National Housing Conference 2023: A Way Forward
Sessions are being developed in line with the conference major themes:
- Community and wellbeing
- Investment and supply
- Innovation and collaboration
We are delighted to announce that Federal Housing Minister, the Hon Julie Collins MP will be providing the opening address on day one of the conference.
All Plenary and Major Concurrent sessions will be part of the virtual registration, as well as three Concurrent sessions in each block (these are marked as Virtual in the program below) and each Think Tank session. All of these will be recorded and available on demand after the session for all full conference delegates. (Those attending only one day, that day's sessions.) Please note that where a session is marked Virtual, all the presenters will be in-person (with the exception of Plenary 5).
Thank you to our Program Advisory Group and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Group for their advice and assistance in the development of the program for 2023.
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Recordings of the sessions marked as virtual will be made available through the SGCH NHC2023 Portal. Please bear with us as we load them up into the portal. All recordings will be available from 17 October. Where there were PowerPoint presentations used by the presenters, we will upload them as well, The recordings will be exclusive for all delegates until end of December 2023.
Tuesday 10 October
7.30am Sunrise Sessions
Sunrise session: Measuring what Matters: Demonstrating the value created by well-designed social and affordable housing
- Peter Colacino, Avista Strategy
- Hugh Harrington, National Housing Finance & Investment of Technology
- Wendy Hayhurst, Community Housing Industry Association
- A/ Prof Christian Nygaard, Swinburne University of Technology
- Min Seto, Australian Social Value Bank
Sunrise session: Showcasing modern methods of construction by Office of the Queensland Government Architect
- Leah Lang Queensland Government Architect
- Peter Nelson, office of the Queensland Government Architect
9.00am Welcome to the Conference
9.30am Plenary 1: National Agenda Conversation
Australia is experiencing genuine challenges in our housing systems – insufficient and slowing supply, extremely low rental vacancy levels resulting in a lack of available housing for many households, rising rents, high home purchase prices not dampened by increasing interest rates, and mortgage stress. These challenges are compounded by changing population distribution putting regional markets into new levels of difficulty, as well as climate change and sustainability challenges in need of urgent response. This session explores how we are responding to myriad housing challenges as a nation.
Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz, National Housing Supply and Affordability Council
John Engeler, Chair, National Shelter
Facilitator: Dr Michael Fotheringham, AHURI
10.30am Morning tea
11.00am Major Concurrent Sessions
MC1: Financing and investing in new housing supply
Delivering new housing supply requires significant investment. This session explores new ways of financing housing delivery, bringing together diverse perspectives working to address a key housing challenge.
- Rebecca Oelkers, BHC
- Carolyn Viney, Super Housing Partnerships
- Professor Steven Rowley, Curtin University
Facilitator: Carrie Hamilton
MC2: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander home ownership
Rates of home ownership remain relatively low. This session explores options and innovations to increase ownership rates among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households, and how well they are working.
- Debbie Avery, Aboriginal Housing Office
- Josephine Hart, Jalbi Jiya Housing Program, Nyamba Buru Yawuru
- Kirsty Moore, Indigenous Business Australia
- Melanie Jones, WA Department of Communities
Facilitator: Zachariah Matysek, National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Housing Association (NATSIHA)
MC3: State of the Cities
Given Australia’s population distribution, the greatest number of people are living in our cities, in both central and suburban locations. Local governments are increasingly engaged in housing affordability issues. This session examines leading responses in metropolitan solutions.
- The Hon Sally Capp AO, Lord Mayor of Melbourne
- David O'Loughlin, National Housing Supply & Affordability Council
- Dr Tim Williams, Practice Leader, Cities for Grimshaw
Facilitator: Matt Collins, Planning Institute of Australia
1.30pm Concurrent Sessions
C1: Cross sector collaboration for better renting
What are the challenges and opportunities when partnerships form between different sectors to support good outcomes for renters?
