Building for better lives / Conference sessions

Major concurrent session

Thursday 30 November 2017
11.00am – 12.30pm
Meeting room C2.2+2.3, ICC

MAJ3: Ready for growth: Building Australia’s affordable housing industry

As well as a secure financing model for affordable housing, what are the other conditions required to enable the sector to scale up to a thriving industry. This session will examine the strategies required for continued growth, including system regulation and private sector engagement.


Presentation and panel discussion to be followed by audience Q&A



Prof Hal Pawson
Associate Director, City Futures Research Centre, University of NSW
Hal Pawson is Professor of Housing Research and Policy and Associate Director at the City Futures Research Centre, University of New South Wales. His key interests include private rental housing, social housing governance and management, and urban renewal. From 1995–20... view


Mr David Crawford
Senior Adviser, Social Policy Division, Australian Treasury
David Crawford is currently Manager of the Housing Unit, in the Commonwealth Treasury’s Social Policy Division. This role has focused on affordable housing and the establishment of the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation. David has been a member ... view
Ms Wendy Hayhurst
Chief Executive Officer, NSW Federation of Housing Associations
Wendy Hayhurst, CEO, represents the Federation in public and with external agencies and participates in a range of advisory, regulatory and consultative bodies. Wendy has broad experience in senior managerial roles and as a non-executive director in a wide ran... view
Ms Haleh Homaei
Chief Executive Officer, Port Phillip Housing Association Ltd. (PPHA)
PPHA is an award-winning, Housing Association providing social and affordable community housing for people on low to moderate incomes across 6 municipalities in Melbourne. Haleh has over 25 years of experience in housing, 12 years of which were with t... view
Mr Adrian Harrington
Head of Funds Management, Folkestone
Adrian Harrington is Head of Funds Management at Folkestone. He has more than 20 years of experience in the funds management and real estate industries. Adrian is currently Chairman of the Australian Construction Industry Forum’s Construction Forecasting Council. He w... view


Mr Michael Bleby
Reporter, Australian Financial Review
Michael Bleby writes about property, construction, architecture and design for The Australian Financial Review. A journalist for 20 years, he worked in Japan, the UK, Syria and South Africa before moving to Melbourn... view