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Major concurrent session

Friday 1 December 2017
1.45pm – 3.15pm
Meeting room C2.2+2.3, ICC

MAJ4: Closing the Indigenous housing gap

According to the 2017 Closing the Gap report, we are not on target to close the gap on school attendance, early childhood education, employment, and life expectancy. These outcomes are influenced by, and reflective of poor housing outcomes for Indigenous Australians.

How do we create better housing choices for Indigenous Australians given many of the unique challenges such as remoteness of communities, culturally appropriate housing, overcrowding and the high rate of Indigenous homelessness?

This session will examine different State and Territory housing policies to provide better housing choice, and improve housing and non-housing outcomes for Indigenous Australians.

Session sponsored by NSW FACS & Aboriginal Housing Office



Mr Greg Cash
Assistant Director General Housing, Department of Communities WA
Greg Cash is the Assistant Director General Housing at the Department of Communities and is responsible for the delivery and management of specialised rental services across the public housing, Aboriginal remote and town-based housing and Government Regional Officer Housing program... view
Ms Dianne Gipey
Chief Executive Officer, Alice Springs Women's Shelter
Di heads up a domestic and family violence service that takes clients from a 760 000 km2 region in Central Australia. The service sees more than 3000 women and children a year and has a majority of Indigenous clients th... view
Mr Shane Hamilton
Chief Executive Officer, Aboriginal Housing Office, NSW Department Family and Community Services
Shane Hamilton is a passionate advocate for providing housing choice for all Aboriginal people. A Wakka Wakka man whose family has links to the South Burnett region of Queensland. He is inspired by his grandparen... view
Mr Jamie Chalker APM
CEO, Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD)
Jamie was appointed as the CEO of DHCD in December 2016 following a policing career in the Northern Territory that commenced in 1994. He spent more than half of this policing career based outside of Darwin which included general dutie... view
Ms Barb Shaw
Co-Chair, Aboriginal Housing NT
Barb Shaw is a high profile Aboriginal rights activist and Co-Chair of Aboriginal Housing NT. Growing up in Mount Nancy Town Camp, near Alice Springs, where she still lives, Barb has fought tirelessly against policies and bureaucracies that marginalise Aborigin... view
Mr Matthew Ryan
Co-Chair, Aboriginal Housing NT
Matthew Ryan is from the Wurrpan clan of West Arnhem Land. He is a founding member and Co-Chair of Aboriginal Housing NT, and a director of Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation that services the Homelands and 32 Outstations surrounding Maningrida. He ... view


Prof Larissa Behrendt
Professor of Law and Director of Research at the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at the University of Technology, Sydney
Prof. Larissa Behrendt is a Eualeyai/Kamillaroi woman. She is the Professor of Law and Director of Research at the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at the University of Technology, Sydney. She is admitted to t... view