Driving the “Missing Middle” and high-quality housing options
Conference Date
26th & 27th May 2020
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Exploring housing density & diversity to deliver better housing outcomes

As Australia’s population continues to grow and evolve, diverse and high-quality housing options are vital in catering to the changing needs of communities. In 2020, issues such as densification, sustainability, affordability and the pursuit of the “missing middle” are more salient than ever before.

The 4th Delivering Housing Density & Diversity conference will bring together local councils, state planning authorities, architects and the property world to address how housing density and diversity can deliver much-needed housing for an evolving Australia. The event will also consider key issues in design, development and planning while working to showcase how stakeholders can work together to deliver quality housing options for diverse communities.

Overcome your hurdles, hear insights & network with peers on
  • Future-proofing high density living to build sustainable homes
  • Innovating to create more sustainable and affordable housing models that cater to changing community needs
  • Understanding planning and design guidelines to best incentivise investment in missing middle housing
  • Drafting effective housing plans and initiatives to align growth with unique local strategic visions
Who will attend?
State government representatives, developers, architects, designers and local councils with responsibility for:
  • Strategic Planning
  • Development Assessment
  • Urban Design and Urban Strategy
  • Urban Development
  • City Planning
  • City Development
  • City Design and Place Planning
  • Strategic Land Use
  • Urban Projects

Attend to learn:

  • Explore successful strategies to deliver housing density & diversity
  • Drive high-quality design for the “missing middle”
  • Leverage alternative housing models to promote affordability & sustainability
  • Support growth by aligning planning, infrastructure and transport

Key Speakers

The Hon. Melinda Jane Pavey, MP
Minister for Water, Property and Housing
Malcolm Middleton
Queensland Government Architect
Office of Queensland Government Architect
Liam Wallis
Founding Director
Lea Durie
Executive Branch Manager, Urban Renewal
Environment Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate


What People Are Saying

  • “I enjoyed attending the conference and was delighted to hear from a range of speakers who presented on topics of relevance to my strategic planning work in local government.”

    Peter Mondy
    Senior Project Manager, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Previous Housing Density conference attendee
  • “Great speakers, interesting content and an intimate group of professionals. One of the best conferences I’ve attended in a long time.”

    David Head
    Senior Urban Designer, MIRVAC, Previous Housing Density conference attendee


  • Date: 8 Mar 2017  By: Darren Camilleri

    I have attended many conferences about higher density living. Much of the discourse centres around best practice design, with the audience taken through exemplary flagship projects. New innovative approaches are showcased. These discussions are valuable. They lead to shared learnings and enhanced inspiration for what we, as a profession, can achieve. As a statutory planner …

  • Date: 7 Apr 2016  By: Wendy Sarkissian

    I want to explain about the turbulent river of so-called NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) behaviour and opposition to higher density housing and its two tributaries: 1. Insensitive housing design that reflects a lack of understanding of the significance of “home” in our lives; and 2. Insensitive community engagement processes that are inadequate in …

  • Date: 28 Feb 2016  By: Josephine O'Brien

    High-rise apartment towers are being built in central Melbourne at four times the maximum densities allowed in Hong Kong, New York and Tokyo – some of the highest density cities in the world. According to research conducted by Leanne Hodyl, 2014 Churchill Fellow, increasing the supply of housing in the central city close to jobs …

  • Date: 14 Feb 2016  By: Caroline Stalker

    The emphasis of ‘liveability’ in high density housing is most commonly placed on the quality of fittings, finishes, layout etc. of the apartment; but the quality and design of shared spaces and how they connect with the city are still the most commonly underemphasised in the design and delivery of high density housing, despite all …