Close to 200 Local and State government, community housing, investors and developers, planners, and leading academics came together to develop real-world solutions to Sydney’s affordable housing crisis.

The one-day Affordable Housing Forum, which was held on 24 July 2017 at UTS, focused on how stakeholders can better work together to deliver affordable housing to low and moderate income earners. Delegates contributed to the development of a Communique based on workshops held after each session during the day.

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The Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (SSROC) and the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA), in collaboration with Community Housing Providers, hosted this one-day Affordable Housing Forum on Monday, 24 July 2017.

A Communique has been compiled and you can download a copy here:

– Affordable Housing Forum Joint Communique (PDF)
– Affordable Housing Forum Abridged Communique (PDF)
– Affordable Housing Fact Sheet (PDF)
 
Affordable Housing Forum releases Communique on actions and solutions_Media Release – 23 August 2017

The key objectives of the Forum were to develop collaborative practice between local government and the community housing sector; advocacy for affordable housing targets in major development precincts and sites; exploring best practice models; and establishing coherent strategies for negotiating affordable housing contributions. There will be ongoing work, complemented by the Communique, by members of the planning committee, including establishing an Affordable Housing Network.

Affordable Housing Forum 2017 Program

Presentations by experts & industry leaders

Presentations have been uploaded and hyperlinked where available.

SETTING THE SCENE: AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN NSW – Panel

Panel Facilitator: Jenny Rudolph Heather Nesbitt | Social Commissioner, Greater Sydney Commission
Cr Sally Betts | President SSROC, Mayor Waverley Council
Steven Mann | CEO Urban Development Institute Australia
Wendy Hayhurst | CEO NSW Federation of Housing Associations
Dr Marcus Spiller | Principal & Partner, SGS Economics and Planning

ROLE OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND PLANNING MECHANISMS

Local government and affordable housing: Issues and opportunities
Tony McNamara | Director, Planning & Environment, City of Canada Bay
Affordable housing: Role of planning mechanisms and value capture
Dr Judith Stubbs | Principal, Judith Stubbs & Associates
Effective council and community housing provider collaboration
Rebecca Richardson |Managing Director, Urbanista
Affordable housing and the case for reform of planning mechanisms
John Brockhoff | Principal Policy Officer, Planning Institute Australia

URBAN RENEWAL AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING: OPPORTUNITIES AND TARGETS

Property developer perspective
Richard McLachlan | Development Director, Frasers Property Australia
The Affordable Housing program at the City of Sydney
Monica Barone | CEO, City of Sydney
Urban renewal and affordable housing: UrbanGrowth
NSW experience Steve Driscoll | Head of CBD Projects, UrbanGrowth NSW
Urban renewal and affordable housing: the evolving Sydenham-Bankstown experience
Ann-Maree Carruthers | Director, Urban Renewal, Department of Planning & Environment

FINANCING AND FUNDING: HOW TO MAKE IT HAPPEN LOCALLY

Value capture, planning mechanisms & the market
Dr Marcus Spiller | Principal & Partner, SGS Economics and Planning
The Greater Sydney Commission and affordable housing opportunities
Troy Daly | Senior Adviser, Affordable Housing, Greater Sydney Commission
Community Housing Providers sector perspective on housing finance
Presented by Wendy Hayhurst on behalf of Scott Langford & John Nicolades | Community Housing Provider CEOs

Key Note Speakers
  • The Hon Anthony Roberts MP | Minister for Planning, Minister for Housing, Special Minister of State
  • Heather Nesbitt | Social Commissioner, Greater Sydney Commission
  • Marcus Spiller | Principal and Partner, SGS Economics and Planning
  • Steve Mann | CEO, Urban Development Institute of Australia
  • Richard McLachlan | Development Director, Frasers Property Australia
  • Wendy Hayhurst | CEO, NSW Federation of Housing Associations
  • Cr Sally Betts | President SSROC, Mayor Waverley Council
  • Dr Judith Stubbs | Principal, Judith Stubbs & Associates
See the full list of speakers and read their biographies.

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The Sponsors

This is an exciting and challenging time for the Sydney housing sector. We are delighted to announce our Sponsors for the 2017 Affordable Housing Forum, hosted by SSROC, PIA and our partners.

The Organisers