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HousingPEOPLE May 17

AHI HousingPEOPLE e-Newsletter
May 2017


Issue: May 2017

Welcome to the May edition of the HousingPeople newsletter. During May we held two successful Awards receptions in Brisbane and Adelaide announcing the first Australasian finalists. In June and July we'll hold receptions in Wellington - NZ, Sydney and Melbourne. Registrations are now open! 
The  Aboriginal Housing Master Class event in Sydney was again a great success, click here to read the report from the event.  See below the list of upcoming professional development events and we hope to see you at one of them! 

New AHI Members 

Warm welcome to our new members. Read more

Membership Renewal

5 reasons to renew your membeship before the end of financial year. Read more

Past Events

On 16-17 May in Sydney, the Australasian Housing Institute co-hosted an Aboriginal Housing Master Class with NSW Aboriginal Housing Office (AHO). The Master Class was an opportunity to bring more than 50 leaders from the Aboriginal Housing sector together to share information, highlight national learnings and address some of the big issues facing the sector. Click here to read more

Housing Jobs

See the recent job opportunities in QLD, NT and VIC. Read more

Other Industry Events

Upcoming PD Events

Last chance to register at the early-bird rate! The program of the event is now available!
Thu, 6 Jul 2017
Hamilton, NZ

Thu, 10 Aug 2017
Sydney, NSW

Wednesday, 30 Aug 2017
Christchurch, NZ

Friday, 27 Oct 2017
Auckland, NZ

EOFY In-House Training Offer

With the end of the financial year around the corner, take advantage of the AHI in-house training offer! Book before June 30 to receive a 20% discount on all in-house workshops. 
The AHI is a respected, approachable and flexible provider of expertise. Our learning and development program is devised after close consultation with our sector to ensure that we understand and can support their needs for a skilled and professional sector. Click here to read learn about our in-house training offering or contact us directly via to take up the offer!

2017 AHI Awards Update

Winners of the AHI Professional Awards announced in Queensland and South Australia!  Read more

Upcoming Awards receptions:
Budget 2017 was the topic of the previous HousingINFO newsletter. The subscribers are receiving the most recent industry updates directly to their inbox fortnightly. Not yet a subscriber? Please, click here to leave your details. If you would like your story to be included in the newsletter, please, email us your articles, company news, job advertisement or recent publication. Read more

AHI Member News

We're delighted to welcome new individual members and Certified Housing Professionals in May!
New AHI Members:
  • Lucy Andrews, Compass Housing, NSW
  • Graham Budd, Wellington City Council, New Zealand
  • Tim Connoley, RPS Australia East Pty Ltd, Western Australia
  • Lisa Coulter, Tenants Protection Association, New Zealand
  • Robin Fletcher, Link Housing, NSW
  • Paige Tompkin, Wellington City Council, New Zealand
New Certified Housing Professionals:
  • Dallas Prescott, Seafront Consulting, NSW, CHP Level 2
  • Peter Mitchell, ac care, SA, CHP Level 1
Click here to learn how to promote your membership and accreditation to your professional network.

The Becoming a Certified Housing Professional webinar is now available online to AHI members. The video guides AHI members through the process to become accredited through the AHI’s professional recognition program. Watch the webinar anytime, take the online test and apply for accreditation when and where it is convenient for you!

We invite organisations to join the institute as a Corporate Member of the Institute. We're proud of the fast-growing community of organisations that empower their employees with the skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to be confident in their ability to do their job well and to help them develop their career. 

AHI Corporate membership is open to any non-government housing or human service business or organisation, with a commitment to supporting the career development of their employees. Corporate membership is also open to local government organisations active in the housing sector.

The AHI can 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 has established Corporate Membership to assist in partnering with businesses and organisations that are committed to positive career development principles and objectives. Corporate Membership gives you access to the networks and resources of the AHI. 

Click here to read more and join now.

Membership Renewal - final reminder

The AHI's membership year runs from 1 April to 31 March and we'd like to send a final reminder to those members who haven't paid their membership. We regret to inform you that we will suspended membership of those individuals who haven't paid for the 2017/18 year and you will stop receiving HousingWorks and will not be able to use discounts for AHI professional development events. As a part of our community you have access to all the information, updates, tools and networking opportunities you need to succeed in the housing profession. There’s no better place to enhance your career credentials.

Below are five excellent reasons to renew or join the Institute before the 30th June:

  1. You have an opportunity to apply for the Certified Housing Professional (CHP) accreditation for FREE. 
  2. With the end of ​2016-2017 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 2017 to claim on this year's tax.
  3. Don't miss the chance to take up a special 2017 Membership ​Referral Offer which ends at the end of the June. 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. Read more about the offer.
  4. In June 2017 we will review our HousingWORKS 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. 
  5. 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. Check out our calendar of upcoming events.


Winners of the 2017 AHI Professional Excellence in Housing Awards in Queensland were announced on Tuesday, 2 May in Brisbane.


Inspirational Team Member Award: Murray Thompson | Churches of Christ Housing Services Ltd
Leading Community Engagement Practice: Social Buttons - Enabling Community Engagement | BHC - Creating Liveable Communities
Leading Housing Development Project: Specialist Disability Accommodation Bundaberg | Regional Housing Limited. Highly Commended: Homes4Life – Sippy Downs Coast2Bay Housing Group Ltd, Ausmar Homes Pty Ltd, and Synapse
Leading Innovation: AAHS Collaborative Investment | Horizon Housing
Tenant Led Initiative:  The Green Square Art Project | BHC - Creating Liveable Communities
Excellence in Social Housing: Mission Australia Supported Accommodation Facilities Cairns. Highly Commended: Compass Housing Queensland.

