12.30pm – 1.00pm
Registration and refreshments
30 mins
1.00pm – 1.05pm Opening comments from the MC Chris Kotur 5 mins
1.05pm – 1.15pm Welcome to Country Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corp 10 mins
1.15pm – 1.30pm Lived experience Jody Letts 15 mins
1.30pm – 1.45pm Welcome and introduction
  • CCCLM – Alison Leighton CEO City of Melbourne
  • LGPro Liana Thompson (President) Director City of Wyndham
15 mins
1.45pm – 2.15pm National housing and homelessness landscape Michael Fotheringham,
Managing Director, AHURI
30 mins
2.15pm – 2.30pm
15 mins
2.30pm – 3.00pm
Panel 1: Homelessness – where are the failures

Chair: Barney Wilson, City of Melbourne

  • Prof Alison Young
  • Melbourne University
  • Deborah Di Natale
    Council to Homeless Persons
  • Jon Swain, City of Sydney
45 mins
3.15pm – 4.00pm
Panel 2: Economic impacts and affordability

Chair: Ilia Houridis, City of Adelaide

  • Marcus Spiller, SGS Consulting
  • Lisa Marigliano, National Housing Finance & Investment Corporation (NHFIC)
  • Giulia Baggio, Geelong Region Alliance (G21)
45 mins
4.00pm – 4.45pm
Panel 3: Meeting the housing need

Chair: Jo Cannington, City of Melbourne

  • Jason Perdriau, Community Housing Industry Association (Vic)
  • Emma Greenhalgh
    National Shelter
  • Jaime Chubb
    Centre Against Violence
45 mins
4.45pm – 5.00pm Homes Melbourne Vijaya Vaidyanath
Homes Melbourne
15 mins
5.00pm – 5.10pm End of day closing comments Chris Kotur 10 mins

5.30pm – 7.00pm

Reception and networking – Launch Housing (Swanston Room)

End of Day 1





8.50am Welcome and outline of day 10 mins

Workshop Facilitators’ overview:

  • Homelessness
  • Housing
  • Q&A
Churchill Fellows:


15 mins
15 mins
10 mins

9.40am Case studies 45 mins
Morning Tea
15 mins


Concurrent Workshops

1.45 hr

Workshop 1 – Homelessness


  • Leanne Mitchell, Brimbank City Council
  • Barney Wilson, City of Melbourne
1.     Responding to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander homelessness
Recognising the disparities and delivering culturally safe responses
2.     Managing homelessness in crisis
Understanding where Councils can add value – delivering service coordination, outreach, service hubs and encampment response
3.     Early interventions – the power of prevention
Establishing cross-council education and engagement, utilising trigger points, social work in libraries
4.     Collaboration to address safety, amenity and prevention
Establishing coordinated partnerships — protocols, hotspots, compliance
5.     Nurturing community alliances
Building effective alliances and knowing when to step in and when to step away
6.     Leading the homelessness narrative
How councils can influence community perceptions and change the story – including lived experience and good giving
7.     Staff, safety and support
Providing a safe and supportive workplace. Staffing structures, supervision, trauma management
8.     Advocacy, policy and the case for investment
Harnessing the evidence, measuring impact, and moving towards a National Plan
9.     Housing – the built form response

Emergency/crisis accommodation and affordable housing for people sleeping rough

Workshop 2 – Housing


  • Jennifer Kulas
  • Jo Cannington, City of Melbourne
1.     Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander housing
Ensuring that all First Nations households have access to culturally safe housing in our communities.
2.     Supply, demand Monitoring progress
Understanding the need for affordable housing, what currently exists and how to monitor the delivery of affordable housing over time.
3.     Planning: diversity, agreements and case studies
Achieving quality affordable housing outcomes through the planning permit process
4.     Financial and funding modelling
Delivering housing with innovative models that leverage limited funding opportunities.
5.     Key workers
Ensuring key workers can live and work in the communities they serve.
6.     Disaster response
Preparing for (and responding to) the impacts of disasters on our housing markets.
7.     Vacant homes and Short term holiday accommodation
Utilising existing housing to increase the number of long-term rental homes.
8.     Engaging Communities
Upskilling communities and finding community champions for affordable housing projects.
9.     Designing affordable homes
Creating high-quality, durable, functional and beautiful affordable housing.
Lunch and networking opportunity


Concurrent workshops continue

1.30pm – 2.30pm Workshop participants identify opportunities for future advocacy and regional collaboration. 1 hr

2.30pm – 3.15pm

Plenary session: reporting the outcomes

  • Housing
  • Homelessness

20 mins
20 mins

3.15pm – 3.30pm Closing remarks and next steps 15 mins
Conference ends


A note on privacy

As we prepare for our upcoming conference, we want to ensure that everyone is informed about the photography and recording arrangements. While we recognise that certain discussions may involve sensitive and confidential topics, it is important to note that there will be photography and recording of select elements during the event.

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 Mobility requirements

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Thank you for helping us create an accessible and inclusive conference for all participants. We look forward to welcoming you and making your experience memorable.