Dr Heather Holst

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

Dr 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.

Related sessions
Wednesday 28 August 2019
10.40am – 12.10pm
Darwin Convention Centre

Major concurrent session

Generation Rent

More than a quarter of all Australian households are private renters, with the sector growing at twice the rate of all households between 2006 and 2016. Along with growth, the sector is fragmenting, particularly at the low-price end of the market. How can we ensure a fair and equitable system for the growing number of ... view