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Individual Membership

Individual Membership

Individual membership is open to anyone working in the social housing sector, in either a paid or unpaid capacity, or with an interest in the social housing sector.

Membership Benefits:

How to join

Joining the AHI is easy. There are only three steps in the process:


1. Choose the membership type


at least five years involvement; or a housing qualification and at least one year’s involvement*


at least 12 months involvement*


less than 12 months involvement*; or no current formal involvement but a genuine ongoing interest as an academic, student, person on extended leave or a retired person

*involvement refers to a paid or unpaid role with a social housing organisation that is formal and continuing

2. Complete and return the application form

Online application

Complete the online application form and pay for membership via SecurePay. Complete now

Download Application Form

Complete a hard copy of the application form and return it to our office by e-mail or post it to PO Box 6100, Mawson ACT 2607, AUSTRALIA


3. Pay membership fee

  • Band 1

    $ 20 /Year
    billed annually

    If your salary is less than $20,000

    Or $32 if you pay two years in advance

  • Band 2

    $ 75 /Year
    billed annually

    If your salary is between $20,000 and $50,000 or if you resident outside of Australia and New Zealand

    Or $120 if you pay two years in advance

  • Band 3

    $ 150 /Year
    billed annually

    If your salary is between $50,000 and $100,000

    Or $240 if you pay two years in advance

  • Band 4

    $ 300 /Year
    billed annually

    If your salary is greater than $100,000

    Or $480 if you pay two years in advance

The AHI's membership year runs from 1 April to 31 March. When you join the AHI we pro-rata the amount of the relevant subscription rate (from above), from the date you join until the end of that membership year. In Australia your membership fee is tax deductible.

Be connected to the broader social housing community locally, throughout Australasia and internationally!

A Word From Our Members

Since joining the AHI in 2001 as one of the founding members, I have watched with pride its growth, not only in membership but in the suite of services it offers. The AHI remains an important avenue for those involved in social housing to share knowledge and ideas. The role it plays in ensuring members are kept up to date with developments in social housing policy and practice can not be underestimated. The evolution of the AHI from its early days of "public/government" housing focus to the wider focus of including non government housing - social and affordable housing - shows that the AHI continues to understand the changing needs in the community

Mike Allen PSM, Chief Executive, Housing NSW

The AHI is a well governed industry body that uniquely spans public, community housing and associated partners and is dedicated to improved professionalism of housing provider staff. Compass is proud to be a corporate member and has much benefited from our ongoing association since 2007.

Greg Budworth, CEO, Compass Housing

At Housing SA we really value the leadership which the AHI brings to our industry. Housing is in a period of quite remarkable transformation and we need strong industry bodies like the AHI to build our skills and knowledge and provide a forum for cross sector and cross border collaboration.

Philip Fagan-Schmidt, Executive Director, Housing SA

I am a founding member of the AHI. I was the inaugural editor of HousingWorks and I have also served a term on the Institute’s Board.  I am well aware of the difference that the AHI has made to our industry, especially by fostering professional development, building a national network of housing workers and providing high quality information on topical issues. The AHI has helped to give the work we do professional standing and it has assisted in promoting the value of our diverse endeavours on behalf of our housing clients. I am proud to have been associated with the AHI since its foundation.

Dr Vivienne Milligan, City Futures Research Centre, UNSW

Bridge Housing Limited is a corporate associate of the Australasian Housing Institute. I first became aware of the work of the AHI when I became a member and I have always been impressed by the work of the AHI as professional development body. The AHI provides training and development to support staff in social housing across both asset and tenancy management through to corporate risk and governance issues. As a corporate associate Bridge Housing Limited is able to take full advantage of the work of the AHI at reduced rates for our staff to attend training, participation in conferences and seminars and ensuring we can take advantage of the excellent networking that membership of the AHI provides access to. I would encourage other organisations to consider corporate membership as a means to strengthen the knowledge base amongst staff working in the social and affordable housing industry.

John Nicolades, Chief Executive Officer, Bridge Housing Limited

AHI membership has provided a solid resource to develop professionally. The challenge of drafting articles for HousingWorks is a great opportunity, and I have found the quality of the trainings to be exceptionally high. I strongly recommend becoming a member to enhance your professional practice in housing.

Scott Figenshow, Director, Community Housing Aotearoa

Since joining the AHI in 2009 I’ve really benefitted from great networking events, and cutting-edge professional development courses. I strongly recommend joining AHI, and ideally participating fully by joining a Branch Committee. They’re a great crowd!

Dr Tony Gilmour, CEO, Housing Action Network