- Ollie Sutherland, Venture Housing Company
- Paul Tommasini, Tenancy Skills Institute
- Laura Valenti, McGrath North Lakes
Facilitator: Kirstine Harvie, Department of Housing (Qld)
C2: Housing and Climate: retrofit and circular economy perspectives
Changing climates and rising energy costs are closely linked to housing quality and sustainability. This session considers sustainable building, retrofit practices and energy efficiency.
- Joe Noone, South Australian Housing Authority
- Dr Sarah Robertson, RMIT University
- Rachel Trinder, Kainga Ora - Homes and Communities
Facilitator: Dr Trivess Moore, RMIT University
C3: Australian Housing First experiences
This session explores recent programs designed from a Housing First perspective, with particular interest in pandemic era responses.
- Humair Ahmad, NSW Department of Communities and Justice
- Sherri Bruinhout, Homes Victoria
- Geoff Aigner, Housing ACT
- Anne Kirwan, Marymead CatholicCare Canberra & Goulburn
Facilitator: Dr Tom Alves, AHURI
C4: Housing solutions for young people leaving care
Leaving out of home care for young people is a key transition. Recent changes in policy and practice are creating opportunities for positive outcomes.
Facilitator: Dan Jefferson, KPMG
C5: Housing co-operatives
Co-operative housing models are less common in Australia than similar countries. This session considers what are the benefits of this approach and how we can build this sector.
- Sarah Anderson, Northcote Co-operative Housing
- Associate Professor Louise Crabtree-Hayes, Western Sydney University
- Claire Mackenzie, Phoenix Housing Co-operative
- Stephanie Miller, Common Equity Housing SA
Facilitator: Chantal Raine, Department of Housing
C6: Boosting home ownership through shared equity
A range of innovative shared equity programs are seeking to support home ownership – This session considers how these programs are different to earlier state government programs and their prospects.
- Tim Buskens, HOPE Housing
- Mike Myers, National Housing Affordable
- Professor Rachel Ong ViforJ, Curtin University
Facilitator: Geoff Slack, Your Place Housing
Think Tank 1: Innovative practices in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander housing
How are providers, government agencies and partners innovating in delivery of positive housing outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households and communities?
3.00pm Afternoon Tea
3.30pm Plenary 2: Rental Systems - International perspectives
What can we learn from the management and regulation of private rental markets in other countries? This plenary panel session draws on experience in Canada and the US, along with Australian experiences.
- Dr James R. Dunn, McMaster University, Canada
- Hayden Groves, Real Estate Institute of Australia
- Trina Jones, NSW Rental Commissioner
- Steve Lucas, US Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD)
Facilitator: Eleri Morgan-Thomas, Homes Tasmania
5.00pm Community Housing Limited Welcome Reception
Join us for the Welcome Reception, proudly sponsored by Community Housing Limited, being held in the Exhibition Precinct.
Network, mingle and catch up in a relaxed environment with old friends and new, colleagues and the exhibitors.
Wednesday 11 October
7.30am Sunrise Session
Sunrise Session - From Across the Ditch
Lessons from programs and services in New Zealand with presentations from:
- Dr Lucy Telfar Barnard, University of Otago
- Dr Amber Logan, University of Otago
- Dr Natalie Allen, The Urban Advisory, Auckland
Sunrise Session - Lessons learned on urban regeneration in London – the Elephant Park project
Lendlease’s urban regeneration of Elephant Park in London, due for completion in 2027, offers one of the best examples of our expertise and experience to deliver large scale estate renewal projects. The 10 hectare precinct, a partnership between Lendlease and Southwark Council, will deliver 3,208 apartments (including 25% affordable) as well as new retail and public spaces
Hear from Ed Mayes, Lendlease Project Director on the lessons learned from this project, in a Q&A discussion with Scott Langford, Group CEO, SGCH
Sunrise Session - Sticking the Landing: Lessons learned on how to get the Capital to Stack
This session will unpack recent examples of innovative social and affordable housing deals. The investor panel will then delve into the evolving role equity and debt can play in the delivery of housing.
