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HousingPEOPLE October 2014

AHI HousingPEOPLE Newsletter
October 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:
Leadership Awareness
Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Sydney - NSW
Working with Complex and Demanding Clients
Monday, 24 Nov 2014 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Alice Springs - NT
Working with clients who have drug and/or alcohol dependency
Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Alice Springs - NT
AHI Annual General Meeting
Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Sydney - NSW

Monday, 23 Feb 2015 9:00 AM – 24 Feb 2015 4:30 PM
Wellington - NZ

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: October 2014

Welcome to the October edition of the HousingPEOPLE newsletter. The end of the 2014 is full of activities and networking opportunities for the AHI team and members. First and foremost, we are excited to announce that nominations for the 2015 Australasian Housing Awards will be open at the beginning of November. Secondly, in December we will explore the topic of Indigenous housing with a special joint edition of HousingWORKS with the Aboriginal Housing Office. Last, but not least,  the AHI's Annual General Meeting will be held in Sydney on the 27th of  November and will be a nice opportunity to catch up with your peers and celebrate the end of the year. 

AHI Professional Excellence in Housing Awards

We are very excited to announce that nominations for the 2015 AHI Professional Excellence in Housing Awards will be open on Monday, 10th of November. The 2015 AHI Awards feature eight categories:
  • 2 individual awards (Outstanding Achievement and Inspirational Team Member), which recognises achievements of individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the housing sector
  • 5 team awards (Excellence in Social Housing, Leading Innovation, Leading Housing Development Project, Leading Asset Management, Leading Tenants Engagement Practice), which are open to housing organisations or project teams, and
  • the Tenant Award is aimed at an individual or a group of residents or tenants who have undertaken a project or initiative to benefit others in their community.
The full details, rules and the nomination form will be available on the AHI web-site very soon, however you can start thinking about who you will nominate. 

Past Events

Stock Transfer Professional Practice Seminar, 13 October 2014, Adelaide

The second Stock Transfer Professional Practice seminar was held In Adelaide on October 13th. The importance and opportune timing of this seminar was demonstrated by the record attendance of 70 participants. AHI members and non-members travelled to Adelaide from every state and territory of Australia, and we were especially happy to welcome participants from New Zealand. It proved to be a valuable opportunity for updating the latest happenings in stock transfer programs around the country, learnings from past stock transfers, exchanging ideas, and networking with other housing profesionals.
An array of experienced and highly respected speakers presented their insights into the various forms of stock transfer. This included many helpful 'take aways' of practical advice about avoiding the potential pitfalls and ensuring the success of stock transfer projects. We heard presentations on the background of stock transfer in Australia and overseas, an overview of the current state-of-play in each state, learnings from organisations that have implemented stock transfer projects, stock transfer from a Government perspective, and an excellent panel discussion and Q&A to address specific areas of interest.
The day was interspersed with breaks to provide valuable networking opportunities, including the delicious catering of the Intercontinental Hotel. Feedback from participants confirmed that an enjoyable and informative day was experienced by all. The Australasian Housing Institute extends sincere thanks to Seminar Sponsors, speakers and delegates for contributing to make this event a success. 
Picture: Tony Gilmour, Housing Action Network, facilitates the Panel Discussion

Seminar Silver Sponsors:


AHI is exploring the topic of Indigenous Housing 

The Australasian Housing Institute in collaboration with the NSW Aboriginal Housing Office is planning to explore the topic of Indigenous Housing
The focus for the December 2014 edition of the HousingWORKS journal will be on the issues and peculiarities of housing services for the Indigenous community. We would like to invite housing industry professionals from Australia and New Zealand to join the discussion.
We are seeking a mix of contributions to the HousingWORKS journal from Government, academics and mainstream NGOs and want to ensure that there is a contribution from every state and territory and that remote, rural, regional and urban issues are covered. Please, read the detailed Contribution Guide. Articles should be submitted electronically by e-mail to by Friday, 28th November 2014.  

