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  • events@ahuri.edu.au
  • Melbourne, VIC

Program

RESILIENCE. CONNECTION. TRANSFORMATION.

We are in the process of preparing the videos and slides from the conference that will be made available to all delegates. Delegates will receive an email with details of how to access the videos and presentations once ready.  

Below is an interactive version of the National Housing Conference with links to most of our speakers and facilitators. 

The program includes 5 plenary sessions, 23 concurrent sessions and 4 Think Tanks sessions. In addition, there are 6 special sunrise sessions.

Sessions are organised in-line with the conference theme:

  • Resilience examines the importance of the housing systems resilience to shocks (e.g. COVID-19, natural disasters such as bushfires, floods, and the climate change)
  • Connection considers how people in the housing system are connected (tenants to support services; different systems linking together – e.g., health, education, training)
  • Transformation considers systemic reforms (home care to support ageing in place, mental health and DFV system reforms, and digital innovation).

Social Events

As with previous National Housing Conferences we have some great social events planned with the Community Housing Limited Welcome Reception on Wednesday 2 March. 

This is followed the next night, Thursday 3 March with the Indigenous Business Australia Conference Dinner being held at the spectacular Great Hall at the National Gallery of Victoria. 

We will be closing NHC with a brunch at the Boatbuilders Yard which is right next to MCEC proudly supported by Riverview Projects.  

 Click here to read more about the social events.

Sunrise session: Regional Housing – a morning’s journey around Australia

  • 7:30
  • Eureka Room 1

Sunrise session: Regional Housing – a morning’s journey around Australia

Long before Covid19 encouraged thousands to fulfil their dream of a ‘sea or tree change’, regional communities have become increasingly concerned about housing. While traditionally cheaper than big cities many regional towns are confronting an array of concerns: rising unaffordability; lack of affordable rental stock; large lot development that risk sprawling; and dwelling stock that’s often mismatched with the needs of an aging local demographic.

Presented by

Sunrise session: Big Housing Build – Delivering safe, connected and thriving communities through design

  • 7:30
  • Eureka Room 2

Sunrise session: Big Housing Build – Delivering safe, connected and thriving communities through design

This is your chance to learn more about the Victorian Government’s Big Housing Build. The project will construct more than 12,000 homes in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria including 9,300 social housing homes and 2,900 affordable and low cost homes. The session will provide an overview of the master planning work for newly identified social housing sites that are currently out for public consultation as well as a summary of the designs of the ‘fast start’ sites.

Presenters

Emma Appleton, Homes Victoria

Joanne Wandel, Homes Victoria

Presented by

Sunrise session: Everybody's Home

  • 7:30
  • Eureka Room 3

Sunrise session: Everybody's Home

Changing the story – an update on the campaign to fix Australia’s housing crisis

The Everybody’s Home campaign launched in April 2018 and has grown to be an alliance of over 500 organisations and more than 32,000 individual supporters working together to achieve change.
Hear about Everybody’s Home marginal seats polling on affordable housing conducted in February 2022 and the strategy through to, and beyond the election, to increase the Federal Government’s investment in social housing.


Kate Colvin, National Spokesperson, Everybody’s Home – strategy to influence change:
Kate is Deputy CEO of Victoria’s peak body for homelessness, Council to Homeless Persons and has led several national housing campaigns including Everybody’s Home, Vote Home and Australians for Affordable Housing.

Nick Lucchinelli, Director, Horton Advisory – marginal seats polling and a narrative to change the national conversation :
Nick is a Director of communications agency Horton Advisory, and a communication expert who specialises in media relations, crisis communication, narrative framing, and message development.


Wendy Hayhurst, CEO, Community Housing Industry Association (CHIA) – lobbying for new housing financing models
:
Wendy leads the national peak body CHIA, representing not for profit community housing organisations across Australia, and has over 30 years’ experience in the housing industry. Wendy has been instrumental in the development of the Housing Boost Aggregator and the strategy to bring this model to the Government’s attention.

Presented by

Available Virtually
Welcome to the conference

  • 9:00
  • Goldfields Theatre

Welcome to the conference

Includes Welcome to Country, Introduction from AHURI and Ministerial addresses



• Uncle Ringo Terrick, Wurundjeri Elder

The Hon Richard Wynne MP, Minister for Housing, Minister for Planning

Dr Michael Fotheringham, AHURI

Available Virtually
Opening keynote: Jane Caro AM

Opening keynote: Jane Caro AM

A big picture look at the current state of Australia’s housing systems – this session will pose questions for delegates to consider as they attend the conference. Explores how the conference

Sponsored by

  • 10:30
  • Exhibition Precinct

Morning Tea

  • 11.15am
  • Various (see below)

Concurrent Sessions

See below for description of sessions and locations

Available Virtually

  • 11.15am
  • Sovereign Room

No vacancy: private rental after COVID-19

Renters were heavily impacted during the pandemic, particularly during long lockdowns in Victoria and NSW. Examining the impacts on renters and landlords from COVID19 and exploring how to create a more resilient rental system, and cater for people renting long term.

