Six new sessions announced

Six new sessions announced for #NHC2019

The first day of concurrent sessions are now online for the NHC’s 2019 program. These sessions touch on a variety of important issues – from older women as an emerging vulnerable cohort to approaches to disability accommodation under the NDIS, methods on keeping private rental equitable and an important look at how we can support and sustain long-term tenancies for vulnerable and disadvantaged households. Here is an overview the new sessions in this release of the program.


Indigenous housing: collaborating with communities

This session will highlight a range of service models and housing strategies built through community collaboration. The session will explore self-determination, how mainstream organisations can support indigenous objectives and how to foster genuine partnerships.

Speakers include

Harley Dannatt and Dean Jones, Salvation Army

John Palmer, MercyCare and Michael King, Centacare

Victor Crevatin, St Patrick’s Community Support Centre

Leeanne Caton, Yilli Rreung Aboriginal Housing Corporation


Getting CHP regulation right

With a review of the National Regulatory System for Community Housing Providers (NRSCH) as a launchpad, a panel will examine the role of regulation in managing the growth of the sector and ensuring the best provision of services to tenants.

Speakers include

Jason Kara, NSW Department of Family and Community Services

Sidesh Naikar, Commonwealth Department of Social Services

Kelvin Knox, NSW Registrar

Hayley Parkes, Housing Choices Australia


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Sustaining tenancies in social housing

A series of short presentations, followed by Q&A, will explore initiatives and policy reform  that support the tenancies of vulnerable households, whose complex needs often lead to instability and constant transition.

Speakers include

Natalia Gemmell, Department of Communities WA

Chris Martin, UNSW

Marc Morel and Camilla Williams, NEAMI

Annemaree Callander, Brisbane Youth Service


Addressing housing and homelessness within the NDIS

Quick fire presentations will be followed by lively debate around disability housing within a maturing NDIS. Hear perspectives from people with specialist needs, physical and psycho-social disabilities, their families, carers and support services.

Speakers include

Beth Fogarty, Wellways

Julie Bojarski and Peter Malone, Hume Housing

Luke Bosher, Summer Foundation

Susan Bailey, UTS


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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.

Speakers include

Adrian Pisarski, National Shelter

Patrick Veyret, CHOICE

Paul Tomasinni, inCommunity Inc

Sorcha Walshe, Shelter SA

Rebecca Pinkstone, Bridge Housing


Housing choices for older women

Older women are emerging as a vulnerable cohort, with many housing options presenting as unaffordable or only accessible for the short-term. Three long-form presentations will explore services and support available to older women susceptible to unstable housing.

Speakers include

Kathryn Proft, Australian Human Rights Commission

Caroline Larcher, Women’s Property Initiative

View the full draft program below: