Michael O'Leary Award

The Michael O'Leary Award for Innovation

Michael O'Leary was the head of the Housing Company Ltd at La Trobe University, among other functions he carried out for that organisation. Michael was a supporter of the association and served on the Executive for several years. He supported and encouraged his staff in both joining and attending our conferences. Unfortunately Michael’s time with us was tragically cut short and the Executive decided to award a perpetual and smaller trophy in his name. Michael was a thinker and was always looking for new and better ways of doing things. Hence a member who shows innovation within the student housing industry would be the recipient of this award. As with all awards it is not necessarily awarded each year.


To recognise a member or team who has introduced significant innovation that has substantially influenced the Association or the industry as a whole.


This award is for significant innovation and is not awarded if it deemed there is no deserving nominee.

  • Nominee must have introduced an innovation that has greatly changed the Association or the industry as a whole
  • The submission should include
    • details relating to the innovation;
    • the major outcomes/gains/quantifiable benefits;
    • impacts or changes which were a result of the innovation; and
    • the potential or realised application of the innovation across the industry.


A perpetual trophy on which recipients name is engraved and a smaller trophy to be retained by the recipient.


2019 Deakin Residential Services
2018 Andrew Renfree, Federation University
2015 Laura Burge, La Trobe Accommodation Services
2013 Laura Burge, La Trobe Accommodation Services
2005 Ian Armstrong