Ready for growth: Affordable housing supply solutions

Tuesday 29 May 2018

The Canberra Rex Hotel

Our first national one-day conference for 2018 was Ready for growth: affordable housing supply solutions. The Conference was held at the Canberra Rex Hotel on Tuesday 29 May 2018.

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Conference Overview

There is widespread recognition that Australia needs more affordable housing – but how can we make this a reality and support the growth of this highly engaged sector?

This national conference, informed by brand new AHURI research examines affordable housing from all angles: What government policies have already worked in Australia and are they replicable? How have the US and UK used the planning system to build more affordable housing and can Australia do the same? What models have worked to best to engage the private sector deliver more affordable housing projects?

Key topics include:

  • Research launch Findings from the AHURI Inquiry–Increasing affordable housing supply: evidence-based principles and strategies for Australian policy and practice.
  • The role of governments–The latest on the Australian Government's supply solutions including the including the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation; successful state/territory strategies that have increased supply; and local government planning levers to boost supply.
  • The role of providers–organisations (both not-for-profit and private sector) that have successfully delivered affordable housing will provide their perspectives on opportunities to increase the supply.
  • Examining integration–A big picture examination of how government, CHPs and private industry can work together to realise growth.

Who should attend?

This is a national conversation, and we encourage policy makers and practitioners from across Australia to join us, including:

  • Federal and state/territory government policy makers from the housing, social policy, planning, infrastructure, treasury, finance and human service sectors
  • Community housing leaders and practitioners
  • Private sector practitioners – property developers, urban planners, builders, financiers, designers and architects, real estate professionals
  • Peak industry representatives (community housing, social services etc) and sectors with an interest in affordable housing (homelessness, Indigenous, disability etc).

View the three new AHURI reports to be featured at the Conference:

Supporting affordable housing supply: inclusionary planning in new and renewing communities

Paying for affordable housing in different market contexts

Government led innovations in affordable housing delivery


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Tony De Domenico, Chairperson, AHURI Board

Introduction to the conference

Dr Michael Fotheringham, Executive Director, AHURI


Keynote address

Senator Hon Doug Cameron, Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness


Ministerial address

Hon Michael Sukkar MP,  Assistant Minister to the Federal Treasurer


Findings from the AHURI Inquiry into affordable housing supply

Leader of this AHURI Inquiry, Professor Gurran will outline the major findings from the Inquiry that examined efforts to increase affordable housing supply, focusing on government industry partnerships, planning levers and ‘best practice’ housing projects both in Australia and internationally.

Prof. Nicole Gurran, University of Sydney


Morning tea


The role of governments

This session examines progress on the Australian Government’s supply solutions–the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation and related programs; successful state/territory strategies that have increased supply, and local government planning levers to boost supply.

Prof Steven Rowley, Curtin University

Panel members:
David Birds, Group Manager Strategic Planning, Inner West Council, NSW
Elizabeth Howell, Planning & Sustainable Development Directorate, ACT Government
Jared Collins, Market Innovation and Partnerships, Department of Communities, WA Government
Nathan Dal Bon, Principal Adviser, Social Policy Division, Commonwealth Treasury




Ministerial address

Yvette Berry MLA, Minister for Housing and Suburban Development, ACT Government


The role of the sector

What do Community Housing Providers identify as the opportunities to increase supply and increase their property portfolios?

Panel members:
Prof Bill Randolph, University of NSW
Andrew Hannan, Chief Executive Officer, CHC
Helen O’Loughlin, Social Investment Manager, Evolve Housing
Brad Hosking, Corporate Director and Company Secretary,Common Equity Housing


Afternoon tea


Ministerial address

Hon Pru Goward MP, Minister for Social Housing, NSW Government


Examining integration

A big picture examination of how government, CHPs and private industry can work together to realise growth including a case study analysis of the Communities Plus Ivanhoe redevelopment.

Panel members:
Amy Hayashi, Mission Australia
Richard McLachlan, Frasers Property Australia
Anne Skewes, Land and Housing Corporation, NSW Government
David Somerville, Executive Chairman, Questus Limited


Concluding remarks

Dr Michael Fotheringham, Executive Director, AHURI Limited


Conference concludes

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AHURI proudly acknowledges the support of the following sponsors for Ready for growth: affordable housing supply solutions.


Do you provide services or products to the not-for-profit sector? Does your organisation champion affordable housing? Are you interested in sharing information with your key market about the contribution you make to this important sector?

The upcoming AHURI conference Ready for growth: Affordable housing supply solutions will present an outstanding sponsorship opportunity to raise your organisation’s profile, network with new and existing clients and demonstrate your commitment to the development of an affordable housing industry in Australia. Becoming an AHURI conference partner will create opportunities to build and maintain a high profile among your clients and key stakeholders before, during and after the conference

Sponsorship information

Venue Information

The Canberra Rex Hotel

Great Room
The Canberra Rex Hotel
150 Northbourne Avenue
Braddon ACT 2612

Event times

Registration opens at 8:00am for a 8:30am program commencement.
The program concludes at 4:30pm.


Google Map of area


Canberra International Airport is approximately 8 kilometres away from the Canberra Rex Hotel. There is a bus service between the Canberra Airport terminal and city bus station seven days a week. For timetable information, visit the Canberra Airport website.

The Canberra Rex Hotel is located on Northbourne Avenue, which is serviced by a regular bus service daily. For public transport timetable information and trip planning, visit the Transport Canberra website.


There is limited on-site parking at the Canberra Rex Hotel.  There is additional paid parking at Fenner Hall, which is just across the road from the venue at 210 Northbourne Avenue.


Ask the taxi driver to drop you off at the Canberra Rex Hotel on Northbourne Avenue, just North of Haig Park.

The details

Date: Tuesday 29 May 2018

Time: 8:00am – 4:30pm

Venue: The Canberra Rex Hotel


$375 including GST (includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea)

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Registration terms and conditions

Payment is due at least 7 days prior to the conference. If you nominate to pay via bank transfer and payment is not received by the conference date, you will not gain admittance.
Refund amounts and deadlines for cancellation of registration are stipulated below.
Transfer of your registration to another person is acceptable. The full name and details (including email, position title, work mobile, work address and dietary requirements) of the person that will replace you must be advised in writing via email.
If you register and then find you are unable to attend the event, please email us prior to the event day.

Non-attendance: No refunds will be made for non-attendance at the event. If your payment is outstanding at the time of the event and you do not show up to the event, you will still be required to pay the registration fee.

Refund policy

$300 if cancelled by Saturday 26 April 2018
$220 if cancelled by Saturday 26 May 2018
$0 if cancelled after Saturday 26 May 2018


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