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HousingPEOPLE October 2015

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AHI HousingPEOPLE Newsletter
October 2015
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Issue: October 2015

Welcome to the October edition of the HousingPEOPLE newsletter. This month we welcome Su Groome, new AHI Director, Western Australia, to the board. Nominations have now closed for the President position, we will announce the new President at the AGM next month.
The Australasian Professional Excellence in Housing Awards reception is approaching fast and is almost sold out,  so we encourage you to register for the event as soon as possible to secure your ticket. With the quality of this year's nominations and the diverse range of registered guests, it is going to be a great night. The Institute will have a stand during the National Housing Conference 2015, so please come along and meet our friendly staff. Also don't forget to attend the AHI General Meeting in Sydney on the 26th November 2015, to discuss plans and events of your association in 2016. We look forward to seeing you!


The countdown is now on! All Australian finalists of the 2015 AHI Professional Excellence in Housing Awards have been announced. The New Zealand Awards reception will be held in Wellington on Thursday, 22 October. The Australasian Awards Reception Dinner will be held during the National Housing Conference 2015, tickets are still available, so register now!  Read more

Past Seminars

Last month the Institute ran two professional practice seminars in Sydney and Brisbane. We had an opportunity to meet with our members and other industry colleagues to discuss such important topics as Mixed Tenure and Indigenous Housing. Read more

Welcome to New Director for Western Australia

The Australasian Housing Institute is pleased to welcome Su Groome, General Manager - Property Assets, Access Housing as Director, Western Australia. Read more

 

20th Anniversary of Swinburne University’s courses in Social Housing

South Australian AHI members gathered in Adelaide to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Swinburne University’s courses in Social Housing. This significant occasion marked not only 20 years of Swinburne’s delivery of the courses, but also the graduation over the years of hundreds of housing professionals around Australia. Read more

Upcoming AHI Events:

 

AHI Annual General Meeting

Thursday, 26 Nov, Sydney
Register

Other Industry Events

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Corporate Membership

We are delighted to welcome our new Corporate Member -  Housing Choices Australia. Currently 17 social housing providers from around Australia and New Zealand are united under AHI Corporate Membership. We would like to invite you to join the Institute now to support the vibrant and dynamic social housing profession and foster the professional development of your staff.  Read more

HousingWORKS December 2015

We are excited to announce that the December edition of Housing Works will be produced jointly with AHURI and Housing WA. The focus for this edition will be the outcomes from the Australasian Housing Awards program and the National Housing Conference. Read more
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Welcome to New Director for Western Australia

The Australasian Housing Institute is pleased to welcome Su Groome, General Manager - Property Assets, Access Housing as the new Director in Western Australia.
Su said she was very enthusiastic about her new role at AHI. 'I am delighted to have the opportunity to join the AHI Board and contribute to achieving these outcomes for the benefit of housing industry staff.' she says in her welcome letter to AHI members.
Su has over 20 years’ professional experience as an architect, planner, policy advisor and sustainability strategist working on a diverse portfolio of projects in urban, rural and remote locations across Australasia. Su has practical experience in the development and maintenance of community housing and business management. Su leads the Property Assets team, providing quality living environments for Access Housing’s tenants.
Su believes the AHI has an important role in developing the skills and knowledge of our sector and providing professional recognition and improved career paths for staff.
"This role is not undertaken by any other organisation and will become increasingly important as the social and community housing sector grows and diversifies." she concludes.

2015 AHI Housing Awards Update

The countdown is now on! All Australian finalists of the 2015 AHI Professional Excellence in Housing Awards have been announced. The New Zealand Awards reception will be held in Wellington on Thursday, 22 October. See the list of Australian finalists here

The Awards Reception for New Zealand will be held in Wellington on Thursday, 22 October 2015 at 7 pm during the CHA IMPACT conference. Register now at the conference web-site.

The Australasian Award Winners will be announced during the National Housing Conference 2015 in Perth on the 28th October 2015 at 7:30 pm. Register for the Australasian Award Reception Dinner here.