Presenters

Dr Jemima Mowbray, Tenant’s Union of NSW

Jennifer Beveridge, Tenants Victoria

Leah Calnan, REIV

Helen Tighe, Bridge Housing

Facilitator

Heather Holst, Victorian Commissioner for Residential Tenancies

Available Virtually

  • 11.15am
  • Goldfields Theatre

Meeting the housing needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households

What works to sustain Indigenous housing in remote, regional and urban housing across Australia? Examining
the impacts of the pandemic on housing needs and surrounding services

Presenters

Professor Tess Lea, The University of Sydney

Dr Megan Moskos, The University of Adelaide

Nattlie Smith, Aboriginal Housing Office

Matthew Duggan , Homes Victoria

Facilitator

Sean Armistead, Indigenous Business Australia

Sponsored by

  • 11.15am
  • Eureka Room 2

Housing’s role in support and recovery for people with mental ill health

As Australia grapples with improving our mental health system, and implement reforms across the nation –
what are the challenges in finding the right housing for people with mental ill health?

Presenters

Mark Heeney, Mind Australia

• Nicholas White, Mind Australia

Ingrid Ozolos AM, Homes Victoria

Katherine Riddell, Homes Victoria

Jamie Waring , Neami National

Facilitator

Dr Nicola Brackertz, AHURI

Available Virtually

  • 11:15am
  • Eureka Room 1

Staying home: supporting ageing in place

With a majority of Australians preferring to age at home, what are the settings required to support ageing in
place across housing tenures and how can this be informed by the Aged Care Royal Commission?

Presenters

Victoria Cornell, EHC

Dr Debbie Faulkner, University of South Australia

Dr Matthew Hutchinson, Peddle Thorp

Facilitator

• Peter White, Department of Communities Tasmania

  • 11:15am
  • Eureka Room 3

Lessons from the frontline in DFV support services

Much reform has occurred in recent years to support housing options for DFV survivors. This session presents
case studies from practitioners and advocacy organisations

Presenters

Justin Cantelo, Housing Plus

Fiona Caniglia, Q Shelter

Jocelyn Bignold OAM, McAuley Community Services for Women

Facilitator

• Katherine McKernan, Homelessness NSW

Available Virtually

  • 11:15am
  • Exhibition Precinct

THINK TANK: Build-to-rent in Australia: the state of play

Build-to-rent (BTR) has been long discussed but remains undeveloped in an affordable housing context. Short
presentations examine BTR in Australia.

Presenters

Kris Daff, Assemble

Luke Mackintosh, EY

Shaun Whittaker, Holding Redlich

Sponsored by

  • 12:45
  • Exhibition Precinct

Lunch

Enjoy lunch, networking and visiting the exhibitor stands. Please note that The Exchange session will commence at 1pm.

  • 1.00pm
  • Eureka Room 2

The Exchange: Homes Victoria

Understanding social and economic disadvantage in public housing – the power of linked data

Homes Victoria is committed to building new evidence platforms that links administrative data and seeks the lived experience of public housing residents in new ways to understand and start taking action on socioeconomic disadvantage.

One of the largest linked data sets in Victoria examines service usage and outcomes for over 115,000 public housing residents across the State; and the world’s largest single jurisdictional public housing survey provides a snapshot of the lived experiences of residents. It’s the first plank in Homes Victoria’s broader response to working with communities, which will be further explored in tomorrow’s concurrent session Supportive social housing landlords

Presenters

Dr Alex Dordevic, Homes Victoria

Dr Maya Ramakrishnan, Homes Victoria

Presented by

  • 1:45pm
  • Various (see below)

Concurrent Sessions

See below for description of sessions and location

Available Virtually

  • 1:45 PM
  • Sovereign Room

Unlocking key worker housing affordability

The pandemic has highlighted the essential nature of key workers and the affordability and commuting
challenges they face in our major cities. What are the current challenges for key workers across Australia.

Presenters

Tim Buskens, HOPE Housing

Dr Catherine Gilbert, The Univeristy of Sydney

Chris Smith, Foundation Housing

Facilitator

Dr Gina Zappia, AHURI

Available Virtually

  • 1:45pm
  • Goldfields Theatre

Accommodating changing populations in regional Australia

Changing population dynamics during and post pandemic: what do they mean for regional housing markets,
regional employment, service delivery, infrastructure, and economic restructuring?

