Housing future communities /

Minor concurrent session

Wednesday 28 August 2019
3.30pm – 5.00pm

Opening doors to private rental

Facilitated by National Shelter, this session explores the rise of not for profit real estate agencies and new models for helping disadvantaged households overcome barriers to access and sustain tenancies in the private rental market.



Patrick Veyret
Policy and Campaigns Adviser, CHOICE
Patrick is Policy and Campaigns Adviser at CHOICE, Australia’s largest consumer advocacy organisation, and campaigns to improve the lives of Australian consumers. His areas of focus are improving financial markets and reforming Australia’s private rent... view
Sorcha Walshe
Stakeholder Engagement Officer, Shelter SA
Sorcha is a human services professional currently working as Stakeholder Engagement Officer at Shelter SA, the peak body for housing in South Australia. She has a strong interest in researching social issues and inequalities, supported by her background in anthropolog... view
Rebecca Pinkstone
CEO, Bridge Housing
Rebecca Pinkstone has spent the last fifteen years working in the affordable housing sector.  Rebecca joined Bridge Housing in June 2013 before moving to the role of Chief Operations Officer in 2018. Rebecca is currently responsible for all frontline servi... view
Paul Tommasini
Chief Executive Officer, inCommunity Inc
Paul Tommasini is the Chief Executive Officer at inCommunity Inc and the Tenancy Skills Institute.  He has a worked in the community sector for over 20 years, including 17 years at inCommunity.  Paul has seen the difficulties that young people experien... view
Natalia Gemmell
Manager - Housing Policy, Department of Communities WA
As Manager, Housing Policy at the Department of Communities, Natalia is responsible for leading whole-of-system housing strategies and strategic policy initiatives to achieve social and affordable housing outcomes.  Natalia has a strong interest in stakeholder engagement and co-design. Drawing ... view


Adrian Pisarski
Executive Officer, National Shelter
Adrian Pisarski has a 35 year history in the community sector including roles with housing, homelessness, welfare and youth peak bodies in Tasmania, Victoria, NSW, Queensland and nationally. He was the Executive Officer of Queensland Shelter between 2002 and 201... view