Homelessness and housing solutions

Friday 31 March 2017

Join us at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on Friday, 31 March 2017 for our next national conference - Homelessness and housing solutions.

Ministerial announcements

The conference will open with keynote speeches from state and federal ministers:

  • Hon Mick de Brenni MP, Queensland Minister for Housing & Public Works, will follow his address at the AHURI conference last October by outlining key reforms from the forthcoming ten year Queensland housing strategy.
  • Hon Michael Sukkar MP, Assistant Minister to the Treasurer will deliver one of his first speeches to the sector. The Minister has been tasked with examining housing affordability at a time when this issue continues to affect people at all stages of the housing continuum in Australia.

Conference overview

As we commence the new year with an affordable housing task force to be formed and a renewed homelessness agreement, now is the time to examine Australia's progress in tackling homelessness and providing secure housing solutions.

The conference will present the latest AHURI evidence on the homelessness system in Australia, examples of housing solutions for formerly homeless people or those at risk of homelessness and a big picture examination of the support services required to create housing stability for low-income Australians.

Who should attend?

This is a national conversation, and we encourage policy-makers and practitioners from across Australia to join us, including:

  • Federal and state/territory government policy-makers from the housing, social policy and human service sectors
  • Social/community housing and homelessness practitioners and service providers
  • Charities, not-for-profit organisations, peak bodies and tenant groups
  • Community service providers across a range of relevant sectors - Indigenous, youth, disability, aged care and more.


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8:00am Registration and refreshments

Welcome - setting the scene

Dr Ian Winter, Executive Director, AHURI Limited


Welcome to Queensland & Plenary Address

Hon Mick de Brenni MP, Minister for Housing and Public Works (Qld Government)

9:45amPlenary Address

Hon Michael Sukkar MP, Assistant Minister to the Treasurer (Australian Government)
10:15am Morning tea break

How far has Australia progressed in transforming its homelessness system?

An examination of the key indicators measuring the success of our homelessness system, how the system is funded and the impact of that funding and a case-study by a leading housing/homelessness service provider.

Adrian Pisarski (facilitator), Executive Officer, National Shelter
Tony Keenan, Chief Executive Officer, Launch Housing
Paul Flatau, AHURI Research Centre Director, University of Western Australia
Dr Nicola Brackertz, Manager of Professional Services, AHURI Limited

Presentations will be followed by an audience Q&A

12:15pm Lunch

Stable housing and sustainable tenancies - what works and why for clients?

An examination of how critical stable housing is to homelessness prevention featuring a panel of policy makers and front-line practitioners presenting examples of best practice.

Dr Michael Fotheringham (facilitator), Deputy Executive Director, AHURI Limited
Rebecca Pinkstone, General Manager - Operations, Bridge Housing
Annemaree Callander, Chief Executive Officer, Brisbane Youth Service
Leone Crayden, Executive Director, Q Shelter
Darren Young, State Director - QLD & NT, Mission Australia
Rebecca Oelkers, Acting CEO, BHC

Introductory presentation followed by an audience Q&A

2:35pm Afternoon tea

Education, training, employment and social outcomes – what works and why for clients?

Looking at the bigger picture, this session examines how stability in employment, education and participation in society are critical to housing stability and homelessness prevention.

Dr Ian Winter (facilitator), Executive Director, AHURI Limited
Professor Shelley Mallett, General Manager - Research & Policy, Brotherhood of St Laurence
Jonathan Shapiera, South West Australia Homeless People
Sally Hines, National Manager, The Big Issue
Ian Cox, Chief Executive Officer, Hutt Street Centre

Introductory presentation followed by panel discussion and an audience Q&A


Conference close

Dr Ian Winter, Executive Director, AHURI Limited

4:15pm Conference concludes

Venue Information


Boulevard Room
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
Cnr Merrivale and Glenelg Streets
South Bank, Brisbane Queensland 4101

Event times

Registration opens at 8:00am for a 9:00am program commencement.
The program concludes at 4:15pm.

Directions to the Boulevard Room, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC)

Google Map of area

Enter the BCEC from the Grey St entrance. Map of location access

The conference will be held in the Boulevard Room which is on the Boulevard Level. Floorplan of BCEC

Car Parking

Monday – Sunday
as of 1st July 2016

Early Bird enter before 9am, exit between 3pm-6pm (Mon-Fri only): $16
0-2 Hours: $18
2-5 Hours: $21
5-7 Hours: $23
Maximum daily rate: $28
Motorcycle: $13

For more information please visit BCEC website.


Taxi ranks are located outside the main entrance to the Centre on Merivale Street. There is a taxi drop off located at the Convention Centre Grey Street entrance.

Public Transport

Train: South Brisbane Railway Station adjacent to the Convention Centre on Grey Street or South Bank Railway Station are the most convenient stations to the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Airtrain: Catch the AirTrain from South Brisbane station to Brisbane’s international and domestic airports. Tickets are available for this service from the Information Desk or you can pre-book at the AirTrain website.

Bus: The Cultural Centre Station on Melbourne Street and the South Bank Busway Station cnr of Colchester and Tribune Streets are closest to BCEC. Translink manage the Brisbane City bus services.


Travelling from interstate? We have secured discounted rates at the following hotels located close to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC).
*Please note that all rooms and rates are subject to availability

ibis Brisbane

ibis Brisbane

Approximately 16 minute walk to BCEC
27-35 Turbot St
Brisbane City QLD 4000

Rooms & Rates
$120 per night per room (valid only for nights of 30 and 31 March)

To reserve please contact the ibis Brisbane Hotel Reservations team on 07 3237 2300 or via email h1750-re4@accor.com
Quote Code: Homelessness conference/AHURI

Stamford Plaza

Stamford Plaza

Approximately 23 minute walk to BCEC
Edward St & Margaret St
Brisbane City QLD 4000

Rooms & Rates
Enjoy 15% off the best available rate online

For more information and to access these rates at the Stamford Plaza, click here

Rydges South Bank Brisbane


Approximately 3 minute walk to BCEC
9 Glenelg Street
South Bank QLD 4101

Rooms & Rates
Enjoy 10% off the best available rate online on any room.

Book a room at Rydges Southbank

To reserve via telephone please call 07 3364 0800 (please let the Reservations Representative know you are attending the AHURI conference).

Riverside Hotel


Approximately 15 minute walk to BCEC
20 Montague Road
South Bank, Brisbane, Queensland, 4101

Enjoy a $10 discount per night when booking through Riverside Hotel's website (valid for nights of 30 and 31 March).

Please quote the promo code AHURI when booking to receive the discount.

Book a room at Riverside Hotel

The details

Date: Friday, 31 March 2017

Time: 8:00am – 4:15pm

Venue: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Merivale St & Glenelg Street, South Brisbane QLD 4101


$375 including GST (includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea)

Refund policy

$300 if cancelled by 27 February 2017
$220 if cancelled by 27 March 2017
$0 if cancelled after 27 March 2017

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