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Driving affordable housing through innovation and collaboration

Access to the Australian housing market has been on the decline for the past two decades. A range of policy mismanagements leading to increased market competition and lowered appetite to create substantial increases in supply have created a situation where first home buyers and Australians in lower economic quartiles are being priced out of the market. 


Following the effects of COVID-19 throughout the last 12 months, the Australian economy requires a key economic driver to continue the country’s growth out of recession. Whilst governments around the country have begun infrastructure and housing programs designed to ease the effects of this downturn, current levels of investment will not stave off some of the harshest effects on the economy and the population. 


Investment and improvement in the housing sector will not only be the key economic driver in protecting the Australian economy, but also its most vulnerable people who will invariably feel the brunt of any economic pressures. Therefore, it is incumbent on governments and prudent for investors and developers to create new cooperative modelsutilising the newest innovative methods, to protect our economy and make the Australian dream of home ownership a reality once again. 


Akolade’s National Housing Forum will provide attendees with practical tools and strategies on how to be a part of Australia’s recovery out of the pandemic through innovative techniques, crosssector collaboration and rethinking how we address one of the fundamental needs of a human being. 


Attend this forum and learn how to:

Implement the newest and most innovative methods to create affordable pathways to home ownership 

Develop cross-sector partnerships that will fast track solutions to the housing markets biggest issues 

Influence and utilise policy directions that will create conditions best suited to positive housing outcomes 

Capitalise on a market ripe for disruption, investment and change 

Build a stronger and more equitable Australia for today and tomorrow through coordinated and structured planning 


An Nguyen HS

An Nguyen

Executive Director,
Infrastructure Delivery
Department of Treasury and Finance, Victoria

Paulo Macchia

Paulo Macchia

Director Design Governance FRAIA
Government Architect NSW

Nick Proud

Nicholas Proud

Chief Executive Officer
PowerHousing Australia

Tom Forrest - Headshot

Tom Forrest

Chief Executive Officer
Urban Taskforce


Maree McKenzie

Chief Executive Officer
Homes North Community Housing

Adrian Kelly

Adrian Kelly

Real Estate Institute of Australia

Natt Smith

Nattlie Smith

Director Policy and Evidence
Aboriginal Housing Office

Glen McCrea

Chief Policy Officer and Deputy Chief Executive Officer

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Matthew Hassan

Senior Economist

Philip Talis

Philip Thalis

City of Sydney
Founding Principal
Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects

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Gordon Cole

Noongar Mia Mia
Noongar Chamber of Commerce & Industry

jeremy mcleod

Jeremy McLeod

Founder and Managing Director
Nightingale Housing

Damien Webb

Damien Webb

Head of Real Income and Assets
Aware Super

Brendan Condon

Brendan Condon

Project Director
The Cape

Charles Northcote

Charles Northcote

Chief Executive Officer

Leigh Warner

Leigh Warner

National Director - Research

Kris Daff

Kris Daff

Managing Director

Trudi Ray

Trudi Ray

Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer
Haven; Home, Safe

Margaret Maljkovic

Margaret Maljkovic

Chief Customer Officer
Link Wentworth

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Suzanne Hopman

Chief Executive Officer

8:00 AM | Registration opens 

9:00 AM | Opening remarks from the Chair 
Maree McKenzie, Chief Executive Officer, Homes North Community Housing


Building the industry that will carry the country out of the pandemic and into a healthier housing future 


9:10 AM | Navigating the regulatory speedbumps that are inhibiting a healthy development sector 

  • Unpacking the issues in the planning system that have hindered necessary housing development 
  • Detailing the steps developers can take with local and state government to break ground more quickly 
  • Explaining the steps that need to be taken to prevent further housing and economic turmoil 

Tom Forrest, Chief Executive Officer, Urban Taskforce  


9:50 AM | Analysing the macro-economic pressure points and factors driving the current housing market  

  • Understanding what has brought the property market to its most recent heights 
  • Looking at the role that COVID-19 has played in the property market movements 
  • Examining the likelihood and effects of tightening of financial regulation  

Matt Hassan, Senior Economist, Westpac 


10:30 AM | Victoria’s Big Housing Build: investing in positive outcomes for today and ensuring prosperity for tomorrow 

  • Addressing the economic stimulation case for change in Victoria around fulfilling unmet housing demand for disadvantaged Victorians and increasing affordable supply 
  • Examining the four streams supporting the record breaking $5.3 billion from the Victorian government using a variety of methodologies and key industry partnerships 
  • How governments can best prepare their own capability and work with key industry stakeholders to create a lasting, sustainable and strong social housing sector 

