CONFERENCE

National Homelessness Conference 2018

Ending homelessness together
Melbourne Cricket Ground, 6 - 7 August 2018

AHURI, in partnership with Homelessness Australia convened the National Homelessness Conference 2018—Ending homelessness together, in Melbourne on Mon 6 and Tue 7 August 2018. The conference was attended by over 800 delegates and the key focus was on policy and practice and how we can collaborate and commit to ending homelessness at a national, state and local level.

The program combined international expertise, the latest research and featured best-practice in homelessness service provision from across the country. Highlights of the conference included the international keynote addresses from Professor Marah Curtis (US), Professor Nicholas Pleace (UK) and Juha Kaakinen (Finland) and the 12 concurrent sessions that delved into best-practice Australian responses to homelessness. Presentations, videos and photographs from the conference are now available below.

The next National Homelessness Conference will be held in August 2020, with the location to be announced soon. Ensure you are subscribed to AHURI to receive notifications about the next conference.

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Proudly convened by AHURI and Homelessness Australia

Photos - Day 1

Photos - Day 2

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

8.00 – 8.50

REGISTRATION

8.50 – 9.10

WELCOME TO THE CONFERENCE

Welcome to Country, Uncle Colin Hunter

Official welcome by Conference Co-conveners:
Jenny Smith,
Chair, Homelessness Australia
Dr Michael Fotheringham,
Executive Director, AHURI

9.10 – 10.40

PLENARY ONE – INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE ADDRESS

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

Facilitator:
Katherine McKernan, Deputy Chair, Homelessness Australia

Panel members:
Paula Coghill, Aboriginal Specialist, NSW Federation of Housing Associations
Professor Guy Johnson, Professor of Urban Housing and Homelessness, RMIT University                                                                       

Sponsored by:

10.40 – 11.20 MORNING TEA

11.20 – 12.30

PLENARY TWO – NATIONAL RESPONSES TO HOMELESSNESS

Facilitator
Sarah Abo, Presenter of SBS World News

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

Sponsored by:

12.30 – 13.30 LUNCH

13:30 – 15.00

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

15.00 - 15.40 AFTERNOON TEA

15.40 - 17:00

PLENARY THREE – BEYOND THE CRIMINALISATION OF INNER-CITY HOMELESSNESS

Keynote speaker:
The Right Hon. Sally Capp, The Lord Mayor of Melbourne

Facilitator:
Roslyn Cook, Managing Solicitor, Homeless Persons’ Legal Service

Panel member:
Dr David Pearson, Executive Director, Don Dunstan Foundation
Monique Wiseman, Senior Aboriginal Project Officer, Wayside Chapel
Lucy Adams, Manager of Strategic Advocacy and Policy, Victoria Legal Aid

17:00 - 18:30 VINCENTCARE VICTORIA 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

S3: Everybody's Home—A national housing campaign

9:00 – 9.30

WELCOME TO DAY TWO

Keynote speaker:
Hon Martin Foley MP, Victorian Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing

Facilitator:
Jenny Smith, Chair, Homelessness Australia

9.30 – 10.45

PLENARY FOUR – INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Keynote speaker:
Juha Kaakinen, CEO, Y-Foundation (Finland)

Facilitator:
Dr Michael Fotheringham, Executive Director, AHURI

10.45 – 11.15 MORNING TEA

11.15 – 12.30

PLENARY FIVE – CHANGING ATTITUDES TO HOMELESSNESS

Facilitator:
Patricia Karvelas, Host of the ABC Radio National program RN Drive

Panel members:
Jacob Hickey, Writer and Series Producer, Filthy Rich & Homeless, and Head of Factual for Blackfella Films
Dr Catherine Robinson, Social Action and Research Centre
Tom Elliott, Host of 3AW Drive
Christine Thirkell, Graduate, Peer Education and Support Program

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 – INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE ADDRESS

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

Facilitator:
Dr Michael Fotheringham, Executive Director, AHURI

Panel members:
Professor Paul Flatau, Director, Centre for Social Impact, University of Western Australia
Jane Barnes, General Manager - Adult Services, The Salvation Army

Sponsored by:

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

Maha Abdo

Maha Abdo OAM
Muslim Women Association

Sarah Abo

Sarah Abo
SBS News

Celia Adams

Celia Adams
BeyondHousing

Lucy Adams

Lucy Adams
Victoria Legal Aid

Margaret Augerinos

Margaret Augerinos
Centre for Non-Violence

Eileen Baldry

Prof Eileen Baldry
University of NSW 

Adam Barnes

Adam Barnes
Brisbane Youth Service

Jane Barnes

Jane Barnes
The Salvation Army 

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

Sally Capp

Right Hon. Sally Capp
Lord Mayor of Melbourne

Joyce Chia

Dr Joyce Chia
Refugee Council of Australia

Kathrine Cock

Kathrine Cock
Women’s Safety Services SA

Paula Coghill

Paula Coghill
CHIA, NSW

Kate Colvin

Kate Colvin
Everybody's Home and Council to Homeless Persons

Roslyn Cook

Roslyn Cook
Homeless Persons’ Legal Service

Marah Curtis

Prof Marah Curtis
University of Wisconsin-Madison (US)

