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Thursday 1 December 2016

9:00 Opening remarks from the Chair


The Hon. Zoe Bettison MP, Minister for Social Housing, Government of South Australia, Invitation Extended


Shane Hamilton, Chief Executive & Executive Director, Aboriginal Housing Office, Department of Family and Community Services, NSW Government

10:20 Networking and refreshment break

10:50 Examining the macroeconomic outlook and implications for social housing

  • Housing market trends and drivers
  • Factors driving rental affordability
  • The role of federal and state

Nicki Hutley, Director & Chief Economist, URBIS

11:30 Outcomes Based Contracting – Fad or future?

Partnership. Collaboration. Innovation. Shared Value. Collective Impact. The sector isn’t short of buzzwords. And you could be forgiven if you were tempted to add outcomes based contracting to that list. So what is outcomes based contracting all about? Is it the silver bullet to uncertain funding agreements with government or is it just another fad? Almost every State across the country is looking at outcomes based contracting. Both NSW and SA are already in the process of developing outcomes contracts within the housing and homelessness space, whilst QLD is in the middle of an EOI process. This session will cover what it is, how it works, and what role the private sector and investors play.

Mark Peacock, Director Impact Investing, Social Ventures Australia

12:00 Financial innovation and partnerships to create great places

SGCH is one of Australia’s largest community housing providers, with a portfolio of over 4,300 homes across the Sydney metropolitan area. In partnership with Westpac and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, SGCH has innovative financial structures in place to develop and deliver more sustainable, safe and affordable homes providing for low-income Australians and improving our built environment.

Scott Langford, Chief Executive Officer, St George Community Housing Group

12:30 A 3rd World problem in the 1st World: how financial models can address the housing crisis

Is there a way to harness the power of the finance sector to solve social issues? With 1 in 200 people homeless on any given night and 200,000 people on the social & affordable housing waitlist, it’s clear the problem is bigger than just the government, or not-for-profit sector can solve. We need long term partnerships and collaborative and innovative investment to disrupt the way we currently approach the housing crisis. Andrew Cairns will explore how innovative financial models can secure a sustainable future for social and affordable housing.

Andrew Cairns, Chief Executive Officer, Community Sector Banking

13:00 Lunch and networking break

14:00 Social Regenerative Housing Management: Purpose and Performance

In addition to the provision of adequate housing being a fundamental human need and a United Nations declared human right, the concept of adequate housing involves more than the provision of a dwelling. It involves concepts of affordability, appropriateness, connection to services and, among other things, an enabler for greater social and economic participation of the occupant. The burgeoning role of housing providers to also provide a social regenerative role, over and above sensitive landlord services, is gaining momentum across the community housing sector as that sector grows and its capacities and capabilities increase. Such a dual role, sometimes an ambiguous role, is necessary for many reasons and accords with international best practice.

Greg Budworth, Group Managing Director, Compass Housing Services

14:30 Providing Affordable Housing by Incentivising the Private Sector

  • A carrot approach to the development industry will be better that a stick approach
  • How to use the Affordable Rental Housing SEPP more effectively
  • Where affordable housing could be supplied across Sydney

Chris Johnson AM, Chief Executive Officer, Urban Taskforce Australia

15:00 Networking and refreshment break

15:30 Housing Futures – Tall buildings don’t help to make resilient or durable cities

High rise housing challenges liveability and public realm amenity, uses more energy than other housing types and does not solve density. So why do we think we need to build upwards? Legislation is emerging to control raised city temperatures and “stealing the sun”. Housing being built today could conceivably be occupied for more than one hundred years, so ideas, plans and structures need to be enduring.

Kerry Clare, Director, Clare Design, Professor, School of Architecture + Built Environment, University of Newcastle

16:00 Developing partnerships to support the future of social housing

Todd Selby, Head of Development and Commercial Strategy, Broadspectrum

16:30 Driving best practices in community housing provision

  • Social policy planning
  • Driving innovation for change
  • Implementing continuous improvement programs

Nicola Lemon, Chief Executive Officer, Hume Community Housing Association

17:00 Closing remarks from the Chair

17:10 End of Conference

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