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National Housing Conference 2023: A way forward – Registration now open!

Satellite Events

There are a number of satellite events happening in Brisbane before, after and one during the National Housing Conference 2023 that might be of interest.

Please note, these events are being run independently to the National Housing Conference and are not included in your NHC2023 registration. Details are listed below, if you are interested in attending you will need to contact the organisation directly via the links below.

If you have an event you'd like included in this list, please email details to

Monday 9 October 2023

  • Q Shelter: Workforce Wellbeing, Attraction and Retention: Brisbane Workshop

    Help shape a workforce well-being, attraction and retention framework and strategy for people working to address housing need and homelessness.

    The session will co-design a workforce wellbeing framework in addition to identifying strategies to support workforce attraction and retention.

    The session is suitable for sector leaders and front-line staff as well as people with lived experience of housing need and homelessness who may be interested in working in the housing and homelessness industry. The session will have opportunities for Brisbane-based services as well as stakeholders visiting from the regions for the AHURI National Housing Conference.

    Date: Monday 9th October

    Time: 9:00am - 12:00 noon

    Venue: Mezzanine level of the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

    Best entrance from Glenelg St.

    You are warmly invited to stay for lunch. From 12 noon-1.00pm. It will be an opportunity to network, connect and progress our discussions informally.

    Find out more and REGISTER.

  • Q Shelter: Community Housing Industry Futures Workshop

    Community Housing Industry Futures: Outlining strategies and actions to support growth and sustainability.

    Together with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Housing Queensland, CHIA Qld and Q Shelter, this session will focus on the growth of community housing in an environment where increased funding streams are creating genuine opportunities. The session will also explore and examine the role that an industry road map could play in defining a desired future where Community Housing Organisations are growing sustainably. Questions for discussion will include:

    • What are the key organisation and system-level activities to strengthen the industry for growth?

    • What should a sector roadmap look like?

    • How can we ensure the strength and sustainability of First Nations-led organisations delivering social and affordable housing?

    Date: Monday 9th October

    Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm

    Venue: Mezzanine level of the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

    Best entrance from Glenelg St.

    We invite you to join us for lunch from 12:00 - 1:00. Please register here.

  • Q Shelter: Imagining The Future of Housing and Homelessness Responses in QLD Workshop

    Imagining the future of housing and homelessness responses in Queensland: designing a system for success

    As we embrace a future where we have learned from the past and draw on evidence, participants are invited to bring their experience, imagination and passion for a Queensland without homelessness.

    This session will include some presentations drawing on evidence while also capturing sector input on improved system design. The session will explore key system components and connections between housing supply, support, service integration inclusive of mainstream and specialist services, legal rights and broader community support for solutions among other things.

    Who is this session for? Community Housing Providers, Specialist Homelessness Services, the wider community services sector working with people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, advocates, and people who have lived experience of housing need and homelessness.

    Date: Monday 9th October

    Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm

    Venue: Mezzanine level of the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

    Best entrance from Glenelg St.

    We invite you to join us for lunch from 12:00 - 1:00. Please register here.

  • 2023 UQ Ventures Annual Showcase Event

    Q Shelter, and presenting partners, Brisbane Housing Company (BHC), YFS, Challenge DV and the Queensland Department of Housing, are pleased to partner with The University of Queensland for their annual UQ Ventures Industry Challenge.

    This year's challenge focuses on the complex issue of housing and homelessness in Queensland as well as the problems and opportunities surrounding Australia's housing crisis.

    At the conclusion of the challenge, ‘pitch presentations’ will be held at the prestigious Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, as a precursor to the AHURI National Housing Conference.

    Five (5) entrepreneurial project teams will present their final ideas to a panel of experts and compete for multiple prizes worth up to $11,000.

    Date: Monday 9th October 2023

    Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm

    Venue: Skyroom & Terrace, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre


    FREE UQ Student admission (limited places, first in basis.)

    $15 UQ Student Affiliate (family, friends, staff)

    $15 Experience of homelessness and/or housing need

    $30 Member of Q Shelter or ATSI Housing QLD admission

    $40 Non-Members Admission

    Click here to read more about the challenge, prizes and judging criteria.

    Click here to learn more about 2023 Q Shelter Fringe events

    Please email if you are experiencing any barriers for registering.

  • Australian Alliance to End Homelessness (AAEH): Advance to Zero National Showcase

    Believe that ending homelessness is possible? 

    Want to discover how communities across Australia are charting a path towards ending homelessness?

    With the generous support of our major event sponsor, Neami National, the Australian Alliance to End Homelessness (AAEH) invites you to the Advance to Zero National Showcase to learn about how communities across Australia are working to end homelessness as part of the Advance to Zero (AtoZ) Campaign. 

    The AtoZ Campaign is a groundbreaking national initiative of the AAEH that supports local collaborative community efforts to end homelessness, starting with rough sleeping – one community at a time. Using a range of proven approaches from around the world, communities are supported not just to address individual instances of homelessness, or even reduce overall homelessness, but to end it altogether.

    The showcase will provide the opportunity to hear directly from communities involved with the AtoZ Campaign and explain how you can get involved. There will also be a presentation on the overall campaign, how it works, and what it’s seeking to achieve. 

    With more than 30 Australian communities participating in the campaign, inspired by a growing number of communities in the US and Canada that have ended homelessness, this event is not to be missed. 

    The event is being held to coincide with the AHURI National Housing Conference, October 10th-12th, 2023, Brisbane. 

    Places are limited. BOOK NOW!

    • Date: Monday, October 9th, 2023
    • Time: 6.15pm arrival, 6.30pm start 
    • Location: Rydges South Bank Brisbane, 9 Glenelg Street, South Brisbane 
    • Catering: Ticket includes a delicious 2-course meal, drinks purchased at attendee cost 
    • Ticket price: 
      • Early Bird Ticket Purchase: $55 per ticket + booking fee (available through to September 15th, 2023)
      • Full Ticket Purchase: $65.00 per ticket + booking fee

    If you have lived experience of homelessness and require financial assistance with ticket purchase, contact

Tuesday 10 October

  • ahi: Brighter Future Awards - Gala Dinner

    Join us at the ahi: Brighter Future Awards Gala dinner to celebrate the success of the social & affordable housing industry and congratulate the Australasian award winners personally.

    The ahi: Brighter Future Awards provides the social & affordable housing sector with a platform to recognise and reward those who dedicate their careers to benefiting their community. The Awards formally recognise and reward excellence in professional practice, from the grassroots to the most senior levels. They promote to our colleagues and the community at large the difference that social housing professionals make to people's lives and recognise the contributions and achievements of our colleagues in the many disciplines which make up the housing profession.

    This year we received over 100 entries from all over Australia and New Zealand outlining successful projects and inspiring stories. Winners from each jurisdiction are automatically entered into the Australasian awards - so exciting!!!!

    The event will include a 2-course meal, drinks and a ceremony celebrating the success of the industry in Australia and New Zealand. Awards will go to housing professionals who are judged to have made a significant and lasting difference: to tenants or service users; to their community; to their colleagues; and to their profession.

    Find out more and register.