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HousingPEOPLE October 2013

Issue: October 2013

Dear Member,

Welcome to the October edition of the HousingPEOPLEnewsletter.   

AHI news

2013 State Award Winners now announced! 

The Australasian Housing Institute is delighted to announce its 2013 Professional Excellence State Award Winners. This year the Institute received 73 nominations from Australian States and New Zealand. There were an amazing collection of nominations, outlining successful projects and inspiring stories from housing authorities, small and large community housing providers, from tenants and dedicated teams. There were some really hard decisions for the AHI's Award Committee Members as all of the nominations were very inspiring. The list of the 2013 State Award Winners is available on the AHI web-site

The successful nominees will now be entered in the Australasian Housing Institute National Awards to be held in Adelaide on 30 October 2013 during the National Housing Conference 2013. The Awards receptions always attract keen interest and participation from a range of government and community-based professionals involved in the direct provision of housing, housing policy and planning. We are excited to announce that the Hon Tony Piccolo Minister for Social Housing has generously accepted our invitation to attend the Award Presentation Dinner and present one of the Awards. Register for the event on-line

State Award Receptions were held in NSW, SA and New Zealand and, as usual for the Award Program events, were full of positive vibes and inspirational stories. The receptions were attended by housing people from the government and non-government sectors, industry partners and friends.
Photographs from the events are now available in the AHI Photobucket Albums:
2013 AHI Awards Silver Sponsors:
Lake Maintenance
We would like to thank sponsors that have already committed to supporting  the 2013 Awards Program: Lake Maintenance Pty Ltd and Compass Housing Services (Silver Sponsors of the Program), Brisbane Housing Company Limited, CHINTARO, Housing Action Network, NFPAS, bankmecu, Spotless Group and Perform HR (Category Sponsors).
Attractive sponsorship packages are still available, download the Sponsorship Opportunities Brochure.

AHI Seminars

Tenant Participation and Engagement Professional Practice Seminar

The third event of the AHI Series of Professional Practice Semainars was held in Sydney on 17th September. This time the event was focused on the issue of tenant participation and engagement in social housing. Seminar participants had an opportunity not only to hear from industry practitioners, researches and tenants, but also enjoyed a chance to share experience with other attendees as the event gathered together professionals from from NSW, Victoria, Western Australia, ACT and Queensland. The range of speakers and topics allowed to explore the issue of the tenant engagement from different perspectives. The Seminar program included successful case studies from such leading NSW housing proiders as St George Community Housing, Shelter NSW, Wentworth Community Housing and the Tenant Discussion Panel led by Dare Kavanagh.  
  • "Well balanced suite of topics and presentations with excellent centrepiece of the Tenant Discussion Panel"
  • "Very practical and ranging from ground roots to large country wide issues"
  • "Diverse and engaging - a nice balance of applied experience and conceptual evaluation"
Silver Sponsor: These are only a few feedback comments from the Seminar Participants. 
The AHI team would like to sincerely thank all speakers, attendees and sponsors for their contributions to the event success. 
Session SponsorsWentworth Community Housing LimitedPacific Link

Stock Transfer: Opportunities and Challenges. Professional Practice Seminar 

The topic for the next seminar of the Series is Stock Transfer: Opportunities and ChallengesThis seminar will provide practical guidance to State Housing Authorities, Community Housing providers and partners on how best to plan and manage contemporary stock transfers within the social housing sector. Based on best inter-state practice, the seminar will give guidance on this complex topic with an aim of providing best outcomes for all stakeholders – especially the staff, tenants and communities impacted.

We're planning to run the Seminar in Queensland (27 November 2013) and Victoria (December 2013, date tba) and would like to invite speakers and contributors from state housing authorities, community housing providers, government officials and professional service providers (consultants, developers, property maintenance groups, financiers) who have been involved in stock transfers to share their experience. Please, read the Speaker Submission Instructions here.

Gold Sponsor Exclusive, QLD:
A 25% Early Bird Discount is available for registrations for Brisbane event until 31st October  - register on-line

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

Nominations for the AHI Board of Directors 2014-15 are now open

The AHI Board of Directors consists of up to eleven members, elected at an AGM.  Two positions – the President and the Director - Indigenous Housing are elected by the entire membership.  Another four Directors (Queensland, Northern Territory, ACT and Tasmanian) are nominated directly by the members in the jurisdiction.  The remaining five Directors (NSW, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and New Zealand) are nominated by the local Branch Committee. 
We are calling for nominations for the positions of:
  • President                                                                           
  • Director - Indigenous Housing  
  • Director - ACT
  • Director -Tasmania
  • Director - Northern Territory
Any financial member may nominate for the Presidentposition. Members nominating for the Director – Indigenous Housing must also be involved in the Indigenous housing sector. Members nominating for the position of Director – ACTmust live and work in the ACT, members nominating for the position of Director – Tasmania must live and work in Tasmania and members nominating for the position of Director – Northern Territory must live and work in the Northern Territory.   

The Board shall be elected for a period of two years and each board member will be able to serve a maximum of 4 consecutive years.  The role of the Board and the President are detailed in theRules of the Australasian Housing Institute.
If you wish to nominate to be on the Board of Directors you will need to:
Nominations are due by 31st October 2013 and should be e-mailed to the Australasian Housing Institute Office (

Annual General Meeting

We are pleased to advise you that 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 Sydney

At this meeting the 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. Following the AGM the NSW branch committee invite you to attend the NSW Branch Christmas Party. 

We welcome all AHI members, friends and colleagues to join us to the discussion about the strategic direction of your association in 2014, meet new President and Board Members and, of course, enjoy networking drinks with your peers to celebrate the holiday season. 
Register for the event on-line. Registration is free.


The October 2013 HousingWORKS edition  is almost completed and will be distributed soon to our members and subscribers. The AHI team would like to thank all contributors who sent their articles exploring further the issue of homelessness. The following, December 2013, edition will focus on the AHIProfessional 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 work 

Please, 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 News

The National Housing Conference 2013
The National Housing Conference 2013 – a new way home is happening later this month in Adelaide and will bring together the key decision-makers from the government, private and the not-for-profit sectors who decide on future public, community and private affordable housing. If you work in the social housing sector then you need to be at this conference!
The conference opens with an exciting panel discussion around the six conference themes led by Radio National breakfast program host, Fran Kelly. Day one closes with the first international keynote address from Acting Assistant Secretary for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Mark Johnston. The Hon. Jay Weatherill MP, Premier of SA opens day two, followed by the second international keynote, David Cowans from the UK. From there, a  range of presentations, panel discussions, workshops and roundtables will allow for maximum participation of delegates in the lead up to the big closing debate featuring former SA Senators Amanda Vanstone and Nick Bolkus.
This conference is for those who seek to make a difference and want to lead the way in creating a new way home for Australia. To register, or find out more visit:

Industry Events


  • 8th National Housing Conference, 30 October - 1 November 2013, Adelaide. Convened by AHURI in partnership with Housing SA, the 8th National Housing Conference will provide a platform for sharing, debating, celebrating and promoting ideas in affordable housing research, policy and practice.


  • 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 inHousingPEOPLE.

All the best,
the AHI team