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HousingPEOPLE September 2015

AHI HousingPEOPLE Newsletter
September 2015
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Issue: September 2015

Welcome to the September edition of the HousingPeople newsletter. Spring has finally arrived and we are sure you would agree it is lovely to have the nice weather with us again. Over the coming month we are excited to offer our members the opportunity to attend a range of professional development events, networking events and award receptions. If you haven’t attended an AHI event recently, why not come along and catch up with your fellow colleagues in the sector.
Based on feedback from our members we have revised the criteria for the accreditation program, we encourage all members to take some time to review the new information and apply to become a Certified Housing Professional.

Kelly Badewitz,
Executive Officer

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

On the 25th August 2015 delegates from 23 organisations across NSW, QLD, SA, VIC & NZ came together in Sydney for the Tenant Participation and Engagement Professional Practice Seminar. 'By far the best of this kind of seminar I have attended' was one of the participants' feedback. Read more

AHI Professional Accreditation and Recognition Program Update

We are pleased to announce a revised tiered criteria to further encourage participation and recognise housing professionals at all stages of their career. Read more


Call for Nominations to the AHI Board of Directors 2016-18

We are seeking enthusiastic, energetic and committed people from the industry to serve on the AHI Board during 2016-2018. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to lead your professional association and serve in a senior leadership role in your professional community.  Read more

Upcoming AHI Seminars:

Mixed Tenure Housing Professional Practice Seminar

Tuesday, 22 Sep, Sydney
Read more

Indigenous Housing Professional Practice Seminar

Friday, 9 Oct, Brisbane
Read more

Other AHI Events:

20th Anniversary Celebration of Swinburne Social Housing Courses in Adelaide

Thursday, 15 Oct, Adelaide
Read more

AHI Annual General Meeting

Thursday, 26 Nov, Sydney

Other Industry Events

Read more 

HousingWORKS / Parity October 2015: Call for Contributions

Once again the Australasian Housing Institute and the Council to Homeless Persons are combining their resources to publish a joint edition of their two publications. This will be the October 2015 'The Role of Community Housing in Responding to Homelessness' joint edition of HousingWorks and Parity.  Read more

Corporate Membership

We are delighted to welcome our new Corporate Member -  Hume Community Housing Association. By becoming an AHI Corporate Member, organisations in the social housing sector demonstrate that they support the vibrant and dynamic social housing profession and foster the professional development of their staff.  Read more

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

CHP Program Update

Following the successful launch of the Certified Housing Professional (CHP) accreditation program early in 2015, the AHI is pleased to announce a revised tiered criteria to further encourage participation and recognise housing professionals at all stages of their career.

  • Level 1 CHP is intended as the entry point for accreditation, and with this in mind is now open to all members with 1+ years’ social housing experience who have recorded 50 CPD points. 
  • Progressing to Level 2 CHP, this category is aimed at members with 2+ years’ experience related to the social housing sector coupled with a Nationally recognised vocational qualification in a related discipline and 80 current CPD points.
  • For those members with 5+ years’ experience related to the social housing sector and a Tertiary qualification in related discipline and 100 CPD points they may seek Level 3accreditation. 

Applications for CHP levels 1, 2 & 3 are now open on an ongoing basis – learn more

20 social housing professionals from NSW, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland and New Zealand have already become Certified Housing Professionals (CHP) and received their certificates of professional recognition. This year, certificates are being presented at the Professional Excellence in Housing Awards receptions to highlight their achievement in front of employers, partners, clients and the broader community.
Don't miss your chance to receive your CHP certificate in front of your colleagues from throughout Australia and New Zealand during the Australasian AHI Awards Reception, which will be held in Perth during the National Housing Conference 2015. CHP certificates will be presented during the event to eligible candidates who apply before 30th September 2015

Call for Nominations to the AHI Board of Directors 2016-18

We are currently calling for nominations for the 2 vacant positions on the AHI Board of Directors:

  • President                                                                           
  • Director -Tasmanian
We are seeking enthusiastic, energetic and committed people from the industry to serve on the AHI Board during 2016-2018. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to join the vibrant team of dedicated social housing leaders, lead your professional association and serve in a senior leadership role in your professional community. 
Nominations are due by 15th October 2015  and should be e-mailed to the Australasian Housing Institute Office. Read the formal call for nominations

Upcoming AHI Seminars

Mixed Tenure Housing: NEW AHI Professional Practice Seminar

Tuesday, 22 September 2015, Sydney

Innovation in mixed housing tenure development.
This seminar aims to provide an opportunity for social housing professionals to explore modern models of mixed tenure housing and discover and share approaches to manage place and tenancies within mixed tenure developments. We have invited acknowledged speakers from the leading social housing providers from NSW, Victoria, Queensland and South Australia. 

