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Community Housing Conference
Making a Difference, Shaping the Future


Last week the NSW Federation of Housing Associations in conjunction with the NSW Aboriginal Housing Office and Churches Housing hosted the NSW Community Housing Conference.

A big thank you is extended to all the conference delegates, speakers, our Government Partner, Housing NSW, our Gold Sponsor, the NSW Aboriginal Housing Office, and all our Partners, Sponsors and Exhibitors for making the conference one of our best ever!

We are happy to state that initial feedback has been excellent. We are also pleased that the Hon. Greg Pearce (Minister for Finance and Services) chose this conference as an opportunity to engage with our industry. Finally we are delighted that so many of you were able to join us at the conference dinner to help us celebrate our 20th anniversary.

The Federation congratulates the winner of the Centre for Training in Social Housing’s conference prize draw:  Jodie McCarthy-Mills, Client Service Manager - Penrith/Katoomba, Wentworth Community Housing. 

Thank you again for making the conference such a big success!

Photos from the 2013 NSW Community Housing Conference - CLICK HERE.

Program and Presentations

Day 1,  Monday 11th March 2013

8.15 – 09.00

Registration (Level 2 Lobby)

9.00 – 09.30

WELCOME TO COUNTRY (Australia Ballroom Level 2)

WELCOME TO THE COMMUNITY HOUSING CONFERENCE
Conference Chair: Ivan Simon – NSW Aboriginal Housing Office

9.30 – 11.00

PANEL DISCUSSION (Australia Ballroom Level 2)
What does the future look like?
Facilitator: Lucy Burgmann – NSW Federation of Housing Associations

Panel members: Leonie King – Family & Community Services, Housing NSW; John Nicolades – Bridge Housing Ltd; Vivienne Milligan – University of New South Wales; Michelle Craig – Aboriginal Housing Office

11.00 – 11.30

Morning tea (Lower Ground Exhibition Centre)

11.30 – 12.50

Morning plenary (Australia Ballroom Level 2)

Chair: Bobbie Townsend – President NSW Federation of Housing Associations

KEYNOTE ADDRESS
The Hon. Greg Pearce, Minister for Finance and Services

PRESENTATION
Funding innovations
Peter Quarmby – Community Sector Banking

12.50 – 14.00

Lunch (Lower Ground Exhibition Centre)
Conference lunch with an opportunity to network and view exhibitor stands

14.00 – 15.15

CONCURRENT PANEL SESSIONS BLOCK 1

Room

Perth Suite
Level 2

Adelaide Suite
Level 2

Park Room
Level 1

Canberra Room
Level 1

Sydney Room
Level 2

Darwin Suite
Level 2

Session title

Get your message across!

Employment initiatives and housing – making the links work ^

Partnership working in the homelessness sector

Build and Grow (1)

The development experience for affordable housing

Financing Your Future


Session summary

Increasing awareness of the need for affordable housing and increasing awareness of your own organisation. How the sector can better get its message across to key stakeholders

Examples of innovative ways to use housing related activities to promote employment in different communities across Australia

Launch of Homelessness NSW’s new research into a variety of partnerships between community housing providers and specialist homelessness services

Presentation on Provider Assessment Registration System (PARS), rent policy and registration

Tips on how community housing providers can engage with developers and builders

An interactive workshop exploring finance options, growth scenarios and the finance community’s approach to the industry

Presenters

Joel Pringle – Australians for Affordable Housing

Andrea Galloway
CEO – Evolve Housing

Terri-HelenGaynor –Reputation

Trish Westmore – St George Community Housing

Mark Daniels – Social Traders

Alex Sheed – Fair Business

Digby Hughes – Homelessness NSW

Liza Sloan – St George Community Housing

Alison Churchill – Community Restorative Centre

Danielle Gentles – Aboriginal Housing Office

Stacey Broadbent – Aboriginal Housing Office

Janelle Goulding & Sam Galvin – CityWest

Nick Murdoch – EcoBlue

Charles Northcote & Marcelo Stiembeisser – BlueCHP

John McCarthy & Robert Pringle – NAB Corporate

15.15 – 15.45

Afternoon tea (Lower Ground Exhibition Centre)

15.45 – 17.00

CONCURRENT PANEL SESSIONS BLOCK 2

Room

Park Room
Level 1

Sydney Room
Level 2

Adelaide Suite
Level 2

Perth Suite
Level 2

Canberra Room
Level 1

Session title

Planning and demographics

Putting tenants at the heart of everything we do – are we doing enough? ^

Build and Grow (2)

The practice of being a director*

Risky business?

Session summary

Discussion of the latest developments affecting affordable housing in the NSW planning system and how to analyse local demand

New research into how community housing providers are involving tenants – how does your organisation measure up?

Presentation on subsidies, capacity building and employment related accommodation

Perspectives on what it means to be a community housing Director and the sometimes competing priorities they face

This session will explore the main workplace relations risks that can impact on your organisation. You will be given tips and guidance on how to manage the risk and leverage the opportunities associated with your greatest asset – your people.

