CONFERENCE

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

Program

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

TimeSession

8.15 – 8.50

REGISTRATION

8.50 – 9.30

WELCOME TO THE CONFERENCE

Welcome to Country, Uncle Colin Hunter

Official welcome and launch of National Homelessness Week, Speaker to be announced

Facilitator:
Jenny Smith
, Chair, Homelessness Australia

Sponsored by:

9.30 – 11.00

PLENARY ONE
National responses to homelessness

Panel members:
Senator Hon Doug Cameron, Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness, Australian Labor Party
Senator Lee Rhiannon, Housing and Homelessness Spokesperson, The Greens
Kate Colvin, Campaign Spokesperson, Everybody’s Home and Deputy CEO, Council to Homeless Persons
Speaker to be announced

Sponsored by:

11.00 – 11.30 MORNING TEA

11.30 – 13.00

INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE ADDRESS - PLENARY TWO

Keynote speaker:
Professor Marah Curtis,
Associate Professor, School of Social Work, University of Wisonsin-Madison (USA)

Panel members:
Paula Coghill, Aboriginal Specialist, NSW Federation of Housing Associations
Professor Paul Flatau, Director, Centre for Social Impact, University of Western Australia
Professor Guy Johnson, Professor of Urban Housing and Homelessness, RMIT University

13.00 – 14.00 LUNCH

14:00 – 15.30

CONCURRENT SESSIONS BLOCK ONE

Please refer to PDF program booklet for further details

C1: Young people and homelessness

C2: Through the eye of the needle – Improving outcomes under the NDIS

C3: Exiting into Homelessness

C4: Sheltered and safe - the role of housing in ending domestic and family violence
Sponsored by:

C5: Respecting Difference

C6: Ageing with no address

15.30 - 16:00 AFTERNOON TEA

16:00 - 17:00

PLENARY THREE
Beyond the criminalisation of inner-city homelessness

Panel member:
Dr David Pearson, Executive Director, Don Dunstan Foundation
Monique Wiseman, Senior Aboriginal Project Officer, Wayside Chapel
Lucy Adams, Head of Homelessness Law and Advocacy, Justice Connect

17:00 - 18:30 OFFICIAL CONFERENCE NETWORKING RECEPTION

PROGRAM Day 2 – Tuesday 7 August 2018

TimeSession

7.30 – 8.45

REGISTRATION

7.45 – 8.30SUNRISE SESSIONS (optional)

Please refer to PDF program booklet for further details
S1: Australian Homelessness Monitor 2018
S2: Alliance to end homelessness in WA

9:00 – 9.30

WELCOME TO DAY TWO

Speakers:
Jenny Smith, Chair Homelessness Australia
Hon Martin Foley MP, Victorian Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing

9.30 – 10.45 INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE ADDRESS - PLENARY FOUR

Keynote speaker:
Juha Kaakinen, CEO, Y-Foundation (Finland)       
10.45 – 11.15 MORNING TEA

11.15 – 12.30

INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE ADDRESS - PLENARY FIVE

Keynote speaker:
Professor Nicholas Pleace, Director, Centre for Housing Policy, University of York (UK)

Sponsored by:

12.30 – 13.30 LUNCH

13.30 – 15.00

CONCURRENT SESSIONS BLOCK TWO

Please refer to PDF program booklet for further details

C7: Never about us without us 

C8: Ending rough sleeping, what works?

C9: Aboriginal homelessness perspectives 

C10: Beyond blankets, handbags and laundries

C11: Restoring sanctuary: Responding to experiences of trauma

C12: Making the private market work in responding to homelessness

15.00 – 15.30 AFTERNOON TEA
15:30 – 16:45 PLENARY SIX
Changing attitudes to homelessness
16.45 – 17.00 OFFICIAL CONFERENCE CLOSE

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

Registration

  Early Bird
(available until Fri, 1 June)
Standard
(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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A limited number of supported places for those with lived experiences of homelessness. View the application form if you are interested in applying for a supported place. This form is best completed in Adobe Acrobat. If you are having issues submitting the form in your browser please download and email form to supportedplaces@ahuri.edu.au.

Supported places application form

Accommodation

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

Payment

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

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.

Maha Abdo

Maha Abdo OAM
Muslim Women Association

Celia Adams

Celia Adams
BeyondHousing

Lucy Adams

Lucy Adams
Justice Connect

Margaret Augerinos

Margaret Augerinos
Centre for Non-Violence

Eileen Baldry

Prof Eileen Baldry
University of NSW 

Adam Barnes

Adam Barnes
Brisbane Youth Service

Jenni Beetson-Mortimer

Jenni Beetson-Mortimer
Northern Rivers Community Gateway

Simon Benjamin

Simon Benjamin
Lighthouse Foundation

John Berger

John Berger
St Bartholomew’s House Inc

John Blewonski

John Blewonski
VincentCare Victoria

Sherri Bruinhout

Sherri Bruinhout
Department of Health and Human Services (VIC)

David Cain

David Cain
Communicare

Doug Cameron

Senator Hon Doug Cameron
Australian Labor Party

Paula Coghill

Paula Coghill
NSW Federation of Housing Associations Inc.