The Mixed Tenure Seminar series aims to discuss:

  • Research: mixed tenure versus mono-tenure outcomes
  • Mixed tenure housing models
  • Mixed tenure - why would you do it?
  • Place making in mixed tenure developments
  • Case studies of new mixed tenure developments
  • Social mix and community outcomes
  • Shared home ownership
  • Other topics that investigate innovation in mixed housing tenure development and approaches to manage places in mixed tenure developments


Seminar program highlights:

  • Mixed tenure: design or dollars? | Dr Tony Gilmour | CEO | Housing Action Network
  • Reflections on mixed tenure developments | Rebecca Oelkers | Business Development Manager| BHC
  • UNO - Integrated service delivery across the Housing Continuum | Wendy Malycha | CEO | St John’s Youth Services
  • Place Making in Mixed Tenure Developments | Francis Brazil & Rowa Omari | Place Coordinators | SGCH
  • Mixed Tenure – Why would you do it? Perspectives from the Victorian Experience | Niall Hensey | COO & Rachel Gellatly | General Manager – Housing | Haven; Home, Safe 
  • Interactive round table discussions

Read more and register now

Indigenous Housing Professional Practice Seminar

Friday, 9 October 2015, Brisbane

The second Indigenous Professional Practice Seminar will be held in Brisbane on the 9th of October. This seminar 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. 

Confirmed sessions and speakers include:

Future Directions in Aboriginal Housing | Simon Newport | Director - Strategic Finance & Assets | Department of Family and Community Services NSW | Aboriginal Housing Office

Innovation in Indigenous Housing: An Indigenous Housing Experience in TownsvilleDushy Thangiah | Chief Executive Officer | Yumba-Meta Housing Assoc. Ltd.

Creating a recognition space: the key to achieving positive outcomes for Indigenous tenants and communitiesRhonda Phillips | Research Fellow | Institute for Social Science Research | The University of Queensland and Professor Paul Memmott | Director of the Aboriginal Environments Research Centre (AERC) | The University of Queensland

The Intersection of Reforms and Realities; Managing Remote Aboriginal Community Housing in Western AustraliaJames Butterworth | State Manager - Western Australia | Community Housing Limited Group

Discussion Panel: Aboriginal service and delivery models
  • Gina Pearson | CEO | bric housing company
  • Rachel Cornock | Housing Services Manager | bric housing company
  • Wendy Lacey | A/Hostel Manager | Bowman Johnson Hostel (MurriWatch)
  • Samantha Bond | Case Worker| Bowman Johnson Hostel (MurriWatch)
Roundtable: Culturally sensitive strategy and approach


Read more and register online

Seminar Silver Sponsors:

Upcoming Networking Events

20th Anniversary Celebration of Swinburne University Social Housing Courses in South Australia: AHI Member Networking Event in Adelaide

Thursday, 15 October 2015, 5:30 pm - 7 pm, Adelaide

The AHI South Australian branch is delighted to invite you to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Swinburne social housing courses in South Australia. 
The Swinburne University courses in Social Housing Management & Policy provide students with knowledge and skills in research, policy development and systems of social housing management. The course is designed for people working in the public and community housing sectors and related industries, such as real estate and property development. The launch of the course in 1995 was a significant milestone in the development of the social housing in Australia and helped hundreds of sector professionals to advance their skills and step up in their careers.
Special guests and former Course Coordinators Mike Pelling and Terry Burke will join us to celebrate and provide us with a 'trip down memory lane'. Phil Fagan-Schmidt, Executive Director, Housing SA, will be our special guest to acknowledge this important anniversary.
This networking event in Adelaide is a unique opportunity for the course alumni, current students and those, who consider gaining recognised qualification in social housing, to hear from past and present course coordinators and to share memories and tips for success with their peer students. 
AHI Members and friends are welcome to join for a great celebration and light refreshments.
Read more and register online

