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HousingPEOPLE March 2016

AHI HousingPEOPLE Newsletter
March 2016
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Issue: March 2016

We hope that you had time to rest and unwind over the Easter long weekend. And now it's a good time to look at the calendar of professional development opportunities we have prepared for you. You'll find a number of professional practice seminars, workshops, meetings with industry leaders, a professional development webinar and a two-day master class event. Also don't miss our 2016 membership referral program; help us to grow the community of dedicated social housing professionals and get bonuses for your professional development. 
The latest copy of our HousingWORKS journal is on it’s way to you and we hope you will enjoy reading the stories from your peers from Australasia and overseas. While you can always rely on your monthly industry newsletter and quarterly publication, don't forget to follow us on Twitter or LinkedIn to be always up to date with our latest news.

Member News 

We are delighted to see the growing community of highly skilled and ethical housing professionals. We would like to welcome our new individual and corporate members, as well as new participants of the CHP professional accreditation program. Read more

Call for Contributions: HousingWORKS June 2016 - Asset Management

The March edition of HousingWORKS is on it’s way to members and subscribers, it’s full of articles covering a wide range of topical and exciting issues in the housing sector, locally and internationally. In June 2016, HousingWORKS will focus on the topic of asset management and we're seeking contributions from the sector. Read more

Upcoming Seminars

It is our pleasure to present a calendar of upcoming professional practice seminar and master class events aimed at housing professionals. During the upcoming months AHI members and colleagues will be able to meet in Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne to exchange ideas about asset management, affordable housing, sector innovations and housing for Aboriginal communities. Read more

AHI Service Delivery Workshops

4-5 April 2016 | Katherine, NT
The Australasian Housing Institute is pleased to announce that we will be delivering two service delivery workshops in Katherine, NT in April 2016:

Upcoming Networking Events

We would like to invite our members in NSW and Victoria to join upcoming networking breakfasts to hear from industry leaders. In NSW, Paul Vevers, Deputy Secretary, Southern Cluster and Housing State-Wide Services, FACS will meet colleagues in Newcastle to talk about the new release on Future Directions for Social Housing Reform in NSW in Newcastle. In Victoria, Martin Foley, Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing in Victoria, will be speaking about his vision for social housing in Victoria. Read more

Other Industry Events

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Housing Jobs

See the recent job opportunities in the Australasian social housing sector.
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AHI Member News 

We are delighted to see the growing community of highly skilled and ethical housing professionals. We would like to welcome our new individual members, who joined in March 2016:
  • Sylvia Cassar, Active Property Services Management Ltd, VIC   
  • Peter Check, Wellington City Council City Housing, New Zealand
  • Peter Feltham, Active Property Services Management Ltd, VIC
  • Peta Phelan, NT  
We also would like to welcome our new Corporate Member, Unity Housing Company. Unity is a recognised leader in the provision, management and ownership of community housing, boarding houses and affordable housing. It comprises approximately 25% of the not-for-profit community housing sector in South Australia and is one of a select number of State Government nominated 'Preferred Growth Providers'.
By joining the institute, Unity signals to the community, government, industry and employers that they are committed to building the social housing profession and grow the team of experienced, knowledgeable and ethical professionals.
Join us today!
It is our great pleasure to see the growing success of the recently launched social housing professional accreditation (CHP) program. With more than 20 people attending the program introductory webinar in March, and 5 people joining the program since the last HousingPeople edition, we'd like to invite you to the second CHP webinar, where you'll be able to hear how AHI accreditation can enhance your career in social housing.
Welcome to new CHPs:
  • Geoffrey Barclay, Urban Communities Limited, SA
  • Rachel Gallatly, Haven; Home, Safe, VIC
  • Greg Orchard, Wellington City Council, New Zealand
  • Gary Ooyendyk, Northern Suburbs Housing Community Inc, SA
  • Jordan Tonkin, Compass Housing, NSW.
Jordan Tonkin, a young social housing professional, who works with Compass Housing as a Tenancy Relation Officer, said: 'I have a very keen desire to better myself in this industry and my personal life, I am young I am full of energy and I want to be the best I can be, not just settle for the minimum. I felt as though CHP was the benchmark for social and community housing employees, and along with completing my Cert IV in social housing, I would some day achieve.'
Jordan received his CHP Level 1 certificate in the middle of March and is looking forward to the future opportunities in his career: 'I will be continuing on to do my diploma in community services (Social Housing) and strive to one day achieve my level 3 CHP both of which are my short term goals.' 
If you would like to consider becoming a certified housing professional, but still have some questions about the program, join our introductory free webinar on Friday, 22 April 2016. The webinar will guide you through the process of becoming accredited and will cover the following topics:
  • Understanding CHP accreditation
  • Levels of professional recognition
  • How to apply
  • CPD points and expiry
  • How to submit CV and CPD
  • Maintaining accreditation
Register online

Membership Renewal

It's that time of the year again when we invite AHI members to renew their subscriptions. The AHI's membership year runs from 1 April to 31 March, and membership renewals will be open at the end of this week. We do hope that you will continue to support the Institute and be a part of the housing professionals network - a network of dedicated people who share their enthusiasm and commitment to their housing career and the profession. We will send the renewal email with all the details by the end of this week, so keep an eye on your inbox.
Don't miss the chance to take up a special membership referral offer during the 2016 renewal period. Refer a colleague for AHI membership during April 2016 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! 