Presenters

Professor Andrew Beer, University of South Australia

Damien White, Centre for Population

Ivan Simon, NATSHIA

Facilitator

• Liz de Chastel, Australian Local Government Association

  • 1:45pm
  • Eureka Room 2

Exiting care, entering a stable home: better supporting young people

Exiting care for young people remains a key driver of homelessness. What does the latest research tell us and what examples can help drive reform at scale?

Presenters

Jacinta Chavulak, Monash University

Sarah Morris, Lived Experience

Paul McDonald, Anglicare Victoria

Facilitator

Dr Nicola Brackertz, AHURI

  • 1:45pm
  • Eureka Room 3

The looming insurance crisis is a housing affordability crisis: What’s the problem and what can be done about it?

As climate change generates more damaging weather-related events more often, the rising costs of home insurance premiu will redistribute risk across households and put access to insurance firmly on the housing affordability agenda.

Presenters

Dr Toby Freeman, South Australian Council of Social Services

Dr Emily Porter, Brotherhood of St. Laurence

Dr Antonia Settle, University of Melbourne

Facilitator

Bridget Tehan, Victorian Council of Social Services

Available Virtually

  • 1:45pm
  • Eureka Room 1

Community housing providers in the disability housing market

What are the challenges, barriers and opportunities for CHPs providing housing to NDIS participants including people eligible for specialist disability accommodation?

Presenters

Wendy Hayhurst, Community Housing Industry Association

Charles Northcote, BlueCHP Ltd

Nicholas Proud, PowerHousing Australia

Facilitator

Alecia Rathbone, Summer Foundation

  • 1:45pm
  • Room 219

South Australia's Homelessness Alliances: A case study

The level of collaboration and innovation demonstrated by the Alliances during the COVID-19 lockdowns has provided an early indication of the strength of this model, with lessons to be learned for other jurisdictions.

Presenters

Ian Cox, SA Housing Authority

Anna-Kate Chervatin, SA Housing Authority

Orla Matthews, Padninthi Kumangka Wardli, the North West Alliance

Shaya Nettle, Towards Home Alliance

Facilitator

Sherri Bruinhout, Victorian Department of Families, Fairness and Housing

Available Virtually

  • 1:45pm
  • Exhibition Precinct

THINK TANK: On for young and old…collaborating for impact.

Collaborative approaches to change.

Presenters

Dr Tom Alves, AHURI

Julia Baron, YACVic

• Richard Gilmour, Department of Community Tasmania

Bryan Lipmann AM, Wintringham

Shorna Moore, Melbourne City Mission

  • 3:15 PM
  • Exhibition Precinct

Afternoon tea

Available Virtually

  • 3:45 PM
  • Goldfields Theatre

Emerging from the pandemic: Housing and the economy

Taking a big picture view of the economic landscape – drawing together a panel of experts to examine the
impacts of the pandemic on Australia’s housing systems.

Presenters

• Rod Fehring, National Affordable Housing Alliance

Dr Angela Jackson, Impact Economics and Policy

Tim Lawless, CoreLogic

David Rumbens, Deloitte Access Economics

Facilitator

Madeleine Morris, ABC

  • 5:15 PM
  • Exhibition Space

Community Housing Limited Official Welcome Reception

Sponsored by

Day 2

Sunrise Session

  • 7.30
  • Eureka Room 1

Sunrise Session

Better Relationships = Better Rental Outcomes – How to build positive, purposeful relationships with the real estate industry

Over the last few years, the Tenancy Skills Institute has developed and delivered Australia’s first tenancy education program that is recognised by the real estate industry. With the majority of rental properties in Australia managed by the private sector, it is important that the housing and homelessness sector finds ways to improve relationships with property managers in the private sector. This facilated panel session will give delegates exclusive access into the insights of some of the leaders in the private rental sector.

Presenters

Laura Valenti, Solutions Property Management

Rebecca Fogarty, Blackbird & Finch

Hayley Mitchell, Mitchell Property Training

Samara Bedwell, Macwell Property Training

Peter Brewer, REIQ Chairman

Paul Tommasini, inCommunity Inc

Presented by

Sunrise Session

  • 7.30
  • Eureka Room 2

Sunrise Session

Big Housing Build – Social Housing Growth Fund &
Big Housing Build – Ground Lease Model

Presenters

Holly O’Connell Paladino, Homes Victoria

Presented by

Sunrise Session

  • 7.30
  • Eureka Room 3

Sunrise Session

Strange Bedfellows and Usual Suspects

What do the Property Council, National Shelter, SGS Economics and Planning, PwC, ACOSS, CHIA and Industry Super have in common? They all work in alliances of strange bedfellows for the great cause of advocating for more social and affordable housing. They are not the only ones but this session showcases what all these do towards that goal.

