Call for abstracts

A call for abstracts to fill a limited number of opportunities within the NHC 2017 program are now open!

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The National Housing Conference program is a heavily designed program, aiming to present sessions in line with policy development and sector priorities. Presentation opportunities may come in a variety of formats – including standard presentations,  panel participation, workshop participation and Think Tank sessions. Authors are asked to be flexible with the final presentation style to enable a tailored, innovative program that maximizes audience participation and engagement.

We invite abstracts that address the following program topics:

  • Affordable housing industry development
  • Digital disruption and housing
  • Disability and housing
  • Domestic family violence
  • Homelessness (early intervention and prevention, youth homelessness)
  • Housing affordability in Australia
  • Housing tax reform
  • Institutional investment
  • Indigenous housing
  • Redefining housing assistance (consumer choice)
  • Re-imagining the private rental sector
  • Social impact investment
  • Tenancy management
  • Land use planning and affordable housing
  • And ‘Other’.


Key dates:
Friday 21 April 2017      Call for abstracts open
Fri 19 May 2017              Call for abstracts close
Mon 19 June 2017          
Authors will be notified of outcome via email
Mon 26 June 2017          
Presenter acceptance deadline
Mon 31 July 2017           
Presenter registration closes


Abstract submission guidelines and instructions:
Please download this PDF for details on how to use the Oxford Abstracts Submission System to register your details, submit, edit or withdraw an abstract for the National Housing Conference 2017.

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Review criteria:
All abstracts will be subject to review by a panel of reviewers appointed by the Conference Organising Group. The review panel may contact authors as part of the review process.
Successful submissions will be scheduled into new or existing conference sessions, or scheduled as part of other ancillary activities which may be held in conjunction with the main conference program. Review criteria for abstracts include:

  • relevance to the conference themes
  • originality of ideas
  • significance of results
  • application of existing ideas in ways that provide new insights and progress; and
  • usefulness to audience, clarity and timeliness.

Research related abstracts should refer to research that is complete; whilst abstracts that refer to policy or practice should relate to best practice case studies or innovative developments relating to housing issues.
The final decision regarding successful submissions will be made by the Conference Organising Group, following recommendations received from the panel of reviewers.
The Conference Organising Group reserves the right to allocate abstracts into sessions as they see fit in accordance with the overall program objectives.

Abstract submission guidelines:
Abstracts must:

  • be submitted using the correct template
  • be no longer than 250 words (text only)
  • be completed in Arial, 10pt size, single-spaced and left aligned
  • list name of presenting author first (initials or first name followed by surname in capitals – eg J F SMITH or John SMITH)
  • include all co-author’s names and affiliations
  • include email and phone contact details for at least the first named author
  • address the selection criteria
  • contain sufficient detail to accurately represent the proposed presentation and to enable fair assessment

By submission of an abstract, the author(s) understand that:

  • while they retain ownership of copyright of their presentation, the Conference Organising Group may publish their abstract, PowerPoint presentation and/or any biographical information in the pocket program, media releases, and on the conference website
  • their presentation may be filmed and/or audio recorded and may be made available after the conference
  • their final PowerPoint presentation will be collected at the conference and uploaded to the website after the conference.


Author correspondence:
The first named author will be the main contact for any correspondence about the presentation. Further information on presentation requirements will be provided in additional correspondence once the review process is complete and the author has accepted the presentation offer.

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NHC 2017 C
onference registration:
Acceptance is conditional on registration as a delegate. Presenters must register by Mon 31 July 2017. Abstract presenters will be granted a special Speaker Registration Fee equivalent to the Super Saver Registration Fee. Speakers will be sent details upon acceptance. Presenters are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and incidentals in respect to attending the conference.

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