Building for better lives / Conference sessions

Major concurrent session

Friday 1 December 2017
1.45pm – 3.15pm
International Convention Centre

MAJ4: Closing the Indigenous housing gap

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 outcomes for Indigenous Australians.

This session has been fully designed. Stay tuned for more panellist announcements.



Mr Shane Hamilton
Chief Executive, Aboriginal Housing Office, NSW Department Family and Community Services
Shane Hamilton began his public service career in corrective services and held various management positions in correctional institutions across Queensland, Victoria and WA. Shane has previously worked as Social Housing Coordinator and General Manager for the Departme... view
Mr Grahame Searle
Interim Director General, Department of Communities WA
Grahame is currently the Interim Director General of the Department of Communities which has been formed by the amalgamation of the Department of Child Protection and Family Services, the Housing Authority, the Disability Services Commission, the Communities component of t... 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 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