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HousingPEOPLE November 2014

AHI HousingPEOPLE Newsletter
November 2014
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Australasian Housing Institute

The AHI Event Portal provides you with information about our workshops, seminars and events designed to promote and develop a skilled and professional sector.
Upcoming AHI Events:
AHI Annual General Meeting
Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Sydney - NSW

Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Monday, 23 Mar 2015 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Monday, 4 May 2015 9:00 AM – 6 May 2015 4:30 PM
Sydney - NSW


Professional Development Guide

Please, download the AHI's Professional Development Guide which contains a wide range of professional development opportunities, from traditional one-day workshops to more complex networking seminars and master classes.  

Issue: November 2014

Welcome to the November 2014 edition of HousingPEOPLE newsletter. This month we are excited to announce that the Professional Accreditation and Recognition is now available to AHI Members. But this is not the only way to be recognised and rewarded. Nominations for the 2015 Professional Excellence in Housing Awards are now open, so don't forget to nominate your colleagues. We welcome you at AHI's End of Year member networking events in Sydney and Adelaide to discuss this and other AHI activities in the year ahead.

For AHI Members

AHI AGM, NSW Branch Christmas Event and Celebration of the Career of Bernie Coates

The AHI's Annual General Meeting will be held this Thursday, 27th November 2014 at 5:30pm in Sydney.The guest speaker for the AGM will be the Hon. Paul Green MLC, a Member of the Legislative Council in the NSW Upper House. The meeting will be followed by the Celebration of the Career of Bernie Coates. We would like to invite Bernie's friends and colleagues in the social housing sector to acknowledge the enormous contribution he has made to social housing communities and to celebrate his long and stellar career.  And at this part of the year it is impossible not to add a Christmas vibe to the event. End of the year AGM is always a great opportunity to celebrate the festive season,  greet industry peers and discuss plans for the year ahead.  Registrations are free.  Read more and register on-line

AHI End of Year Member Networking Event in South Australia

The AHI South Australian Branch would like to invite you to join them at the AHI South Australian Branch Christmas Event. The event is a great opportunity to greet industry peers, discuss plans for the year ahead and have an informal chat about the future of your professional association. We would like to hear your feedback about current AHI activities and what events you would like to see in 2015. Please join us for a light breakfast and start your day with a positive festive vibe.

Registrations are free for AHI Members and $20 for non-members. If you haven't renewed your membership for the 2014-2015 year yet, please, visit the AHI web-site, pay on-line and enjoy the breakfast for free.

2013-2014 Annual Report

The 2013-2014 financial year has been an extremely busy one for the AHI with many positives. After experiencing some uncertainty over the last few years, we are thrilled to report the Institute made a profit of almost $70,000. This would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of our small but committed team, the Board of Directors, local branch committees and initiatives from our Members.
Of course, the Institute would not exist if it weren’t for the generous support we receive from our corporate supporters, members and associates. This support enables the Institute to assist housing professionals in achieving excellence in their work, and the best possible outcomes for their clients, communities and organisations.
Download our 2013-2014 Annual Report

AHI Professional Accreditation and Recognition - Housing doesn’t sit still

We are very excited to announce that long-awaited professional accreditation and recognition for housing professionals is now available for AHI Members. 
Housing professionals know that the field is diverse, complex and constantly moving.  We work hard to keep up and keep ahead.  That warrants recognition by our employers, partners, clients and the broader community. Certified Housing Professional (CHP) will become the industry benchmark for competency and professionalism in social housing.  
Professional recognition provides a clear and tangible signal to the community, government, industry and employers that Certified Housing Professionals are experienced, knowledgeable, and committed to building the profession through their AHI membership and continuing professional development.. Learn more

2015 Professional Excellence in Housing Awards

Nominations for the 2015 AHI Professional Excellence in Housing Awards are now open and we encourage you to nominate your colleagues or outstanding projects for one of eight categories. The Institute has run an awards program since 2004. This program has become increasingly popular with members and other housing professionals. In 2015 the AHI Australasian Award presentation traditionally will be held during the National Housing Conference. Awards will go to housing professionals who are judged to have made a significant and lasting difference: to tenants or service users, to their community, to their colleagues and to their profession.  The Awards recognise the contributions and achievements of our colleagues in the many disciplines which make up the housing profession. The full details, rules and the nomination form are available in the Awards Brochure. Download Nomination Form

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 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

Past Events

Asset Management Professional Practice Seminar29 October 2014, Brisbane

Asset Management Professional Practice Seminar was held in Brisbane on the 29th October. The Seminar provided an opportunity for 25 senior housing professionals  to exchange ideas and innovative practice methods on Asset Management.   Participants were given an insight  from Neil Castles, Director General from the Department of Housing and Public Works into the Governments trail of a fixed price maintenance model and an update from Mark Francis, Registrar, on the  status of applications for NRSCH within the Community Housing Sector in Queensland including compliance requirements for asset management.
It is clear that asset management is one of the highest risk areas facing social and community housing providers and the opportunity to explore new and innovative ways of managing assets is critical.    The Seminar provided an opportunity for participants to hear about new delivery tools and models from an array of experienced and highly respected speakers in this field.  The round table discussion on Supply Chain Partnerships provided for lively discussion and some excellent ideas for further consideration with the closing panel session providing frank reflections on asset management challenges and opportunities.
The day was interspersed with breaks to provide valuable networking opportunities, including the delicious catering of the Rendezvous Studio Hotel. Feedback from participants confirmed that an enjoyable and informative day was experienced by all.

