Is social housing infrastructure?

Monday 11 February 2019

State Library Victoria, Melbourne

Join us in Melbourne for our first AHURI Discussion Series event and the first event of 2019—Is social housing infrastructure? This Discussion Series event will be held at the State Library of Victoria on Monday 11 February 2019.

Event Overview

About the event

There is widespread recognition that Australia needs more affordable housing. AHURI research estimates a need for an additional 727,300 social housing dwellings across Australia over the next 20 years to meet the current shortfall as well as future need.

Against the backdrop of recent affordable housing policy announcements, this event examines the questions—Is social housing infrastructure? How successful are infrastructure driven social housing strategies internationally? What are the alternative investment scenarios to fund affordable housing in Victoria and Australia?

This first Discussion Series event will be held in Melbourne and brings together thought leaders, policy makers and industry to explore this important topic. If you are unable to attend the Melbourne event, a second event will be held in Brisbane in March.

Speakers include:

  • Associate Professor Julie Lawson, RMIT will explore the key findings of the AHURI Report—Social housing as infrastructure: an investment pathway.
  • Dr Jonathan Spear, Executive Director and General Counsel, Infrastructure Victoria will explore the case for social housing as infrastructure in Victoria.
  • A panel of experts from the private and public sectors

This event will be followed by informal networking drinks and refreshments.

Who should attend?

  • Federal and state/territory government policy-makers from the housing, planning, infrastructure, finance and human service sectors
  • Community housing leaders and practitioners
  • Private sector practitioners and financiers
  • Peak industry representatives (community housing, social services etc) and sectors with an interest in affordable housing (homelessness, Indigenous, disability etc.).

Can't make it to Melbourne?

If you are unable attend this Discussion Series event in Melbourne, we will be hosting a second event examining the same research topic in Brisbane in March 2019. Program and speakers will be announced soon.




Registration and refreshments


Welcome by Host

Dr Michael Fotheringham, Executive Director, AHURI Limited


Social housing as infrastructure: an investment pathway

Associate Prof Julie Lawson,  RMIT University


Infrastructure Victoria response

Dr Jonathan Spear, Executive Director and General Counsel, Infrastructure Victoria


Panel discussion and facilitated question and answer

Associate Prof Julie Lawson,  RMIT University

Dr Jonathan Spear, Executive Director and General Counsel, Infrastructure Victoria

Nick Foa, Deputy Secretary Housing and Infrastructure & Director of Housing, Department of Health and Human Services

Haleh Homaei, CEO, Housing First

Other speakers TBC


Closing by Host

Dr Michael Fotheringham, Executive Director, AHURI Limited


Networking and refreshments

Venue information

State Library Victoria

State Library Victoria
Isabella Fraser Room
Entry 5, La Trobe Street
Melbourne Vic 3000

Event times

Registration opens at 4:00pm for a 4:15pm program commencement.
The program concludes at 5:45pm followed by networking drinks until 6:30pm.

Directions to The State Library Victoria

Located on the corner of Russell and La Trobe Streets, Melbourne. 
To reach the Isabella Fraser Room, please enter via Entry 5, which is located on the La Trobe St side of the building (towards cnr La Trobe and Russell St).

Google Map of area

Public transport

  • Train – Melbourne Central station is directly opposite the Library's Swanston Street entrance. Country travellers can transfer to metropolitan trains at Southern Cross or North Melbourne stations.
  • Tram – there are tram stops near our entrances on Swanston Street and La Trobe Street.
  • Bus – the nearest stops are in Lonsdale, Russell and Exhibition streets.


The Library doesn't have on-site parking, but there is paid street parking on La Trobe Street and several pay car parks close by, including at Melbourne Central and QV. There are three parking spaces for people with a disability permit in La Trobe Street.

The details

Date: Monday 11 February 2019

Time: 4:00pm–6:30pm

Venue: State Library Victoria, Melbourne


$88 including GST (includes refreshments and networking drinks)

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Registration terms and conditions

Payment is due at least 7 days prior to the event. If you nominate to pay via bank transfer and payment is not received by the event date, you will not gain admittance.
Refund amounts and deadlines for cancellation of registration are stipulated below.
Transfer of your registration to another person is acceptable. The full name and details (including email, position title, work mobile, work address and dietary requirements) of the person that will replace you must be advised in writing via email.
If you register and then find you are unable to attend the event, please email us prior to the event day.

Non-attendance: No refunds will be made for non-attendance at the event. If your payment is outstanding at the time of the event and you do not show up to the event, you will still be required to pay the registration fee.

Refund policy

90% if cancelled by Thursday 10 January 2019
70% if cancelled by Friday 8 February 2019
0% if cancelled after Friday 8 February 2019