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HousingPEOPLE November 16

AHI HousingPEOPLE e-Newsletter
November 2016


Issue: November 2016

With Christmas just around the corner, we believe it's the perfect time to reminisce about the past and make plans for the future. In November we released the 2015/16 Annual Report and had opportunity to review our achievements at the Annual General Meeting last week in Sydney. Now it's time to create an event calendar for the next year and we invite you to have your say in our planning session. Click here to participate in AHI Member survey and share with us what events and activities you'd like to see next year.

Welcome to the new AHI Director – Indigenous Housing

We are delighted to welcome Tim Chatfield as the AHI Director – Indigenous Housing. Tim has extensive experience in the Indigenous community housing sector including leadership, strategy, corporate governance, business management and the development of culturally appropriate policies and processes. Read more

New AHI Members 

Welcome to our new members and Certified Housing Professionals.
Read more

Upcoming networking events 


 | This event is FREE for AHI Members.
Wed, 7 Dec, 7:30 - 9:30 AM


Tue, 13 Dec 2016 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Exploring new ideas and innovative approaches in social housing

2017 AHI Awards Update

Nominations are now open for the 2017 AHI Professional Excellence in Housing Awards. We are also looking for volunteering judges to create the 2017 Awards Committee and to review the most successful stories of the social and affordable housing.   Read more

2016 AHI Member and Friend survey

Let's build the housing profession together!

Traditionally at the end of the year we are running a survey to receive feedback from our Members and Friends about AHI services and to hear about your professional development needs. Whether you're an AHI Member, attended one of the AHI's events in the past or just planning to be involved more with the Institute in the future, we would like to hear from you! Take the survey


Didn't have a chance to attend the latest local events? 

In the past month we ran three networking events in Brisbane and Sydney. 
Please, click on links below to read event summaries and see pictures:

Analysing the Past and Looking into the Future

We're incredibly proud of the work we do as a professional body in creating an exceptional environment for housing people to learn, network and share experiences. Please, download our 2015-2016 Annual Report to explore and learn more about our broad range of programs and people behind them, who through active participation help us to deliver our services. Click here to download the report

Housing Jobs

See the recent job opportunities in the Australasian social housing sector. Hume Community Housing and Women's Housing Company Ltd are now hiring!
Read more

AHI Member News 

It is with great pleasure that we have welcomed new members and Certified Housing Professional during November.
We are also delighted to welcome Auckland Council as a Corporate Member of the Institute. The Corporate package has given an opportunity for ten staff member to join the AHI as Individual Members and enjoy numerous professional development opportunities. Read more about Corporate Membership.

New AHI Members:

  • Maria Niva, Auckland Council, New Zealand
  • Kathryn Teirney, Auckland Council, New Zealand
  • Linda McKenzie, Auckland Council, New Zealand
  • Courtney Ross, Auckland Council,New Zealand
  • Mandy May, Auckland Council, New Zealand
  • Luminita Apostol, Auckland Council,New Zealand
  • Margaret Mincham, Auckland Council, New Zealand
  • Robyn Hornell, Auckland Council, New Zealand
  • Julie Sutherland, Auckland Council, New Zealand
  • David O'Brien, Auckland Council, New Zealand
  • Timothy Chatfield, Aboriginal Housing Victoria
  • Michele Dobson, Bridge Housing, NSW
  • Georga Rogerson, Housing Choices Australia, Tasmania

New Certified Housing Professional:

  • Chris Chaplin, Port Phillip Housing Association, Victoria


Let's build the housing profession together!

We are running this survey to receive feedback from people like you about AHI services and to hear about your professional development needs to ensure our services and offerings are relevant to our members and the whole professional housing community.
Whether you're an AHI Member, attended one of the AHI's events in the past or just planning to be involved more with the Institute in the future, we would like to hear from you! 
The survey runs until Friday, 9 December 2016 and will take about 10 minutes to complete.
By completing the survey, you will have the chance to enter the draw to win 1 of 4 $100 vouchers to use towards any AHI event in 2017.
Thank you in advance for your time in completing the survey. Click here to take the survey

