Community Housing Industry Association Victoria Conference

Brave New World of Community Housing

CHIA Vic’s 2018 conference will shine a light on the Brave New World that is dawning for Community Housing on 19 April at the Melbourne Conference and Convention Centre

The community housing industry is playing an increasingly vital role in tackling Australia’s growing housing affordability crisis at a time when the financing landscape is undergoing major changes and the impact of the Victorian Government’s Homes for Victorians strategy and allocations framework is beginning to be felt.

Meanwhile, Canada has launched a bold new $40B National Housing Strategy – and we will hear from the man tasked with its implementation, Derek Ballantyne, about the lessons we can learn from his country’s bold move.

The Victorian Housing Minister, Martin Foley, will outline the Victorian Government’s vision for social and affordable housing and Jackie Barry from DHHS will tell us what is happening with the rollout of Homes for Victorians.

The conference program has been carefully designed to ensure it meets the needs and interests of delegates from community housing executives through to front-line workers, as well as government and key stakeholders. Concurrent sessions cover a broad range of areas including:

  • Understanding the role of the social landlord – The role of CHOs is being re-cast as more than just a tenancy and property manager with a social purpose but to include that of an effective community networker, partner and broker. What do experts say and what do tenants want from a social landlord?
  • Developing new affordable housing supply – New financing mechanisms are being established at the Commonwealth and State levels. What are these loan guarantees and revolving loan facilities at the state level and what will the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation and the bond aggregator will add to the cocktail of financing mechanisms? How do you actually get a project up in this environment? And to this the new provisions in the planning system to increase affordable housing.
  • Managing media coverage, the potential impact of the Tiny House movement and housing people with disabilities rounds out the program.

Plus, the importance of the networking opportunities dotted throughout the day and post-event drinks, cannot be overstated.

CHIA Vic only hosts a conference every two years with seating limited to 200 delegates. This one is not to be missed. For details, and to book, go to


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