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. 

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.

The Institute has run an awards program since 2004. This program has become increasingly popular with members and other housing professionals. In 2015 the Institute received the record number of nominations - 121 entries from all over Australia and New Zealand. 


  • 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

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

2017 AHI Professional Excellence in Housing Awards

Nominations for the 2017 Awards Program are now open and will close on Tuesday, 28 February 2017. 

2017 Award Categories

The 2017 AHI Awards Program features eight categories: two individual awards, five team awards and one tenant award.

How to enter? 


Call for Judges

Interested in potentially serving as a Judge for the AHI Professional Excellence in Housing Awards program? Now’s your chance!

The Institute is currently looking for volunteering judges to create the 2017 Awards Committee and to review the most successful stories of the social and affordable housing.  

If you are involved in social and affordable housing and/or related services in any capacity and can commit some time to read and judge the award nominations, feel free to express your interest in becoming a judge by filling out this form.

We aim to build a committee with a balanced jurisdictional, sectoral (community, public, private, academic, homelessness) and discipline (assets, finance, development, service delivery, policy, place making, advocacy, Indigenous, tenant representative) interests. We also encourage tenants to apply for the position of the Committee tenant representative.

Becoming an AHI Awards Judge is a unique opportunity:
  • to be exposed to the very best industry projects and initiatives;
  • to network with recognised and acknowledged industry specialists;
  • to get recognition as an industry leader and promoter;
  • to attend all Awards presentations for free;
  • and, most importantly, to contribute to the excellence in the affordable and social housing by helping select and celebrate the very best people, organisations and projects.
If you are interested in determining the future of the social and affordable housing in Australia and New Zealand and would like to be a part of the industry success, fill out our brief judge application form and tell us why you think you’d be a good judge, what experience you will bring to the Committee and what kind of disciplines you are interested in reviewing.


Sponsorship Opportunities

The AHI Professional Excellence in Housing Awards provides the social housing sector with a platform to recognise and reward those who dedicate their career for the benefit of their community. Providing recognition for these outstanding achievements helps inspire others in developing a vibrant social housing profession. 
Why sponsor?

  • Demonstrate your support of the Australasian social and affordable housing sector
  • During the project you will reach a wide audience of housing leaders and professionals throughout Australia and New Zealand
  • Your company will enhance longterm relationships with your potential customers
  • Awards sponsorship will help your potential customers to associate your company’s name with the industry success and achievements
  • Awards ceremony is an excellent opportunity for networking and face-to-face communication with your clients.


2017 Program Sponsors

Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsors

Australasian Awards Reception Sponsor:

QLD Awards Reception:

Past Awards

2015 Awards Cycle

28 October 2015, Perth

Working in housing is anything but a glamorous job, yet one that housing professionals have chosen to dedicate their lives. Recognising how important it is for us to stop, smell the roses and recognise the triumphs and accomplishments of our colleagues, the 2015 AHI Professional Excellence in Housing Awards ceremony was held at Perth’s Convention and Exhibition Centre to coincide with this year’s National Housing Conference. Shattering the previous record crowd for an AHI Awards reception, a capacity gathering of 180 guests enjoyed the opportunity to get together with colleagues from across Australia and New Zealand on 28th October for the gala occasion.  

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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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