This session will focus on the strategic partnerships National Shelter has been engaged in over the past 2-8 years. The panel will present and discuss the work of the Rental Affordability Index, the National Affordable Housing Alliance (NAHA), The Constellation Project and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Housing Association NATSIHA.

Speakers include NAHA Chair Mr Rod Fehring, SGS Economics and Planning’s Kishan Ratnam, Keith Bryant and Mr Ivan Simon NATSIHA. Contributing tales from CHIA, BSL and others will also form a part.

The session will be facilitated by National Shelter’s Adrian Pisarski.

Presented by

Available Virtually

  • 9.00
  • Goldfields Theatre

Virtual international study tour; social housing innovation

A virtual international study tour of current and emerging ideas and innovation in the social, community and affordable housing development from around the world.

Presenters

Dr Nahoko Kawata, Oita University

Professor Richard Ronald, Society and Space at the University of Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Christian Schantl, The City of Vienna – Wiener Wohnen (Vienna Living)

Facilitator

Dr Tom Alves, AHURI

Sponsored by

  • 10:30am
  • Exhibition Precinct

Morning tea

Available Virtually

  • 11am
  • Goldfields Theatre

State of the nation

A panel session drawing together leaders from a range of segments of Australia’s housing systems, covering housing policy, research and advocacy, community housing, public housing, private rentals and homeownership, to share recent lessons, discuss policy priorities, and looming challenges.

The focus of the session will be observations of the challenges and lessons of the pandemic period for Australian housing: What have we learned, and how will be use these lessons to achieve better housing outcomes into the future?

Presenters

Ben Rimmer, Homes Victoria

Professor Emma Baker, University of Adelaide

Nathan Dal Bon, NHFIC

Heather Holst, Victorian Commission for Residential Tenancies

Rebecca Pinkstone, Bridge Housing

Adrian Pisarski, National Shelter

Facilitator

Dr Michael Fotheringham, AHURI

Sponsored by

  • 12.30
  • Exhibition Precinct

Lunch

  • 12.45
  • Eureka Room 3

The Exchange

How Zavanti Housing System supports sector, provider and customer resilience, connection and transformation.

Presenters

• Warren Fernandez, Zavanti Housing

Presented by

  • 1.30pm-3pm

Concurrent sessions

A series of concurrent sessions and Think Tank to select from. See below

Available Virtually

  • 1:30pm
  • Goldfields Theatre

Large-scale housing investment in Australia

Taking stock of the effectiveness of institutional investment in Australia’s the housing sector?
Superannuation funds want to invest, but what enablers need to be in place? What do international
markets teach us?

Presenters

Carrie Hamilton, Housing Action Network

Andrew Hannan, Community Homes Canberra

Wendy Hayhurst, Community Housing Industry Association

Associate Professor Andi Nygaard, Centre for Urban Transitions, Swinburne University of Technology

Facilitator

Gemma Pinnell, Industry Super Australia

  • 1:30pm
  • Eureka Room 2

At home with disability accommodation

Reform to support and funding mechanism have been substantially changed through the NDIS period. This session explores approaches to the planning, design, development and ownership of disability accommodation

Presenters

Rich Austin, Bickerton Masters Architecture

Joseph Connellan, MC Two Pty

Stuart Hurst, Enliven Housing

Faye Minty, Enliven Housing

Edward Rathbone, Bickerton Masters Architecture

Facilitators

Melinda van der Westhuizen, Summer Housing

Available Virtually

  • 1:30pm
  • Eureka Room 1

Indigenous insights

Examining a series of insights into the delivery of housing and support services to Indigenous Australians

Presenters

Ania Anderst, The George Institute for Global Health

Megan Davidson, Community Housing Ltd

Zehrina Hajdic, Community Housing Ltd

Megan Lawrance, Many Rivers Regional Housing

• Melinda Moore, La Perouse Aboriginal Paediatric Clinic

Lola Ryan, South Eastern Sydney Local Health District

  • 1:30pm
  • Room 219

Ageing and housing insecurity

Understanding the experience of housing insecurity for women aged 55 years and older; the fastest growing cohort of people experiencing homelessness.

Presenters

Eloise Atkinson, Deicke Richards

Dr Natalie Greenland, Mission Australia

Maggie Shambrook, Housing Older Women’s Movement

Linda Hahn, Housing Older Women’s Movement

Fiona Terry, Mission Australia

Facilitator

• Kim Bomford, Housing Choices Tasmania

  • 1:30pm
  • Eureka Room 3

LGBTIQ+ housing journeys

People across the LGBTIQ+ spectrum experience a variety of housing challenges and this session examines case studies of programs designed to support various cohorts of LGBTIQ+ Australians.

