The National Housing Conference, Australia’s premier housing event returns in 2022 – to be staged in Melbourne, the perfect location to unpack the learnings for our housing system from the unprecedented challenges from the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Convened every two years by AHURI, the National Housing Conference (NHC) is a 3-day forum that examines the latest evidence, significant policy reforms and the shining examples of best practice in delivering social and affordable housing options to Australians. More than 1,100 delegates joined us in Darwin for a memorable 2019 conference and we expect an even larger audience will join us in Melbourne, or for the first time, online, for NHC 2022.
The State of Victoria is undertaking major housing reforms, underpinned by the Big Housing Build – aiming to deliver more than 12,000 new social and affordable homes in four years. The State is also undertaking significant reforms in domestic and family violence and mental health – policy areas where safe and secure housing has been identified as critical to a successful response. Having also borne the brunt of Australia’s COVID-19 outbreak, Melbourne is the appropriate location to unpack all the housing impacts and policy responses from governments, service providers and industry.
Beyond the COVID lessons, the program will also examine how Australia’s housing system is responding to the issues created by climate change – from resilience to bushfires, floods and other extreme weather events, to sustainable design and energy efficient housing. As well, systemic reform remains crucial in the sector and the conference will examine a range of priority policy conversations including affordability and availability in the private rental market; improving the linkages between housing and support systems such as healthcare, education and training; the state of national housing policy coordination, and more.