Past Events

Tenant Participation and Engagement Professional Practice Seminar

On the 25th August 2015 delegates from 23 organisations across NSW, QLD, SA, VIC & NZ came together in Sydney for the Tenant Participation and Engagement Professional Practice Seminar.
The main theme of this event was Achieving quality improvement within social housing service through tenant participation and engagement with an experienced, diverse and passionate group of speakers making up the program.
Presentations looked at how participatory engagement builds community capacity, community engagement in social housing renewal, challenges for the organisation in implementing community building and engagement action plan, using resources for increased outcomes, tenant participation projects and tenant led initiatives.
The day culminated with a robust and lively delegate discussion to differentiate participation and engagement and explore strategy to move beyond tenant participation to meaningful engagement.
The AHI thanks silver sponsor Bridge Housing and Evolve Housing for their support and the speakers  for their valuable contribution to the success of this event:

  • Sarah Reilly | Director | Cred Community Planning
  • Bernie Coates | Research Fellow | UNSW City Futures Research Centre
  • Dare Kavanagh | CEO | Reverse Garbage
  • Zehrina Hadic | NSW Housing Services Manager | Community Housing Limited
  • Francesca Cathie | Sustainable Communities Manager | Bridge Housing
  • Sarah Reilly | Director | Cred Community Planning
  • Bryce Gunn | President | Greenway Tenants Group Inc.

The next Tenant Participation and Engagement Professional Practice Seminar is planned for New Zealand in early 2016.  Potential speakers for this event may express interest by emailing Donella Roberts.

Seminar Silver Sponsors:


Call for Contributions – October 2015 edition of Parity/HousingWorks

Community housing is a critical component of the social housing system in Australia and New Zealand. The ongoing decline in the level of government investment in and support for public housing has left it residualised to the point where it mainly accommodates the most disadvantaged and marginalised households. As a result, community housing is becoming one of the main sources of affordable and secure housing for low income earners and those at risk of or experiencing homelessness. Indeed, increasing reliance on a growing community housing sector to serve this purpose has been a key government policy.
However, the role of community housing in providing housing for those at risk of or experiencing homelessness remains in many respects ambiguous and unclear, and is, for many of those involved in the provision of social housing, a contested space.
Moreover, it is increasingly argued that a precondition for making a real difference to homelessness is the provision of enough secure and genuinely affordable housing. The key housing policy question here is: where is that housing going to come from? If not from a collapsing public housing system limited by the constraints of the dominant public policy and fiscal frameworks, and if not from a speculative retail investor dominated private rental market, then might the community housing sector be the bridge between these two sectors?
This edition of Parity and HousingWorks is therefore devoted to the examination of the key issues and questions concerning of the role of community housing in responding to homelessness. The central aim of the edition is to give all stakeholders the opportunity to participate in this examination, and to set out their views and vision for the place and role of community housing in responding to homelessness in Australia and New Zealand.

Guidance: Please, read our detailed Contribution Guide
Deadline: All contributions need to be submitted by COB Friday October 2nd 2015.   
Submissions: All contributions should be submitted as Word attachments to an email addressed to


Project Officer, Homelessness Industry and Workforce Development, A partnership between Domestic Violence NSW, Yfoundations, and Homelessness NSW 

This position will work within an innovative partnership established by the three peak bodies for homelessness: YFoundations, Domestic Violence NSW and Homelessness NSW. They are looking for an experienced Project Officer with a passion for social justice who is keen to support the development of the Specialist Homelessness Sector.  Read more

Senior Project Officer, Homelessness NSW

The position has a focus on building Homelessness NSW’s capability in leading policy discussion to effect social change and achieve outcomes to prevent and address homelessness. Read more

Chief Executive Officer, Monte Cecilia Housing Trust, Auckland, NZ

Monte Cecilia Housing Trust is an innovative provider of Social and Emergency Housing for families in the Auckland region. It is a social housing provider with a proud reputation of housing homeless families. Monte Cecilia is seeking a new leader to drive the growth and development of the organisation. If you believe you are up to the challenge of leading growth for an exciting and multifaceted organisation while retaining the established vision and values then read on


Industry Strategy Launch Invitation: Building More Affordable Housing Through the NSW Planning System

29th September 2015, 5.00-6.30pm, KPMG, Level 15, 10 Shelley Street, Sydney
With NSW in the middle of a housing affordability crisis, the NSW Federation of Housing Associations is releasing its Homes for all: A plan for housing affordability in NSW that sets out clear proposals on how the planning system could be used to help drive change. During the lunch John Nicolades (Federation Chair) and Wendy Hayhurst (Federation CEO) will introduce the strategy with Rebecca Richardson (Urbanista) explaining some of the finer points. Registration is essential. Please email (or 9281 7144 ext. 213).

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 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


NAHRO National Conference

15-17 October; Los Angeles, CA
The National Conference is the USA 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
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