Winners of the 2017 AHI Professional Excellence in Housing Awards in South Australia were announced on Tuesday, 23 May in Adelaide.

Inspirational Team Member Award: Nicole Chaplin | St John's Youth Services
Leading Asset Management: UNO, St John's Youth Service, Unison and Housing SA. Highly Commended: Improving Assets Together, Westside Housing Association
Leading Community Engagement Practice: Tenancy Education Program |
Leading Housing Development Project: Bowden Rent-To-Buy Development | AnglicareSA Housing Ltd
Leading Innovation: Vacancy Maintenance Inspection Application | Department for Communities and Social Inclusion - Housing SA. Highly Commended: Sustaining Complex Tenancies, AnglicareSA Housing Ltd
Tenant Led Initiative: Tenant Art Exhibition - Unity Housing | Unity Housing Company Ltd
Outstanding Achievement: Matthew Woodward | Unity Housing Company
Excellence in Social Housing: Unity Housing & Bedford Alliance

Thank you to the 2017 Awards Sponsors:

Gold Sponsor:

Silver Sponsors:



Upcoming receptions:

This year we were overwhelmed to receive 143 nominations from all over Australia and New Zealand! Join your local or Australasian reception to celebrate and recognise the achievements, innovations and partnerships throughout the social housing sector! To register online, please, click the links below: 


Aboriginal Housing Master Class, 16-17 May, Sydney

On 16-17 May in Sydney, the Australasian Housing Institute co-hosted an Aboriginal Housing Master Class with NSW Aboriginal Housing Office (AHO). The Master Class was an opportunity to bring leaders from the Aboriginal Housing sector together to share information, highlight national learnings and address some of the big issues facing the sector. It was the second Aboriginal Housing Masterclass and the sixth in the AHI's Masterclass series. 
Fifty participants from around Australia attended the two day event in Sydney. We heard from a wide range of expert practitioners who shared their knowledge about many aspects of delivering successful and sustainable Aboriginal Housing. Presenters included architects, researchers, CEO's, housing managers, tenancy officers and tenants. The topics ranged from appropriate design principles, community engagement, tenant support, and community participation in decision making. 
Round table discussions were conducted to address some key challenges and to share success stories. A great deal of enthusiasm and positive feedback for the Aboriginal Housing Masterclass again, and planning has already begun to conduct a third event next year. The full report from the event will be available in the next edition of HousingWORKS.

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.
Administration Support/Receptionist, Churches of Christ in Queensland Housing Services, QLD
The position is only open to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicants. You will be the first line of contact for clients, as you manage a busy client service centre at their Kenmore office.
Property & Tenancy Support Co-ordinator, NT
This leading NFP provides several disability services to the community as well as accommodation and housing programmes. As a growing part of their business, the property management team requires an experienced, compassionate, and patient Tenancy Support Co-ordinator with strong accuracy and attention to detail skills as well as superior English grammatical skills.
Communications Co-ordinator, AHURI Limited, VIC
This full-time Communications Co-ordinator position is responsible for the formatting and publication of all AHURI research publications as well as a range of administrative activities to support the marketing and communications team.


The Future of Australian Housing 2017 This changes everything

1-2 June, Brisbane
Q Shelter’s conference will be enhanced by this new partnership through delivering a unique program for delegates and providing a platform for sponsors, speakers, and attendees to connect with a broader range of stakeholders. Read more

2017 CHA- IMPACT Conference

7-9 June 2017, Wellington
The 2017 IMPACT conference asks how the community housing sector can contribute to delivering the vision of ‘all New Zealanders well housed’ and offers an opportunity to join the conversation and become part of the solution to improve housing outcomes for all New Zealanders. Read more

CHIA & CHFV Post Federal budget lunch briefing with Assistant Minister to the Treasurer Michael Sukkar 

23 June 2017, Melbourne
Click here for more details or email to book.

2017 - Affordability and liveability in our cities

29 June 2017, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Almost two thirds of Australians live in our capital cities and that percentage is projected to grow considerably over the next 40 years.
Affordability continues to be a significant issue at all stages of the housing continuum, from those living in social housing, through to private renters, and home owners. Outside the capitals, there are new and growing cities in all states and territories that are also facing affordability and liveability challenges associated with that growth. Our next AHURI conference, to be held in Melbourne - Australia's fastest growing city - on Thu 29 June, will focus on the importance of affordable housing to developing and sustaining productive and liveable cities. Read more

National Housing Conference 2017

29 Nov – 1 Dec 2017, Sydney
Registrations are now open for the National Housing Conference 2017 - Building for better lives. The biennial conference, to be held in Sydney from 29 Nov - 1 Dec 2017, will be the largest cross-sectoral event in Australasia for the social and affordable housing sectors. The most experienced practitioners and the leading policy makers from Australia and abroad will come together to discuss innovation in delivery, leadership in ideas and strategies for transformation. Subjects incorporated into the program will include tenancy management, affordable housing supply strategies, early intervention and prevention of homelessness, private sector investment approaches and many more with a draft program to be released early in 2017. Register now to save $400 on conference registration by visiting the official conference website. Partnership opportunities are also available, download the official 'Partnerships Prospectus' to find out how you can align your brand as an official NHC 2017 partner. Read more


Housing 2017

27-29 June, Manchester Central
Welcoming 8,000 people to Manchester each June, the CIH annual conference and exhibition is the must-attend event of the sector. Early-bird discount ends on 10 April. Read more

The AHI wishes to acknowledge the Corporate support from the following organisations:



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