The future of housing assistance

Wednesday 19 October 2016

Over 200 of Australia’s leading housing industry figures – politicians, policy makers, frontline service providers, peak advocacy groups and leading researchers joined us in Adelaide on Wednesday 19 October to examine the future of housing assistance.

The conference featured keynote addresses from the newly appointed Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs, Senator the Hon Zed Seselja as well as the South Australian Minister for Social Housing, Hon Zoe Bettison MP and Hon Mick de Brenni MP, Minister for Housing and Public Works in the Queensland Government.

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Audience polling results are available.

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8:00am Registration and refreshments

Welcome - setting the scene
Dr Ian Winter, Executive Director, AHURI Limited


The future of housing assistance - plenary keynote address

With the election of a new Federal Government and national funding agreements up for renewal now is the right time to debate, discuss and consider the future of housing assistance in Australia.

The conference will begin with leading politicians from across Australia sharing key elements of current housing reform initiatives.


Senator the Hon Zed Seselja, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs
Hon Zoe Bettison MP, SA Minister for Social Housing
Hon Mick de Brenni MP, QLD Minister for Housing and Public Works


Housing needs and the future of housing assistance

If ‘demography is destiny’ what are the projections for housing need in Australia? How will this demographic destiny translate into the future demand for housing assistance? What forms of assistance will be required by whom and how can providers best meet the needs of their tenants?

To frame the day’s discussions, this session presents the latest AHURI research findings on housing need and assistance in Australia.

Associate Professor Steven Rowley, Curtin University
Modelling housing need in Australia to 2025

Professor Gavin Wood, RMIT University
Australian demographic trends and their implications for housing subsidies

Associate Professor Wendy Stone, Swinburne University
Housing assistance need and provision in Australia: a household-based policy analysis

Presentations will be followed by an audience Q&A

10:50am Morning tea break

Strategies for new supply to meet needs for housing assistance

What levels and types of new supply will be required to meet housing assistance needs into the future? Which supply strategy or combinations of strategies will be most effective in meeting future housing assistance needs?

This session will examine strategies aimed at increasing housing supply including estate and asset renewal, alternative financing mechanisms such as property trusts and the development of an affordable housing industry at scale.

Ms Caryn Kakas, a/Executive Director, Strategic Policy, Department of Families and Community Services NSW
Mr Mike Myers, Managing Director, National Affordable Housing Consortium
Professor Hal Pawson, Associate Director, City Futures Research Centre, University of NSW
Mr Adrian Harrington, Head of Funds Management, Folkestone

Presentations will be followed by an audience Q&A

12:35pm Lunch

Strategies for tenancy management and support

What will the future of tenancy management and support look like? What is leading edge practice in tenancy management and support and what outcomes for tenants can it deliver?

This session will examine a number of innovative tenancy management approaches including social housing outcomes frameworks and service integration, allocation and choice based strategies, indigenous tenancy management and early intervention and prevention programs.

Dr Tony Gilmour, Managing Director, Housing Action Network
Ms Sherri Bruinhout, Director, Homelessness and Justice, Melbourne City Mission
Ms Edwina Spanos, Acting Assistant Secretary Housing, Land, Housing and Recognition Division, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Ms Christine Castley, A/Deputy Director-General, Housing and Homelessness Services, Department of Housing and Public Works, Queensland Government
Ms Nicola Lemon, Chief Executive Officer, Hume Community Housing Association

Presentations will be followed by an audience Q&A

2:45pm Afternoon tea

Plenary keynote address

New Zealand has led Australia in welfare policy reform in recent years with its investment approach. New Zealand has three dedicated Ministers’ committed to improving the social and affordable housing sector. Will New Zealand lead Australia in housing policy reform too?

We are delighted to welcome Professor Laurence Murphy from the University of Auckland to deliver the closing keynote address outlining the housing policy reforms underway in New Zealand and discussing lessons that can be learned for Australia.

Presentation will be followed by an audience Q&A

Conference close - Dr Ian Winter, Executive Director, AHURI Limited

4:15pm Conference concludes

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The details

Date: Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Time: 8:00am – 4:15pm (official program commenced at 8:45am)

Venue: The Adelaide Oval (Ian McLachlan Room), War Memorial Dr, North Adelaide SA 5006


$295 including GST (includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea)

Refund policy
  • $200 if cancelled by 09/09/2016
  • $150 if cancelled by 14/10/2016
  • $0 if cancelled by 17/10/2106

Anti-Poverty Week

This conference is proudly associated with Anti-Poverty Week.