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HousingPEOPLE May 2015

AHI HousingPEOPLE Newsletter
May 2015
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Issue: May 2015

Welcome to the early May edition of the HousingPEOPLE newsletter. In April we were thrilled to start the series of the  2015 AHI Professional Excellence in Housing Awards presentation events with the first reception in Brisbane. We were also delighted to meet our members and friends in Adelaide during the first event of its kind - Inner Urban Walking Tour.
With many different events planned ahead, starting with traditional workshops to the residential Leadership Master Class, we are anticipating a lot of interaction with our members in the month ahead. Don't forget to check the calendar of our events and Twitter updates regularly!

The winners of the Queensland Professional Excellence in Housing Awards have been announced! The next receptions will be held in Adelaide and Sydney.   Read more
The AHI's membership year runs from 1 April to 31 March. Renew your membership to continue receiving your subscription to HousingWORKS and enjoy the financial benefits of being an AHI member.  Read more
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. 
On a beautiful autumn morning the South Australian Branch of the AHI conducted an Inner Urban Walking Tour of the Sturt Street precinct in the Adelaide CBD. The walking tour was very popular with 40 participants plus a waiting list of over 20 more, and proved to be very enjoyable and informative. Read more
Only two weeks left to register for the AHI Leadership Master Class. Purposefully residential, the Leadership Master Class empowers delegates to take focused time and space to refresh and extend their leadership capabilities to aid success and meet demands of future social housing industry growth and change. Read more
We are seeking contributions for the July edition of HousingWORKSThe theme for this edition will be Tenant Participation and EngagementRead 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 of this seminar will be available soon – add  the date to your diary! 

Upcoming Workshops

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 

We are currently seeking expressions of interest from the sector to attend the AHI's workshops in Melbourne and Canberra.

Managing for Success 

23-24 July 2015, Melbourne
Read more

Working with Complex and Demanding Clients

Working with clients who have drug and/or alcohol dependency

August 2015, Canberra 
Read more

The workshop dates will be confirmed when sufficient interest is received.


2015 AHI Housing Awards Update

The Queensland Awards reception was held on the 21st of April at McCullough Robertson's Brisbane City Centre Office.  The reception was buzzing with over 60 people in attendance.  Over drinks and canapés, the guests had the chance to catch up with colleagues and make new connections.
We were delighted to have Don Rivers, Assistant Director-General, present from the Department of Housing and Public Works.  Don gave an update on the Government's vision for social housing and presented two awards: Excellence in Social Housing and Outstanding Achievement.
The judging panel had a tough job deciding on the award winners due to the quality and very worthy nominations.  However, there could only be one winner in each category on the night and the following awards were presented:
  • Outstanding Achievement: Andrew Black
  • Leading Tenants Engagement Practice Award: ‘From the Ground Up’ Art Project Leading Housing Development Project Award: Coast2Bay Housing Group-Daliya House
  • Leading Innovation Award: Yumba Meta Housing Association
  • Leading Tenant Led Initiative Award: ‘The A Team’ Churches of Christ Care
  • Excellence in Social Housing Award: Horizon Housing
A special thanks goes to McCullough Robertson for their generous hospitality and to our event and award sponsors, Lake Maintenance, Compass Housing and Churches of Christ Care in Queensland.
Photographs from the reception are available here.
The following state receptions will be held according to the following schedule:
  • SA: Adelaide, 28th May- 6:30pm-8:30pm

  • NSW/ACT: Sydney, 25th June – 6:30pm-8:30pm (note change of date!)

  • 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 Australasian 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

AHI Inner Urban Walking Tour

On a beautiful autumn morning the South Australian Branch of the AHI conducted an Inner Urban Walking Tour of the Sturt Street precinct in the Adelaide CBD. The walking tour was very popular with 40 participants plus a waiting list of over 20 more, and proved to be very enjoyable and informative.
The tour visited a number of housing sites that are all within a short walk along Sturt Street, and included a mix of privately owned housing, affordable rental, public housing, Community Housing and even eco-housing. These are managed by a range of Government, private and NFP organisations, and are interspersed with small businesses and café’s.
The street’s tenant community includes a mix of professionals, youth, low income families, public housing tenants, key workers and students. The tour also included apartment buildings under construction and showcased a great example of an emerging and vibrant inner-city housing precinct.
The walking tour went for 90 minutes, and ended with a delicious networking brunch at a park adjacent to the precinct – kindly sponsored by AHI member St Johns Youth Services. The State Branch is planning to repeat the walking tour to address the waiting list, and also keep a look-out for similar events in other housing areas of interest such as Bowden and St Clair.

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 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 will be held on  the  15th June 2015. This seminar will provide  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 is now available on the AHI web-sitebook your spot now.

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

We are currently seeking contributions from the sector for the July edition of HousingWORKS. The main theme for the journal will be tenant participation, engagement and empowerment. 
This topic 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. We 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 2015Read our Contribution Guide.

The NSW Federation of Housing Associations 2015 NSW Community Housing Conference

Tuesday 5 – Wednesday 6 May 2015, Sydney
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.

CHFV Conference 2015. View to a Room: Planning the future of community housing

21 May 2015, Melbourne
The CHFV Conference 2015 is the event for everyone and offers the best view to the future of social housing delivery in Victoria. This one-day program 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.Conference program now available! CHFV has also arranged a Bus Tour to take place - a day before the conference - of key examples of community renewal and redevelopment at public housing sites across Melbourne. Download more information here.

AHURI Research Seminar. Motivations and transitions: targeting housing assistance to best support tenant outcomes

11 June, 2015, Adelaide
This event will explore the motivations and outcomes for tenants navigating the terrain of public housing and the private rental system with particular interest in the incentives, opportunities, issues and disincentives for participation in the workforce. The Federation Review White Paper has placed the productivity agenda at the centre of the future roles and responsibilities of the federal and state governments. The McClure Review of welfare asks how to remove barriers to workforce participation created through housing assistance. The Productivity Commission have just published Housing Assistance and Employment in Australia focussed on the links between participation in employment with housing assistance, social housing and Commonwealth Rent Assistance. Read more  

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. 

NHC 2015 is now calling for abstracts. This is your opportunity to share your work and actively participate in the conference program. The submission deadline is Friday 15 May 2015 and places for abstracts in the program are limited. View the draft program timetable. To find out more about the submission process, learn about the conference experience streams, or to submit your abstract, visit the Call for abstracts page of our website. 

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