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HousingPEOPLE May 16

AHI HousingPEOPLE Newsletter
May 2016

Issue: May 2016

Welcome to the May edition of the HousingPEOPLE newsletter, which is packed with event updates, member news and new career opportunities. Don't forget to follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn to be always up to date with our latest news.

Member News 

We would like to welcome our new members who joined the Institute in May. Read more

Upcoming Networking Events

We are delighted to announce member networking events in New Zealand and Western Australia.
JUNE 2016

9 Jun 2016,  5:30 PM, Wellington, New Zealand
This is a FREE event

JULY 2016

19 Jul 2016, 7:30 AM, Perth

Upcoming Seminars

During the upcoming months we will run professional practice seminars in NSW, Queensland, Victoria and New Zealand. We look forward to meeting our members and colleagues at local events, but also would like to invite you to attend events interstate to share experience and ideas.

Exploring the relationship of affordable housing and social housing
9 Jun, Sydney
The full program is now available!

Building social inclusion and empowering tenants
23 Jun, Brisbane
22 Sep, Wellington, NZ

Exploring new ideas and innovative approaches in social housing
5 Jul, Melbourne

Supporting a sustainable housing sector for Aboriginal people
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.

Housing Jobs

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

AHI Member News 

We would like to extend a warm welcome to our new members. We continually strive to connect social housing professionals around Australia and New Zealand and we're very excited to see our community growing.  In May 2016 we welcomed the following people as new AHI Members: 
  • Relsie Doyle, Bric Housing, QLD
  • Rebekah Halgeri, Department of Family and Community Services NSW
  • Ali Birbeck, Junction Australia, SA
  • Adrianna Burnes-Nguyen, Junction Australia, SA
  • Rachael Skipper, Haven; Home, Safe, VIC
  • Catherine Jefferies, Rural Housing Network Limited, VIC
  • Brian Duggan, Southern Cross Housing Ltd, WA
  • Olive Pring, Southern Cross Housing Ltd, WA
  • Lesley Pearce, Southern Cross Housing Ltd, WA
  • Adam Mellow, Unity Housing Company Ltd, SA
  • Ian Elsegood, Unity Housing Company Ltd, SA 
  • Trish Burden, Unity Housing Company Ltd, SA
  • Vicky Whiteway, Unity Housing Company Ltd, SA
  • Michael White, Unity Housing Company Ltd, SA
  • Naomi Lucas, Unity Housing Company Ltd, SA
  • Karen Rawlings, Unity Housing Company Ltd, SA
  • Cass Livesey, Unity Housing Company Ltd, SA
  • Karen Johnston, Unity Housing Company Ltd, SA
  • Margot George, Unity Housing Company Ltd, SA
  • Ivan Burton, Wellington City Council, NZ
  • Tammy Mullins, Wellington City Council, NZ
  • Joanna Burleigh, Wellington City Council, NZ
  • Richard Morete, Wellington City Council, NZ
  • Laura Rutten, Wellington City Council, NZ
  • Susan Atkins, Wellington City Council, NZ
  • Anne Haenga, Wellington City Council, NZ
  • Johannes van Schalkwyk, Wellington City Council, NZ
  • Anton Botha, Wellington City Council, NZ
  • Robert Semau, Wellington City Council, NZ
  • Justine Davidson, Wellington City Council, NZ
  • Adam Beganovich, Wellington City Council, NZ 
Past AHI events

Asset Management Professional Practice Seminar

10 May, Adelaide

On 10th May over 40 social housing professionals with a strong interest in Asset Management came together at the Asset management Professional Practice Seminar in Adelaide to exchange ideas and innovative practice methods to manage housing portfolios.  With representation from 29 Government and non-government organisations from across Australia and New Zealand represented, conversation was rich and diverse.  This seminar was the 5th in the Asset Management series that has been held in 4 jurisdictions since 2013.  Each seminar in the series offers a unique program and a distinctive continuing professional development and networking opportunity for those working in the asset management field.

Julie Rehn, CEO at Westside Housing Association Inc and AHI Director, South Australia wrote about the the Adelaide seminar:

"During the seminar we have shared professional practice knowledge from the 3 sectors; not-for-profit, private and government. It was clear that we need to meet the needs of the changing demographics of our community and develop more smaller homes for the single person households as well as some larger homes for big families.

We need to have a policy framework to guide locational criteria and the quality we are aiming for. As homes are transferred from public housing to not-for-profits for management, they need to ensure the risks are managed for government  and the public.

Practice information was shared by the experienced and the wise:

  • You need to be clear about why you are collecting data
  • Take a step back each year and spend time to look at your data.  Don’t waste everyone’s time by collecting data for no good purpose.
  • Use the data to act.  Make sure you carry out programmed works.
  • Harnessing technology can produce innovation.  Don’t be left behind in this area.
  • The big challenge is how to measure what you are doing
  • Asset management is very important, not only because of the financial and safety risks involved.  It is the # 1 ISSUE FOR TENANTS."

We would like to thank Seminar speakers for their contribution:

  • James Clough- Assets Manager at Junction Australia
  • Philip Fagan-Schmidt - Executive Director at Housing SA, Department for Communities and Social Inclusion
  • Dr Tony Gilmour - A/General Manager at Junction Australia
  • Steve Lyons - CEO and Managing Director at SPM Assets Pty Ltd
  • Donald Proctor - Group Manager Assets at Compass Housing Services
  • Julie Rehn – CEO at Westside Housing Association Inc and SA Branch Director at Australasian Housing Institute
  • Deb Robinson - Manager Strategic & Asset Services at Junction Australia
  • Gregg Ryan – Manager, Housing Solutions at Renewal SA

Feedback from participants included:

  • Great to see such an open forum/seminar.  Those in the sector willing to share ideas and strategies.
  • It was great having a mix of local, SA based, interstate and government speakers.  I enjoyed hearing from established organisations, ones in the process of growth
  • Enjoyed the interactive nature of discussions post each topic
  • Informative, good (and negative) to hear that issues faced are across all states, good to hear ideas around combatting and working with these issues

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.
Chief Executive Officer, bric Housing
An exceptional opportunity exists to lead one of the largest and most dynamic not-for-profit community housing companies in Brisbane. bric housing, specialising in providing affordable and sustainable housing to high and very high need tenants is looking for a CEO.
Area: QLD
General Manager, Housing and Community, Link Housing
Link Housing has an opportunity for a General Manager, Housing and Community, reporting to the Chief Operations Office.
Area: NSW
Tenancy Administrator, Community Housing Ltd
Community Housing Limited has a rare opportunity for someone to join their innovative and best practice affordable housing organisation as a Tenancy Administrator at their Queens Road Rooming House.
Area: VIC


CHFV Conference 2016. Joining the Dots: Social Housing for the Future

16 June 2016
The CHFV Conference 2016 will help Join the Dots : to make sense of the reforms and changes that effect the Social Housing system. This one-day conference will present an exciting mix of content including political and academic perspectives as well as practical viewpoints to challenge your thinking and expand your knowledge. Read more

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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