Australasian Housing Institute Professional Excellence in Housing (WA) Awards – Leading Community Engagement Practice Award
Awarded to Access Housing’s How to Manage on a Low Income financial workshops
In partnership with the Financial Counselling Network, Access Housing commenced How to Manage on a Low Income financial workshops in 2017. Each workshop aims to assist participating tenants to improve their financial knowledge and resilience, awareness of financial services and confidence to access these services. Access Housing staff and a local financial counsellor facilitate the workshops, but the sessions are ultimately led by tenants who determine what areas of money management they would like to discuss. Tenants are invited to drive conversation and share their cost saving knowledge and ideas to assist and empower their fellow tenants because they are viewed as the experts in the room, not the financial counsellor.
Australasian Housing Institute Professional Excellence in Housing (WA) Awards – Inspirational Team Member Award
Awarded to Paul Harris (joint winner)
Property Council of Australia Innovation and Excellence Awards – Best Affordable Housing Development Award
Awarded to Access Housing for Haven @ Rockingham
Access Housing’s Haven @ Rockingham development claimed the prestigious Best Affordable Housing Development award at the 2018 Property Council of Australia Innovation and Excellence Awards in Sydney on Friday 11 May.
The Property Council of Australia’s National Innovation and Excellence Awards is one of the most revered property awards programs in Australia, promoting excellence in design and innovation in the built environment since 1982.
Completed in November 2016, Haven is an architecturally designed three-level mixed use development comprised of 28 stylish apartments, four townhouses and three commercial spaces within a secure, boutique complex.
Haven provides much-needed affordable rental housing for a diverse range of people, which is provided through homes retained by Access Housing for Community Housing purposes and homes sold to National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) investors to help increase the supply of affordable rental housing within the community. Owner-occupiers can also purchase a new, affordable home within Haven outright or in partnership with Access Housing through the company’s Home Choice shared equity home ownership program. Click here to read more.
Urban Development Institute of Australia (WA) – Affordable Development Award
Awarded to Access Housing and BGC Developments for Jervis Rise
Access Housing and project partner BGC Development claimed this prestigious award for our Jervis Rise development.
Jervis Rise is the first medium density housing development around the Baldivis town centre and has introduced diverse, upscale and affordable apartment living into an area that is typically characterised by single homes.
An impressive three storey complex offering 51 new affordable homes, Jervis Rise provides a range of demographics including singles, couples, investors and downsizers/rightsizers with the kind of quality medium density housing traditionally enjoyed by residents of inner-city areas.
Australasian Housing Institute – Inspirational Team Member Award (WA)
Awarded to IT Manager Tony Benson (pictured below on right)
Tony’s leadership of Access Housing’s IT team and his passion for the effective and efficient use of technology has driven the company to evolve and innovate. His visionary thinking about how the business can embrace technology to improve customer service and the working experience of staff has enhanced all areas of our business. Not satisfied with ‘what is’, Tony continually seeks to identify our future requirements and ‘next steps’. He successfully oversaw the company’s transition to an enterprise software system and took the initiative to customise the platform to better suit our business needs. Other Community Housing Providers have also tapped into Tony’s knowledge and innovation to assist them with their IT needs.
Australasian Housing Institute – Leading Housing Development Project Award (WA)
Awarded to SHAC @ WGV
Access Housing’s award winning Leading Housing Development Project at White Gum Valley is WA’s first affordable housing development to feature an embedded solar energy network.
The innovative development, featuring 12 residences and two art and creative studios, is one of Australia’s first strata residential properties to offer residents strata community-based solar energy capture, storage and shared usage infrastructure. Once live, the solar power network will become the primary source of electricity for tenants within their homes and the studios. This will deliver significant electricity bill savings to the development’s low-moderate income earning residents as they will not be solely reliant on the mains electrical grid.
The company hopes this project will demonstrate a viable model and business case for Access Housing to offer discounted solar energy to more tenants in the future and inspire other Community Housing Providers around the country to do the same.
The development is being tenanted by members of the Fremantle-based Sustainable Housing for Artists and Creatives (SHAC) cooperative. The group were active participants in the design of the project and will utilise the development’s studios as creative workspaces for residents and the broader community as well as for meetings, exhibitions, learning and events to create a hub for economic and community activity.
Business News Rising Star Awards – NFP/Charity Award
Awarded to Access Housing
Access Housing was recognised for its growth, diversification and innovation by claiming the Not-For-Profit / Charity category award at the 2016 Business News Rising Stars Awards.
The Business News Rising Stars Awards are used as a platform to uncover and showcase rising star organisations that have experienced recent growth but still have future potential. Eligible companies must be based in Western Australia, have shown growth over the past few years, wish to inspire others to grow their enterprises and wish to build its profile.