September 2017 Edition: Current Issues in Housing Tenure

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Contents for September 2017 edition


Martin Foley, Victorian Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing

CHP Editorial

Jenny Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Council to Homeless Persons

AHI Editorial

Andrew Davis, AHI President, Business Development Project Manager, Unity Housing Company

Vox Pop

This edition, we ask: “What reforms in the various residential tenancies legislation are necessary to better protect both tenants and landlords?”


Mixing Academia and Industry to Solve ‘Intractable’ Problems: The Unison Housing Research LaB

Juliet Watson and Guy Johnson, Unison Housing Research LaB, RMIT University

News, Views and Movements from across the Australasian Housing Industry

Compass Housing Director re-elected as Co-Chair of UN Committee

CHL opens new office in SA to cater for its expanding role

New community hub for the community of Guda Guda officially opened

CHL continues to deliver on its mission of building sustainable communities in East Timor

Link Housing named Most Sustainable Social Enterprise

Wentworth open new affordable apartments in Rouse Hill

Tribute to Nazha Saad


Unity’s affordable housing project at Blair Athol

The 2017 AHI Award Season

2017 AHI NSW Awards For Professional Excellence in Housing


2017 AHI Victorian Awards For Professional Excellence in Housing


2017 AHI Tasmanian Awards For Professional Excellence in Housing


2017 AHI New Zealand Awards For Professional Excellence in Housing

Chapter 1: Context

Current Issues in the Rented Housing Sector in Victoria

Mark O’Brien, CEO, Tenants Victoria

Tenure Trends: Local Factors in the Decline of Australian Social Housing

Tony Gilmour and Shaun Walsh

Unsettled, Insecure, Expensive and Scarce: The Experience of #Rentinoz

Adrian Pisarski, Executive Officer, National Shelter

Consumer Voices

Consumer Voices is a regular feature in Parity. Articles are written by and with consumers to ensure they have a say about the issues that directly affect them.

Airbnb is Having impact on Australia’s Housing and Rental Market: What are we Doing?

Dr. Eddie Bullitis, Senior Service Coordinator, Homelessness Support Program, Exceptional Needs Unit, South Australian Department for Communities and Social Inclusion

Chapter 2: Regulating Tenancies

Security of Tenure Reforms in Ireland, England and Scotland

Chris Angus Research Officer and Lenny Roth, Senior Research Officer, Parliamentary Research Service, Information Services Branch, Department of Parliamentary Services, New South Wales Government

Making Evictions into Homelessness a Last resort: A ‘Reasonableness’ Framework and a Focus on Prevention

Katie Ho, Lawyer, Justice Connect Homeless Law

Five Proposed Changes to Rental Laws that will Lead to More Homelessness

Damien Patterson, Policy and Advocacy Officer, Council to Homeless Persons

Chapter 3: Tenancies at Risk

Social Housing Renewal: Threats to Tenant Stability and Security

Laura Wynne, PhD Candidate, University of Tasmania

Barriers to Safe and Secure Housing for Refugee Women at Risk

Charles Rich, Program Manager Housing Services, Settlement Services International

Chapter 4: Supporting Tenancies

Early Intervention Tackled on Three Fronts

Joanne Robinson, Specialist Capacity Builder, Wentworth Community Housing and Judy Spencer, Tenancy Support Service Evaluator, contracted by Wentworth Community Housing

Supporting Tenancies to Access Opportunities for Economic Independence

Carrie Levine, Employment Opportunities Manager SGCH

The Victorian Housing Register: A Work in Progress

Marg Osborne and Tony Newman, Victorian Department of Health and Human Services

Keeping Social Housing Tenants Housed: Disrupting the Cycle of Homelessness for Those with Mental Illness and Alcohol and Drug Disorders

Alison Patterson, Practice Consultant, Access Housing, Fremantle

Journey to Social Inclusion (J2SI): Partnering with Community Housing in J2SI Phase 2 to End Chronic Homelessness

Anna Paris, Operations Manager Engagement Hubs and Individual Planned Support, Sacred Heart Mission and Donna Hinchcliff, State Manager, Victoria, Housing Choices Australia

Chapter 5: New Forms of Housing Tenure

Cohousing: An Alternative Tenure for Senior Australians?

Laura Wynne, Professor Chris Riedy, Matthew Daly and Dr. Kylie McKenna, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology, Sydney

Changes to Promote Long-term Leasing

Consumer Affairs Victoria

Community Land Trusts Unpacked

Richie Goonan, Interim CEO, St Kilda Community Housing

Meet a Tenant

Toni Essen

A Career in Housing

Jeanette Large, Chief Executive Officer, Women’s Property Initiatives


Mark O’Brien

Chief Executive Officer, Tenants Union of Victoria

Karyn Walsh

Chief Executive Officer, Micah Projects

Look who’s new at the AHI

Corporate Member

Accessible Properties New Zealand Ltd

Certified Housing Professional

Amanda Donohoe, Chief Executive Officer, Servants Community Housing, Compass Housing

AHI member

Sonja Moore-Carter, Tenacy Case Worker, Anglicare Southern Queenslan