To claim your special offer, simply email us at giving the names and contact information for referred colleagues and leave the rest to us! We’ll send them an email mentioning your referral and provide details on how to apply and receive the discounted fees offer. As soon as they join and pay, we will notify you via email with details on how to claim your voucher. The offer ends at the end of April. Terms and conditions apply. To read more, visit AHI website.

If you know more than 5 colleagues in your organisation that would benefit from the Institute's membership, you can consider AHI Corporate Membership. 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.

Upcoming Professional Events
It is our pleasure to present a calendar of upcoming professional practice seminars and master class events aimed at housing professionals. The full programs for the events will be available soon, however registrations with considerable early bird discounts are now available.
Sponsorship packages are also available. We offer a number of sponsorship opportunities to suit the interests of any business. Please, visit event webpages for more details. Alternatively, contact AHI office for package deals. This year we are offering valuable sponsorship packages to organisations that decide to sponsor multiple events: a 25% discount off your second package and a 50% discount off each additional package.

Asset Management Professional Practice Seminar

Tuesday, 10 May, Adelaide

Following on from the success of the Asset Management Professional Practice Seminar in Sydney, Perth, Brisbane and Melbourne, we are pleased to announce that the fifth event of the series will take place on the 10th May 2016 in Adelaide. Sessions will include speaker presentations followed by Q&A and an extended discussion panel enabling for  exchange of ideas, giving our expert panel and delegates the chance to consider and deliberate a specific subject.
Confirmed speakers for the Adelaide event include: 
  • Dr Tony Gilmour - A/General Manager at Junction Housing
  • Steve Lyons - CEO and Managing Director at SPM Assets Pty Ltd
  • Renewal SA
  • Donald Proctor - Group Manager Assets at Compass Housing Services
  • Deb Robinson - Manager Strategic & Asset Services at Junction Australia
  • James Clough- Assets Manager at Junction Australia
Read more and secure your spot with an early bird discount!

Affordable and Social Housing Professional Practice Seminar

Thursday, 9 June, Sydney

While affordable housing may not be conventionally the same as social housing, the interconnection and interchange between the terminology and these models of housing is ever-present and strengthening. Renewed interest in affordable housing funding and movement in the policy realm in this space means social housing practitioners need to engage in the broader discussion of affordable housing.
This seminar offers social housing practitioners the opportunity to hear and learn from affordable housing specialists and participate in discussion about the current state of play in the affordable housing space and relationship of affordable and social housing including new ways social housing providers are contributing to the availability of affordable housing.

Confirmed speakers:
  • Giovanni Cirillo - Consultant Urban Planner at Planning Lab
  • Dr Vivienne Milligan - Associate Professor at City Futures Research Centre, University of NSW
  • Professor Peter Phibbs - Head of Urban and Regional Planning and Policy at Sydney University
  • John Nicolades - Chief Executive Officer at Bridge Housing Limited
  • Panel convenor: Nicholas Loder - Senior Project Officer at NSW Land and Housing Corporation
Read more and secure your spot with an early bird discount!

Innovation in Social Housing Professional Practice Seminar

Tuesday, 5 July, Melbourne

Like other industries and sectors, social housing faces pressures to innovate and do things differently in order to achieve better outcomes and meet the expectations of governments, stakeholders, tenants and staff. Seminars in this series seek to expose delegates to advances, modernisations, improvements and originalities in the sector, including:
  • business innovation
  • social enterprises / non-traditional revenue streams for housing businesses
  • innovative housing practice
  • innovative partnerships with private sector or NGO
  • innovative financing / funding models
  • innovative housing types.
Read more and secure your spot with an early bird discount!
Upcoming Networking Opportunities

AHI Networking Breakfast with Paul Vevers in Newcastle:

Future Directions for Social Housing in NSW

Following the success of the event in Sydney, we are delighted to announce that Paul Vevers, Deputy Secretary, Southern Cluster and Housing State-Wide Services, FACS, has generously accepted our invitation to speak about the new release on Future Directions for Social Housing Reform in NSW in Newcastle.  Read more 
Silver Sponsor:

AHI Networking Breakfast with Martin Foley

Minister for Housing in Victoria

Thursday, 21 April, 7:30 am, Melbourne

It is our great pleasure to announce that Martin Foley, Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing in Victoria, has generously accepted our invitation to speak at the AHI networking breakfast in Melbourne. The Minister has agreed to speak about his vision for social housing in Victoria.  
Join us to meet the industry leader, catch up with your friends and colleagues, share your insights and of course enjoy a delicious breakfast.
Register before the end of March and enjoy the delicious brakfast for $30. Read more details and register online.
Gold Sponsor:       Silver Sponsor:
Past AHI events

