Housing future communities / Conference sessions

Major concurrent session

An Aboriginal flag, flying against a clear blue sky.
Wednesday 28 August 2019
10.40am – 12.10pm

Pathways and priorities for Australia’s Indigenous housing

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 territories and explore the priorities and pathways ahead.

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Jody Broun
CEO, Aboriginal Housing Office
Jody Broun has 30 years experience in Aboriginal affairs at national and state levels in WA and NSW. This has included Co-Chairperson of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, Director General of Aboriginal Affairs in NSW and Executive Director ... view
Leeanne Caton
CEO, Yilli Rreung Housing Aboriginal Corporation
Leeanne is a Kalkadoon Woman who was raised and educated in Darwin. She has Family and Cultural connections in the NT, SA, WA and Qld. Leeanne  has worked in the Aboriginal Affairs arena, operationally, strategically and in senior management ... view
Shona Reid
Reconciliation SA
Shona is a proud Eastern Arrernte Woman, with family legacy that extends into the Hart Ranges in the Northern Territory. With the separation of her family from their country many years ago, Shona has lived and worked across South Australia f... view
Darren Smith
CEO, Aboriginal Housing Victoria
Darren Smith is Palawa Trowerna from the Trawlwoolway clan of the Pyemairrenner people in Tasmania and is CEO of Aboriginal Housing Victoria (AHV). He has qualifications in Engineering, Law and Public Policy. Darren has held executive positions at AHV sin... view


Robert Griew
Principal, Nous Group
Robert, a Principal with Nous, has over 25 years’ experience in Federal and State Government Departments, focusing on health, education and Indigenous affairs. He has deep knowledge of public administration, service delivery and driving innovation. Robert has a keen strateg... view