An Nguyen, Executive Director, Infrastructure Delivery, Department of Treasury and Finance, Victoria 


11:10 AM | Morning refreshments


11:30 AM | Exploring the shortfalls of Australia’s housing supply and its implications  

  • Understanding the current housing equilibrium and what level of supply increase is needed  
  • Looking at the price and pressure points of tomorrow’s affordable market in the future 
  • Researching the economic and market benefits of maximising housing supply  

Nicholas ProudChief Executive OfficerPowerHousing Australia  


12:10 PM | Developing innovative First Nations housing solutions 

  • Unpacking overcrowding and what it means in an Australian First Nations context  
  • Creating culturally responsive models to emerging issues in First Nations communities 
  • Building intergenerational change through opening pathways to homeownership 

Natt Smith, Director – Policy and Evidence, Aboriginal Housing Office   


Panel Discussion 

12:50 PM | Establishing the effects of prospective first home buyers accessing their superannuation to enter the housing market 

  • Discussing the benefits of young Australian’s accessing their super and increasing competition  
  • Delving into the long-term effects of a smaller super industry and higher mortgages on the Australian economy 

Adrian Kelly, President, Real Estate Institute of Australia,  

Nicholas Proud, Chief Executive Officer, PowerHousing Australia 

Glenn McCrea,Chief Policy Officer and Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia


1:30 PM | Networking Luncheon  


2:30 PM | Bridging the funding gap that will make Built to Rent a viable investment option for institutional investors 

  • Exploring regulatory and incentives shortfalls that are currently barriers to investing in the sector 
  • Establishing key steps in achieving required returns on Built to Rent housing projects 
  • Discussing how the vital role of supply in bringing housing affordability growth back under control  

Leigh Warner, National Director – Research, JLL   


3:10 PM | Case Study – Analysing the affordability of mixed housing projects  

  • The business case behind investing in property developments that prioritise affordable housing 
  • Developing affordable housing projects to provide value to members and investors in a whole new way 
  • Analysing the future for superannuation funds and private investors in the housing market 

Damien Webb, Head of Real Income and Assets, Aware Super   


3:50 PM | Afternoon refreshments


4:10 PM | Future-proofing regional housing markets for periods of bust and boom 

  • How regional towns have been dealing with the latest impact to their stability 
  • Reducing susceptibility of regional markets to external influences that create negative outcomes for locals 
  • Capitalising on regional market growth and helping to ease demand issues 

Adrian Kelly, President, Real Estate Institute of Australia 


4:50 PM | Building net zero carbon, all electric, food secure communities to help drive down costs and increase affordability   

  • How to unleash the benefits of energy efficient housing to eliminate gas and petrol bills, and pressure from other household costs. 
  • Developing re-training strategies for construction tradespeople, designers and planners to bring about better building practices, sustainable housing and drive down costs 
  • Building the communities of the future now with resilient, climate adapted and carbon neutral models that will increase affordability and liveability  

Brendan Condon, Project Director, The Cape 


17:30 – Closing remarks from the Chair and end of day one 

8:00 AM | Registration opens 


9:00 AM | Opening remarks from the Chair
Maree McKenzie, Chief Executive Officer, Homes North Community Housing


Empowering communities and community housing providers to provide their own solutions to the complex issues of Australian housing 


9:10 AM | Exploring ‘Housing First’ models and their successes within First Nations communities 

  • Learning to innovate by looking back in order to take positive steps into the future  
  • Developing holistic housing strategies that support First Nations Australians in overcoming socio-economic barriers  
  • Understanding housing solutions for First Nation’s communities from a cultural context 

Gordon Cole, Chairperson, Noongar Mia MiaChairpersonNoongar Chamber of Commerce & Industry  


9:50 AM | Delivering healthy and prosperous places for NSW that support the wellbeing of people, community and Country 

  • Introducing principle-based State Environmental Planning Policyintegrating and aligning good design and place considerations 
  • Looking into new design guidance outlines for better housing and better places 
  • Unpacking social housing guidelines that support wellbeing, belonging, collaboration and long-term value 

Paulo Macchia, Director Design Governance FRAIA, Government Architect NSW  


10:30 AM | Morning refreshments 


11:00 AM | How local government can unlock new drivers in affordable housing  

  • Exploring Sydney City’s ambitious targets around social and affordable housing 
  • Analysing the benefits of selling or leasing land to affordable housing providers at a discount 
  • Unlocking a new hunger for excellence in NSW through processes such as competitions and design review panels  

