Speaker

Heather Holst

Commissioner for Residential Tenancies, Victorian Department of Justice and Community Safety

 Heather Holst

Dr Heather Holst is Victoria’s first Commissioner for Residential Tenancies, having commenced in the role in September 2018. The Commissioner for Residential Tenancies provides independent advice to inform the development of residential tenancy policy, legislation, programs and services.

The role is focussed on advocating for the rights of renters, with coverage of residents of rooming houses, caravan parks and residential parks, private rental and community housing.  In particular, the Commissioner identifies and responds to systemic issues in residential tenancies.

With almost 30 years of experience in the Victorian housing sector, Dr Holst has worked in a wide range of roles in not for profit agencies, government and university. Prior to this Commissioner role, she was Deputy CEO and Chief Operating Officer of Launch Housing.