Plenary session

State(s) of housing policy—a national debate

Shanghai, Computer Network, Technology, Big Data, China - East Asia, Cityscape
Wednesday 28 August 2019
1.10pm – 3.00pm

State(s) of housing policy—a national debate

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 across the country.

For this session we are accepting questions for the panel in advance. Please submit your question below

Submitting a question does not guarantee it will be included in the session. Questions will be forwarded to the session facilitator for consideration in drafting the running order.

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Louise Gilding
Executive Group Manager, Housing ACT
Louise is a strong believer in serving the ACT community and has done so for the last 20 years.  She currently leads the delivery of public housing and homelessness services in the ACT which includes responsibilities for TFM contract management, strateg... view
Jamie Chalker APM
CEO, Department of Local Government, Housing and Community Development NT
Jamie was appointed as the CEO of Department of Local Government, Housing and Community Development following a policing career in the Northern Territory. Under Jamie’s charter, the Department of Local Government, Housing and Community Development  leads the delivery of t... view
Michael Buchan
Chief Executive, South Australian Housing Authority
Michael Buchan holds the position of Chief Executive, SA Housing Authority. Michael has extensive experience in the evaluation, financing and delivery of private and public-sector infrastructure, social and property projects. Michael has been responsible for numerous flagship projects and holdi... view
Brenton Philp
Group Manager, Housing and Homelessness Group, Department of Social Services (Commonwealth)
Brenton joined the Department of Social Services in October 2018. As Group Manager Housing and Homelessness Group, he is responsible for Commonwealth housing and homelessness policy and programs, including the National Rental Affordability Scheme a... view
Jason Kara
Director of Housing Strategy, Department of Family and Community Services NSW
Jason is a public administration professional with more than 16 years experience in senior roles in the NSW public service, the not-for-profit sector and private enterprise. Jason is currently the Director of Housing Strategy ... view
Mark Wall
A/General Manager Strategy, Policy and Programs, Housing, Homelessness and Sport, Department of Housing and Public Works QLD
Mark has more than 25 years’ experience in the Queensland Department of Housing and Public Works with senior roles in both frontline service delivery and the development and implementation of strategic policies and programs. Ma... view
Lynden Pennicott
Director of Tenancy Services, Department of Communities Tasmania
Lynden is the Director of Tenancy Services with the Department of Communities Tasmania.  Tenancy Services is responsible for the management of tenancy outcomes achieved through social housing providers (including Housing Tasmania and Better Housing Futures providers). Lynden has held... view
Chris Hotham
Acting Deputy Secretary, Director of Housing, Department of Health and Human Services VIC
Chris is the Acting Deputy Secretary and Director of Housing, Housing and Infrastructure Division in the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. The Housing and Infrastructure Division provides a dedicated portfolio focus on housin... view
Greg Cash
Assistant Director - General Housing, Department of Communities WA
Greg is a senior executive in the Western Australian Department of Communities and is an experienced Company Director.  He has more than 20 years’ experience in the leadership, management and development of social and affordable housing across Western Australia.  Gr... view


Peter Mares
Author, No Place Like Home: Repairing Australia’s Housing Crisis
Peter Mares is the author of No Place Like Home: Repairing Australia’s Housing Crisis (Text, 2018) and a regular contributor to Inside Story magazine. Peter is also lead moderator with The Cranlana Programme, an independent, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to developi... view