Social & Affordable Housing Industry Induction - Online Workshop, 01 December 2020

1:30pm Tuesday, 1 December 2020
4:30pm Tuesday, 1 December 2020
Professional Development Workshops



This lively, engaging and informative workshop provides a comprehensive understanding of the Australasian social and affordable housing industry. What are the key housing challenges facing lower income and disadvantaged people, and how are they being addressed? What roles are played by public, not-for-profit and private sector organisations? And how can I navigate my way through the industry and help make a difference?

Workshop content:

  • The housing system
    • The 'housing continuum', housing tenure and 'housing careers'
    • Housing affordability and affordable housing
  • Social housing organisations
    • Origins and current mix between public, not-for-profit & private providers. Which are the larger social housing providers in Australasia?
    • Why and how has the not-for-profit sector grown, how is it funded and regulated? 
    • Locations, age and typical building type of social housing. Issues with social housing concentration, and the need for property renewals
    • Funding mechanisms of social housing providers
    • Profile of people living in social housing, and their income sources
    • Core activities: tenancy management and asset management
    • Newer activities: property development, community development, tenant empowerment and others
  • Innovations to improve housing affordability
    • Use of the planning system
    • Cross-subsidy from the sale of new homes to deliver new affordable rental housing
    • Bank finance
    • Affordable rental housing 
  • The wider industry
    • Peak bodies, industry associations and professional bodies
    • Organisations supporting the sector: banks, consultants, service providers, professional firms etc. How to access their services and ensure value for money
  • My housing career
    • What types of people work in the industry, from what backgrounds?
    • Typical career pathways, moves within the sector, related industries
    • Professional development: membership organisations (both housing and in related areas such as AICD, UDIA etc.); courses; qualifications (in housing and related topics)
    • Sources of news and research


By the end of the workshop, you will be able to:

  • Understand key terms and jargon used in the sector
  • Identify sector organisations: public housing agencies, community housing providers, private developers, planners and service providers
  • Know where to gain further sector knowledge and updates
  • Plan your career working for an organisation in the sector, or identify how you can support these organisations as board member, consultant, service provider, researcher or policy maker

Who should attend: 

  • Recently recruited public/community housing staff, managers, directors
  • Existing public and community housing staff, managers and directors who need a refresher, or want to gain a broader perspective on the sector
  • Private sector affordable housing developers
  • National government, state government and local council policy staff involved in promoting delivery of social and affordable housing
  • Housing academics and researchers; peak and industry body staff; affordable housing financiers; housing consultants, housing IT and other service providers

The workshop will be of relevance to people working in all Australian states and territories, and New Zealand. No prior housing knowledge is assumed.


  • Pre-course questionnaire
  • Post-course workbook
  • 3-hour online workshop - including polling on hot-topic issues; video clips; group activity in breakout rooms; ‘you can ask that’ Q&A with the Presenter


  • Non member: $250
  • Senior Professional Member: $175
  • Professional Member: $187
  • Member: $200
  • Affiliate: $225

Click here to see AHI’s new membership structure and join online.

Personalised in-house programs available*:

  • Corporate members - $4,000 (up to 20 attendees)
  • Non-member organisations - $5,000 (up to 20 attendees)

Please contact Donella Roberts at for more details.

*Delivery for in-house delivery will be personalised by facilitator in consultation with client and be organisation-specific

Presenter: Tony Gilmour

Tony is an affordable housing consultant with a passion for helping public, private and not-for-profit organisations deliver great outcomes for the communities they serve. He is founder and President of the Housing Action Network - a leading housing consultancy operating across Australia and New Zealand. 

Tony has worked on diverse projects, from helping regional community housing organisations increase capacity, to Australia’s largest stock transfers and transforming social housing in Wellington. For four months in 2016 he was Acting General Manager of Junction Australia’s community housing business in South Australia.

Tony is former President of the Australasian Housing Institute, and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has published internationally on growing the community housing sector, public housing estate renewal and financing affording housing.


To make sure the Membership discount is applied, please log in to the website as a member and click Lookup button at the event registration window. If you're experiencing any issues with registration, please email or call +61 2 6494 7566 for assistance. 

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Additional Information

Attendance of this event will meet the requirements for 10 CPD points under the current AHI Certified Professional program. Click here to read more about the accreditation for housing professionals.