Kate Colvin

Kate Colvin
Everybody's Home and Council to Homeless Persons

Marah Curtis

Prof Marah Curtis
University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA)

Kate Cvetanovski

Kate Cvetanovski
Northside Community Service

Monique Dam

Monique Dam
Domestic Violence NSW

Debbie Faulkner

Dr Debbie Faulkner
Centre of Housing, Urban and Regional Planning

Jeff Fiedler

Jeff Fiedler
Housing for the Aged Action Group

Paul Flatau

Prof Paul Flatau
University of Western Australia

Martin Foley

Hon Martin Foley MP
Victorian Government

Michael Fotheringham

Dr Michael Fotheringham
AHURI

Leigh Garrett

Leigh Garrett 
OARS Community Transitions

Mark Glasson

Mark Glasson
Anglicare WA

Chris Hartley

Chris Hartley
Homelessness NSW

Heather Holst

Dr Heather Holst
Launch Housing

Cathy Humphrey

Cathy Humphrey
Sacred Heart Mission

Gavin Jackman

Gavin Jackman
Homes for Homes

Guy Johnson

Prof Guy Johnson
RMIT University

Juha Kaakinen

Juha Kaakinen
Y-Foundation (Finland)

Debbie Kilroy

Debbie Kilroy
Sisters Inside

Jeanette Large

Jeanette Large
Women's Property Initiatives

Alison Macdonald

Alison Macdonald
Domestic Violence Victoria

Paul McDonald

Paul McDonald
Anglicare Victoria

Patricia Karvelas

Patricia Karvelas
ABC Radio National program RN Drive

Penny Leemhuis

Penny Leemhuis
Older Women Lost in Housing (OWL's)

Katherine McKernan

Katherine McKernan
Homelessness NSW

Ruth Mcnair

Dr Ruth McNair
University of Melbourne

Brooke Morley

Brooke Morley
Launchpad

Olav Nielssen

Prof Olav Nielssen
Macquarie University

Gerry Naughtin

Dr Gerry Naughtin
The National Disability Insurance Agency

Cameron Parsell

Prof Cameron Parsell
University of Queensland

Kate Paterson

Kate Paterson
KEP Consulting

David Pearson

David Pearson
Don Dunstan Foundation

Adrian Pisarski

Adrian Pisarski
National Shelter

Nicholas Pleace

Prof Nicholas Pleace
University of York (UK)

Margot Politis

Margot Politis
Milk Crate Theatre

Emma Power

Dr Emma Power
Western Sydney University

Felicity Reynolds

Felicity Reynolds
Mercy Foundation

Lee Rhiannon

Senator Lee Rhiannon
Australian Greens

Catherine Robinson

Dr Catherine Robinson
Social Action and Research Centre

Kai Schweizer

Kai Schweizer
Youth Affairs Council, WA

Jenny Smith

Jenny Smith
Council to Homeless Persons and Homelessness Australia

Angela Spinney

Dr Angela Spinney
Swinburne University of Technology

Evelyne Tadros

Dr Evelyne Tadros
Mission Australia

Clare Townsend

Dr Clare Townsend
Synapse

Ian Trust

Ian Trust
Wunan

Karyn Walsh

Karyn Walsh
Micah Projects

Tamara Walsh

Prof Tamara Walsh
University of Queensland

Monique Wiseman

Monique Wiseman
Wayside Chapel

Debra Zanella

Debra Zanella
Ruah Community Services

Sponsorship

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

State Government of Victoria

OFFICIAL GOVERNMENT PARTNER

PLATINUM PARTNER

Mission Australia

GOLD PARTNER

UnitingGOLD PARTNER

VincentCare Victoria SILVER PARTNER

Unison Housing Research Lab

INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE SPEAKER SPONSOR

Housing Plus

PROGRAM PARTNER

Housing Plus

PROGRAM PARTNER

Exhibitors

Tenancy Skills Institute

AIHW

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
E Anthony.Smeaton@ahuri.edu.au

Melbourne

We look forward to welcoming you in Melbourne for the National Homelessness Conference. If you are travelling to attend, consider taking a few days around the conference to enjoy everything that Melbourne and its surrounds has to offer.

Melbourne is a city filled with natural beauty, cosmopolitan flavour and a diversity of experiences on offer. Whatever your interests, something is sure to delight or enrapture - stroll the city laneways and soak up the atmosphere, street art, architecture and the friendliness of locals; linger in a bustling café, share a peaceful park with a black swan, or saunter along a city beach.

Venue information and directions

Explore Melbourne

Contact us

For all registration and accommodation enquiries
Conference Secretariat

Think Business Events
T +61 3 9417 1350
E nhc2018@thinkbusinessevents.com.au

For all sponsorship and media enquiries
Mr Anthony Smeaton
Marketing and Communications Director
Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute
T +61 3 9660 2300
E Anthony.Smeaton@ahuri.edu.au

For all other conference enquiries
Ms Kristen Dearricott

Conference and Events Manager
Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute
T +61 3 9660 2300
E Kristen.Dearricott@ahuri.edu.au