This is a past event. Registration is closed. View other Ahi events.
Save the date
Save the dateOctober 26, 20219:30 AM - 12:30 PM (GMT+11)
Contact Person: Ahi Team
Event Details
Event Details

Want to understand what the key housing challenges facing lower income and disadvantaged people are, and how they are being addressed? And what role you can play as public, not-for-profit and private sector organisations? Learn how to navigate through the housing sector and help make a difference in this engaging, interactive online workshop.

This is three-hour online workshop via Zoom and includes polling on hot-topic issues, video clips, group activity in breakout rooms, and a 'you can ask that' Q&A with the presenter. Once registered you'll receive a pre-workshop questionnaire. Zoom join details and passcode will be sent to registered attendees one day prior to the workshop. Once you've completed the workshop, you'll receive a digital copy of the post-workshop workbook.

We value feedback! Post workshop a survey will be sent to you to fill out. This is your opportunity to ask further questions, or provide feedback about this online workshop.

What you'll gain from this workshop:

  • An understanding of key terms and jargon used in the sector.
  • The ability to identify sector organisations: public housing agencies, community housing providers, private developers, planners and service providers
  • Be guided in where to gain further sector knowledge and resources.
  • 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 this workshop?

  • 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

This online workshop is relevant for anyone working or interested in working in the Australian or New Zealand housing sector. No prior housing knowledge is needed. 

Time zone

Our online events are scheduled in the time zone in which they are held or hosted, and may vary depending on your location. Use our add to calendar option to check if a time difference applies and to adjust to your location.

Course outline
Course outline

    An explanation of 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

    Your 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
    Workshop Facilitator
    Workshop Facilitator
    • Tony Gilmour (Founder and CEO of Housing Action Network)

      Tony Gilmour

      Founder and CEO of Housing Action Network

    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.


    Discover and connect with other attendees.




    Affiliate Member

    Member Price A$210.60

    General Member

    Member Price A$187.20

    Professional Member

    Member Price A$175.50

    Senior Professional

    Member Price A$163.80

    Where applicable GST will be applied