Hello from Tim Chatfield, newly appointed AHI Director – Indigenous Housing

I am very pleased and proud to be appointed to the Board of the Australasian Housing Institute (AHI) to join industry colleagues in providing national leadership to the housing sector.
My aspiration through this appointment is to lift the profile of Aboriginal housing and to ensure there is a national voice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander housing.
Aboriginal Australians are vastly over represented as clients of homelessness and social housing services and addressing Aboriginal homelessness and housing issues is fundamental to genuine progress towards closing the gap.
Stable housing is a pre-condition for attainment of improved life circumstances and there is a strong argument that investment in improved housing services for Aboriginal people will result in improvement in broader outcomes and reduce the call on homelessness and crisis services.
For this to be achieved culturally informed and sensitive tenancy management for Aboriginal people must be the business of all housing agencies not only of Aboriginal housing providers.
I believe there is an exciting opportunity to build on AHI’s work to date in Aboriginal housing and to strengthen national partnerships to promote best practice and successful Aboriginal housing innovations.
I would like to challenge the Board as they work through priority setting and delivery of the strategic plan to consider how we can contribute to promotion of meaningful solutions to Aboriginal housing issues. I would encourage the Board to consider whether we can make firm commitments in the coming year to:
  • Increase Aboriginal membership
  • Increase the uptake of professional development for Aboriginal housing officers and to deliver improved cultural competency for housing officers managing Aboriginal tenancies
  • Strengthen partnerships to drive and promote innovative and sustainable solutions in Aboriginal housing.
Tim Chatfield | AHI Director – Indigenous Housing

Nominations for the 2017 AHI Professional Excellence in Housing Awards are now open and will close on Tuesday, 28 February 2017. The Awards provide an opportunity to showcase social housing success stories. The Awards formally recognise and reward excellence in professional practice, from the grass roots to the most senior levels. They promote to our colleagues and the community at large the difference that social housing professionals make to people's lives.
How to enter? 


Call for Judges

The Institute is currently looking for volunteering judges to create the 2017 Awards Committee and to review the most successful stories of the social and affordable housing.  If you are involved in social and affordable housing and/or related services in any capacity and can commit some time to read and judge the award nominations, feel free to express your interest in becoming a judge by filling out this form.

We aim to build a committee with a balanced jurisdictional, sectoral (community, public, private, academic, homelessness) and discipline (assets, finance, development, service delivery, policy, place making, advocacy, Indigenous, tenant representative) interests. We also encourage tenants to apply for the position of the Committee tenant representative.

Becoming an AHI Awards Judge is a unique opportunity:
  • to be exposed to the very best industry projects and initiatives;
  • to network with recognised and acknowledged industry specialists;
  • to get recognition as an industry leader and promoter;
  • to attend all Awards presentations for free;
  • and, most importantly, to contribute to the excellence in the affordable and social housing by helping select and celebrate the very best people, organisations and projects.
If you are interested in determining the future of the social and affordable housing in Australia and New Zealand and would like to be a part of the industry success, fill out our brief judge application form and tell us why you think you’d be a good judge, what experience you will bring to the Committee and what kind of disciplines you are interested in reviewing.

Thank you to the 2017 Awards Sponsors:

Gold Sponsor:

Silver Sponsors:


Sponsorship opportunities

The AHI Professional Excellence in Housing Awards provides numerous opportunities to promote your business. 


Housing Now Series: Creative Social and Affordable Housing  Design

On 26 October the AHI treated us to the first of the HousingNow presentations in Queensland. Creative Social and Affordable Housing Design: Modern design solutions and ideas for social and affordable housing developments.
Hosted by McCullogh Robertson Lawyers and supported by CHP’s for QLD, the first of the three presentations was made by Joe Hurley and David Langley on Cagarra House. This BHCL development opened in February 2015 and took the UDIA QLD Award for Excellence in the affordable housing category. Joe and David showcased the 57 high quality, easy-to-maintain units for seniors looking to downsize, and the design thinking underpinning the project. The site was not without its issues and presented enforced constraints which in themselves required innovative solutions. However the design was key to the project’s success; creating access to breezes with clever use of louvres and, for those tenants not used to apartment living, long vistas, private balconies and space for community interaction. In fact the serendipitous interaction spaces were a standout, with clever use of fun information gathering that allows tenants to participate in the management of the building. By releasing under-occupied public housing this model of affordable housing for seniors truly creates a catalyst for future provision.
Tiny homes could be a giant step forward! David Wooldridge, CEO of the Tiny Homes Foundation left us in no doubt about that. The pilot project is fully funded and underway in Gosford NSW on leased council owned land. Consisting of four tiny homes and two common rooms the construction engages the Skills Generator and TAFE with participants in a training and skills program. Once completed a community housing provider will manage the tenancies and wrap around support. David outlined the difficulties encountered in obtaining approval – it appears that processes do not enable Tiny Homes to fall neatly within current conventional  planning typology, and despite the obvious benefits and scalability of the model not-for-profits in the housing sector will need to continue advocating for safe and secure housing solutions for those experiencing or at risk of homelessness. The Tiny Homes Foundation are providing a model which is as much an example of physiological, psychological and economic collaboration as it is good design and efficient use of space. David’s vision is one of transition from homelessness to home ownership which encapsulates health, relationships, education and employment in the one constant that is home. One Tiny home at a time – good luck David.
Fred Iezzi and Idearchitecture have been at the forefront of innovative design for over 30 years. As Managing Director, Fred has built his vast experience on a culture of ‘little victories’ which in fact has led to the master planning of the largest urban renewal to be undertaken in Queensland. The Cornerstone Living project achieved an Australian Institute of Architects award for its creative and cost effective design in the first stage of the redevelopment. Integrating a range of affordable apartment and town house options, the dwellings are being affordably delivered with a premium standard of design and finish while conforming to Affordable by Design guidelines and incorporating Universal Design principles. If you are seeking innovative adaptability and flexibility in design, with consideration of all the geographic, demographic and economic requirements of a successful project, then Fred left us in no doubt that Idearchitecture is the place to go.
In rounding up Andy Denniss connected the themes of the day and whether it be downsizing to Cagarra House for public housing tenants, addressing homelessness with Tiny Homes or creating large scale developments with little victories maybe “thinking small is the new big idea”.
Andy Denniss, AHI QLD Committee Member