AHI Inner Urban Walking Tour – Bowden

The South Australian AHI Branch recently conducted another Inner Urban Walking Tour, our third tour of this type. These walking tours have proven to be very popular with all three tours having been fully subscribed. The walking tours are of about two hours duration, and enable the participants to get a close-up look and first-hand information about inner urban renewal precincts that feature a mix of affordable, social and community housing.
Led by AHI State Director Julie Rehn, this walking tour was capped at 30 participants from a broad range of backgrounds, including planners, architects, researchers, local government and housing sector representatives. The tour featured speakers from Renewal SA, the ‘Life More Interesting’ project, Unity Housing, Westside Housing (former LaLuna Housing Co-operative member), and Paris Flat Housing Co-operative.
The walk took us through part of the new Bowden redevelopment project, and some of the community housing in adjacent streets that have long preceded the new Bowden development. The walk presented participants to a diversity of housing models, including the brand new and not-so-new, high-rise key-worker apartments to mud-brick eco-dwellings, and contrasted the unfolding large-scale ‘Bowden Village’ development against the neighbouring tenant-run housing. We were also introduced to the Green Street Sustainable Commons Project, an award winning community garden that is created and maintained by the local tenants. The community garden has alleviated local flooding issues, propagates native vegetation, and is contributing to bio-diversity by successfully attracting native birds and wildlife back to the area.
The walking tour was generously sponsored by Unity Housing Company, who are also a Corporate Member and great supporter of the AHI. Unity’s CEO, Matthew Woodward, set the scene for the tour with some insightful comments regarding the challenges facing community housing providers in the current funding and operating environment. At the end of the tour an enjoyable morning tea was kindly provided by Unity at which much lively conversation and networking took place.
A most enjoyable and informative walking tour – watch out for the next one which is already being planned!

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, send your job advertisement in PDF format to AHI job listing is currently a FREE service.
Team Leader, Customers & Communities, The Housing Trust
The Housing Trust, a proud, values based Not for Profit organisation who have been providing safe, affordable housing solutions for customers across regional New South Wales for over 30 years, have two opportunities for experienced Team Leaders to join their Customers & Communities team.
Area: NSW
General Manager, Housing & Urban Development, Junction Housing
Junction Australia is a trusted and leading independent provider of quality community support and housing services. They are currently looking for a General Manager, Housing & Urban Development to manage their Registered Community Housing Provider business, Junction & Women's Housing Ltd.
Area: SA
Property Manager
BHC Creating Liveable Communities is a Tier 1 Community Housing provider and registered not-for-profit company operating since 2002 that has developed and owns the majority of properties in its 1,200 strong portfolio. They have a position available for an experienced Property Manager with exceptional skills around vacancy management, arrears monitoring and inspections.
Area: QLD
Administrative and Executive Support Assistant
CORT Community Housing is an Auckland-based community housing organisation that provides affordable housing for people on low incomes. They are looking for an office administrator and executive assistant to the CEO. It is a hands on and varied role.
Area: New Zealand
Chief Operations Officer
Link Housing is a Tier 1 CHP located in Chatswood and was voted one of the greatest places to work in Australia. They are looking for a Chief Operations Officer to commence around April. The COO reports to the CEO and is a member of the Executive team.
Area: NSW
State Manager - Victoria
Community Housing Limited is looking for an energetic and skilled person to undertake the role of Victorian State Manager. The State Manager is responsible for managing housing and homelessness operations, stakeholder engagement and support business development in Victoria.
Area: VIC
Senior Manager, Asset & Capital Works
Housing Plus, a Not for Profit employer of choice have a fantastic opportunity for a Senior Manager, Assets & Capital Works to join their organisation as a key part of their Senior Leadership Team based in Orange, New South Wales.
Area: NSW
Community Cohesion Officer
A Tier One Community Housing organisation based in Parramatta have a proud history of providing safe, affordable housing solutions for clients across NSW. This is a full time, permanent opportunity for an experienced Community Cohesion Officer to join the team and be a key part of their continued success story.
Area: NSW


AHURI Conference: My way home: competition and choice in human services 

13 April 2016, Melbourne
AHURI invites you to join at their first conference in a new national series of cross-sectoral policy focused events. The conference will examine current practice and competition across the disability, housing assistance, homelessness, aged care and mental health sectors, with a particular focus on practice and policy solutions. The conference will also draw on the latest research findings from the soon to be completed AHURI Inquiry into Individualised forms of welfare provision and reform of Australia’s housing assistance system. Read more

Community Housing Directors' 2016 seminar series

April & May 2016, Sydney
NSW Federation of Housing Associations is pleased to announce a seminar series developed and specifically tailored for community housing directors to be delivered in the first half of 2016. 
As the community housing industry expands and becomes more complex directors of community housing providers face new challenges.  This seminar series has been specifically developed to assist directors to meet these new challenges and the requirements of our new environment. Upcoming event:

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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