Satellite event

Ageing on the Edge – The Older Persons Homelessness Prevention Project

Wednesday 29 November 2017
09.30am – 12.30pm
Meeting room C2.5+C2.6, ICC

Ageing on the Edge – The Older Persons Homelessness Prevention Project

Ageing on the Edge in NSW – Are older people coping or collapsing in the rental market?

The national Ageing on the Edge – Older Persons Homelessness Prevention Project is holding a half-day forum on the renting crisis facing older people in NSW. The forum will include the latest research on older renters in NSW and hear from older people and advocates about the housing challenges faced by older people on low incomes. Attendees are invited to work towards solutions.

Facilitated by Wendy Hayhurst, CEO, NSW Federation of Housing Associations, this event will feature a range of key presentations.

Ageing on the Edge NSW Report

The Ageing on the Edge Project Report Launch analysing the situation for older private renters in NSW based on the latest 2016 Census data. The report will also focus on what services and housing are needed to help older people out of crisis and enable them to successfully age-in-place.

Presented by Ageing on the Edge Project partners Dr Debbie Faulkner, The University of Adelaide, and Jeff Fiedler, Housing for the Aged Action Group

Housing, home ownership and the governance of ageing

This report analyses Commonwealth aged care policy and the implied assumption that home ownership is a requirement to ageing well. However, many older Australians are locked out of home ownership and therefore the benefits of the aged care system.

Presented by Dr Emma Power, Western Sydney University

Council on the Ageing NSW Housing Survey

This presentation will provide the preliminary findings of the Council on the Ageing’s 2017 survey of thousands of older people in NSW that asks the question: “What are your housing issues?”

Presented by Meagan Lawson, CEO, Council on the Ageing NSW

Towards a National Older Persons Housing Strategy

An audience participation session, led by a panel comprising housing advocates and older people affected by the rental housing crisis, will discuss the topics ‘What needs to be done?’ and ‘What does an older persons housing strategy look like?’

Chair: Katherine McKernan, CEO, Homelessness Australia


  • Felicity Reynolds, CEO, The Mercy Foundation NSW
  • April Bragg, Co-Manager Housing for the Aged Action Group Vic
  • Vesna Haracic, Manager Community Health and Wellbeing, City of Salisbury SA
  • Gail Puckeridge, ACHA Co-ordinator IRT, NSW

The forum is supported by the Ageing on the Edge NSW Reference Group, a coalition of concerned organisations, led by the NSW Federation of Housing Associations and Homelessness NSW.

The Ageing on the Edge Homelessness Prevention Project is a partnership between Housing for the Aged Action Group (HAAG) and The University of Adelaide’s Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning (CHURP). The Project is funded by the Wicking Trust.

This event is now open for registrations – secure your spot in this important satellite event today. More information is available on the event flyer.

Morning tea will be provided.

Cost general admission: $30.00

Cost pensioner admission: free