AHURI Research Webinar Series

Redesigning the system to reduce youth homelessness

Wednesday 29 April 2020 at 10am (AEST)

Thank you to everyone who attended our first AHURI Research Webinar Series event — Redesigning the system to reduce youth homelessness on Wednesday 29 April 2020.

If you were unable to join the webinar, the video recording and presentation slides are now available:

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About the event

Children, adolescents and young adults are one of the largest user groups of homelessness services. In 2017–2018, there were 81,193 young parents and accompanying children and 43,200 adolescents and young adults presenting alone to Specialist Homelessness Services.

This webinar presented the findings from a new AHURI research project - Redesign of a homelessness service system for young people - led by Associate Professor David MacKenzie from Swinburne University of Technology. The research identifies and proposes measures that could, if implemented, reduce youth homelessness and lead to improved outcomes for young people who experience homelessness. The report examines current support interventions for adolescents and young adults including the Community of Schools and Services model, My Foundation Youth Housing, Housing First for Youth, Subsidised private rental housing, After leaving care programs, and Foyer models.


David MacKenzie

Assoc. Prof. David MacKenzie, University of South Australia

David Mackenzie is a researcher at the University of South Australia with a strong record of research and development on youth issues and youth policy and who is widely recognised for his work on youth homelessness and disadvantage. In 2007- 2008, he was one of the four Commissioners responsible for the influential National Youth Commission Inquiry into Youth Homelessness [NYC] and its report, Australia’s Homeless Youth.

He is the founder and current Chair of Youth Development Australia Ltd (YDA), a charitable NGO that operates as a ‘platform for change’ responsible for the current National Youth Commission into Youth Employment & Transition and the recent National Youth Homelessness Conference (18-19 March 2019). David is the founding Director of Upstream Australia, a consortium of UniSA and YDA, that provides systemic backbone support for the development of the ‘community of schools and youth services’ model of early intervention or COSS Model across Australia.

Dr Michael Fotheringham

Dr Michael Fotheringham, Executive Director, AHURI (facilitator)

Michael is a research and policy development specialist with experience in a wide range of areas including housing and homelessness, public health, urban and community services planning. After joining the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute in 2014, he was appointed Executive Director in 2017 and is now responsible for setting the strategic direction of the Institute and leading the development of a contemporary and policy relevant evidence-base on housing, homelessness and urban issues.

Michael has expertise in building research programs and policy agendas with not-for-profit, government and academic organisations. He currently serves on a variety of expert advisory panels including the Australian Government’s Smart Cities Reference Group, the Housing Supply Expert Panel, the Queensland Housing and Homelessness Research Alliance, The Urban Futures and Sustainable Living Expert Research Advisory Group, and the Homes for Homes Housing Advisory Group.