Six new sessions announced for National Housing Conference

Explore the first day the #NHCDarwin program

Last updated 30 April 2019

The first day of concurrent sessions for the National Housing Conference 2019 program has been launched. These sessions touch on a variety of important issues – from older women as an emerging vulnerable cohort to approaches to disability accommodation under the NDIS, methods on keeping private rental equitable and an important look at how we can support and sustain long-term tenancies for vulnerable and disadvantaged households.

Here is an overview the new sessions in the program.

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Indigenous housing: collaborating with communities

This session will highlight a range of service models and housing strategies built through community collaboration. The session will explore self-determination, how mainstream organisations can support indigenous objectives and how to foster genuine partnerships.


Harley Dannatt, Salvation Army
John Palmer, MercyCare
Victor Cretavin, St Patricks
Leeanne Caton, Yilli Rreung

Getting CHP regulation right

With a review of the National Regulatory System for Community Housing Providers (NRSCH) as a launchpad, a panel will examine the role of regulation in managing the growth of the sector and ensuring the best provision of services to tenants.


Jason Kara, NSW Department of Family and Community Services
Sidesh Naikar, Commonwealth Department of Social Services
Kelvin Knox, NSW Registrar
Hayley Parkes, Housing Choices Australia


Sustaining tenancies in social housing

A series of short presentations, followed by Q&A, will explore initiatives and policy reform that support the tenancies of vulnerable households, whose complex needs often lead to instability and constant transition.


Natalia Gemmell, Department of Communities
Chris Martin, UNSW
Marc Morel and Camillia Williams, NEAMI
Annemaree Calander, Brisbane Youth Service

Addressing housing and homelessness within the NDIS

Quick fire presentations will be followed by lively debate around disability housing within a maturing NDIS. Hear perspectives from people with specialist needs, physical and psycho-social disabilities, their families, carers and support services.


Beth Fogarty, Wellways
Julie Bojarski and Peter Malone, Hume Housing
Luke Bosher, Summer Foundation
Susan Bailey, UTS

Opening doors to private rental

Facilitated by National Shelter, this session explores the rise of not for profit real estate agencies and new models for helping disadvantaged households overcome barriers to access and sustain tenancies in the private rental market.


Patrick Veyret, CHOICE
Paul Tomasinni, inCommunity Inc
Adrian Pisarski, National Shelter

Housing choices for older women

Housing choices for older women

Older women are emerging as a vulnerable cohort, with many housing options presenting as unaffordable or only accessible for the short-term. Three long-form presentations will explore services and support available to older women susceptible to unstable housing.


The Hon. Kay Patterson, OAM, Age Discrimination Commissioner
Caroline Larcher, Women’s Property Initiative

The biennial National Housing Conference is the largest gathering for the social and affordable housing sectors in Australasia. In 2019 the NHC will be held in Darwin for the first time in its history. Registrations are now live with super saver pricing. To see the program, and to register, head to the NHC website.