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 still 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

Welcome to New Corporate Member - Housing Choices Australia

We are delighted to welcome our new Corporate Member - Housing Choices Australia. HCA became a member of AHI as they see the Institute as one of the leading member organisations supporting social and community housing professionals. "The AHI offers great value across the range of activities it provides especially the engagement and connections with colleagues and peers across the sector.
The AHI also has excellent professional development opportunities that ensures the social and community housing sector increases its capability and capacity to meet the needs of providing quality services and affordable housing to those most in need." says Michael Lennon Housing Choices Australia Chief Executive Officer
Currently 17 social housing providers from around Australia and New Zealand are united under AHI Corporate Membership. We would like to invite you to join the Institute now to support the vibrant and dynamic social housing profession and foster the professional development of your staff. Join the Institute now

Past AHI Seminars

Mixed Tenure Housing Professional Practice Seminar, Sydney

The AHI Mixed Tenure Housing seminar in Sydney on 22 September brought together housing practitioners from New Zealand, NSW, VIC, SA, WA and QLD who mixed and stirred the whole housing tenure martini.
Tony Gilmour from Housing Action Network set up proceedings by analysing the pallette of the “mix”; from tenure, social, land use, building form and city scale.
Rebecca Oelkers from BHC provided reflections on their journey through mixed tenure developments.  This was a fascinating story of an organisation established in 2002 that, seeded with a government grant, has built a portfolio of 1,500 high density affordable units, and sold another 300 to the private market along the way.  Rebecca provided sage advice to all would be CHP developers along the lines of doing your home thoroughly, being patient, planning for all scenarios, and learning from mistakes and successes.
Wendy Malycha from St John’s Youth Services in Adelaide showed participants through the UNO apartments, a CBD development that includes a youth crisis centre, private penthouses, NRAS affordable, and social housing. A remarkable partnership between Government and the community sector. Again Wendy shared her experiences behind the scenes that provided key insights into how these projects come about, the work and determination required to see them to fruition, as well as the ongoing partnerships needed for ongoing operations.
Francis Brazil and Rowa Omari, Place Managers from SGCH provided a fascinating account of bringing together the community, local services and government agencies in Riverwood North and Bonnyrigg renewal areas.  They demonstrated the valuable role for CHPs working on estate renewal projects in conjunction with government authorities.  
Rachel Gellatly and Niall Hensey from Haven, Home, Safe continued this theme by explaining their renewal work in large Victorian estates.  While telling a story of post war estates built for working families near industry centres, to the combined effects of industry decline and government policy focusing on high needs only, to the renewal of old housing stock and re-introduction of social and tenure mix, Rachel and Niall demonstrated their passion for providing the best solutions for the individuals who may be affected in different and unexpected ways by experiments in social and tenure mix.               
It was great to catch up with our New Zealand colleagues from Cort Community Housing and the NZ Housing Foundation.  Having heard more in the networking breaks about their experiences in mixed tenure developments, we will definitely see if they can headline our next MT seminar. 
Donald Proctor – AHI President

Indigenous Housing Professional Practice Seminar, Brisbane

The AHI’s 2nd Indigenous Housing Professional Practice Seminar was held in Brisbane on the 9th October with presentations and discussions focused on improving indigenous housing service planning and delivery for better outcomes.
Delegates heard from representatives from both the Queensland and NSW state governments who provided insight into their challenges, current programs and future strategies for Indigenous Housing.
Presentations from community housing providers at the forefront of Indigenous Housing issues, shared their experience in providing Housing Services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in regional, remote and urban areas including Townsville, in Western Australia’s East Kimberley region and Brisbane.
The most current Academic Research into sustaining Indigenous housing was presented, identifying  barriers for Indigenous families in accessing and sustaining safe, stable and affordable housing and the challenges in providing culturally appropriate, affordable housing services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tenants. 
The seminar culminated with roundtable discussion to reflect on the presentations, and to share insights into best practice that can deliver better Indigenous housing outcomes. Delegates considered successful strategies, mismatches, and the opportunities and priorities for culturally appropriate service delivery. 
The AHIs Queensland Director Frances Paterson-Fleider concluded the event by summarising her key takeaway messages as
  • One size does not fit all; much work still to be done.
  • Requires passion, commitment and resilience to succeed. 
  • Acknowledgement of trauma and right to self determination. 
  • Agreed more conversations need to happen but it is also time for action.
The AHI received valuable feedback on potential for future discussions and seminars on this topic and will seek to plan Indigenous focused events to build on the success of this seminar in 2016.
The AHI extends gratitude to Silver Seminar Sponsors bhc and Churches of Christ Care for their support and the seminar speakers for their valuable contribution.

