National Homelessness Conference 2018

Ending Homelessness Together
Melbourne Cricket Ground, 6 - 7 August 2018

AHURI, in partnership with Homelessness Australia will convene the National Homelessness Conference 2018—Ending Homelessness Together, in Melbourne on Mon 6 and Tue 7 August 2018 as part of Homelessness Week 2018. The release of 2016 Census reveals a 13.7 per cent increase of people experiencing homelessness over the five year period. Against the backdrop of these latest figures, and with the Australian Government developing the new National Housing and Homelessness Agreement, it is an appropriate time to revive this critical national event after a four year hiatus.

The Conference will bring together policy makers and practitioners from across Australia to learn, engage and network. We are delighted to invite you to join us at this major national event and be part of the conversation aimed at ending homelessness in Australia.

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Proudly convened by AHURI and Homelessness Australia


The National Homelessness Conference theme in 2018 is ‘Ending homelessness together’  and the program will enable delegates to learn and share on a broad range of issues related to homelessness including housing models that end homelessness; responding to the causes of homelessness such as domestic and family violence; specialist support such as working with clients with disability, mental health issues and people leaving custody; outcomes reporting; social and affordable housing policy and financial inclusion.

The Conference will feature a range of speakers including international experts, national and state policy makers and practitioners from around Australia.  The focus will be not only on current policy and practice but also how we can collaborate and commit to ending homelessness at a national, state and local level.  Come and be part of this exciting forum that will assist in delivering action to end homelessness.

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PROGRAM Day 1 – Monday 6 August 2018


8.15 – 9.00


9.30 – 11.00 PLENARY ONE
National responses to homelessness
11.00 – 11.30 MORNING TEA
Professor Marah Curtis, University of Wisonsin-Madison (USA)
13.00 – 14.00 LUNCH
14:00 – 15.30


Young people and homelessness
Through the eye of the needle – Improving outcomes under the NDIS
Exiting into Homelessness
Sheltered and safe - the role of housing in ending domestic and family violence
Respecting Difference
Ageing with no address

15.30 - 16:00 AFTERNOON TEA
16:00 - 17:00

Beyond the criminalisation of inner-city homelessness


PROGRAM Day 2 – Tuesday 7 August 2018


8.00 – 8.45


8.45 – 9.15 WELCOME TO DAY TWO
Juha Kaakinen, Y-Foundation (Finland)       
10.30 – 11.00 MORNING TEA
11.00 – 12.30 PLENARY FIVE
Plenary session to be announced
12.30 – 13.30 LUNCH
13.30 – 15.00


Never about us without us
Ending rough sleeping, what works?
Aboriginal homelessness perspectives 
Beyond blankets, handbags and laundries
Restoring sanctuary: Responding to experiences of trauma
Making the private market work in responding to homelessness

15.00 – 15.30 AFTERNOON TEA
15:30 – 16:30 PLENARY SIX
Changing attitudes to homelessness

Program Advisory Committee

The Program Advisory Committee is made up of leaders and practitioners working within the homelessness sector across Australia and importantly, aims to incorporate the views of those with lived experience of homelessness.

The Committee comprises of the following individuals (alphabetically listed by surname):

Program Advisory Committee chair

Jenny Smith - Chair, Homelessness Australia

Program Advisory Committee members

Margaret Augerinos - Chief Executive Officer, Centre for Non Violence
Adam Barnes - Manager – Sustaining Young Tenancies Project, Brisbane Youth Services
Sherri Bruinhout - Assistant Director Homelessness, Department of Health and Human Services (VIC)
Ian Carter AM - Executive Director, Anglicare WA
Kate Colvin - Manager - Policy & Communications, Council to Homeless Persons
Ian Cox - Chief Executive Officer, Hutt Street Centre
Dr Jane Daniels - Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Vincentcare Victoria
Andrew Edgar - Council to Homeless Persons VIC
Jeff Fiedler - National Development Worker, Housing for the Aged Action Group
Dr Michael Fotheringham - Executive Director, AHURI Limited
Dr Andrew Hollows - Executive Director of Research, Launch Housing
Tracy Ingram - Manager, Centacare Catholic Family Services
Prof Guy Johnson - Professor Urban Housing & Homelessness, RMIT
Bryan Lipmann AM - Chief Executive Officer, Wintringham
Katherine McKernan - Secretary, Homelessness Australia
Yvette Park - Director - Strategy, Policy and Performance, Dept Housing and Community Development (NT)
Felicity Reynolds - Chief Executive Officer, Mercy Foundation
Zoe Robinson - Chief Executive Officer, yfoundations
Christine Thirkell - Graduate, Peer Education and Support Program 
Karyn Walsh - Chief Executive Officer, Micah Projects
Liz Yeo - Chief Executive Officer, Newtown Neighbourhood Centre


  Early Bird
(available until Fri, 1 June)
(all registrations post 1 June)
Full (2 days) $770 $880
Day $418 $473
Full-time Student* $330 $330

*Student Registration fee: This subsidised registration fee is for full time students only. Registrants must be holders of a valid Student ID card.

All prices are quoted in Australian dollars (AUD$) and are inclusive of the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

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View the accommodation options selected by conference organisers.

