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Issue: November 2013

Dear Member,

Welcome to the November edition of the HousingPEOPLE newsletter. The winners of the 2013 AHI Awards Program have finally been announced and it was a great pleasure to meet many members, partners and friends at the National Housing Conference 2013. The last two months of 2013 will be full of networking and professional development opportunities.   

AHI news

2013 Award Winners now announced! 

The National Winners for the 2013 Australasian Professional Excellence in Housing Awards were announced on the 30th October 2013 at the Awards Presentation Dinner during the National Housing Conference 2013 in Adelaide. People from all around Australasia had an opportunity to gather together to celebrate the success and achievements of housing professionals, hear inspirational stories and congratulate the worthy winners. Hon Tony Piccolo, Minister for Social Housing in SA attended the ceremony and presented the Award for Outstanding Achievement and Dr Duncan McFetridge MP, Shadow Minister for Social Housing in SA closed the event and presented the Excellence in Social Housing Award.
Please, visit AHI web-site to find the list of winners and download the brochure which outlines all 2013 Program participants. 
Photographs from the events are now available in the AHI Photobucket Album .
We would like to thank all the sponsors that helped support the 2013 Awards Program: Lake Maintenance Pty Ltd and Compass Housing Services (Silver Sponsors of the Program), bankmecu(Awards Reception Sponsor), Brisbane Housing Company Limited, CHINTARO, Housing Action Network, Kinetic Information Systems, NFPAS, Spotless Group and Perform HR (Category Sponsors).

AHI Seminars

Stock Transfer: Opportunities and Challenges. Professional Practice Seminar 

The program for the Stock Transfer: Opportunities and Challenges Professional Practice Seminar is now available to download. The Seminar will be held on Wednesday, 27 November 2013 in Brisbaneand will provide practical guidance to Community Housing providers, State Housing Authorities and partners on how best to plan and manage contemporary stock transfers within the social housing sector. Based on research and best practice, the Seminar will give guidance on this complex process with an aim of providing best outcomes for all stakeholders – especially the staff, tenants and communities impacted.  
  • Framing the stock transfer environment
  • Contemporary stock transfer: Insights from the front line 
  • Managing a large scale stock transfer program – challenges, learnings and insights
  • Exploring the challenge and opportunity
And traditional for the AHI Seminars Expert Panel, Guest Speaker Sessions and Case Studies from Australian leading community housing providers.
Download Seminar Program
Register On-line

Gold Sponsor Exclusive:               Silver Sponsors:

We have some attractive sponsorship packages available at really affordable prices. Sponsorship of AHI events will enable businesses to highlight their support of the housing sector, effectively  network with the target audience and enable the AHI to deliver first-rate events. Download Sponsorship Brochure

AHI Networks

Networking Lunch with Michael Coutts-Trotter

    Gold Sponsor:                 Lunch Sponsor: 
It’s not too late to register for the AHI networking lunch with Michael Coutts-Trotter, the newly appointed Director General, Department of Family and Community Services. Following numerous requests from the industry the Institute invited Michael to speak about his vision for the social housing in New South Wales. 
Join us to meet the new industry leader, catch up with your friends and colleagues, share your insights and of course enjoy a delicious lunch.
Register on-line

Mark the date in your diary: AHI - CHFV Placemaking Forum, Melbourne
The Australasian Housing Institute (AHI) together with the Community Housing Federation of Victoria (CHFV) are pleased to present the Placemaking Forum. The forum will provide an opportunity for senior housing practitioners with interest in placemaking, community renewal and urban regeneration to openly discuss and express ideas of approaches to affirm, improve and create great places. The Forum will be held Tuesday, 10th December 2013 at the CHFV office (Level 1, 128 Exhibition St., Melbourne). Registrations will be open soon, so mark this date in your diary as you can't miss this unique networking opportunity.

Annual General Meeting

The Australasian Housing Institute's Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday, 12th December 2013 at 5 pm at the Sebel Surry Hills in SydneyAt this meeting the new President and members of the Board will be appointed, annual reports such as the Directors' Report, Audited Financial Statements and the President's address will be presented. 
We welcome all AHI members, friends and colleagues to join us to the discussion about the strategic direction of your association in 2014 and meet new President and Board Members. 
Register for the event on-line. Registration is free.

AHI Christmas Parties

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Two Christmas Parties for AHI Members and friends will be held in Sydney and Adelaide. The NSW event will follow the Annual General Meeting and will be held on Thursday, 12th December 2013 at 6 pm at the Sebel Surry Hills in Sydney.
The event in Adelaide will be held on Wednesday, 11 December from 7:30 - 9:30 am at the Peel St Café 9 Peel Street, Adelaide.

Don't miss this great opportunity to greet industry peers, discuss plans for the year ahead and hear about the future of your professional association.
Registrations are free for both events.
Register for the AHI AGM and Christmas Event in Sydney

Register for the Christmas Event in Adelaide


We hope you're enjoying the October 2013 HousingWORKS edition which has been distributed last week to our members, subscribers and at the AHI booth during the National Housing Conference 2013. We would like to thank all contributors who sent their articles exploring further the issue of homelessness. The December 2013, edition will focus on the AHI Professional Excellence Awards Program and the main event of the industry, the National Housing Conference 2013, however the edition will not be limited to these topics therefore other contributions from the industry are very welcome and we encourage you to share your story with industry peers. 

Please, read the detailed Contribution Guide. Articles should be submitted electronically by e-mail to by Monday, 2nd December 2013Remember, you do not need to be a professional writer to publish interesting and valuable workPlease, note that the HousingWORKS journal is a part of your AHI Membership Package and you will receive your copy only if your membership fee for 2013-2014 Membership Year is paid. If you haven’t had a chance to renew yet, please download your invoice and renew on-line.

Industry Events


  • New Homelessness Research Seminar, delivered by AHURI, Thursday, 14 November, 2013, 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM, Sydney. This research seminar is based on two new AHURI research projects that provide contemporary evidence about homelessness in Australia. The session will tease out the emerging issue of homelessness for older Australians and help identify strategies to prevent the onset of homelessness for those older people who are precariously housed. Read more


  • The National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials(NAHRO) is the leading housing and community development advocate for the provision of adequate and affordable housing and strong, viable communities for all Americans—particularly those with low- and moderate-incomes. The National Conference is the industry’s premier event and offers the most comprehensive representation of products and services that manage the nation’s affordable housing stock. Additionally, the conference provides an educational opportunity for housing and community development practitioners and policymakers to network and learn how public, private, and nonprofit groups are overcoming challenges to create affordable housing and build stronger communities. Read more
Please email us to include your upcoming industry event in HousingPEOPLE.


Tenancy and Property Services Team Leader, North East Housing Servcies, Victoria

Services Team Leader is responsible for delivering a range of quality and professional housing management and related advisory services to tenants and prospective tenants, in accordance with NEHS’ objectives, values, operating policies and procedures, government policy and statutory requirements. Read more
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All the best,
the AHI team