AHI Professional Excellence in Housing Awards Program

The Australasian Housing Institute Awards provide an opportunity to showcase social housing success stories. The Awards formally recognise and reward excellence in professional practice, from the grass roots to the most senior levels. They promote to our colleagues and the community at large the difference that social housing professionals make to people’s lives. 

The Institute has run an awards program since 2004. This program has become increasingly popular with members and other housing professionals. Awards go to housing professionals who are judged to have made a significant and lasting difference: to tenants or service users, to their community, to their colleagues and to their profession.  The Awards recognise the contributions and achievements of our colleagues in the many disciplines which make up the housing profession.

PURPOSE 

  • To reward great work and achievements by individuals and teams 
  • To recognise best practice and high standards of service 
  • To promote and celebrate innovation 
  • To develop and increase the profile of our profession 
  • To promote the Australasian Housing Institute

2015 Awards Cycle

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The Australasian winners for the 2015 Professional Excellence in Housing Awards were announced on the 28th of October in Perth during the National Housing Conference. The reception was a full house with 180 guests gathering together from across Australia and New Zealand to celebrate the success stories and achievements of housing professionals. 

The 2015 Australasian Professional Excellence in Housing Awards Winners are:  

- Excellence in Social Housing Award: Housing NZ | Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Programme | New Zealand
- Outstanding Achievement Award: Lisa Woolley | Vison West Community Trust | New Zealand. Highly Commended: Andrew Black | BHC | Queensland
- Inspirational Team Member Award: Bernadette Welfare  | Argyle Housing | New South Wales. Highly Commended: Deborah Paskevicius | Housing Choices Australia | Victoria
- Leading Tenant Engagement Practice Award: Bridge Housing Community Team | New South Wales
- Leading Housing Development Project Award: Unity Housing | Northern Region Affordable Housing Initiative | South Australia
- Leading Asset Management: Bridge Housing | Strategic Asset Management Plan
- Leading Innovation Award:  Yumba Meta Housing | Ernest and Maud Hoolihan Village | Queensland. Highly Commended:Evolve Housing Website | NSW
- Tenant Led Initiative Award: Westside Housing Association | ‘It’s the Way We Work’ Program | South Australia. Highly Commended: Churches of Christ Care | The A-Team | Queensland

Photographs from the reception are available here.

2015 Awards Categories:

2015 State Awards Winners:

Queensland 

(announced on Tuesday, 21 April 2015 in Brisbane):

- Excellence in Social Housing Award: Horizon Housing Company 
- Outstanding Achievement Award: Andrew Black 
- Leading Tenant Engagement Practice Award: ‘From the Ground Up’ Art Project 
- Leading Housing Development Project Award: Coast2Bay Housing Group-Daliya House 
- Leading Innovation Award: Ernest and Maud Hoolihan Village, Yumba Meta 
- Tenant Led Initiative Award: The A Team, Churches of Christ Care 


Photographs from the reception are available here.


South Australia
 

(announced on Thursday, 28 May 2015 in Adelaide):

- Excellence in Social Housing Award: A C Care, Regional Homelessness Campaign 
- Outstanding Achievement Award (joint): Mary McInnes, Frederick Ozanam Housing AND Wendy Malycha, St Johns Youth Services  
- Inspirational Team Member Award: Paul Reardon, Housing SA. Highly Commended:Allison Goodes, A C Care  
- Leading Tenant Engagement Practice Award: Housing SA Berri Office Team, 'Home where we are' project
- Leading Housing Development Project Award: Unity Housing, Northern Region Affordable Housing initiative 
- Leading Innovation Award: Habitat for Humanity, 'The Shed' project 
- Tenant Led Initiative Award: Westside Housing Association, 'Its the way we work' program 


Photographs from the reception are available here.


