2018 PowerHousing Australia Member Exchange

26 Aug 2018

Access Housing had a strong presence at this year’s PowerHousing Australia Member Exchange on 21-23 August at Canberra.

PowerHousing Australia is a national network of 31 leading growth community housing providers that develop and manage social and affordable housing. Its annual Member Exchange brings together the key thought leaders and decision makers on affordable housing from throughout the country to the one place.

This year’s conference theme was ‘Engines for Action: Igniting and Powering Social Change’. Keynote speakers included Chief Executive of The Housing Finance Corporation (UK) Piers Williamson, President of the US National Multifamily Housing Council (USA) Doug Bibby and CEO of the District of Columbia Building Industry Association (USA) Lisa Mallory.

Access Housing People and Culture Manager Belinda Coghlan, GM Community Housing Natalie Sangalli and Acting CEO Lyn Brun outside 2018 PowerHousing Australia Member Exchange venue Parliament House in Canberra.

Access Housing’s delegation included Acting Chief Executive Officer Lyn Brun, Chief Financial Officer Ian Aiyathurai, General Manager Property Assets Duane Moroney, General Manager Community Housing Natalie Sangalli, People and Culture Manager Belinda Coghlan and Practice Consultant Alison Paterson.

The event provided an opportunity for Access Housing’s delegates to network at a high level with about 300 other sector workers, political leaders and Department Heads as well as discuss best practice, future trends and policy direction in the affordable housing sector. The conference included Community of Practice meetings, roundtables, a Non-Executives forum, a Rising Stars immersion and the PowerHousing Australia Awards Dinner (Access Housing was a finalist for awards in the ‘Outstanding Achievement’ and ‘Leadership and Innovation’ categories).

Mr Moroney facilitated a Community of Practice meeting focusing on domestic violence and homelessness and the need for organisational and program innovation within the Community Housing sector to meet the needs of people within these critical housing groups.

“Stable, safe and secure housing options are essential for people escaping domestic violence and homelessness to be able to rebuild their lives,” Mr Moroney said.

“Developing affordable housing solutions to focus on critical housing groups requires a mixture of new and old approaches and this meeting showcased a number of innovative examples. White Ribbon Australia participated to highlight the organisations’ role in preventing domestic violence at an individual level through to organisational accreditation programs.”

Ms Brun said the event was a great success and provided insight to how Community Housing providers will benefit from the recently legislated National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (NHFIC).

“The NHFIC will allow Access Housing and the broader Community Housing sector to access the bond aggregator, which ultimately allows for cheaper and longer term financing being made available to housing providers,” Ms Brun said.

“It was exciting to hear from Piers Williamson, who has been advising Federal Treasury on setting up a bond aggregator in Australia. PowerHousing has a close alignment with Piers and invited him to discuss ways to use the bond aggregator to assist organisations achieve their mission of increasing the supply of affordable rental accommodation for those in need.”

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