Navigating the opportunities & challenges of disability housing
Conference Date
22nd & 23rd August 2017
Sydney Boulevard Hotel
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Prepare now for the next generation of disability housing
The housing sector for individuals living with a disability is undergoing sweeping changes as the NDIS continues its national rollout, which has fundamental implications for the business model of the disability support and community housing providers.

Aimed at addressing the chronic shortage of choice, availability and standards of affordable disability housing, the introduction of SDA funding has the potential to revolutionise the provision of housing through market driven investment.

As we rapidly approach the July 2019 deadline for full NDIS operation, the time is rife for new and existing stakeholders to collaboratively discuss the opportunities and concerns surrounding disability housing. This new landscape opens further opportunities for CHP’s and property developers to access funding to offer affordable homes which are more suited to individuals with a disability.

The 'Driving Growth in Disability Housing' conference will bring together cross sector industry figures, to collectively share and develop practical strategies for disability housing growth.

This conference will explore how to:
  • Strategically analyse the opportunities and risks of NDIS disability housing
  • Develop a viable financial model incorporating SDA funding
  • Visualise and design an SDA compliant dwelling
  • Implement a collaborative model of service and accommodation provision
  • Understand and implement strategies to diffuse systemic and uncertainty risk
  • Draw upon key learnings from pilot programs and early adopters
Who will attend?
  • Community Housing Providers
  • Disability Support Providers
  • Property Developers & External Investors
  • Housing Association Peak Bodies
  • State & Federal Government
Free pass applications

Criterion is delighted to offer a select number of free passes to non-government organisations, people with disability, families and carers who would not ordinarily be able to attend.

Attend to learn:

  • Unpack & maximise the potential of SDA
  • Match housing supply with demand
  • Effectively collaborate to boost quality & efficiency
  • Mitigate systemic & operational risk
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Key Speakers

Michael Lennon
Managing Director
Housing Choices Australia
Luke Bo’sher
Head of Policy & Strategy
Summer Foundation
David Waldren
Head of Planning Design & Development
Julienne Price
Head of Social Impact Sector Banking
Commonwealth Bank


What People Are Saying

  • “A very good conference that kept the attendees up to date with the latest Government and industry developments in Social and Affordable Housing.”

    Robert Clarke
    Manager Strategic Change, Independent Living, Uniting
  • “Great to hear a variety of topics from highly qualified and passionate speakers from academia, government, housing providers and regulators.”

    Tim Larritt
    Business Support Accountant, Churches of Christ Care Housing Services
  • “Great to hear a variety of topics from highly qualified and passionate speakers from academia, government, housing providers and regulators.”

    Helen Burgess
    Senior Financial Analyst, Office of the Registrar QLD
  • “A well hosted conference with great speakers who have provided a lot of insight into Affordable Housing, and the discussions provided a lot of food for thought”

    Eileen Goh
    Chief Financial Officer, VincentCare Victoria Affordable housing conference attendee 2016


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