8.45am Welcome to day 2 & Plenary 3: States of the Nation
This panel session draws together leaders from a range of segments of Australia’s housing systems, covering housing policy, research and advocacy, private rental, social housing, and homeownership. Discussion will focus on current challenges and opportunities to improve housing outcomes across the nation, and how we can work together to find a way forward.
- Mark Cridland, Department Housing Queensland
- Trudi Ray, Haven Home Safe
- Emma Slape, Real Estate Institute of South Australia (RESIA)
- Tanya Steinbeck, UDIA WA
Facilitator: Dr Michael Fotheringham
10.15am Morning Tea
10.45am Concurrent Sessions
C7: Lived experiences of housing vulnerability
This session explores a range of lived experiences of housing vulnerability, and considers how these experiences can inform policy to better support vulnerable households.
- Linda Hahn, Housing Older Women Movement
- Daniel Robertson, Neighbourly
- Robert Perrier, Tenant advocate
Facilitator: Mark Francis, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Housing Queensland
C8: Better access to housing for people living with mental health issues
This session will present models and partnerships designed to increase access to and knowledge of the NDIS and housing for people living with mental health issues.
- Mark Heeney, The Haven Foundation
- Tracey Hocking, Mind Australia
- Jane Cunningham, Link Wentworth Housing
Faciltator: Dr Nicola Brackertz, AHURI
C9: Towards better renting experiences
Australia’s rental markets are under enormous strain – this session showcases emerging tools and programs amplifying the voices and supporting the needs of renters.
- Alyce Holmes, Common Equity Housing Limited (CEHL)
- Samantha Watson, Residential Tenancies Authority
- Jennifer Beveridge, Tenants Victoria
Factilitator: Emma Greenhalgh, National Shelter
C10: New models for youth housing
This session discusses new collaborations and programs offering housing with support for young people at risk of homelessness and how these lead to better outcomes both short- and long-term.
Facilitator: Kate Colvin, Homelessness Australia
C11: Escaping Violence
What factors contribute to better long-term safety and housing outcomes for women, and how are programs responding to need?
- Dorothee Crawley, Catholic Care Wilcannia-Forbes
- Amanda Dalton, Protea Place Inc
- Carolyn Curry, YFS Ltd
Facilitator: Louise Simms, Safe and Equal
C12: Designing better homes for older Australians living in social housing
How are emerging programs and service offerings housing vulnerable older Australians considering built form and community building factors?
- Sophie Dyring, Schored Projects
- Luke Garswood, Connect Victoria Park Inc
- Cassandra Polintanski & D, Wintringham
Facilitator: Fiona York, Housing for the Aged Action Group
Think Tank 2: Collaboration in a time of crisis
This session will explore how collaboration and service coordination are being used to design programs to meet complex and specific needs.
1.15pm Ministerial Address
Ministerial Address by Hon Meaghan Scanlon
1.45pm Plenary 4: A way forward for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Housing
How can Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander housing specialists address a legacy of government policy and intervention on present day housing challenges? What are the opportunities and how can we maximise them across urban, regional and remote settings?
3.15pm Afternoon Tea
3.45pm Plenary 5: Decarbonising Australia’s housing sector – lessons from Europe
This plenary session seeks to expose our audience to leading international policies and ideas. Climate change and its impacts present fundamental challenges for housing. In this session we hear from an international policy leader about responding to these challenges through a program of decarbonisation, and discuss the opportunities for change and innovation this presents in Australia.
- Sorcha Edwards, Housing Europe
- Professor Ralph Horne, RMIT University
- Alison Scotland, Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council
Faciltator: Dr Tom Alves, AHURI
7.00pm Indigenous Business Australia Official Conference Dinner
Proudly brought to you by Indigenous Business Australia, the Official Conference Dinner will be held at the stunning Rivershed, Howard Smith Wharves, 5 Boundary St, Brisbane.
Network while enjoying the beautiful views of the iconic Storey Bridge and across the Brisbane CBD skyline.
Bookings for the dinner are separate to the conference registration and cost $160 per person (inc GST) for a two course meal and drinks.
Don't forget to book your ticket when buying your registration. If you did forget, contact the AHURI Events team firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase your ticket today.
