Online Conference

National Homelessness Conference

Tuesday 1 and Wednesday 2 December 2020


After a year like no other, we are pleased to announce that the 2020 National Homelessness Conference will go ahead – online – on 1 and 2 December.  The Conference will be run over two afternoons online - a completely virtual conference! Registrations are now open.

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We have developed a conference program that will examine the impacts on our sector from the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic as well as the catastrophic climate disasters of last summer. The program will also cover the major challenges and opportunities in homelessness policy and practice that were in play before and will continue to be important after the pandemic.

Our team has spent much of lockdown understanding how virtual, online,  conferences work best, so we guarantee a program that is fast paced, methodically planned, interactive, engaging and with luck, a bit of fun as we catch up with colleagues and friends after such a challenging 12 months.

We also welcome Platinum Partners, Mission Australia for their generous support of the National Homelessness Conference.

Mission Australia Registrations are now open, with Early Bird registrations available until Friday 16 October.  As an added bonus, the first 300 people to register* will receive a Pick Me Up Pack in the lead up to the Conference, thanks to sponsors Tenancy Skills Institute.

* The Pick Me Up Pack will be sent to either the first 300 registrants or those who have registered by midnight 30 October whichever comes first.

Tenancy Skills Institute

Registration

Registration type Early Bird
(until Friday 16 October)
Standard
(27 October onward)
Full $200$250
One Day only $110 $140
Full-time Student or Concession* $80 $80
Full-time Student or Concession - one day only*$50$50

*Student or Concession Registration fee: This subsidised registration fee is for full time students or holders of a concession card. Student 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).

Pick Me Up Pack

We’re excited to offer the first 300 registrants, or those as at 30 October whichever comes first, an exclusive Pick Me Up Pack generously sponsored by Tenancy Training Institute. The pack will be sent out to your registered address.

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Inquiries regarding registration please contact the AHURI Events team on 03 9660 2309 or 03 9660 2303 or email events@ahuri.edu.au

Full registration and Full student registration entitlements

  • Online access to both days of the Conference
  • Access to recording of all sessions post Conference
  • Access to the pre-conference session on Monday 30 November

Day registration entitlement

Tuesday 1 December registration
  • Online access to all sessions held on Tuesday 1 December
  • Access post-conference to recordings of all sessions held on Tuesday 1 December
  • Access to the pre-conference session on Monday 30 November
Wednesday 2 December registration
  • Online access to all sessions held on Wednesday 2 December
  • Access post-conference to recordings of all sessions held on Wednesday 2 December
  • Access to the pre-conference session on Monday 30 November

The recording from all Conference sessions will be made available exclusively for delegates for two months following the National Homelessness Conference before being made available publicly.

Social Events

On Monday 30 November there will be a panel discussion and virtual networking opportunity which is available to all delegates.  This session is open to all National Homelessness Conference delegates.

Payment

To qualify for early bird registration, registration fees must be paid in full by Tuesday 20 October 2020 if registered with the option of invoice. 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 (via invoice)
  • 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 23 November 2020 (midnight AEST), only payments made by credit card will be accepted.

Cancellation and refund policy

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

Cancellations received in writing to events@ahuri.edu.au by 10am Monday 30 November 2020 will be accepted and all fees refunded less an administrative fee of AUD $30. The refund will be returned via the same payment method as the original receipt of funds.

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 events@ahuri.edu.au prior to the Conference starting.

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

For all registration inquiries please contact the Events team on 03 9660 2303, 03 9660 2309 or email  events@ahuri.edu.au

Sponsorship

The National Homelessness Conference 2020 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 two and a half  years to reach this passionate and highly engaged community of professionals. Becoming a National Homelessness Conference 2020 partner will create opportunities to build and maintain a high profile among your clients and key stakeholders before, during and after the conference.

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.