Presenters

• Dr Cal Andrews, The University of Melbourne

Harper Figliomeni, Pivot Project

Myfan Jordan, Banyule City Council

Andrew Rogers, Housing for the Aged Action Group

Fiona York, Housing for the Aged Action Group

Facilitator

Professor Wendy Stone, Swinburne University

Available Virtually

  • 1:30pm
  • Sovereign Room

Enabling landlords to better support vulnerable tenants

Positive landlord engagement with social housing tenants can inform the delivery of improved and appropriate support services. Examining examples of supportive social landlords.

Presenters

Haley Bowman, Wellways Australia

Ahmed Dini, Homes Victoria

Najat Omar, Homes Victoria

Alison Paterson, Foundation Housing

Alison Rutherford, Homes Victoria

Roni Slootzki, Wellways Australia

Mark Stracey, Homes Victoria

Leah Watkins, Housing Choices

Facilitator

Adrian Pisarski, National Shelter

Available Virtually

  • 1:30pm
  • Exhibition Pricinct

THINK TANK: Workforce resilience and community engagement

Examining case study examples of strategies and program that have improved housing organisations’ performance and delivered better services through engagement with key clients.

Presenters

Fiona Caniglia, Q Shelter

Emma Greenhalgh, Q Shelter

Aimie Meier, Summer Housing Ltd

Teresa Reed, Mangrove Housing Ltd

Grace Borsellino, NSW Department of Communities and Justice


Sponsored by

  • 3.00pm
  • Exhibition Precinct

Afternoon tea

  • 3.45pm

Concurrent Sessions

A series of concurrent sessions and Think Tank to select from. See below

  • 3:45pm
  • Eureka Room 2

The value of innovative social and affordable housing investment

Connecting the need for innovative approaches to the development, delivery and financing of social and affordable housing with the need to measure the value (both economic and social) that derives from investing in social and affordable housing.

Presenters

Sarah Buckeridge, Hayball

Associate Professor Louise Crabtree-Hayes, Western Sydney University

Bianca Hung, Hayball

Dr Francesco Mancini, Curtin University

Steven Persson, Homes for Homes

Dr Francesca Perugia, Curtin University

Facilitator

• Meredith Sussex

Sponsored by

Available Virtually

  • 3:45pm
  • Sovereign Room

Improving health outcomes through quality housing

Understanding poor quality housing – including insufficient heating, cooling, insulation, disrepair, poor design and overcrowding. What are the impacts of substandard conditions on the physical and mental health of residents?

Presenters

Professor Emma Baker, University of Adelaide

Dr Kate Hunter, The George Institute for Global Health & The University of New South Wales

Ivan Simon, NATSIHA

Facilitator

John Engeler, Shelter NSW

Sponsored by

  • 3:45pm
  • Eureka Room 3

Taking stock: how can we build energy efficient homes for the future?

The role of circular economy approaches in energy efficiency and sustainability of housing, and the contributions of retrofitting and new development. What can we learn from international green stimulus models?

Presenters

Joanna McClellan, Department of Industry, Planning and Environment

Jess Pomeroy, CHIA Vic

Agata Wierzbowski, Tenants Victoria

Facilitator

Davina Rooney, Green Building Council of Australia

Available Virtually

  • 3:45pm
  • Eureka Room 1

System linkages for vulnerable populations

Linking housing with related support services is integral to a successful and sustainable tenancy for vulnerable populations. Examining the latest evidence along with case study examples of effective housing and support partnerships.

Presenters

• Spike Chiappalone, cohealth

Associate Professor Cameron Duff, RMIT University

Stephen Hawkins, Q Shelter

Karen Lococo, Sacred Heart Mission

Facilitator

Dr Gina Zappia, AHURI

Available Virtually

  • 3:45pm
  • Goldfields Theatre

Local partnerships for social and affordable housing

Many social and affordable housing developments have been realised through strong partnerships between different levels of government, not-for-profits and philanthropy organisations. What can we learn from successful examples?

Presenters

Kate Breen, Affordable Development Outcomes

Katharine Buden, Development Victoria

Erin Dolan, Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation

Tim Riley, Property Collectives

Michelle Roberson, NSW Land and Housing Corporation

David Toscano, Northern Community Church of Christ

Facilitator

• Humair Ahmed, NSW Department of Communities & Justice

  • 3:45pm
  • Room 219

Good apartment design – leading architects driving innovation through social housing

Processes and frameworks that enable good design outcomes through urban growth and renewal. What is good design and what is good design governance for higher density housing? Can social housing lead the way by demonstration and innovation?

