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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)

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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.

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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.

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Australasian Housing Institute – Outstanding Achievement Award (WA)
Awarded to General Manager Property Assets Su Groome

TKPhoto058_zps8go5jtzqThis award recognised housing professionals who make a strong impact on social housing whose work demonstrates the enormous difference one person can make to the housing profession.

Su has more than 20 years’ professional experience as an architect, planner, policy advisor and sustainability strategist working on a diverse portfolio of projects in urban, rural and remote locations across Australasia.

Su is delivering results and collaborating with others in the community housing sector to achieve tangible, invaluable social outcomes for Access Housing and community housing tenants in the form of increased affordable housing supply and property maintenance services.

Su has been recognised for her contribution to the affordable housing sector through selection as an inaugural member of the Property Council of WA’s ‘Women in Property Committee’. This allows her to raise the profile of women in the property industry but also highlight the role of the not-for-profit sector and the ongoing importance of affordable housing in a climate where affordable rents and home ownership are beyond the reach of a growing number of Australians. Su will also soon commence a position as WA’s representative on the AHI Board.

Australasian Housing Institute – Inspirational Team Member Award (WA)
Awarded to Policy Officer Michelle Shaw

TKPhoto045_zpsrjsvcrcvThis award recognised an individual who consistently shows a willingness to add value over and above their official role and who motives others by the approach they take to their work.

Michelle has worked for Access Housing for more than eight years in different non-management capacities within the company’s Tenancy Services department.

With more than 20 years of social and community housing experience that has been hallmarked by commitment, drive and determination, Michelle has been instrumental in instigating, shaping, developing and driving changes within Access Housing to ensure our Tenancy Services division remains compliant, consistent, competitive and provides value for money for our tenants. Michelle is an unofficial leader and mentor to her colleagues, respected throughout Access Housing.

Australasian Housing Institute – Excellence in Social Housing Award (WA)
Jointly awarded to Access Housing and City of Perth

TKPhoto063_zpsqnububj9This award recognised an organisation/s that shows excellence in the provision of social housing by going beyond the expected as well as showing initiative and courage.

The City of Perth’s ‘Penny Lane’ Affordable Apartments in East Perth comprises 48 apartments which are rented to inner-city workers on low to moderate incomes that wish to live close to their workplace but cannot afford renting in the private Perth CBD rental market.

Access Housing has been involved with the Penny Lane project since its inception through its attraction of National Rental Affordability Scheme incentives on the apartments. Its subsidiary for-profit real estate company, Access Housing Realty, acts as property manager for the development. All property management fees are donated to Access Housing to assist in the development of more affordable housing for Western Australians.


Australasian Housing Institute – Outstanding Achievement Award (WA)
Awarded to Chief Executive Officer Garry Ellender