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Past Networking Events

20th Anniversary Celebration of Swinburne University Social Housing Courses in South Australia

South Australian AHI members gathered in Adelaide to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Swinburne University’s courses in Social Housing. This significant occasion marked not only 20 years of Swinburne’s delivery of the courses, but also the graduation over the years of hundreds of housing professionals around Australia. The AHI salutes the important contribution that Swinburne has made to the professional development of the housing sector. 
The joint celebration also marks the close relationship of Swinburne and the AHI over many years, and for many years to come. The celebration was attended by 35 past graduates and special guests. Guests included the former and current course coordinators, Mike Pelling, Terry Burke and Angela Spinney, who travelled from Melbourne to enjoy the event. Phil Fagan-Schmidt spoke to the gathering about Housing SA’s support of the Swinburne courses over many years via its scholarship program, and reflected on how many of the graduates have progressed to hold senior roles within the housing sector.
Special Swinburne guests Terry Burke, Mike Pelling and Angela Spinney then offered their reflections and some funny anecdotes from the course over its 20 years, and were up to the challenge of the ceremonial cutting of the 20th anniversary (cup) cake.
A great time was had by all, renewing old and not-so-old acquaintances, and proving Mike’s observation that his South Australian students really know how to party! 
Andrew Davis, AHI Director, South Australia

HousingWORKS

We are very pleased to advise that the October joint edition of HousingWorks and Parity will be on its way to members mail boxes next week. The edition is filled with interesting articles relating to the Role of Community Housing in Responding to Homelessness. We would like to thank Council to Homeless Persons for collaborating with the Institute again this year and we look forward to working with you again in 2016 to produce another great edition.
Looking to the next edition, we are excited to announce that the December edition of HousingWorks will be produced jointly with AHURI and Housing WA. The focus for this edition will be the Outcomes from the Australasian Housing Awards Program and the National Housing Conference.
We are currently planning the 2016 schedule for HousingWorks and welcome your thoughts and ideas on possible themes for future editions. Please, email us at admin@housinginstitute.org or call on 02 6494 7566 to discuss your ideas.

HOUSING JOBS

Chief Executive Officer, Southern Cross Community Housing

Southern Cross Community Housing is an award winning Tier One, Not for Profit organisation who have been providing safe, affordable living for clients across regional NSW for over 30 years. Their vision is to continue building stronger communities as a leading affordable housing provider. As they embark on a leadership change, this is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced CEO or Executive Manager to build on their solid foundations and drive the strategic delivery of their long term business plan. Read more 
INDUSTRY EVENTS

Australasia

THE 2015 CHA IMPACT CONFERENCE: Making Community Housing Happen

21-23 October 2015, Wellington, New Zealand
With an exciting programme and inspirational speakers planned, CHA-IMPACT 2015 will provide you with the opportunity to engage with the community housing sector creating the environment to develop housing solutions and partnerships that transform how our communities respond to housing need in Aotearoa. This conference will be key to setting the housing agenda to carry New Zealand forward and achieving our goal of providing homes for 50,000 people by 2020. Read more

National Housing Conference 2015

28 - 30 October 2015, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre

As the largest cross-sectoral housing meeting in Australasia, the biennial National Housing Conference is a must attend event for housing industry specialists. Convened by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) and the Western Australia Department of Housing, the National Housing Conference 2015 offers a vital opportunity to share, debate, celebrate and promote ideas in affordable housing research, policy and practice. Join hundreds of housing industry professionals and key decision-makers in Perth this October and ensure you are part of the national conversation. Visit www.nhc.edu.au to see the full program and speaker line-up.

The Whitlam / Hamer Legacy: Challenges for Australian Cities 

5 November 2015, Swanston Academic Building (Build. 80), 445 Swanston St, Level 1
In an environment of fractured planning responsibility, how could we create the conditions for Australian government participation and leadership on urban issues? RMIT’s Centre for Urban Research has partnered with the John Cain Foundation, Melbourne University’s Sustainable Society Institute and the Hamer Family Fund to present the Whitlam / Hamer Legacy: Challenges for Australian Cities on 5 November. An impressive cast of presenters will go beyond description and high-level analysis and examine the strengths and weaknesses of the Whitlam and Hamer periods of intervention in Australian cities. See the full conference program HERE

The Australasian Housing Researchers Conference 2016

17 - 19 February 2016, University of Auckland, New Zealand,
The conference provides an essential opportunity for housing researchers to exchange their theoretical and empirical research with other researchers from a wide range of disciplines, and from academic, government and non-government sectors. It is open to all researchers concerned with housing issues including: affordability and homelessness, housing policy and planning, housing economics, housing sustainability, and regional, national and international housing markets. The Abstract Submission Portal for the Australasian Housing Researchers Conference is now open. Submission is through the abstract submissions portal. The portal and more details are available at: http://ahrc2016.nz/
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