Presenters

Rob McGauran, MGC Architects

Kerstin Thompson, Kerstin Thompson Architects

Professor Philip Thalis, Hill Thalis Architecture

Facilitator

Dr Tom Alves, AHURI

Available Virtually

  • 3:45pm
  • Exhibition Pricinct

THINK TANK Transforming through technology

Embracing new digital solutions, government agencies are enhancing the delivery of services to tenants along with the expansion of their housing portfolios.

Presenters

Dr Gabriele Caccamo, NSW Land and Housing Corporation
Lance Carden, NSW Department of Communities and Justice

Alex Houlston, BOOMPower

Alice Lawson, SA Housing Authority

Sponsored by

  • 6.30pm
  • National Gallery of Victoria

Indigenous Business Australia Official Conference Dinner

Join us in the Great Hall at the National Gallery of Victoria for the conference dinner. Price of the dinner also includes access to the fantastic Bark Ladies: Eleven Artists from Yirrkala

Sponsored by

Day 2

Sunrise Session

  • 7.30
  • Eureka Room 1

Sunrise Session

Better Relationships = Better Rental Outcomes – How to build positive, purposeful relationships with the real estate industry

Over the last few years, the Tenancy Skills Institute has developed and delivered Australia’s first tenancy education program that is recognised by the real estate industry. With the majority of rental properties in Australia managed by the private sector, it is important that the housing and homelessness sector finds ways to improve relationships with property managers in the private sector. This facilated panel session will give delegates exclusive access into the insights of some of the leaders in the private rental sector.

Presenters

Laura Valenti, Solutions Property Management

Rebecca Fogarty, Blackbird & Finch

Hayley Mitchell, Mitchell Property Training

Samara Bedwell, Macwell Property Training

Peter Brewer, REIQ Chairman

Paul Tommasini, inCommunity Inc

Presented by

Sunrise Session

  • 7.30
  • Eureka Room 2

Sunrise Session

Big Housing Build – Social Housing Growth Fund &
Big Housing Build – Ground Lease Model

Presenters

Holly O’Connell Paladino, Homes Victoria

Presented by

Sunrise Session

  • 7.30
  • Eureka Room 3

Sunrise Session

Strange Bedfellows and Usual Suspects

What do the Property Council, National Shelter, SGS Economics and Planning, PwC, ACOSS, CHIA and Industry Super have in common? They all work in alliances of strange bedfellows for the great cause of advocating for more social and affordable housing. They are not the only ones but this session showcases what all these do towards that goal.

This session will focus on the strategic partnerships National Shelter has been engaged in over the past 2-8 years. The panel will present and discuss the work of the Rental Affordability Index, the National Affordable Housing Alliance (NAHA), The Constellation Project and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Housing Association NATSIHA.

Speakers include NAHA Chair Mr Rod Fehring, SGS Economics and Planning’s Kishan Ratnam, Keith Bryant and Mr Ivan Simon NATSIHA. Contributing tales from CHIA, BSL and others will also form a part.

The session will be facilitated by National Shelter’s Adrian Pisarski.

Presented by

Available Virtually

  • 9.00
  • Goldfields Theatre

Virtual international study tour; social housing innovation

A virtual international study tour of current and emerging ideas and innovation in the social, community and affordable housing development from around the world.

Presenters

Dr Nahoko Kawata, Oita University

Professor Richard Ronald, Society and Space at the University of Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Christian Schantl, The City of Vienna – Wiener Wohnen (Vienna Living)

Facilitator

Dr Tom Alves, AHURI

Sponsored by

  • 10:30am
  • Exhibition Precinct

Morning tea

Available Virtually

  • 11am
  • Goldfields Theatre

State of the nation

A panel session drawing together leaders from a range of segments of Australia’s housing systems, covering housing policy, research and advocacy, community housing, public housing, private rentals and homeownership, to share recent lessons, discuss policy priorities, and looming challenges.

The focus of the session will be observations of the challenges and lessons of the pandemic period for Australian housing: What have we learned, and how will be use these lessons to achieve better housing outcomes into the future?

Presenters

Ben Rimmer, Homes Victoria

Professor Emma Baker, University of Adelaide

Nathan Dal Bon, NHFIC

Heather Holst, Victorian Commission for Residential Tenancies

Rebecca Pinkstone, Bridge Housing

Adrian Pisarski, National Shelter

Facilitator

Dr Michael Fotheringham, AHURI

Sponsored by

  • 12.30
  • Exhibition Precinct

Lunch

  • 12.45
  • Eureka Room 3

The Exchange

How Zavanti Housing System supports sector, provider and customer resilience, connection and transformation.

