Homelessness and housing solutions


We are pleased to confirm the new date for our postponed conference - Homelessness and housing solutions.

This conference will now be held on Friday, 28 April in the Boulevard Room, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Our conference program remains virtually unchanged and we thank all speakers who have re-confirmed their participation so promptly.

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)

9:55amMinister's message

Hon Michael Sukkar MP, Assistant Minister to the Treasurer
(Due to the conference postponement, a message from the Hon Michael Sukkar MP will be delivered by an AHURI representative)
10:00am 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.

Jenny Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Council to Homeless Persons
Dr Nicola Brackertz, Manager of Professional Services, AHURI Limited
Tony Keenan, Chief Executive Officer, Launch Housing
Prof Paul Flatau, AHURI Research Centre Director, University of Western Australia

Presentations will be followed by audience Q&A

11:55am 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, Chief Operations Officer, BHC

Introductory presentation followed by 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, Chief Operations Officer, The Big Issue & Homes for Homes
Ian Cox, Chief Executive Officer, Hutt Street Centre

Introductory presentation followed by panel discussion and 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.

The details

Date: Friday, 28 April 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)

Register now