Presenters

Alice Spizzo – Landers & Rogers

Peter Phibbs – Sydney University

 

Hal Pawson – University of New South Wales

Tony Gilmour – Housing Action Network

Debra Allen – Compass Housing

Mark O'Dwyer- Compass Tenant Engagement Panel

Laurinne Campbell – Aboriginal Housing Office

Nathan Moran – Aboriginal Housing Office

Ken Craig – Aboriginal Housing Office

Adam West – NSW Federation of Housing Associations

Estelle Ehmann – Wentworth Housing

Vicki Allen – Bridge Housing

David Griffiths – CompliSpace

 

Day 2,  Tuesday 12th March 2013

8.15 – 09.00

Registration (Level 2 Lobby)

9.00 – 10.45

PANEL (Australia Ballroom Level 2)
Our impact
Facilitor: Derek Yule – Churches Housing
Panel members: Duncan Peppercorn – Social Ventures Australia Consulting; Eleri Morgan–Thomas – Mission Australia; Nazha Saad – St George Community Housing

10.45 – 11.20

Morning tea (Lower Ground Exhibition Centre)

11.20 – 12.35

CONCURRENT PANEL SESSIONS BLOCK 3

Room

Canberra Room
Level 1

Sydney Room
Level 2

Brisbane Suite
Level 2

Perth Suite
Level 2

Adelaide Suite
Level 2

Darwin Suite
Level 2

Session title

Taking a lead

Housing estates – some good practice examples^

Indigenous communities and community land trusts

A new dawn for regulation*

Going Home Staying Home

Remote Indigenous Housing Partnership (RINHP)

Session summary

This session looks at leadership and change plus the tools available within the sector to help organisation change. Also hear about a community housing provider’s strategy to increase Aboriginal awareness

Managing homes on housing estates require a special set of skills. This session explores how housing estates can be turned into real communities

Findings from AHURI’s research project into the potential use of community land trusts in Indigenous communities

Update on how community housing providers are affected by the new charities commission and community housing regulation

What does the reform program mean for specialist homelessness services, community housing providers, and clients?

Essential information on the Remote Indigenous Housing Partnership (RINHP); Commonwealth funding, conditions and program elements

Presenters

Liz Skelton – Social Leadership Australia, The Benevolent Society

June Lowe & Jen Dixon – The Housing Trust

Natalie Carrington – Blooming HR

Adam West- 'Working on Estates'

Galina Laurie – Housing NSW

Chris Bratchford – Argyle Community Housing

Terry Jones – NSW Federation of Housing Associations

Dr Louise Crabtree –University of Western Sydney

Nicole Moore – University of Western Sydney

Melissa Ellis – SEARMS

 

Clive Morgan – Family & Community Services, Housing NSW

Roxane Shaw – Registrar of Community Housing

Carol Croce – CHFA

Marion Bennett – Housing NSW

Gary Moore – Homelessness NSW

Taryn Champion – Womens Refuge Movement

Michael Coffey – Yfoundations

Sophie Holloway – Aboriginal Housing Office

Andrew Newman-Employment Related Accommodation ERA

 

12.40 – 13.10

CONCURRENT PANEL SESSIONS BLOCK 4

Room

Sydney Room
Level 2

Adelaide Suite
Level 2

Darwin Suite
Level 2

Canberra Room
Level 1

Park Room
Level 1

Perth Suite
Level 2

Session title

Challenges and successes of adopting the housing first model in Australia

Do you value your workers?

Repairs and maintenance in the Aboriginal Housing Sector

The work of the Housing Appeals Committee (HAC)

Repairs and maintenance – thinking outside the toolbox

HR and Work Health & Safety:  New Product Launch

Session summary

How Bridge Housing through its Platform 70 programme is using the private sector to alleviate chronic homelessness

Trends from the latest sector recruitment and retention survey plus tips on attracting and retaining the right people

Information on how the Aboriginal Housing Sector can provide an enhanced service delivery model

Getting the best outcomes for your organisation and your tenants

This session looks at different perspectives of repairs and maintenance

Policy Connect is a new product that has been developed by CompliSpace to meet the human resources and workplace safety needs of smaller housing providers.  

Presenters

Christina Hough – Bridge Housing

Maja Frölich – NSW Federation of Housing Associations

Ian Hoyles – BRC Recruitment  

John Paszek – Aboriginal Housing Office

 

Lynden Esdaile – Housing Appeals Committee

Terry Jones – NSW Federation of Housing Associations

Marilyn Irwin – Argyle Community Housing

David Griffiths – CompliSpace

13.10 – 14.15

Lunch (Lower Ground Exhibition Centre)
Conference lunch with an opportunity to network and view exhibitor stands


14.15 – 15.45

MASTERCLASSES

Room

Sydney Room
Level 2

Darwin Suite
Level 2

Perth Suite
Level 2

Park Room
Level 1

Canberra Room
Level 1

Adelaide Suite
Level 2

Session title

Governance and risk

Showcasing best practice in the Aboriginal Community Housing Sector

CTTT the hows and whats of presenting a case at the Tribunal *

Dealing with difficult behaviour *

Getting the most from your team *

Water charging and utilities, what really you need to know

Session summary

A failure in governance is a big organisational risk. This issue will be practically highlighted and discussed by a leading expert

Come, listen and learn about some of the current best practices in the Aboriginal Community Housing Sector

How to present a case to Tribunal. What evidence do you need? What is good evidence? How does a member make a decision?

Staff often face difficult, stressful or violent behavior. This practical session addresses these challenges

Practical workshop using interactive group exercises focusing on team supervision and the sharing of good practice

A summary of the key issues relating to water charging and utilities disputes and tips on preparing your water charging policy

Presenters

James Field – CompliSpace

Leanne Deep – Aboriginal Housing Office

Lyndall Katz – NSW Federation of Housing Associations

Kim Rosser – CTTT Tribunal Member

Kevin Saide – NSW Federation of Housing Associations

Maire Joy Barron – North Coast Community Housing Company

Nada Goodacre – NSW Federation of Housing Associations

Narelle Brown – Energy & Water Ombudsman NSW

Lynden Esdaile – HAC

Eric Coulter – Southern Cross Community Housing

Dzenita Cengic – St George Community Housing

15.45 – 16.15

Afternoon tea (Lower Ground Exhibition Centre)

16.15

Conference close

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