Presenters

• Warren Fernandez, Zavanti Housing

Presented by

  • 1.30pm-3pm

Concurrent sessions

A series of concurrent sessions and Think Tank to select from. See below

Available Virtually

  • 1:30pm
  • Goldfields Theatre

Large-scale housing investment in Australia

Taking stock of the effectiveness of institutional investment in Australia’s the housing sector?
Superannuation funds want to invest, but what enablers need to be in place? What do international
markets teach us?

Presenters

Carrie Hamilton, Housing Action Network

Andrew Hannan, Community Homes Canberra

Wendy Hayhurst, Community Housing Industry Association

Associate Professor Andi Nygaard, Centre for Urban Transitions, Swinburne University of Technology

Facilitator

Gemma Pinnell, Industry Super Australia

  • 1:30pm
  • Eureka Room 2

At home with disability accommodation

Reform to support and funding mechanism have been substantially changed through the NDIS period. This session explores approaches to the planning, design, development and ownership of disability accommodation

Presenters

Rich Austin, Bickerton Masters Architecture

Joseph Connellan, MC Two Pty

Stuart Hurst, Enliven Housing

Faye Minty, Enliven Housing

Edward Rathbone, Bickerton Masters Architecture

Facilitators

Melinda van der Westhuizen, Summer Housing

Available Virtually

  • 1:30pm
  • Eureka Room 1

Indigenous insights

Examining a series of insights into the delivery of housing and support services to Indigenous Australians

Presenters

Ania Anderst, The George Institute for Global Health

Megan Davidson, Community Housing Ltd

Zehrina Hajdic, Community Housing Ltd

Megan Lawrance, Many Rivers Regional Housing

• Melinda Moore, La Perouse Aboriginal Paediatric Clinic

Lola Ryan, South Eastern Sydney Local Health District

  • 1:30pm
  • Room 219

Ageing and housing insecurity

Understanding the experience of housing insecurity for women aged 55 years and older; the fastest growing cohort of people experiencing homelessness.

Presenters

Eloise Atkinson, Deicke Richards

Dr Natalie Greenland, Mission Australia

Maggie Shambrook, Housing Older Women’s Movement

Linda Hahn, Housing Older Women’s Movement

Fiona Terry, Mission Australia

Facilitator

• Kim Bomford, Housing Choices Tasmania

  • 1:30pm
  • Eureka Room 3

LGBTIQ+ housing journeys

People across the LGBTIQ+ spectrum experience a variety of housing challenges and this session examines case studies of programs designed to support various cohorts of LGBTIQ+ Australians.

Presenters

• Dr Cal Andrews, The University of Melbourne

Harper Figliomeni, Pivot Project

Myfan Jordan, Banyule City Council

Andrew Rogers, Housing for the Aged Action Group

Fiona York, Housing for the Aged Action Group

Facilitator

Professor Wendy Stone, Swinburne University

Available Virtually

  • 1:30pm
  • Sovereign Room

Enabling landlords to better support vulnerable tenants

Positive landlord engagement with social housing tenants can inform the delivery of improved and appropriate support services. Examining examples of supportive social landlords.

Presenters

Haley Bowman, Wellways Australia

Ahmed Dini, Homes Victoria

Najat Omar, Homes Victoria

Alison Paterson, Foundation Housing

Alison Rutherford, Homes Victoria

Roni Slootzki, Wellways Australia

Mark Stracey, Homes Victoria

Leah Watkins, Housing Choices

Facilitator

Adrian Pisarski, National Shelter

Available Virtually

  • 1:30pm
  • Exhibition Pricinct

THINK TANK: Workforce resilience and community engagement

Examining case study examples of strategies and program that have improved housing organisations’ performance and delivered better services through engagement with key clients.

Presenters

Fiona Caniglia, Q Shelter

Emma Greenhalgh, Q Shelter

Aimie Meier, Summer Housing Ltd

Teresa Reed, Mangrove Housing Ltd

Grace Borsellino, NSW Department of Communities and Justice


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  • 3.00pm
  • Exhibition Precinct

Afternoon tea

  • 3.45pm

Concurrent Sessions

A series of concurrent sessions and Think Tank to select from. See below

  • 3:45pm
  • Eureka Room 2

The value of innovative social and affordable housing investment

Connecting the need for innovative approaches to the development, delivery and financing of social and affordable housing with the need to measure the value (both economic and social) that derives from investing in social and affordable housing.