AHI Annual General Meeting, NSW Branch Christmas Event and Celebration of the Career of Bernie Coates

The Australasian Housing Institute's Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday, 27th November 2014 at 5:30pm in Sydney. At this meeting new 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 in the discussion about the strategic direction of your association in 2015.

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 of course at this time 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.  Read more and register on-line

Leadership Retreat - book the date in your diary

23-24 February 2015 in Wellington, New Zealand

Once again the Australasian Housing Institute would like to invite social housing leaders to attend the third Leadership Retreat that will be held on 23-24 February 2015 in Wellington, New Zealand. The Leadership Retreat 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 Retreat 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.

AHI Workshops

In November 2014 the AHI will run Service Delivery Workshops in  Sydney and Alice Springs. These workshops are aimed at professionals whose work involves direct contact with clients. Traditionally AHI workshops are designed for people working in housing related areas, but professionals from other sectors such as homelessness, social workers and client service staff of other organisations will benefit from attending our workshops.

Leadership Awareness, Wednesday, 19 November 2014, Sydney

This one-day course is designed for anyone in a management or supervisory role that is keen to improve their leadership effectiveness and aims to encourage participants to reflect on and explore their leadership approach and style and identify opportunities to maximise leadership effectiveness. 

Alice Springs
Working with Complex and Demanding Clients,
Monday, 24 November 2014, Alice Springs

Housing, community and health personnel work with clients who may experience serious mental health problems, substance abuse dependency, relationship conflict, family dysfunction and/or disordered personality. This one-day workshop aims to assist people in delivering quality client services to those whose situations are complex and whose behaviour is, at times, demanding and challenging. 
Working with clients who have drug and/or alcohol dependency 
Tuesday, 25 November 2014, Alice Springs
At times, housing and support staff work with clients who are experiencing substance abuse dependency. During this one-day workshop participants will explore the issues of working more effectively with clients who are experiencing substance abuse dependency. The aim is to share and then try out different approaches and ideas that may be of help. 

Housing Jobs

Quality Assurance & Compliance Specialist, Hume Community Housing 

Hume Community Housing is a values driven nationally accredited Tier 1 Community Housing Provider with over 1700 properties under management. Hume Housing is a great place to work and offer above Award salaries, 35 hour working week, long service leave after 5 years, flexible working arrangements, salary packaging, professional development and career opportunities; the list goes on! The Role: You will support the Executive Management Team to achieve compliance and quality, utilising a business partner approach with key internal stakeholders to build on the solid foundations already in place and further embed the continuous improvement ethos. Read more

Industry News

Westpac signs its largest Community Housing Provider deal

Westpac has signed its largest single Community Housing finance deal, providing A$61 million debt finance to SGCH to facilitate the construction of 275 new dwellings across the Sydney metropolitan region.
According to SGCH CEO, Nazha Saad, the current lack of affordable housing in Australia is a significant social issue. “Working with Westpac, we have been able to secure finance that will allow us to safely grow our business and fulfil some of this overstretched demand. This finance facility will go a long way to providing safe, secure housing for families across New South Wales where the current waiting list for social housing has over 58,000 applicants,” Ms Saad said.
According to Westpac Institutional Bank’s Head of Financial Institutions, Government, Health & Diversified Groups, Janie Wittey, there is no single solution to grow the supply of social and affordable housing in Australia. “At Westpac, we continue to look for better ways to partner with not for profit CHPs and government to help grow the industry in a sustainable and commercial way. “Helping people gain access to social and affordable housing is a core part of our Westpac’s vision. Beyond lending money, Westpac can play a vital role, lending our time and expertise,” she said. Read more

Industry Events


  • IPWEA Asset Management for Buildings Workshops. September - November around Australia. 
  • Bridges out of Poverty Workshop, Organised by Foundation Housing Ltd, Presented by Nairn Walker, 6 November 2014, Perth. The purpose of the workshop is for participants to understand how to optimise community and economic sustainability and enhance outcomes for people who find themselves trapped in situations of disadvantage. It explores the impact of economic diversity in our country, considers the root causes of poverty and presents proven and realistic strategies and pathways to provide constructive and sustainable assistance to growing numbers of people caught in this cycle. 
  • 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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