Philip Thalis, Councillor, City of Sydney 


11:40 AM | Increasing collaboration between services and agencies to secure better outcomes for community and social housing clients  

  • How ‘buck-passing’ and poor interdepartmental collaboration is causing people to fall through the cracks in social services 
  • Increasing regulation of co-morbidity factors to ensure appropriate agencies are dealing with each of a person’s issues 
  • Introducing service level agreements that establish a mutual expectation of service delivery between two operating partners 

Maree McKenzie, Chief Executive Officer, Homes North Community Housing  
Margaret Maljkovic, Chief Customer Officer, Link Wentworth


Panel Discussion 

12:20 PM | Discussing the role that intelligent urban design has in increasing affordability and social outcomes 

  • Lifting the lid on the siloed discussion around planning, urban design and architecture in Australia 
  • Innovating towards affordability with new design models and policy guidelines 
  • Rethinking how dwellings and communities can be structured to better suit contemporary needs 

Philip Thalis, Founding Principal, Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects 

Paulo Macchia, Director Design Governance FRAIA, Government Architect NSW 

Jeremy McLeod, Founder and Managing Director, Nightingale Housing 


1:00 | Networking Luncheon 


2:00 PM | Case study: Exploring Nightingale Housing’s innovative carbon neutral and affordable approach to housing  

  • Diving into the myriad causes of rising construction costs over the past decade  
  • A triple bottom line approach to building a start-up into a multi-state, carbon neutral power-housing organisation  
  • Analysing the innovative methods Nightingale has employed to overcome challenges in the market and achieve their goals 

Jeremy McLeod, Founder and Managing Director, Nightingale Housing 


2:40 PM | Case Study: Assemble Communities innovative and affordable pathways to housing and homeownership  

  • Securing residents futures with a new way of approaching home buying  
  • Creating communities that embrace diversity, reflect local culture and nurture a stronger sense of ownership and belonging  
  • Developing cross sector partnerships to strengthen affordable housing outcomes 

Kris Daff, Managing Director, Assemble 


3:20 | Afternoon refrshments


3:50 PM | Increasing housing diversity to support existing and emerging needs of specific demographics 

  • Looking into the current shortfall of housing diversity and how it’s affecting both the housing market and individuals 
  • Discussing additional training and policy measures that can improve client engagement, interactions and outcomes  
  • Challenging conventional design practices to address specific needs-based developments 

Charles NorthcoteChief Executive OfficerBlueCHP   


4:30 PM | Combatting issues in housing exacerbated by the pandemic through re-imagined policy and services    

  • Reducing the prevalence of socio-economic related issues by addressing the key drivers of housing stress 
  • Ensuring interdepartmental cooperation with housing providers to promote holistic care of the individual 
  • How ‘wellbeing frameworks’ can increase positive outcomes for those in social and community housing  

Trudi Ray, Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer, Haven; Home, Safe  


5:10 PM | Closing remarks from the Chair and Close of day two 

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Workshop A   

How to develop successful cross-sector partnerships to deliver housing success  
To address Australia’s growing housing crisis, people from across all parts of the housing spectrum will need to innovate and collaborate to have the greatest impact.    
Further than that, people from across different sectors will need to come together, utilising their different skills and knowledge to create even more creative and effective solutions.  

This practical workshop will equip attendees with the skills to:  

  • Identify appropriate partners to achieve mutual success  
  • Leverage the strengths of other organisations and businesses to assist them where they’re facing challenges  
  • Combine with organisations that will open up new growth pathways  
  • Build long lasting partnerships that will increase positive social impact 

Suzanne Hopman, Chief Executive Officer, Dignity    


1:00 – 4:00 PM | Workshop B   

Collaborating respectfully with First Nations communities as the starting point for co-design projects that create meaningful and positive outcomes for communities 
Co-design is increasingly becoming the preferred model for designing projects and programs tailored to meet the need of local communities. 
Too often organisations design projects and programs to fit their view of what the community needs, which is different to what the community has identified is their actual need. Involving mob from inception to planning and implementation is vital to a collaborative and successful co-design process.

This practical workshop will equip attendees with the skills to: 

  • Identify appropriate First Nations organisations with which to begin the co-designing process  
  • Create projects that will empower First Nations communities to grow and thrive  
  • Develop culturally appropriate consultation methods that engender positive outcomes  
  • Unlock pathways for First Nations Australians to develop their own professional growth 
  • Understand how their organisation can learn from communities and grow themselves 

Natt Smith, Director – Policy and Evidence, Aboriginal Housing Office


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