Hunter-based Compass Housing has picked up three of the eight awards at the Australasian Housing Institute’s NSW Awards held in Sydney on Thursday night (July 6).
The social and affordable community housing provider won the Professional Excellence in Social Housing Award for the most outstanding organisation, community housing provider or Government agency involved in housing for NSW as well as the Leading Asset Management Award. Compass’ group managing director, Greg Budworth, took out the Outstanding Achievement Award for an individual. Compass was also commended for its community development work and tenant initiatives including its community hubs.
Mr Budworth said for Compass to receive the top award for excellence was a tribute to his team’s care, diligence and hard work.
“The award is recognition for the breadth and depth of our services, our focus on tenants and the community as well as our excellence in administration and management,” Mr Budworth said.
“We have an awesome team who do more than put a roof over people’s heads,” he said.
“Our goal is to help our tenants to maximise their contribution to the community, economically and socially,” Mr Budworth said.
“Social housing is an important piece of community infrastructure that makes a fundamental difference to people’s lives.”
Mr Budworth has also been an advocate for improved social and affordable housing local, nationally and internationally. He is co-chair of the UN Habitat program’s civil society partner constituent group and was one of only a few people who were not representing a national Government to address the global UN Habitat conference in Ecuador in 2016. He has been working with other housing experts in lobbying and working with Governments for a national plan for housing.
Compass and Mr Budworth are now finalists, along-side other state and New Zealand winners, at the national awards to be held in Sydney on November 29.
The Australasian Housing Institute Awards recognise excellence in professional practice in social housing that makes a significant and lasting difference to tenants or service users, to their community, to colleagues and to the housing profession. The awards are in their 14th year and receive more than 100 entries.
Hunter-based Compass Housing has grown to be an international community housing provider managing more than 4,600 properties as well as community development projects in Australia, New Zealand and Vanuatu.