Australasian Housing Institute

Indigenous Housing Professional Practice Seminar

Practitioner approaches within Indigenous housing programs

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This seminar series brings together Indigenous housing practitioners to share and discuss:

  • strategies to providing culturally appropriate and housing and tenancy services for Indigenous people
  • principles for working with Indigenous people and communities
  • approaches to addressing the day-to-day challenges faced by housing practitioners in all areas of Indigenous housing and tenancy management


Indigenous Housing Seminar in Adelaide, Late 2017 (TBC)

The Australasian Housing Institute welcomes expressions of interest from potential speakers for the Indigenous Housing Seminar planned to be held in Adelaide in late 2017.

Topics may be aligned to one or more of the seminar themes, and be of value and interest to Indigenous housing practitioner.

Please contact Donella Roberts to express interest.


Indigenous Housing Seminar in Brisbane, 9 October 2015

Following on from the success of the first Indigenous Housing Professional Practice seminar held in Sydney in March 2015, a second event was held in Brisbane on 9th October 2015.

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Sessions and speakers :

  • Indigenous Housing Programs in Queensland
    Damien Walker | Deputy Director-General, Housing Services |
    Department of Housing and Public Works QLD

  • Future Directions in Aboriginal Housing
    Simon Newport | Director - Strategic Finance & Assets | Department of Family and Community Services NSW | Aboriginal Housing Office
  • Innovation in Indigenous Housing- “ An Indigenous Housing Experience in Townsville”
    Dushy Thangiah | Chief Executive Officer | Yumba-Meta Housing Assoc. Ltd.

  • Creating a recognition space: the key to achieving positive outcomes for Indigenous tenants and communities
    Rhonda Phillips | Research Fellow | Institute for Social Science Research | The University of Queensland
    Professor Paul Memmott | Director of the Aboriginal Environments Research Centre (AERC) | The University of Queensland

  • The Intersection of Reforms and Realities; Managing Remote Aboriginal Community Housing in Western Australia
    James Butterworth | State Manager - Western Australia | Community Housing Limited Group

  • Discussion Panel: Aboriginal service and delivery models
    Gina Pearson | CEO | bric housing company
    Rachel Cornock | Housing Services Manager | bric housing company
    Wendy Lacey | A/Hostel Manager | Bowman Johnson Hostel (MurriWatch)
    Samantha Bond | Case Worker| Bowman Johnson Hostel (MurriWatch)
    Sammy Leone | Recovery Worker | Roma House | Mission Australia
  • Roundtable: Culturally sensitive strategy and approach


Indigenous Housing Seminar in Sydney, 23 March 2015

On Monday 23rd March the Australasian Housing Institute’s Indigenous Housing Professional Practice seminar was held in Sydney NSW. 

Bringing together 65 mainstream public and community housing professionals and experts working in the indigenous social housing field, the seminar aided cross-sector and cross-Jurisdiction understanding with in-depth discussion centred on Indigenous Housing service planning and delivery approaches for improved outcomes. With speakers from Department of Housing NT, Aboriginal Housing Office, Gunida Gunyah Aboriginal Corporation, Wentworth Community Housing, University of Tasmania, and Victoria, delegates gathered valuable insight from diverse presentations including high-level strategic approach, background research underpinning service planning and practical service delivery case studies.

The Aboriginal Housing Office NSW took the opportunity to launch Foundations for Success, with delegates gratefully receiving a copy.  The Foundations for Success guide proposes a flexible client-centred approach to improving housing outcomes for Aboriginal clients and is an invaluable tool for all social housing providers.  The AHO is holding learning sessions to help you get up to speed with the guide.  Register now for a learning session, places are limited so hurry:

The AHI gratefully acknowledges Silver Seminar Sponsor Aboriginal Housing Office NSW who supported the development of the seminar program, the speakers for their valuable contribution and delegates for their active participation.


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