PROGRAM

Our Program

The Conference program will focus on key issues including future growth and financing opportunities; women in community housing; post COVID-19 economic recovery; housing options and aspirations for young people and best practice responses for working with tenants with complex needs.

Wednesday
2021-08-11
Ionic Room
Grand Lodge
Doric Room
Banquet Hall
Thursday
2021-08-12
Ionic Room
Grand Lodge
Doric Room
Corinthian Room
Banquet Hall
Ionic Room
Grand Lodge
Doric Room
Banquet Hall
Ionic Room
Grand Lodge
Doric Room
Corinthian Room
Banquet Hall
09:00 - 10:15
Opening Plenary – Day One

Welcome to Country
Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council (MLALC)

Welcome from the CHIA NSW Chief Executive Officer
Mark Degotardi, CEO, CHIA NSW

Keynote Address: Global Economic Trends and the Outlook for Housing Demand in Australia
Stefan Hajkowicz, Senior Prinicpal Scientist, CSIRO

10:15 - 10:45
Morning Tea
10:45 - 12:00
Growth: Supporting regional productivity and investment through community housing

Supported by Landcom

Community housing providers play in a critical role in building and promoting productivity, particularly in regional areas. This session will look at how community housing providers are delivering in regional areas and opportunities to leverage infrastructure investment and population shifts into growth.

Speakers:
Maree McKenzie, CEO, Homes North Community Housing Co
Suzanne Naden, CEO, Bungree Aboriginal Association
Dr Laurence Troy, Lecturer in Urbanism, University of Sydney

Facilitator:
Lacy Barron, Director Affordable Housing, CHIA NSW

10:45 - 12:00
Community: Ending homelessness in a post-COVID world

Supported by Mission Australia Housing

This session will examine the key outcomes and lessons learned from the Together Home program since its inception. It will also consider the efficacy of other innovative responses to end homelessness that are underway.

Speakers:
Renée Wirth, Group Executive & Director Office of the CEO, SGCH
David Fisher, CEO, Housing Plus
Krystal Moores, Manager Pathways, Bridge Housing
Clancy Rae, Team Leader, Salvos
Paula Thum, Manager – Foyer Central, Uniting

Facilitator:
Trish Connolly, Project Lead, CHIA NSW

10:45 - 12:00
Innovation: Improving housing outcomes for young people

This session will focus on the perspectives and aspirations of young people regarding the housing market broadly and how the community housing can better respond to their needs and priorities.

Speakers:
Rebecca Mullins, CEO, My Foundations Youth Housing
Mariam Akoba, Youth Panel, Greater Sydney Commission
Lucy Gooch-Tonga, Yfoundations Youth Homelessness Representative Council
Brendan Best, Yfoundations Youth Homelessness Representative Council
Jacob Osborne, Yfoundations Youth Homelessness Representative Council

Facilitator:
Pam Barker, CEO, Yfoundations

12:00 - 13:00
Lunch
13:00 - 14:15
Growth: Achieving Good Growth in Greater Sydney and NSW

Supported by Link Wentworth Housing

The Good Growth Alliance (GGA) was established in 2018 as a partnership between organisations representing the business sector and non-government organisations from the housing and homelessness sectors. This session will consider how policy and planning responses, as championed by the GGA, can support the creation of sustainable, inclusive and liveable places to live, regardless of where people live in NSW.

Speakers:
John Engeler, CEO, Shelter NSW
Gabriel Metcalf, CEO, Committee for Sydney
Mark Degotardi, CEO, CHIA NSW
Lauren Conceicao, NSW Deputy Director, Property Council of Australia

Facilitator:
Will Roden, Project Director, Elton Consulting Group

13:00 - 14:15
Innovation: Community housing and the Aboriginal Outcomes Strategy

Supported by Community Housing Ltd

Approximately 1 in 10 people living in community housing identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander. The Aboriginal Outcomes Strategy (AOS) establishes a framework for improving social and economic outcomes for Aboriginal people in social housing. This session will explore how community housing providers have implemented the AOS to improve housing, social and economic outcomes for their local communities.

