the profile of housing issues with the community and media and other key stakeholders.
Special low super saver registration closes 31 March 2015 – register now.
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