Thursday 12 October
09.00am Major Concurrent Sessions
MC4: Planning and design
How can planning and design enhance housing outcomes and the provision of new housing supply?
- John Brockhoff, Planning Institute of Australia (PIA)
- Amy Degenhart, degenhartSHEDD
- David Islip, Office of Victorian Government Architect
- Tess Pickering, Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning (QLD)
Facilitator: Dr Tom Alves, AHURI
MC5: New thinking in regional housing
Since the onset of the pandemic, new challenges have emerged for regional housing markets. How are governments and communities responding to these challenges and ensuring good housing outcomes?
- Sarah Amos, Department of Housing (Queensland)
- Kayla Clanchy, Shelter NSW
- Steve Dunn, Regional Housing Victoria
Facilitator: Kim Houghton, Regional Institute Australia
MC6: Housing systems and structural change
Australia’s housing systems continue to evolve – what are the system level responses we need to ensure more positive outcomes and better coordination among key stakeholders?
Facilitator: Peter Mares
10.30am Morning Tea
11.00am Concurrent Sessions
C13: Aboriginal community housing – a specialist sector
How are Aboriginal community housing providers responding to community need, developing workforce capacity, and partnering for better outcomes?
- Dushy Thangiah OAM, Yumba Met
- Alisi Tutuila, Aboriginal Housing Company
- Tina Ugle, Managing Director, Noongar Mia Mia
Facilitator: Paula Coghill
C14: Placemaking and community building
A placemaking perspective puts housing provision in a neighbourhood and community context – what are the implications for service providers and funders?
- Jayden Battey, Servants Community Housing Limited
- Sarah Buckeridge, Hayball
- Dr Lee-anne Khor, Monash University
- Trudi Ray, Haven Home Safe
Facilitator: Rachel Hornsby, Hornsby & Co
C15: The building role of local governments
Local governments are increasingly engaged in addressing housing affordability and homelessness – what opportunities does this engagement bring, and what are the barriers?
- Humair Ahmad, NSW Department of Communities and Justice
- Glenn Menner, Brimbank City Council
- Dr Heather Shearer, Cities Research Institute, Griffith University
Facilitator: Liz de Chastel, Australian Local Government Association
C16: Improving tenant outcomes in social housing
Sustaining positive tenancies and supporting the broader wellbeing of tenants is a key concern for social landlords. This session explores recent innovations in monitoring and maintaining good tenant outcomes.
- Ellis Blaikie, Bridge Housing
- Dr Syed Imran Haider, Homes Victoria
- Elizabeth Kelso, BHC
- Min Seto, Alliance Social Enterprises - Australian Social Value Bank
Facilitator: Fiona Caniglia, Q Shelter
C17: Head leasing programs
In head leasing programs, private rental property is rented by a community housing provider or a government agency, to then be let to a social tenant. How are these programs being adapted in new ways?
Facilitator: Emma Greenhalgh, National Shelter
Think Tank 3: Repurposing property
How can we make more efficient use of property to deliver positive housing outcomes in the short term?
1.30pm Closing Plenary 6: A way forward for the housing system
At the close of the conference, drawing together the lessons and experiences across the conference program, as well as recent evidence and policy reform agendas, this final session tackles the key question: what is the way forward for housing in Australia?
- Mary Delahunty, Seven Advisory
- Debbie McNamara, Economic Development Queensland
- Darren Mew, Blue CHP
- Helen Waters Silvia, National Housing & Supply Affordability Council
Facilitator: Dr Michael Fotheringham, AHURI
3pm Wrapping it all up
Pulling together all the sessions.
3.00pm Networking Closing Drinks
Plaza Terrace Room, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Join colleagues, new friends and old for the Networking Closing Drinks to be held in the Plaza Terrace Room, at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.
Commencing after the final plenary session, this is a great opportunity to network and discuss things you heard over the previous three days, firm up new connections and enjoy canapes and drinks.
The Networking Closing Drinks are included in the full conference in-person registration and the Thursday only in-person registration.
Entertainment: Kat Flowers