A new way home… new ways to solve contemporary housing problems.
The key purpose of this guide is to explain the logic of the conference program, and more importantly give you information about the program content so that you can design your own journey over the next few days.
Our overarching conference theme of a new way home enables us to take stock of the circumstances of Australian housing at a critical juncture for the housing industry. The recent federal election, the review of the National Affordable Housing Agreement, a new national agreement on Homelessness, the new National Disability Insurance Scheme and the launch of a National Regulatory Framework for not-for-profit providers are all taking place against a backdrop of continued housing undersupply and affordability problems.
This overarching theme also highlights how this conference goes beyond traditional ideas in housing and homelessness to find new solutions. Contemporary thinking and practice in social good financing, market-design, client-centred service delivery, urban place-making and economic development are at the core of the program.
The general structure and ‘flow’ of the conference program is from plenary sessions into three major parallel sessions, then into six smaller parallel sessions plus special options in our unique Think Tank in the exhibition area.
The program includes a diversity of session styles, each providing lots of opportunities for your participation. These include panel discussions, extended Q&A periods, a mix of roundtables and workshops and nice long lunch breaks for informal networking.
Special sessions in our Think Tank cater for informal conversations and opportunities to 'meet the speakers'. These sessions are intended to be a more informal, old-style, ‘drop-in and have a chat’ part of the program.
The program is organised around six key themes or streams that are represented by different colours in the printed pocket program:
So, if your interest is primarily economic development and Indigenous communities you may wish to follow the purple stream of sessions. If you’re into disability care and housing provision go pink; roles of government and the not for profit sector—yellow; preventing homelessness—green; urban renewal—blue; housing in the economy—orange.
The program opens on Wednesday with an Executive Summary session where leading speakers from key sessions on the Thursday and Friday will present their case for a new way home.
Plenary sessions on Thursday and Friday will see our international keynote speakers lay the foundations of the ideas for a new way home. A leading cast of national speakers will then draw out the relevance of these ideas for housing and homelessness in the Australian context—and panel discussions, roundtables and workshops will provide the opportunity to get into the 'nitty-gritty' of these issues.
We are delighted that the SA Premier will open the conference and that two of his Ministerial colleagues will also be participating.
We’re also looking forward to a very special closing plenary session which will see a diverse line-up of political and media experts put the key conference themes back in the context of today’s political climate.
It will then be a very important close to the conference when the new Federal Minister for Social Services. Hon Kevin Andrews MP, delivers his first major address to the housing and homelessness sectors since the election of the Abbott government.
Finally, we are very pleased that for the first time the National Housing Conference will have its own app—proudly sponsored by HomeStart Finance.
The HomeStart app is your key tool for actively participating in the conversation in Adelaide.
Download the app and have instant access to the conference program, speaker biographies and sponsor information. You can also use the app to customise your conference experience and select your preferred sessions across the three days.
So ... this is our 'logic' in designing the conference program, but of course, each of you will design your own program by choosing what to attend and how to engage and participate. Equally important will be who you bump into and chat with at the informal breaks and social gatherings. Whatever your journey through the conference we hope you have an informative and enjoyable time.