Program spotlight: Equality in era of cities and renting

Major shifts in where and how Australians live is a major focus for this year’s NHC program. We know that Australians are living in urban areas at higher rates than ever before and more than a quarter of all households are private renters. Under the banner of Housing future communities, the 2019 program brings three fresh new faces to discuss how these swings are being monitored, affecting change and carving out space for innovation.


Keynote: Lucinda Hartley on housing for all in the era of cities

Lucinda Hartley is an urban designer and social entrepreneur who has spent the past decade pioneering innovative methods to improve the social sustainability of cities, now being implemented around the world. As a co-founder at Neighbourlytics, she brings her social innovation and entrepreneurship strengths to harness big data, and deliver community insights that inform evidence-based urban development decisions.

Lucinda will be joined by other experts to examine the worldwide trend of rapid urbanisation and centralisation of all aspects of life and work, including in Australia, where we are living in urban areas at higher rates than ever before. Our major session on housing and cities asks; what is the impact of population growth on our housing system, services and suburbs? How can we ensure Australia’s swelling major and developing cities remain productive and liveable for all Australians? Watch Lucinda’s call for redesigning design here and view her full bio on the NHC website.


Demystifying economics for a generation of renters

Eliza Owen, a researcher for Domain, will joins the NHC line up for the major session “Generation Rent”. Eliza is a property analyst, writer and comedian who believes economics should be accessible to everyone, not just economists. In her popular TedX Sydney talk Housing Affordability: Win the Argument she helps demystify terms for young people locked out of the housing market and conversation.

Along with growth in private renting, the sector is fragmenting, particularly at the low-price end of the market. How can we ensure the system remains fair and equitable for the growing number of Australians who will be renters for life?


Technology entrepreneur brings digital disruption to panel

Since the successful creation of, Thomas Clement has had an extensive career using technology to help solve some of the challenges with rented housing in Australia, UK and NZ. As Co-Founder and CEO of, Thomas built the website to be more than just a sharing service and into a reputable data-driven platform with authority on trends in the market. It responded to needs in a way that responded to young renters as well, hosting “Speed Flatting” events where renters could scope out multiple housemates in one fowl swoop. His latest service is designed to increase transparency, increase compliance, reduce costs and facilitate healthier relationships between tenants and landlords. Thomas joins Eliza on the panel for “Generation Rent” to discuss how digital tools are having an impact.