Presenters

Sarah Buckeridge, Hayball

Associate Professor Louise Crabtree-Hayes, Western Sydney University

Bianca Hung, Hayball

Dr Francesco Mancini, Curtin University

Steven Persson, Homes for Homes

Dr Francesca Perugia, Curtin University

Facilitator

• Meredith Sussex

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Available Virtually

  • 3:45pm
  • Sovereign Room

Improving health outcomes through quality housing

Understanding poor quality housing – including insufficient heating, cooling, insulation, disrepair, poor design and overcrowding. What are the impacts of substandard conditions on the physical and mental health of residents?

Presenters

Professor Emma Baker, University of Adelaide

Dr Kate Hunter, The George Institute for Global Health & The University of New South Wales

Ivan Simon, NATSIHA

Facilitator

John Engeler, Shelter NSW

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  • 3:45pm
  • Eureka Room 3

Taking stock: how can we build energy efficient homes for the future?

The role of circular economy approaches in energy efficiency and sustainability of housing, and the contributions of retrofitting and new development. What can we learn from international green stimulus models?

Presenters

Joanna McClellan, Department of Industry, Planning and Environment

Jess Pomeroy, CHIA Vic

Agata Wierzbowski, Tenants Victoria

Facilitator

Davina Rooney, Green Building Council of Australia

Available Virtually

  • 3:45pm
  • Eureka Room 1

System linkages for vulnerable populations

Linking housing with related support services is integral to a successful and sustainable tenancy for vulnerable populations. Examining the latest evidence along with case study examples of effective housing and support partnerships.

Presenters

• Spike Chiappalone, cohealth

Associate Professor Cameron Duff, RMIT University

Stephen Hawkins, Q Shelter

Karen Lococo, Sacred Heart Mission

Facilitator

Dr Gina Zappia, AHURI

Available Virtually

  • 3:45pm
  • Goldfields Theatre

Local partnerships for social and affordable housing

Many social and affordable housing developments have been realised through strong partnerships between different levels of government, not-for-profits and philanthropy organisations. What can we learn from successful examples?

Presenters

Kate Breen, Affordable Development Outcomes

Katharine Buden, Development Victoria

Erin Dolan, Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation

Tim Riley, Property Collectives

Michelle Roberson, NSW Land and Housing Corporation

David Toscano, Northern Community Church of Christ

Facilitator

• Humair Ahmed, NSW Department of Communities & Justice

  • 3:45pm
  • Room 219

Good apartment design – leading architects driving innovation through social housing

Processes and frameworks that enable good design outcomes through urban growth and renewal. What is good design and what is good design governance for higher density housing? Can social housing lead the way by demonstration and innovation?

Presenters

Rob McGauran, MGC Architects

Kerstin Thompson, Kerstin Thompson Architects

Professor Philip Thalis, Hill Thalis Architecture

Facilitator

Dr Tom Alves, AHURI

Available Virtually

  • 3:45pm
  • Exhibition Pricinct

THINK TANK Transforming through technology

Embracing new digital solutions, government agencies are enhancing the delivery of services to tenants along with the expansion of their housing portfolios.

Presenters

Dr Gabriele Caccamo, NSW Land and Housing Corporation
Lance Carden, NSW Department of Communities and Justice

Alex Houlston, BOOMPower

Alice Lawson, SA Housing Authority

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  • 6.30pm
  • National Gallery of Victoria

Indigenous Business Australia Official Conference Dinner

Join us in the Great Hall at the National Gallery of Victoria for the conference dinner. Price of the dinner also includes access to the fantastic Bark Ladies: Eleven Artists from Yirrkala

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Virtually Available

  • 9:00am
  • Goldfields Theatre

Welcome to the day

Virtually Available
Plenary: Responsive, resilient and ready: housing systems future

  • 9:05am
  • Goldfields Theatre

Plenary: Responsive, resilient and ready: housing systems future

How do housing systems demonstrate crisis resilience in the face of environmental changes and disasters? What policy reform options could enhance housing outcomes in the face of crises?

Presenters

Adrianne Todman, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

• Crystal Bergemann, Senior Advisor – Climate, Office of the Secretary, Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Facilitator

Dr Michael Fotheringham, AHURI

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Virtually Available

  • 10:35am
  • Goldfields Theatre

Wrapping it all up

Pulling together all the sessions across the conference as per the questions posed in the opening session.

Presenters

Jennifer Cunich, AHURI Chair

Dr Michael Fotheringham, AHURI

Dr Tom Alves, AHURI
Dr Gina Zappia, AHURI

  • 11:00am
  • Boat Builders Yard

Riverview Group Networking Brunch at Boat Builders Yard (next to MCEC)

Join delegates at the Boat Builders Yard, which is right next door to the MCEC to chat about all that you have heard and learnt over the previous two days.

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