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Argyle Housing Annual Report

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This year we are very excited and proud to present our Annual Report to you in a digital format!

Seamless digital technology will allow readers to view the annual report, at their leisure, on smart phone, tablet or computer. We are confident that by using a digital format we will reach a wider audience and provide an experience that is interactive and engaging.

A printed version of the report is also available on request from any Argyle Housing office for tenants or stakeholders who would prefer this option.

Thankyou to all who have contributed to this report and those who have allowed us to tell their stories.

Welcome from the Chair & CEO
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Acknowledgement of country

Argyle Community Housing acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognises their continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures; and to Elders both past and present. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that this website may contain images or names of people who have since passed away.


Welcome to the 2018 Annual Report for Argyle Housing.

This report captures the highlights and challenges over the previous year, and describes through our tenants and community stories the value of being adaptable. A sensitivity, intuition and attentiveness are woven through all the elements of this digital report that reinforces why Argyle Housing exists.

There are many benefits to being adaptable, both in the workplace and in our personal lives. As an organisation we have continued to push the boundaries, find diverse and unexpected solutions to problems and challenges both in our workforce and communities.

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Strategic plan 2018

As part of this annual report, the Board of Directors is proud to introduce Argyle Housing’s Strategic Plan for 2018/21. The Strategic Plan review was tenant and community focused with an emphasis on how Argyle Housing can provide more housing options, exceptional tenancy experience and opportunities for tenants to achieve the best outcomes possible in their lives.

The review was also an opportunity for Argyle Housing to plan how, as an organisation, it can meet the housing needs of the communities in which we operate. The Strategic Plan 2018/21 provides a framework for Argyle Housing to build local partnerships that fulfil specific needs and to respond quickly and effectively to wider growth opportunities that may arise.

The Board would like to thank all those who contributed to the review of the Strategic Plan particularly the tenants, support agencies and staff who provided input and feedback to the project team.

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Our Vision

To deliver quality housing options and connections to our community

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Our Values


We have regard for the feelings, wishes and rights of everybody


We seek out ways to improve and add value to the delivery of our services


We are accountable for what we do and how we do it


We face our challenges, we learn and we move forward

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Strategic objectives


Customer Experience

Assist people on low to moderate income by providing access to housing solutions


Community Connections

Encourage the involvement of people and organisations in the solution of problems affecting community


People & Culture

Foster an inclusive and positive workplace environment


Relationships & Partnerships

Develop strong and effective relationships and partnerships to achieve positive outcomes for the people and communities we serve


Growth for Sustainability

Increase housing options while sustaining current assets

Board of

Argyle Housing’s Board of Directors is a skills based board comprised of members who have a genuine commitment to Argyle Housing, its tenants and communities. Three board members have been with Argyle Housing for many years and have developed a strong understanding of the Community Housing Sector, Argyle Housing’s business and the communities it serves. Four new members have joined since 2016 and have brought a wealth of experience and expertise to enhance the capacity and overall strength of governance at Argyle Housing.

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Terry Downing
Chairman of the Board

Member since 4 April 2012

With current and prior positions in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, Terry is an experienced non-executive director. His prior experience includes senior executive positions in the financial services sector and consulting to service industries including insurance, banking, funds management, superannuation and aged care. Terry brings extensive financial, risk management, corporate governance and commercial experience to the Argyle Housing board.

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Pamela Edwards

Member since 4 April 2012

Pamela has extensive experience in the investment management business in Australia, the UK and Europe. Prior to this Pamela was a partner in a prominent Australian law firm. She has also served the community on the boards of Australian arts organisations. Pamela is a former Vice President of the Corporate Counsel Association, Europe and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Trevor Fair

Member since 26 May 2009

Trevor commenced his working career with East West Airlines as an apprentice avionics engineer and later worked with QANTAS in avionics. While working for numerous years with the NSW Department of Education, Trevor commenced his studies in Accounting & Human Resource Management through Charles Sturt University. Trevor gained experience in Management Accounting with the Catholic Education Office. After completing his CPA, Trevor worked in public practice in Bowral before becoming a partner of Oxley Partners Chartered Accountants in 2005. He is the registered Self-Managed Super Fund (SMSF) Auditor for the practice.

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Donna Anthes

Member since 1 January 2016

Donna is an experienced Company Secretary and non-executive director with proven governance and risk management expertise. She has significant board level experience and leverages her strong track record in leading change and resolving complex business issues. Donna’s rich experience, ranging from start-up businesses to large scale organisations enables her to engage effectively and credibly with a broad range of stakeholders and provide sound business leadership in changing environments. Donna’s strong leadership is accompanied by a track record of business development.

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Susan Bailey

Member since 1 January 2016

Susan is a non-executive director in the not-for-profit sector and previously in the public sector. She has over 30 years’ experience as a commercial lawyer in the private and public sectors including the insurance and electricity industries. Following a career as a banking and finance lawyer in two Sydney law firms, Susan has gained executive experience as General Counsel of Ausgrid and General Counsel and Company Secretary of Royal & Sun Alliance. Susan is a director and member of The Westhaven Association.

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Chris Martin

Member since 1 January 2018

Chris has 35 years of broad-ranging experience in the property industry covering property funds management, property and asset management, property and development, project management, financial management; marketing; sustainability; and corporate governance and compliance. During his career Chris has also held senior roles with the GPT Group, Lendlease, BT Funds Management / Principal Financial Group, Colliers International, Jones Lang Wootton (now JLL) and, early in his career, in the Commonwealth and New South Wales governments.

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Yvette Pietsch

Member since 1 January 2018.

Yvette has over 25 years’ experience in public practice as a Chartered Accountant, working with private groups and not-for profit organisations. Yvette is currently a member of NSW Council for Women’s Economic Opportunity and independent member of the Governance Audit and Risk Committee for Shellharbour City Council. Yvette was previously a Trustee and Deputy Chair of Centennial Park & Moore Park Trust. Yvette has extensive experience in financial and risk management, corporate governance, business operations and commercial management.

Thank you

“We would like to thank the Commonwealth, NSW and ACT Governments; and the organisations, agencies, contractors and local governments that have worked with Argyle throughout 2017/2018. You have all helped us deliver great outcomes for our tenants and communities. We also acknowledge and thank our staff across all locations. We appreciate your effort and commitment throughout the year.”