Getting it Right at WA Tenancy Conference 2019

12 Apr 2019

Access Housing tenants and staff took part in a panel discussion about co-designing Tenant Advisory Groups at the WA Tenancy Conference 2019 last week.

The Getting it Right: Co-designing Tenant Advisory Groups session was held on the first day of the April 4-5 conference and saw tenants provide an overview of their experiences co-designing the Access Housing Advisory Committee of Tenants (ACT).

A planning group of tenants and Access Housing staff recently finalised a draft Terms of Reference for the new tenant-led committee. The draft purpose of the Access Housing ACT is to be a representative and accountable voice for tenants and to provide a platform for communication between Access Housing and our tenant community.

The panel of Access Housing tenants and staff led an interactive discussion with an audience of renters and professionals from the government and private and community housing sectors alongside tenant advocates and other service providers. Discussions centred around what worked well, what could have been done differently and what issues and challenges were faced developing the Terms of Reference and co-designing the Access Housing ACT.

Key topics explored by the panel and audience focused on inclusion and accessibility, highlighting the importance of achieving fair representation within the tenant advisory group and ensuring tenant engagement opportunities are communicated and accessible to all Access Housing tenants.

Access Housing Practice Consultant Alison Paterson was one of the staff members involved in the Access Housing ACT planning process and facilitated the panel discussion. Alison is eager to take the learnings and points of emphasis from the panel into the next stage of planning for the Access Housing ACT.

“It was a wonderful opportunity for tenants who were involved in the process of co-designing the group to have their say and to get feedback from other tenants in the sector. It was a really valuable experience to communicate what we have done so far in a conference setting and to get some real feedback going forward,” Alison said.

Tenants who participated in the planning group will act as an interim committee to oversee the implementation of the Access Housing ACT with a focus on finalising the Terms of Reference and making sure all Access Housing tenants have the opportunity to be involved.

Information about how to be involved in the Access Housing ACT will be advertised in our winter tenant newsletter in July.

For more information about the Access Housing ACT please contact Alison Paterson on 9430 0900.