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Plenary session

Opening Keynote Address

Wednesday 28 August 2019
9.10am – 9.50am
Proud Wiradjuri man Stan Grant is a Walkley award winning journalist, author and professor of global studies at Griffith University. His knowledge and experience render him an ideal contributor on Indigenous housing and many of the broader political and social challenges facing our secto...

Plenary session

Federal Government Address

Wednesday 28 August 2019
9.50am – 10.30am
To guide the national dialogue on priority housing and homelessness issues, and following the 2019 election, we welcome an address from Hon Michael ...
Wednesday 28 August 2019
11.00am – 12.30pm
According to recent modelling, Australia needs more than 700,000 new social housing properties in the next twenty years to meet growing demand. In this provocative session, community housing leaders will press the case for their skilled up sector to lead the development, construction and management of Australia’s social housing sto...

Major concurrent session

Generation Rent

Wednesday 28 August 2019
11.00am – 12.30pm
More than a quarter of all Australian households are private renters, with the sector growing at twice the rate of all households between 2006 and 2016. Along with growth, the sector is fragmenting, particularly at the low-price end of the market. How can we ensure a fair and equitable syst...
Wednesday 28 August 2019
11.00am – 12.30pm
Appropriate and affordable housing is a vital foundation for wellbeing that supports education and employment pathways, yet many Indigenous Australians still face overwhelming housing challenges. With housing identified as a priority for a renewed Closing the Gap strategy, this panel will unpack the common challenges across Australian states and territori...
Wednesday 28 August 2019
1.30pm – 3.00pm
A national debate on Australia’s housing system with perspectives from every state and territory. In 2019 more than a million households in Australia are under housing stress. In this action-led session, housing chief executives from all state and territory housing departments will discuss a strategy for housing future communities acro...

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Official Welcome Address

Thursday 29 August 2019
8.45am – 9.05am
Senator McCarthy will give the opening keynote address on day two of the NHC program. This perspective on the political and social landscape for Indigenous Australians will give a local context to our first International keynote speaker, Margaret Pfoh, who will deliver an international keynote on Aboriginal, Indigenous and First Nations housi...
Thursday 29 August 2019
9.05am – 9.35am
Margaret Pfoh, CEO, Aboriginal Housing Management Association and board member of the Canadian Housing Renewal Association and the Indigenous Housing Caucus delivers the international keynote address on sector-wide strategies to improve Indigenous housing outcomes in Canada. Margaret will be joined by a panel of international and local experts to explore advocati...
Thursday 29 August 2019
1.30pm – 3.00pm
One year on, is the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation the silver bullet to financing affordable housing or is it just one piece of an incomplete financing and funding puzzle. Even with private sector financing, what role must governments play in funding the gap between the cost of buildi...

Major concurrent session

Indigenous housing and health

Thursday 29 August 2019
1.30pm – 3.00pm
The intersection between housing and health is well recognised. Unsafe or poor quality housing can have a detrimental impact on the physical and mental health of communities and individuals. This presents opportunities and challenges for providing services to Indigenous communities in the Territory and across regional Australia. This series ...

Major concurrent session

Planning for our future communities

Thursday 29 August 2019
1.30pm – 3.00pm
Following worldwide trends of rapid urbanisation and centralisation of all aspects of life and work, Australians are living in urban areas at higher rates than ever before. What is the impact of population growth on our housing system, services and suburbs? How can we ensure Australia’s swelling major and developi...