Full registration and Full student registration entitlements

  • Access to all conference sessions
  • Morning and afternoon teas and lunches daily
  • One ticket to the Networking Reception
  • Option to purchase additional Networking Reception ticket/s
  • Conference materials

Day registration entitlement

Monday 6 August
  • Access to all conference sessions on Monday
  • Morning and afternoon teas and lunch on Monday
  • One ticket to the Networking Reception
  • Option to purchase additional Networking Reception ticket/s
  • Conference materials
Tuesday 7 August
  • Access to all conference sessions on Tuesday
  • Morning and afternoon teas and lunch on Tuesday
  • Option to purchase a ticket to the Networking Reception on Monday
  • Conference materials

In addition all conference delegates will be invited to download the conference app to access the full program and other details.

Please note: for day registrations on Tuesday, tickets to the Networking Reception can be purchased separately.

Booking optional activity

The following optional activity can be booked via the online registration form. If you have already registered for the conference, you can book tickets by logging into your registration via the link on your confirmation email.

Networking Reception
Monday 6 August 2018
5.00pm - 6.30pm
Cost: included in full and Monday registrations
Additional tickets: $88 per ticket


To qualify for early bird registration, registration fees must be paid in full by Tuesday 5 June 2018. Registration fees received after this date will revert back to the standard registration fee.

All Conference payments must be received prior to the Conference. If payment is not received you will be required to provide your personal credit card details at the Conference to guarantee payment. This card will be debited if alternative payment is not received within 14 days.

We accept payment by:

  • Direct Deposit
  • Credit Card (Visa and Mastercard)

All amounts in the registration form are in Australian dollars (AUD$) and include 10% Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Once your registration has been processed, receipt of payment will be emailed to the email address you provide as contact in your registration.

After Monday 2 July 2018 (midnight AEST), only payments made by credit card will be accepted.

Cancellation and refund policy

Cancellation of a registration must be advised via email to the conference secretariat. Verbal changes of cancellation cannot be accepted.

Cancellations received in writing at the Conference Office by Monday 2 July 2018 will be accepted and all fees refunded less an administrative fee of AUD $100. The refund will be returned via the same payment method as the original receipt of funds.

No refunds will be made after Monday 2 July 2018. Cancellations received after this date cannot be accepted and will not be refunded.

Transfer of registration: Transfer of your registration to another person is acceptable. The full name and details of the person that will replace you must be advised in writing to the Conference Office prior to the Conference.

Non-attendance: No refunds will be made for non-attendance

For all registration enquiries please contact the conference secretariat.


Insurance of any kind is NOT included in registration fees - it is advised that delegates take out appropriate health and travel insurances prior to travelling. The National Homelessness Conference organisers and the conference secretariat do not take any responsibility for delegates failing to insure.


The National Homelessness Conference 2018 is proudly sponsored by the following supporters.

State Government of Victoria


Mission Australia


Unison Housing Research Lab


Housing Plus


Housing Plus



Tenancy Skills Institute


Home Stretch

Home Stretch

The National Homelessness Conference 2018 will present an outstanding opportunity to align your brand with Australia’s largest homelessness event and we encourage you to consider a sponsorship opportunity at this significant national event. For organisation’s eager to demonstrate their commitment to this important social issue, realise their corporate social responsibility or raise their profile and network with a highly engaged sector, the National Homelessness Conference is the best setting to achieve these objectives.

The Conference will bring together key decision-makers and influencers working in the homelessness sector and will be the first opportunity in over four years to reach this passionate and highly engaged community of professionals. Becoming a National Homelessness Conference 2018 partner will create opportunities to build and maintain a high profile among your clients and key stakeholders before, during and after the conference.

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Download the sponsorship prospectus to find out about the partnership opportunities on offer, and to discuss how we can build opportunities for your business or organisation, please contact:

Mr Anthony Smeaton
Marketing and Communications Director
Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute
T +61 3 9660 2300

Venue Information

Members Dining Room (and other rooms)
Melbourne Cricket Ground
Brunton Ave
Richmond VIC 3002

The MCG is conveniently located just outside the Melbourne CBD. The MCG is easily accessed via 3 tram lines, 2 train stations or a short walk from the heart of Melbourne across the William Barak footbridge at Birrarung Marr.

Directions to the Melbourne Cricket Ground

The very handy MCG Access Map!

Google Map of area

Public transport


Catch the following trams and alight at Jolimont / MCG stop:
Route 48
Route 75

Catch the following tram and alight at Rod Laver Arena / Melbourne Park stop:
Route 70

For further train information please refer to the PTV tram network map or PTV's website.


Two train stations service the MCG - Jolimont and Richmond.

To alight at Jolimont Station use the South Morang or Hurstbridge train lines.

To alight at Richmond Station use the Lilydale, Belgrave, Alamein, Glen Waverley, Pakenham, Cranbourne, Frankston and Sandringham train lines.

For further train information please refer to the PTV train network map or PTV's website.

Public transport timetable information and trip planning, visit the Victorian Public Transport website.


If you require a disabled car park, please contact the conference secretariat.

Melbourne Olympic Park Parking

Park for the day at Melbourne Olympic Park and walk 10 minutes over the MCG Footbridge to access the MCG.

$7.50 for full day parking


Ask to be dropped off at Jolimont Terrace and Jolimont St. Then walk to Gate 2 to gain entrance to the Conference.

Contact us

For all registration and accommodation enquiries
Conference Secretariat

Think Business Events
T +61 3 9417 1350

For all sponsorship and media enquiries
Mr Anthony Smeaton
Marketing and Communications Director
Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute
T +61 3 9660 2300

For all other conference enquiries
Ms Kristen Dearricott

Conference and Events Manager
Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute
T +61 3 9660 2300