Kate Cvetanovski

Kate Cvetanovski
Northside Community Service

Monique Dam

Monique Dam
Domestic Violence NSW

Tom Elliott

Tom Elliott
Radio 3AW Melbourne
Drive program

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

Ian Gough

Ian Gough
Council to Homeless Persons

Kathleen Gregory

Kathleen Gregory
Foundation Housing

Chris Hartley

Chris Hartley
Homelessness NSW

Jacob Hickey

Jacob Hickey
Blackfella Films

Andrew Hollows

Dr Andrew Hollows
Launch Housing

Heather Holst

Dr Heather Holst
Launch Housing

Michael HornMichael Horn
Research Consultant; Council to Homeless Persons

Cathy Humphrey

Cathy Humphrey
Sacred Heart Mission

Amanda HuntAmanda Hunt
UnitingCare West

Uncle Colin Hunter Junior

Uncle Colin Hunter Junior
Wurundjeri Elder

Gavin Jackman

Gavin Jackman
Homes for Homes

Guy Johnson

Prof Guy Johnson
RMIT University

Juha Kaakinen

Juha Kaakinen
Y-Foundation (Finland)

Patricia Karvelas

Patricia Karvelas
ABC Radio National
RN Drive program

Debbie Kilroy

Debbie Kilroy
Sisters Inside

Sally Langton

Sally Langton  
Sally Langton Consulting

Jeanette Large

Jeanette Large
Women's Property Initiatives

Penny Leemhuis

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

Jody Letts

Jody Letts
Peer Education and Support Program, Council to Homeless Persons

Peter Lewis

Peter Lewis
Essential Media

Michelle Mackenzie

Michelle Mackenzie
Shelter WA

Alison Macdonald

Alison Macdonald
Domestic Violence Victoria

Elvis Martin

Elvis Martin
Peer Education and Support Program, Council to Homeless Persons

Paul McDonald

Paul McDonald
Anglicare Victoria

Katherine McKernan

Katherine McKernan
Homelessness NSW

Ruth Mcnair

Dr Ruth McNair
University of Melbourne

Mark MorelMark Morel
Neami National

Brooke Morley

Brooke Morley
Launchpad

Kristy Muir

Prof Kristy Muir
Centre for  Social Impact

Olav Nielssen

Prof Olav Nielssen
Macquarie University

Gerry Naughtin

Dr Gerry Naughtin
The National Disability Insurance Agency

Yvette Park

Yvette Park 
Department of Housing and Community Development (NT)

Kate Paterson

Kate Paterson
KEP Consulting

David Pearson

David Pearson
Don Dunstan Foundation

Cindi Petersen

Cindi Petersen
Launchpad Youth Community

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

Jason Russell

Jason Russell
Peer Education and Support Program, Council to Homeless Persons

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

Talie Star

Talie Star
Advocate

Evelyne Tadros

Dr Evelyne Tadros
Mission Australia

Christine Thirkell

Christine Thirkell
Peer Education Support Program, Council to Homeless Persons

James Toomey

James Toomey
Mission Australia

Clare Townsend

Dr Clare Townsend
Synapse

Ian Trust

Ian Trust
Wunan

Karen Walsh

Karen Walsh
Shelter NSW

Karyn Walsh

Karyn Walsh
Micah Projects

Camilla Williams

Camilla Williams
Neami National

Kerri-Anne Williams

Kerri-Anne Williams
St Vincent de Paul Society NSW

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

Uniting

GOLD PARTNER

VincentCare Victoria

SILVER PARTNER

Unison Housing Research Lab

INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE PARTNER

Housing Plus

PROGRAM PARTNER

SBS Learn

PROGRAM PARTNER

Housing Plus

PROGRAM PARTNER

Exhibitors

Tenancy Skills Institute

AIHW

Home Stretch

Home Stretch

Victorian Electoral Commission

ABS

Australian Digital Health Agency

VincentCare Victoria

Salvation Army

Council to Homeless Persons (Parity)

Homelessness Australia

Infoxchange

Australian Association of Gerontology

 

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.

Download Prospectus

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

Media

Selected media coverage of the National Homelessness Conference 2018:

For media queries about the conference, 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

Contact us

For all registration and accommodation enquiries
Conference Secretariat

Think Business Events
T +61 3 9417 1350
E homelessness2018@tbevents.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