Unlocking the potential of SDA and beyond
Conference Date
29th & 30th May 2018
PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney
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Proactively prepare for the next generation of disability housing
The housing sector for individuals living with a disability is undergoing sweeping changes with fundamental implications for the business model of those involved. The introduction of SDA funding has the potential to link the private sector and begin the process of delivering choice and control to the most marginalised members of our society.

Specialisation is the key to risk mitigation and successful navigation of this amorphous market. Join key industry experts at the Shaping the Future of Disability Housing conference, who will unpack the systemic and policy opportunities and hear from early adopters as they break down the nitty gritty of finance, design, legal and service provision.

Hear insights on key issues including
  • Understanding the opportunities and pitfalls of SDA
  • Navigating systemic and demand based risk
  • Financing, designing and constructing compliant SDA dwellings
  • Opportunities across the wider spectrum of NDIS housing
Who will attend?
  • Disability Service Providers
  • Community Housing Providers
  • Property Developers
  • Government Representatives
  • Access Consultants/Architects
  • Financial and Legal Parties
  • Individuals looking to build

Attend to learn:

  • Understand the opportunitiespitfalls of SDA
  • Navigate systemic & demand based risk
  • Finance, design & construct SDA dwelling
  • Maximise opportunities across the wider spectrum of NDIS housing
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Key Speakers

Dan McLennan
Chief Executive Officer
Summer Housing
Joseph Connellan
MC Two


What People Are Saying

  • This conference was both timely and highly relevant to our current needs. Knowledgeable speakers and intensive content made it value for money.

    Peter Kay
    Chief Executive Officer, casa Central Australia
  • The NDIS especially the SDA in principle, I am sure one day will be one of Australia’s proudest initiatives. However, right now it is a minefield due to its infancy, complexity and uncertainty surrounding the long term structure. Having a forum like this where like minded businesses and people have been able to mix and share stories, combined with the high caliber of reputable presenters was definitely worth my time and investment. Well done to all involved!

    Martin Locke
    Managing Director, Martin Locke Homes
  • The conference presentations represented a topical and honest portrayal of the diverse challenges faced across the industry.

    Gary Neave
    Program Executive for Redevelopment, Uniting Communities
  • I enjoyed the conference, and enjoyed networking with like minded people in this field for the same reasons…to make a difference.

    Ashleigh Gray
    Director, DDC Group
  • The Criterion Conference, Driving Growth in Disability Housing Conference is the most informative that I have ever attended. I walked away thinking of possibilities rather than problems.

    Nell Brown
    National Convener, Our Voice Australia
  • This was a thought provoking conference that brought together the diverse participants in this field for a frank and forward looking exchange of information and views.

    Sue King
    Chairperson, Uniting Communities


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