Housing Buzz @ The Hive: Will Increased Housing Supply Address the Affordability Crisis?

On 27 October, the NSW Branch Committee organised Housing Buzz @ The Hive – an informal networking event for AHI members and friends held in Erskineville, Sydney. The event was designed to prompt debate about key housing issues and enable AHI members to network in a fun and relaxed environment. 
The topic for debate was, ‘will increased housing supply address the affordability crisis?’ Guest presenters included Dallas Rogers (University of Western Sydney), Emile Ferrer (Sphere Consulting) and Barb McKenna (SGCH). After leading off proceedings with short pithy manifestos for change all speakers passionately argued against the debate question.
Dallas was particularly concerned about the economics driving the commodification of land and housing as a wealth creation asset and how this has changed over time. Emile also reflected on the distribution of wealth associated with home ownership, passionately calling on baby boomers to reflect on their privileged position in the housing market and how policy benefits this generation while effectively locking future generations out of the housing market. Barb asked people to reflect on the Federal Government funding priorities such as building submarines or off shore detention of refugees and how these deflect political will and policy making to address housing unaffordability.
 Over 40 guests attended the event. Questions from the floor filled the evening with full and frank discussion, with fire and passion. The topic, the night and the spirit with which the evening was held bodes well for future member networking events.
Special mention to Rebecca Pinkstone from the NSW Branch who ably controlled the engagement level, and all would agree a great night was had by all. Bring on the next one!

Nicholas Loder | AHI NSW Committee Member

2016 AHI AGM and Celebration of the Career of Vivienne Milligan

The AHI held its Annual General Meeting in Sydney on the 24th of November. Andrew Davis, AHI President addressed a crowd of around 30 housing professionals. Andrew provided members and guests with an update on the AHI’s achievements over the last 12 months including the release of the Annual Report and the AHI’s strategic plan 2016-2020. Andrew thanked directors for their ongoing commitment to the board and welcomed new Indigenous Housing Director Tim Chatfield to the board.
A highlight of the AGM included a Life Membership honor to Vivienne Milligan. Vivienne was recognised for her contribution to the AHI and the housing sector. Following the formalities of the meeting Rebecca Pinkstone, NSW Branch Chair led a conversation with Vivienne about her career. It was lovely to hear from Vivienne about her career highlights and not so positive moments over her time in the industry. We wish Vivienne all the very best in her retirement. 
Following the close of the AGM, members and guests enjoyed a glass of champagne to celebrate another successful year at the Institute.   


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.
Manager, Neighbourhood & Customer Services, Hume Community Housing, NSW
Hume Community Housing is a nationally accredited Tier 1 Community Housing provider with a proud history of providing safe and affordable housing solutions for customers across Greater Western Sydney NSW. Hume's vision is to create vibrant, sustainable and cohesive communities through the delivery of outstanding homes and equitable services. As part of their continued success story they have any exciting opportunity for an experienced Manager, Neighbourhood & Customer Services to join the team and be a key part of their exciting future.
Housing Services Manager, Women's Housing Company, NSW
If you would like to demonstrate your technical tenancy, access and customer service flair whilst being part of the Senior Management team reporting directly to the CEO, this position may just be for you.
Housing Worker, Women's Housing Company (Part-time), NSW
This is a permanent part-time position with 28 hours per week with a highly regarded and specialist community housing provider offering great salary and benefits.


National Housing Conference 2017

29 Nov – 1 Dec 2017, Sydney
AHURI will convene the National Housing Conference 2017 in Sydney, in partnership with the NSW Department of Family and Community Services from 29 Nov – 1 Dec 2017 at the brand new International Convention Centre. With Sydney as the destination, and NSW leading the way in affordable housing policy reform, NHC 2017 is expected to be our biggest conference ever, with more than 1000 delegates from across the country expected to join us in Australia’s largest city. Read more
The AHI wishes to acknowledge the Corporate support from the following organisations:



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