Please note we've provided an extension of the submission deadline to April 9. 

The brighter future awards formally recognise and reward professional excellence in the housing sector. The awards promote the significant impact that housing professionals make to the lives of so many across Australia and New Zealand. 

Awards go to housing professionals who are judged to have made a significant and lasting difference: to tenants or service users, their ommunity, colleagues and to their profession and recognise the contributions and achievements of our colleagues in the many disciplines which make up the housing profession. The Ahi has run this awards program since 2004 with the aim to reward the great work and achievements by individuals and teams, to recognise best practice and high standards of service,  promote and celebrate innovation and develop and increase the profile of the housing sector.

Awards nominations close - extension granted until April 9. 

Award Name Award Description Link to Nomination form 

Inspirational Team Member 

 The winning candidate will be a person who is passionate about their role and understands how it fits   into the strategic outcomes of their organisation and the values of social housing. They consistently   demonstrate enthusiasm to add value to their role and motivate others within their team and/or   organisation by the approach they take to their work.
 To apply click here 

Outstanding Achievement 

  The winning candidate will be a housing professional who has significant achievements working in   social housing that goes beyond their team and organisation and is likely to have a long-term impact   on the industry as a whole and the housing profession.
 To apply click here 

Tenant Led Initiative 

Individual or a group of residents/tenants who have undertaken a project or initiative to benefit others in their community. Our judges are looking particuarly for examples where tenant and community wellbeing have been enhanced. 
To apply click here 

Leading Innovation 

Initiatives or projects that have led to significant change in their own organisation or community, with lessons that could be applied more broadly to other housing organisations. Our judges are looking for creative and lateral thinking that has substantial and positive impact. 
To apply click here
Leading Housing Development Project 

Residential development that offers an exemplary model to the sector for its outstanding quality and/or innovation and/or originality. To be considered, projects are required to be completed and have been tenanted for minimum period of six months.

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Leading Asset Management

Asset management that is consistently rated by tenants and stakeholders as excellent and/or incorporates practices or innovations that result in significantly better maintenance services and asset outcomes
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Leading Community Engagement Practice

A project or initiative that demonstrates leading practice in encouraging, enabling, and supporting tenant and/or community engagement. To apply click here

Excellence in Social Housing 

The award provides an opportunity for an organisation or team/division of an organisation to showcase the outstanding and/or unique way in which it has delivered social housing services.
To apply click here
Response to COVID19 
Initiatives or projects by organisations that have led to tenants and staff feeling supported through the global pandemic and allowing them to not only survive, but to thrive. 
To apply click here

Future Leader 

This Award recognises industry professionals who have shown potential to excel as a leader, particularly at a senior level in the next five to eight years.

To apply click here 

Executive Excellence

This Award recognies industry professionals who have delivered outstanding results for their company and the community.  
To apply click here 
Diversity and Equality Award 
This Award highlights company programs that have delivered improved outcomes in the area of equality and diversity. This award recognises companies for being champions of positive change. 
To apply click here

2021 Awards Judges

Introducing the brighter future awards judging committee for 2021. This year, we have received a number of high calibre nominations representing most jurisdictions with balanced sectoral and discipline interests.

We would like to thank all judges for their willingness to volunteer their time and share their expertise with the sector — the program wouldn't exist without you.

Andrew Denniss SPAHIc (Co-chair) | Business Development Manager, Churches of Christ Housing Services, QLD Arlene Lewis PAHIc | Operations Manager, Churches of Christ Housing Services, QLD
Sean Kelly SPAHIc (Co-chair) | Manager of Housing, Bethanie Housing, WA Nicholas Loder PAHIc | Senior Project Officer, NSW Land and Housing Corporation
Katheryn Atkinson SPAHIc | Project Manager Housing Services, HousingFirst Davina Lomas | General Manager Operations, Mission Australia Housing, NSW
Kim Bomford | General Manager, Housing Choices Tasmania Carmen Lynskey PAHIc | Manager Social Housing, Christchurch City Council, NZ
Francis Brazil SPAHIc | Practice Lead, Community Place and Partnerships, SGCH, NSW Margaret Maljkovic | COO, Link Housing, NSW
Trish Burden | Community Inclusion Manager, Unity Housing Company, SA Suzanne Marshall | Manager Housing Services, Westside Housing Association, SA
Chris Chaplin MAHI, GAICD | Principal/Consultant, BRG Consulting, QLD Kathryn Moorey SPAHIc | CEO, Stellar Living, WA
Barbara Disley | Group Chief Executive, Emerge Aotearoa, NZ Paula O'Leary | Manager Housing Services, St Vincent de Paul Society, WA
Ed Farnsworth | Tenancy and Property Officer, Dept Health and Human Services Geelong, VIC Kim Sinclair SPAHIc GAICD | CEO, SEARMS Aboriginal Corporation, ACT
Christina Hough SPAHIc | Regional Manager, North Bridge Housing Limited, NSW Simon Thorne | Director, Integrated Design Group, NSW
James King | CEO, Unison Housing, VIC Mark Tyndall | Business Manager, Willowdene Constructions Pty Ltd, NSW
Nicola Lemon MAICD | CEO, Hume Community Housing, NSW Patricia Vaz | GM Corporate Services, CHL, VIC
Chris Ah Honi PAHIc  

2021 Ahi Awards Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship options are available for the 2021 brighter future awards. By partnering with the Ahi and supporting the awards you will:

  • demonstrate your support of the Australian and New Zealand housing sector
  • reach a wide audience of housing leaders and professionals throughout Australia and New Zealand
  • enhance long term relationships with your potential customers and partners
  • associate your company’s name with the industry success and achievements
  • have an opportunity to network face-to-face communication with your clients and stakeholders.

Download our sponsors package here