New South Wales 

(announced on Thursday, 25 June 2015 in Sydney):

- Excellence in Social Housing Award: Evolve Housing. Highly Commended: SGCH Sustainable Tenancies Team 
- Outstanding Achievement Award: Andrea Galloway | Evolve Housing. Highly Commended: Bernie Coates | NSW Land and Housing Corporation 

Inspirational Team Member Award: Bernadette Welfare  | Argyle Housing
- Leading Tenant Engagement Practice Award: Bridge Housing Community Team. Highly Commended: Community Housing Ltd 
- Leading Housing Development Project Award: Compass Housing Islington Project 

Leading Asset Management: Bridge Housing Strategic Asset Management Plan
- Leading Innovation Award: Evolve Housing Website. Highly Commended: Achieve Australia Crowle Gardens 
- Tenant Led Initiative Award: Greenway Tenants Group Inc. Highly Commended: Janette Crocker | Oakley Gardens | Thornleigh 


Photographs from the reception are available here.


Victoria & Tasmania

(announced on Thursday, 23 July 2015 in Melbourne):

- Outstanding Achievement Award: Karen Barnett | Port Phillip Housing Association.  

Inspirational Team Member Award: Deborah Paskevicius  | Housing Choices Australia
- Leading Tenant Engagement Practice Award: Art Exhibition Project, Port Phillip Housing Association Tenancy team. Highly Commended: Common Ground Tasmania, ‘Common Wall’ Mural Project 
- Leading Housing Development Project Award: Port Phillip Housing Association, Ashwood Chadstone Gateway Project 

- Leading Innovation Award: Housing Choices Australia, Preston High Street Project 
- Tenant Led Initiative Award: Port Phillip Housing Association, Power Gateway Social Committee 


Photographs from the reception are available here.


Western Australia 

(announced on Thursday, 13 August 2015 in Perth):

- Excellence in Social Housing Award: City of Perth, Access Housing and Access Housing Realty | Penny Lane Apartment Project 
- Outstanding Achievement Award: Su Groome | Access Housing 

Inspirational Team Member Award: Michelle Shaw | Access Housing
- Leading Tenant Engagement Practice Award: Shelter WA | WA Housing Hub 
- Leading Housing Development Project Award: Foyer Oxford Consortium | Foyer Project 

Leading Innovation Award: Shelter WA | WA Housing Hub 


Photographs from the reception are available here.

New Zealand 

(announced on Thursday, 22 October 2015 in Wellington):

- Excellence in Social Housing Award: Housing NZ | Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Programme 
- Outstanding Achievement Award: Lisa Woolley | Vison West Community Trust 

Inspirational Team Member Award: Keith Preston | Nelson Tasman Housing Trust
- Leading Tenant Engagement Practice Award: Tenant Protection Association 
- Leading Housing Development Project Award: Accessible Properties NZ | 8-10 Middleton Road Development 

- Leading Asset Management Award: Housing NZ | Rolleston Prison Homes Programme

Leading Innovation Award: Whangarei Accessible Housing Trust 

 

Photographs from the reception are available here.

 
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Australasian winners are rewarded by:
  • Public appreciation and recognition by their peers
  • Promotion of their achievements and ideas through AHI publications and networks
  • An article on their work in HousingWORKS journal (written by themselves or others)
  • An opportunity to further promote and explore their ideas through presentations as part of the AHI seminar and workshop programs
  • One year subscription to HousingWORKS for each person who receives an award
  • One year free membership of the AHI for the winners of individual awards

Past Awards

2013 Awards Cycle

31 October 2013, Adelaide

The National Winners for the 2013 Australasian Professional Excellence in Housing Awards were announced on 31st October 2013 at the Awards Presentation Dinner during the National Housing Conference 2013 in Adelaide. People from all around Australasia had an opportunity to gather together to celebrate the success and achievements of housing professionals, hear inspirational stories and congratulate the worthy winners. 

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2011-2012 Awards Cycle

1 November 2012, Brisbane

The National Winners for the 2011-2012 Australasian Professional Excellence in Housing Awards were announced on 1st November 2012 at the Awards Presentation Dinner during the National Housing Conference 2012 in Brisbane. The dinner brought together national industry leaders and a number of special guests and was an excellent illustration that there is much to celebrate in the social housing industry.

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2009-2011 Awards Cycle

27 October 2011, Melbourne

A successful AHI Australasian Awards event was held in Melbourne yesterday, 27 October 2011. Held just once every two years, the event was a celebration of the most recently completed cycle of AHI Awards for Professional Excellence in Housing, where the achievement across, and winners from, previous awards are lifted to a nation-wide level.

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