The Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) and the Victorian Department of Human Services, Housing Division co-hosted the 6th National Housing Conference in Melbourne from 24–27 November 2009.This conference was held at the new Melbourne Convention Centre and attended by a record number of over 1300 delegates.
Partnerships, connectedness, innovative responses and policy reforms were key aspects of the overarching conference theme, Housing in the new era: building the connections. The theme provided delegates with the opportunity to take stock of the circumstances of Australian housing in the wake of the global financial crisis, climate change, and social and demographic pressures.
The three day program included 65 sessions featuring 220 national and international speakers , and was marked by a diversity of session styles ranging from large plenary sessions and theatre style Q&A sessions, to informal ‘meet the speaker’ opportunities and interactive ‘Spotlight’ sessions. The program also included a high profile Business Breakfast hosted by Jenny Brockie from SBS Television and featuring a keynote address from Victorian Treasurer, John Lenders, as well as satellite workshops, an extensive tour program, community art exhibition, and various performances by community choirs, jazz bands and theatre groups.The closing session of the conference was a panel discussion moderated by Tony Jones from ABC Television and modelled on his highly successful Q&A program. The session was keenly anticipated by all delegates and delivered a most fitting finale to a very successful event.