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HousingPEOPLE September 2013

Issue: September 2013

Dear Member,

Welcome to the September edition of the HousingPEOPLEnewsletter.  September promises to be a very busy month both for the AHI staff and members. With the Awards nominations being still open and State Award Receptions to be held in NSW, SA and NZ, with the Seminar in Sydney and preparation of the following HousingWORKS edition - there will be plenty of opportunities to communicate with our members.  

AHI news

2013 Awards Program 

Closing date for Awards nominations has been extended!
Following numerous requests from our members, the closing date for nominations has been extended until Tuesday, 10th September 2013, therefore you still have a chance to highlight the efforts of your colleagues and initiatives of your tenants. We've already received more than 60 nominations from all around Australia and New Zealand outlining successful projects and inspiring stories from housing authorities, small and large community housing providers, from tenants and dedicated teams. So don't miss this chance to take part in a celebration of the  success of the housing industry and dedicated people working in it.
The 2013 AHI Awards feature eight categoriesInspirational Colleague, Outstanding Achievement, Excellence in Social Housing, Leading Innovation, Leading Housing Project, Leading Asset Management, Leading Tenants Engagement Practice, Tenant Led Initiative. 
Read more about 2013 AHI Awards Program 

Download the 2013 Nomination Form
Award Receptions  in NSW, SA and New Zealand
We are delighted to announce that State Award Receptions will be held NSWSA and New Zealand at the end of September and early October. Don't miss a great opportunity for networking and join your peers, colleagues and friends at this rare occasion to celebrate the success of housing people. Cost: AHI Members $20, non-members $30. Light refreshments will be served. Read more and register on-line  

National Awards Presentation Dinner
Category winners in other jurisdictions will be announced online on the 1st of October 2013. The results will be published on the AHI web-site and in the HousingPEOPLE newsletter.
The National Award Winners will then be announced on the 30th October 2013 at the Awards Presentation Dinner which will be held during the National Housing Conference 2013 in AdelaideRegister for the event on-line
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 and Perform HR (Category Sponsors).
Attractive sponsorship packages are available, download the Sponsorship Opportunities Brochure.

AHI Seminars

Registration for the Tenant Participation and Engagement Professional Practice Seminar in Sydney is still available. With the confirmed speakers and successful case studies from such leading social housing providers as St George Community Housing Ltd, Shelter NSW, Wentworth Community Housing Ltd; presentations from research fellows, tenant discussion panel and registrations from different Australian states, the seminar will provide participants with an exceptional opportunity to explore strategy, initiatives and good practice to engage with tenants.Download the full program.
The Seminar will be held in Sydney on 17th September 2013.Register on-line.
Thank you to our Sponsors:
Silver Sponsor: 

Session Sponsors
Wentworth Community Housing LimitedPacific Link
The AHI Seminars give exceptional opportunities for sponsorship. Sponsorship enables businesses to highlight their support of the housing sector, effectively  network with the target audience and enable the AHI to deliver a first-rate events. Download a brochure for sponsors.

AHI Professional Networks

Breakfast with the Hon Peter Chandler, Minister for Housing in the NT
We are continuing our series of Networking Breakfasts with industry leaders throughout Australasia. Our following event will take place in Darwin. The Hon Peter ChandlerMinister for Housing in the Northern Territory, has generously agreed to present his portfolio and share his vision for social housing in the Northern Territory and Housing NT under his leadership. The breakfast will be held on Monday, 14th October 2013, 7-9 am, at Mantra Pandanas Darwin. Register for the event on-line.
Gold Sponsor:        Silver Sponsor:
The AHI networking events give exceptional opportunities for sponsorship. Download a brochure for sponsors


September 2013 edition of HousingWORKS - 'Ending Homelessness'

Following the interesting and successful collaboration with the Council to Homelessness Persons during the preparation of the joint edition of HousingWORKS - Parity magazine, we've decided to continue exploring the important topic of homelessness. The topic of the following, September 2013, edition of HousingWORKS is"Ending Homelessness" and we are welcome contributions from the industry. Share your experience of how your organisation helps homeless people. Whether you have developed  effective models of collaboration between homelessness and housing providers; or management of your organisation participated in the 'CEO sleep-out', share your story with peers as every little effort is important if it helps to reduce the level of homelessness or inspires others to act to solve homelessness in our communities.
Please, read the detailed Contribution Guide. Articles should be submitted electronically by e-mail to by Friday, 20th September 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.

Housing J​obs

Property Services ManagerPerth, WAThis position is responsible for the Strategic and Operational Leadership of the Property Services Team to develop and deliver a high quality and professional maintenance service, including long term planned maintenance, cyclical maintenance, day to day responsive repairs, and vacant property works to a mixed portfolio of residential properties. Read more

Housing Operations Team Leader
Christchurch, New Zealand
As the Team Leader Housing Operations you will lead a team focused on delivering a top notch social residential accommodation service to City Housing clientele. In addition, this role will manage the operation and delivery of the Council’s housing tenancy service, facilitate the provision of tenant welfare services, assist with the facilitation / delivery of reactive and programmed maintenance and oversee the tenancy management of the Council’s non-social residential properties. Read more

Director National and Strategic Policy
Darwin, NT
The Director National and Strategic Policy is the senior officer who is the key point of contact, facilitates, negotiates and prepares analysis and briefings in relation to national matters. The position represents the Department at the senior officer level supporting the Select Council on Housing and Homelessness. Read more
Please email us to include your vacancies on AHI Job Page and in HousingPEOPLE newsletter.

Industry News

The National Housing Conference 2013The National Housing Conference 2013 – a new way home is now less than 2 months away 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 overarching theme - a new way home is about new ways of solving contemporary housing problems and will be explored through 6 major program themes:
1.       DisabilityCare and housing provision
2.       The roles of Government and NFP in housing supply
3.       Economic development and Indigenous communities
4.       Homelessness prevention through mainstream services
5.       Urban renewal and the supply of affordable housing
6.       Housing in the economy
Join your colleagues in Adelaide to celebrate achievements, workshop innovations in practice, and scrutinise the latest research findings. This conference is for those who seek to make a difference and want to lead the way in creating a new way homefor Australia. Make sure you register before 30 September and save nearly 20% - late registration fees will apply from October. To register, or find out more visit:

Industry Events


  • 4th Asia-Pacific Housing Forum, 2-4 October 2013, Dusit Thani Manila, the Philippines. The biennial event is a major platform for raising awareness of and formulating creative responses to poverty housing issues among policy makers, business leaders, academia, and civil society in Asia-Pacific. The event, which is on its fourth run, has gathered stakeholders from more than 52 countries since its inception in 2007.  
  • 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