We would like to thank our sponsors Lake Maintenance (GOLD), SPM Assets and Spotless (Silver) for their generous support.
Picture. Discussion Pannel: Les Bartley,  Department of Housing and Public Works; Chris Bratchford, Lake Maintenance; Tim Lambert, BHC; Peter Morton Horizon Housing Solutions 

Networking Breakfast with the Hon Matt Conlan, Minister for Housing NT, 27 October 2014, Darwin

Thirty professionals from across the housing sector attended the first ever AHI networking event in Darwin on the 27th of October. The Hon Minister Conlan, Minister for Housing, Minister for Tourism Minister for Sport, Recreation and Racing, Minister for Arts and Museums and Minister for Central Australia was guest speaker at the breakfast, the Minister spoke about his vision for social housing in the Territory, and on the challenges facing NT’s social housing sector. Anne Bradford, CE Housing NT joined the Minister to answer questions from the floor. We thank you both for your time and look forward to holding another networking event in the Territory.
We would like to thank our sponsors Lake Maintenance and Shelter NT for their support. 

AHI is exploring the topic of Indigenous Housing 

In collaboration with the NSW Aboriginal Housing Office, the Australasian Housing Institute is exploring the topic of Indigenous Housing
Following this initiative, we will focus the December 2014 edition of the HousingWORKS journal on the issues and peculiarities of housing services for the Indigenous community and run a Professional Practice Seminar in Sydney on 23rd March 2015. We would like to invite housing industry professionals from Australia and New Zealand to join the discussion.
Firstly, we are seeking a mix of contributions to the HousingWORKS journal. Please, read the detailed Contribution Guide. Articles should be submitted electronically by e-mail to by Friday, 28th November 2014. 
We also welcome interest from industry practitioners and Indigenous housing specialists and researchers to contribute to the Indigenous Housing Seminar. The seminar will be held on 23rd of March 2015 in Sydney and aims to provide an opportunity for mainstream public and community housing professionals to join with experts working in the indigenous social housing field to improve understanding of the respective sectors and identify opportunities for service planning and delivery across all sectors for the benefit of the indigenous community. The program will be available soon on the AHI web-site. 25% Early Bird discount is available until the end of January 2015.

Leadership Master Class - book the date in your diary

4-6 May 2015 Sydney

The Australasian Housing Institute would like to invite social housing leaders to attend the Leadership Master Class that will be held on 4-6 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:
  1. Self-leadership
  2. Interpersonal leadership
  3. Team leadership
  4. Strategic leadership
The program will be available soon on the AHI web-site. 25% Early Bird discount is available until the end of January 2015.

Industry Events


  • Q Shelter Working Together Conference, Townsville, 17 February 2015; Brisbane 19 February 2015. As the future of housing and homelessness services continues to evolve in a context of considerable change, the Working Together Conference will gather community housing providers, homelessness services and associated sectors with a focus on innovation, sustainability and partnerships. Q Shelter is excited to announce the Key Note Speaker David Orr, CEO from the UK’s National Housing Federation. David Orr brings a vision for community housing with a practical understanding of the various challenges and opportunities. David will deliver a keynote address and contribute throughout the day on themes such as achieving a strategic future for community housing, rising to the challenge of stock transfers and building the capacity of the sector to grow.
  • The Australasian Housing Researchers Conference 2015 'Housing Futures, Transforming Living, Changing Lives', 18-20 February 2015, University of Tasmania, Hobart. The Australasian Housing Researchers conference is an important conference for all housing researchers. It provides an essential opportunity for housing researchers internationally to exchange their theoretical and empirical research and engage with colleagues across a wide range of disciplines, and from academic, government and non-government sectors. It is open to all researchers concerned with housing affordability and homelessness, housing policy and planning, housing economics, housing sustainability, and regional, national and international housing markets. As well as established researchers, the input and participation of early career researchers is especially welcome. Call for papers. Organisers invite both theoretical and policy oriented papers from across the social sciences that explore the complex social, economic and political issues in housing today and what these mean for our housing futures. Please note that the Abstract submission deadline is 1 October 2014. Read more
  • National Housing Conference 2015, 28 October 2015- 30 October 2015, Perth. The next National Housing Conference will be convened in Perth by AHURI in partnership with the Western Australia Department of Housing.
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