Speakers:
Sally Regan, Senior Manager Social Impact, Hume Community Housing
Alison Croall, Housing Manager, Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation
Bruce Woodhouse, Partnerships Manager – Customer and Communities Division, SGCH
Tabatha Dantoine, Aboriginal Affordable Housing Coordinator, SGCH

Facilitator:
Charlie Trindall, Operations Manager, MLAHMC Ltc

13:00 - 14:15
Community: Tenant engagement: Building communities, changing lives

Supported by Community Housing Ltd and Mission Australia Housing

This session will examine how tenant-centred engagement initiatives have created improvements and changes in how CHPs undertake asset management, tenancy management, and community development across their business. The session will include consideration of the solutions that CHPs can adopt to improve engagement outcomes across their business.

Speakers:
Kerryn Lawrence, Assistant Manager, Aboriginal Environmental Health Unit
Zehrina Hajdic, State Operations Manager – NSW, Community Housing Ltd
Kyle Wiebe, Community Development Officer (Common Ground & Ivanhoe), Mission Australia
Kathrin Resma, Tenant Representative
Shaun Christie-David, Tenant Representative

Facilitator:
Caitlin McDowell, Head of Policy, CHIA NSW

14:15 - 14:45
Afternoon Tea
14:45 - 15:45
Closing Day 1 Plenary – Housing to the rescue: Housing and economic recovery after COVID-19

Supported by Homes North

Housing to the rescue: Housing and economic recovery after COVID-19

Speakers:
Deborah Brill, Deputy CEO, NSW Land and Housing Corporation, Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
Andrew McAnulty, CEO, Link Wentworth
Prof Hal Pawson, Professor Housing Research and Policy and Associate Director, City Futures Research Centre, UNSW
Dr Angela Jackson, Lead Economist, Equity Economics and Development Partners

Facilitator:
John Nicolades, CEO, Bridge Housing

15:45 - 16:00
Break
16:00 - 17:00
Closing Day 1 Plenary – Women in community housing – towards better outcomes for tenants and the sector

Supported by Homes North

Women in community housing – towards better outcomes for tenants and the sector

Speakers:
Debbie Georgopoulos, CEO, Women’s Housing Company
Haleh Homaei, CEO, HousingFirst
Lisa Annese, Diversity Council Australia

Facilitator:
Michele Adair, Chair, CHIA NSW

08:25 - 09:40
Opening Plenary – Day Two

Welcome & Introduction

Ministerial address:
The Hon. Melinda Pavey, Minister for Water, Property and Housing
The Hon.  Alister Henskens, Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services

Funding the Future
Community housing providers have delivered the majority of growth in social and affordable housing in NSW over the past decade. Looking to the future with the end of NRAS already commencing, this session will consider where opportunities for growth lie, including through mixed tenure developments, partnerships, planning incentives, and shaping emerging opportunities with government.

Speakers:
Nicola Lemon, CEO, Hume Community Housing Association
Nathan Dal Bon, CEO, National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation
Carrie Hamilton, Associate, Housing Action Network

Facilitator:
Scott Langford, Group CEO, SGCH

 

09:40 - 10:15
Morning Tea
10:15 - 11:30
Growth: The changing roles of Board members in community housing

Boards play a critical role in guiding organisational transformation. Following the rapid growth of their respective organisations, the Chairs of two community housing providers reflect on the transformation of their respective organisations, including how these boards helped their organisations to navigate change in the key areas of regulation, innovation, and reputation.

Speakers:
Phil Butler, Sector Lead – Not for Profit, Australian Institute of Company Directors
Anette Gallard, Group Chair, SGCH
Kwesi Addo, Chair, Compass Housing Services

Facilitator:
Mike Allen, Independent Chair, Link Wentworth Housing

10:15 - 11:30
Innovation: Building our future cities

Supported by Mission Australia Housing

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way in which healthcare, education, transport, and other vital services are delivered across cities and regional centres. This session will explore how technological, political, economic, environmental and social changes emerging as a result of COVID-19 are re-shaping future demand for housing and social infrastructure.

