AHURI and Homelessness Australia are pleased to announce that the 2020 National Homelessness Conference will be held in Canberra, 10 to 12 August at the National Convention Centre Canberra.

As the meeting place for the Federal Government, the 2020 Conference will present a unique opportunity to engage with our national leaders across all political parties on the state of homelessness in Australia.

We look forward to building on the success of the re-launched national gathering held in Melbourne in 2018.

Registrations for the conference are currently on hold as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. A plan for the conference is being developed by AHURI and Homelessness Australia and more details will be announced soon.

Read the full message from the AHURI Executive Director here.

Canberra being the meeting place of the Federal Government, the 2020 National Homelessness Conference will present a unique opportunity to engage with our national leaders across all political parties on the state of homelessness in Australia.

Who should attend?

This is a national conversation for policy leaders and housing and health professionals including:

  • Homelessness, social, community and affordable housing providers and front-line workers
  • Federal and state/territory government policy makers from the housing, social policy, health, mental health and human service sectors
  • Peak industry representatives in housing, homelessness, social services, disability, health and mental health sectors
  • Health and mental health service providers
  • Policy influencers, academics, researches, students
  • Individuals with lived experience

Social and networking opportunities

Monday 10 August - Welcome Function

Included the cost of a full registration and Tuesday day only registration is the Welcome Function being held at the National Gallery of Australia.  Enjoy canapes, drinks, good company and this great networking opportunity as well as access to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Collection. Buses will leave from the National Convention Centre Canberra taking delegates to the National Gallery of Australia and returning to select hotels at the end of the evening - full details of which hotels will be provided closer to the event.  Bus transfer is included in the cost of the event. Additional tickets are available for $90 each.

Tuesday 11 August - Networking Night

Media, Politics and Homelessness: the Networking Night will be held in the Mural Hall at Parliament House.  This will be a great opportunity to network with members of Parliament, fellow delegates, political advisers and journalists whilst enjoying canapes and drinks.  Buses will leave select hotels at allocated times (these will be advised closer to the date) and return to same hotels - this is included in the cost.  This event has limited numbers and is not included in the cost of registration. Tickets are $130 each.

Check out sights of Canberra if you want to extend your trip.

Canberra in winter


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 four 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 2300
E elissa.rontani@ahuri.edu.au

Contact us

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