Sponsorship prospectus

For more information contact:

Ms Elissa Rontani
Sponsorship Manager
Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute
T +61 3 9660 2308
E elissa.rontani@ahuri.edu.au

We have developed a conference program that will examine the impacts on our sector from the unprecedented Coronavirus pandemic as well as the catastrophic climate disasters of last summer.

The program will also cover the major challenges and opportunities in homelessness policy and practice that were in play before and will continue to be important after the pandemic.

As we develop the program, more information will be provided on the Australian and international speakers.

Program Day 1 – Tuesday 1 December 2020

TimeSession
1.00pm – 1.15pm

WELCOME TO THE CONFERENCE
Welcome to Country / Acknowledgement of Country

Official welcome by Conference Co-conveners:

  • Jenny Smith, Chair, Homelessness Australia
  • Dr Michael Fotheringham, Executive Director, AHURI
1.20pm – 2.00pm
Plenary: The year that changed homelessness - An international perspective
2.00pm – 2.05pmBreak
2.05pm - 2.45pmConcurrent Sessions
  Session 1 The Australian response to the pandemic – what have we learnt
Session 2 Lockdown – Homelessness and domestic and family violence in the context of COVID-19
Session 3 Fires, floods and the future: Creating homelessness responses that break the link between ecological crises and homelessness
2.45pm – 3.20pmBreak: interactive sessions
3.20pm – 4.10pm Plenary: Building back better: Can the crisis become an opportunity to reduce homelessness
4.10pm – 4.15pm Break
4.15pm – 4.55pm Concurrent Sessions
Session 1
Towards Zero – what’s working to reduce rough sleeping?
Session 2
Without a home and without safe care – What are the solutions for children who experience homelessness alone
Session 3 What is the impact of “better” accommodation? The COVID switch away from crowded accommodation

Program Day 2 – Wednesday 2 December 2020

TimeSession
1.00pm – 1.07pm
Welcome to Day 2
1.10pm – 2.00pm
Plenary: Indigenous Homelessness in COVID-19: what have we learnt
2.00pm – 2.05pm
Break
2.10pm – 2.45pmConcurrent Sessions
Session 1 No income, no home: Non-citizens and temporary visa holders
Session 2 Trying to make Housing First not people last
Session 3 Beyond the hotspots: regional and remote
2.45pm – 3.15pm
Break
3.20pm – 4.00pm Concurrent Sessions
Session 1 It’s support but not as we know it: supportive accommodation
Session 2 The COVID-19 lens: Overcrowding and health
Session 3
A generation of impact: young people
4.00pm – 4.05pmBreak
4.05pm – 4.55pmPlenary: Capturing the public’s imagination
4.55pm – 5.00pmConference Close
5.00pm – 5.30pmVirtual Networking

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

Jane Barnes, Consultant Project Manager, Wintringham
Livia Carusi, National General Manager of Homelessness, The Salvation Army
Kate Colvin, Manager Policy & Comms Council to Homeless Persons
Frances Crimmins, CEO, YWCA Canberra
Dr Michael Fotheringham, Executive Director, AHURI
Mark Glasson, CEO, Anglicare WA
Katherine McKernan, Secretary, Homelessness Australia
Shari McPhail, Assistant Director Homelessness, Dept Health & Human Services Victoria
Assoc Professor Cameron Parsell, University of Queensland
Dr Catherine Robinson, Social Research and Analysis, Social Action and Research Centre (SARC) Anglicare Tasmania
Peter Stephenson, Director Strategy, Policy and Performance, Dept Housing and Community Development NT
Christine Thirkell, Graduate Peer Education and Support Program
Karen Walsh, Executive Director Housing Programs & Support Services (NT)
Karyn Walsh AM, CEO, Micah Projects
Monique Wiseman, Aboriginal Senior Project Officer, Homelessness NSW

Contact us

Ms Sharon Torney
Conference & Events Manager
Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute
T +61 3 9660 2309
E events@ahuri.edu.au