Speakers:
Helen O’Loughlin, Social Commissioner, Greater Sydney Commission
Nicole Gurran, Professor, Urban and Regional Planning, The University of Sydney
Emma Telfer, Director, Culture & Strategy, Assemble Communities

Facilitator:
John Engeler, CEO, Shelter NSW

10:15 - 11:30
Future-Proofing: Asset Management – a brave new world?

What will community housing asset management look like by 2031? How will CHPs realise their opportunities and meet their new responsibilities, while achieving maximum value for money, environmental performance, and community benefit?

This session will describe the strategic directions and emerging trends in asset management in the industry including technological developments, options for in-sourced maintenance, and opportunities to engage local communities.

Speakers:
Michael Clark, Executive Manager – Asset Growth, Hume Community Housing
Kim Langley, Head of Property Partnerships, Development & Property Services, SGCH

Faciliator:
Adam West, Manager Business Development, CHIA NSW

11:30 - 12:00
Has the term “Boarding House” past its use by date? – Session held by Landcom

Join Nicole Woodrow and Liz Collyer from Landcom’s Partnership and Business Development Team for a lively interactive session with the spotlight on the term “Boarding House”.
Given the negative stigma and community opposition to developments that include this product is it time to re-think the terminology? Those who choose these studio type apartments
call these dwellings their home and add to the diversity of an enriched community.

The release of the Draft Housing SEPP by DPIE provides an opportunity to reflect on this typology, how it addresses housing need and how it can be rebranded in the community.

11:30 - 13:00
Lunch
13:00 - 14:15
Innovation: Local councils – at the heart of better planning and communities

Local governments shape local communities by providing opportunities and supporting sustainable places. Councils have recently led a process of establishing a strategic vision and priorities to deliver outcomes for their communities, and many have identified community housing providers as key partners. This session will explore how local councils and CHPs can work together to build more inclusive communities.

Speakers:
Ian Lynch, CEO, Pacific Link Housing
Monica Barone, CEO, City of Sydney
Meryl Bishop, Director of Planning Environment, Georges River Council

Facilitator:
Renée Wirth, Group Executive & Director Office of the CEO, SGCH

13:00 - 14:15
Opportunity: Specialist Disability Accommodation: Pathways to Independence

Supported by Community Housing Ltd

This session will examine how community housing providers and the not-for-profit sector are delivering new and innovative SDA housing models that meet the needs and preferences of people living with a disability. This will be complemented by a tenant’s perspective on their SDA journey in community housing.

Speakers:
Charles Northcote, CEO, Blue CHP
Chris Trypas, Group Executive Manager Specialist Services, Compass Housing Services
Alecia Rathbone, General Manager, Summer Foundation

Facilitator:
Karen Stace, Senior Manager State & Territory Operations, National Disability Services:

13:00 - 14:15
Future-Proofing: Casting the net zero

This session will explore solutions that CHPs can adopt to tackle climate change across all areas of their business, and how the sector as a whole can contribute to a cleaner, greener future.

Speakers:
Jandy McCandless, Corporate Project and Sustainability Manager, Compass Housing Services
David Daly, Research Fellow, Sustainable Buildings Research Centre, University of Wollongong
Tosh Szatow, Director, Boom Power

Facilitator:
Thomas Chailloux, Policy Officer, Public Interest Advocacy Centre

14:15 - 14:45
Afternoon Tea
14:45 - 16:10
Closing Plenary – Day Two

Panel session: The year that changed housing: the future of community housing in the age of disruption and innovation

Speakers:
Leonie King, CEO, City West Housing
Rebecca Oelkers, CEO, BHC
Steve Bevington, Managing Director, Community Housing Ltd
Tania de Jong AM
Charles Northcote, CEO, Blue CHP

Facilitator:
Turi Condon, Director, Corporate Affairs, National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation

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